Veteran CS:GO star Paweł “byali” Bieliński officially parted ways from Virtus.Pro
The Polish star will not renew his contract with the CIS organization, allowing him to play in the European Minor for the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII - Katowice Major 2019.
Clear for the Majors
This clears the uncertainties for byali who is currently playing for Polish squad MIKSTURA. His new group recently secured a spot in the closed qualifiers for the European Minor through the open qualifiers.
As per Valve’s rules on Majors, participants “should not have any financial interest in the success of any team that they are competing against” which means that the formality of his release guarantees his shot at the closed qualifiers in which VP will also be playing.
Virtus.Pro’s general manager Roman Dvoryankin confirmed his departure on Twitter last Wednesday. As per his tweet, Dvoryankin added that there are ‘restrictions’ with byali’s termination agreement but both parties are mum about the specifics.
His departure from VP was already known to public way back in August with ‘Golden 5’ member Filip "NEO" Kubski confirming byali’s wish to part ways with VP prior to the FACEIT Major.
The end of an era
This marks the third departure of Virtus.Pro’s legendary core. The original group that is now left with NEO and Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski was regarded as one of the most celebrated teams that began 5 years ago. Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski who both parted ways with the organization earlier this year were also members of 'Virtus.Plow' that was regarded as the longest standing squad in the history of CS:GO.
Their last peak placements as a group were 4th place finishes the PGL Major Krakow and EPICENTER 2017, with their last championship being the DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017. Since then, the group had been inconsistent and suffered poor performances including the past 2 Majors.
VP will look to take back their former glory once the qualifiers for the European Minors begin on January 16.