On July 6, the Ukranian organization Windigo announced it will bench both Viktor “v1c7oR” Dyankov and Yanko “blocker” Panov in favor of an international lineup to mix with the remaining Bulgarian players. Both players will remain with the organization until their contracts expire.
“After a series of tournaments that our team played after the WESG 2019 World Finals, it became clear that we lacked stability and creativity to reach the Tier 1 level," wrote Managing Partner Maksym Bednarskyi. "Today we are taking a step towards the international lineup and we take very motivated and talented players to test them.”
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This change comes on the heels of Windigo's failure to qualify for the upcoming Starladder European Minor, a necessary step in order to make it to the Major. Both players' replacements have not yet been announced.
Windigo will rebuild around their three remaining players: Kamen “bubble” Kostadinov, Georgi “SHiPZ” Grigorov and Valentin “poizon” Vasilev.
Despite not achieving their goals, the team has found some success this year, including winning the World Electronic Sports Games 2018 World Finals. The team finished second in LOOT.BET Season 2 and won the Moche XL Esports 2019. However, a majority of Windigo’s success does stem from online tournaments rather than LAN events.