Virtus.pro Undergoes CS:GO Roster Change Just Before PGL Major Stockholm 2021
Virtus.pro has made a last moment roster change for the PGL Major.
Russian esports organization Virtus.pro (VP) has announced a CS:GO roster change just a week before PGL Major Stockholm's scheduled commencement. The lineup will witness the departure of Sanjar "SANJI" Kuliev who will be replaced by former forZe player Evgeny "FL1T" Lebedev.
This move has been labelled as "temporary" by Virtus.pro's CEO Sergey Glamazda, who confirms that the decision has not been made with regards to the future of their CS:GO roster.
With the Major set to start from 26th October onwards, the move comes with barely a week left to go as Virtus.pro begins their journey from the New Challengers Stage, having attained a 'Contenders' status for the tournament.
Virtus.pro replaces SANJI with FL1T ahead of PGL Major Stockholm 2021
The CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) based team has undergone a last moment roster change ahead of the PGL Major. VP replaced SANJI, who had long been rumoured to be on the chopping block following his sub par performance since the start of 2021.
Virtus.pro has replaced him with the 20-year-old Russian rifler FL1T who has previously played for Quantum Bellator Fire and forZe. FL1t parted ways with forZe just a few days back on 18th October 2021.
SANJI had been a part of VP since December 2019. His nearly two year long stint with the roster comes to an end right before the first CS:GO Major taking place after a time span of over 2 years.
Even before VP, SANJI had enjoyed the company of Alexey "Qikert" Golubev, Timur "buster" Tulepov, and Dzhami "Jame" Ali during his time in AVANGAR. While there the foursome had risen in prominence following a runners up finish at the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019.
The Major is the biggest event in CS:GO, the one we’ve been waiting for two years. It’s incredibly important for the club and our fans. We want to achieve the best possible result, and in order to do so the team needs a new impulse. An opportunity to play with Evgeny arose and we decided to seize it. We hope that this will be the impulse we need to play at the peak of our abilities.Sergey Glamazda, CEO of Virtus.pro
As a result of this roster shuffle, VP has incurred a 20% deduction in their RMR (Regional Major Rankings) points which will have a direct impact on their seeding for the PGL Major Stockholm 2021.
They will be swapping their opponents with that of Entropiq's, so now VP will be going up against paiN while Entropiq will be taking on BIG in their opening bouts.