Virtus.Pro substitutes OKOLICIOUZ for phr

Yet another roster move to return to form.

Counter-Strike: GO's Icon George Geddes · 2 Jul 2019

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On June 2, Polish esports organization Virtus.Pro announced that it will be trying out players to fit into their re-structure. This is being initiated with Tomasz "phr" Wójcik of AGO replacing Michal "OKOLICIOUZ" Glowaty, who has been moved to the substitute bench. However, phr will be a stand-in so that a future decision can be made based on his performance in the upcoming matches. 


The announcement stated that the team is “looking for a better balance in our CS:GO squad’s playstyle.” The team will be searching for suitable players beginning this month. 


Virtus.Pro’s woes began upon the release of Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas to Team Kinguin (now Aristocracy) in 2018. This was considered to be a huge move as, prior to this, Virtus.Pro has kept the same roster consisting of Taz, Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski, Filip "NEO" Kubski, Paweł "byali" Bieliński, and Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski since January 25 2014, when the organization recruited the ‘AGAiN’ roster. Virtus.Pro had lost their IGL, which led to a string of defeats.


Next on the chopping block was Snax, who would later return to the organization following an unsuccessful stint with mousesports. On November 1 2018, byali left the team temporarily. Eventually, Virtus.Pro temporarily ceased operations of its CS:GO division, later returning with a new roster which included byali, but with NEO leaving the team. 


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This would later be followed by the controversial departure of pashaBiceps, who was considered to be the most popular and prolific player for the team. 


Recently byali has left the organization again, leaving the team with Snax as it’s only remaining core member. Since then, there has been a surge of roster moves for the Polish organization, resulting in the roster of Snax, Michał “MICHU” Müller, Michał “snatchie” Rudzki, Arek “Vegi” Nawojski, and Michal “OKOLICIOUZ” Glowaty. 


Finally, Virtus.Pro failed to qualify for the upcoming Starladder Major 2019, finishing 9-12th in the Europe Minor closed qualifier. 


So, with Virtus.Pro’s declining form, the organization has decided to field new players for their roster. AGO rifler phr will be stepping in. AGO are currently having their own roster troubles, so phr will hope to impress the Polish side in order to become a permanent addition. 


The new Virtus.Pro roster will be participating in the Polish Esports League Spring 2019 Finals from July 6-7, with rivals AGO and TaZ’ Aristocracy also taking part.

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