Outsiders to Return As Virtus.Pro at TI11 Last Chance Qualifiers
The International 2022 (TI11) Last Chance Qualifiers will begin in two weeks time on 8th October. Tournament organizers PGL recently announced the format, schedule and other details of the upcoming Last Chance Qualifiers, which will involve 12 teams that placed second and third during TI11’s Regional Qualifiers competing for two spots in TI11’s Group Stage. However, the community noticed a slight difference in one of the team’s names as Outsiders are returning to its original name, Virtus.Pro.
The organization recently had an overhaul in terms of management and investors. As a result, it looks like the team will be returning to its original name for the foreseeable future.
Outsiders no more as The Bears return to its original name
After a five-month span of competing under the neutral tag of Outsiders, The Bears will be returning to its original name tag of Virtus Pro after tournament tournaments PGL confirmed the name change in its announcement of the upcoming TI11 Last Chance Qualifiers
As first reported by Escorenews.com, the team managed to regain its original tag back in the Dota 2 client on 19th Sept but at the time it was not sure as it could be an oversight or a technical error by Valve. However, with PGL’s announcement for the TI11 Last Chance Qualifiers, the news of Outsiders returning to its original tag of Virtus.Pro was confirmed. The organization also commented to Escorenews that its roster “can and will compete exclusively under the Virtus.Pro tag” after the confirmation".
Virtus.Pro was forced to compete under a neutral name, Outsiders, after the beginning of the Ukraine-Russia conflict as the team’s ownership group at the time had ties to companies and individuals sanctioned by both the American and European governments.
However, the organization recently announced that it had an overhaul in terms of management, as Virtus.Pro announced its newest CEO, Aram Karamanukyan on Twitter and its official website. Following the announcement, the organization was removed from ESForce Holding’s list of key assets as the organization was a part of the company.
[Transcriptions via Escorenews.com]
For now, Virtus.Pro will be competing under its original tag for the upcoming TI11 Last Chance Qualifiers in Group B alongside Infamous, T1, Team Liquid, Wildcard Gaming and Xtreme Gaming. The team will first face Xtreme Gaming on 8th October.