Perhaps, it all comes to an end for Virtus.Pro.
The VP management has announced that they are ceasing all competitive activities of their CS:GO squad until further notice.
2018 has been a downfall for the team as they are finishing this year without a single LAN title. They also found themselves at the lower end of most tournaments including a 15-16th place finish at ELEAGUE Major Boston and a last place slump at the FACEIT London Major.
This year also saw the breakup of the original Polish VP lineup comprised of Filip "NEO" Kubski, Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski, Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski, Paweł "byali" Bieliński and Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas. This very lineup was formed way back 2014 and continued until this year – which is regarded as the longest running CS:GO lineup of all time.
One by one the original members parted ways with NEO and pasha left on the slate, the VP management added youth to their roster by signing in Piotr "morelz" Taterka, Michał "snatchie" Rudzki and Michał "MICHU" Müller in hopes of rebuilding the squad’s former glory through the combination of youth and experience.
However, they were not able to meet expectations as they continued to struggle. After relegating from FACEIT London Major, the squad did not make it to the main stage of EPICENTER 2018, fell short at the European Minor qualifier and failed to qualify to the next ESL Pro League season.
General Manager Roman Dvoryankin explained that there is a long term plan for the team. He also asks for support as the celebrated team is encountering a tough time.
“After London Major we were quite optimistic about the potential of the current lineup. Unfortunately, our expectations were not met. The long term strategy for us is to build a competitive team around young players and we will follow it while making decisions. I’d like to ask our fans to be supportive in the next couple of weeks”.
Fans are quick to respond with the news that officially marks the end of VP’s era. The original lineup that was regarded as the modern iteration of the “Golden 5” was popular not just because of their legacy in-game but also due to the charisma brought by the players. The Reddit thread about the announcement was filled with messages of support and thanks among the fans that grew up watching the Polish players way back CounterStrike 1.6.
Despite the news, VP also announced that fans will be updated with the developments of the team by the end of the year.