Virtus.pro are closing out 2019 with a bang, as the Polish esports organization has signed the former AVANGAR Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.
Welcome our new CS:GO team
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) December 16, 2019
This roster change marks the end of VP’s all Polish CS:GO team. Throughout their history in the game, Virtus.pro was a name associated with competing at the highest level. The classic lineup which included fan favorites such as Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski and Filip “NEO” Kubski was very successful. Together, they won the ESL One Katowice 2014 Major and earned second at the ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017 Major.
However, all good things must come to an end. Virtus.pro dropped out of the top level of competition starting in 2018. Roster changes were made, but the team still saw less and less success. In the end, they didn’t see a single S-Tier event in 2019. This acquisition of AVANGAR shows that Virtus.pro are determined to return to the elite scene next year.
AVANGAR has been a rising team during the back half of 2019. Their runner-up finish at the StarLadder Berlin Major and first place at BLAST Pro Moscow has helped to put them on the map. AVANGAR have attended one high-level event after another and will play in EPICENTER 2019 under the Virtus.pro banner.
Many rosters who have been purchased near the end of this year have seen some level of immediate success. Evil Geniuses won ESL One New York in their first event, while 100 Thieves placed second at IEM Beijing in theirs. Hopefully for VP, their new CIS roster can also begin to flourish with the support of a big-time organization.