After posting lackluster performances in various LAN tournaments throughout most of 2018, the Virtus Pro CSGO roster is now set to stop competing effectively immeditely with a disband likely coming soon.
Virtus.Pro made the announcement official via their website. In the said post, Virtus.Pro stated, “Due to latest tournament performance our CS:GO team will cease any competitive activities until further notice. We will announce our next steps by the end of the year.”
Once considered one of the best CS:GO teams in the world, the current Virtus Pro CSGO roster is a mere shell of its former self. Although fan favourites and staples such as Filip ‘NEO‘ Kubski and Jaroslaw ‘pashaBiceps‘ Jarzabkowski are still on the roster, as well as longtime coach, Jakub ‘kuben‘ Gurczyński, the lineup has failed to post anything noteworthy as of late.
Case in point, Virtus.Pro last won a LAN tournament more than a year ago. That was at the Adrenaline Cyber League 2017 LAN tournament in June of 2017. Since then, the once-dominant squad has gone through more roster shuffles than they have in the years prior.
What’s Next for the Virtus Pro CSGO Roster?
Retirement, most likely. At least, for NEO and pashaBiceps.
At 31 and 30 years old, repectively, NEO and pashaBiceps have played CS:GO professionally for pretty much half of their entire lives. Not to mention, this was a long time coming. Since their glory years during the CS 1.6 era and the better part of 2014-2016, both player’s play have steadily declined. This had led to many calling for each player’s retirement.
If that were to happen finally, both can retire knowing that their legacies are fully secure. As part of the famous Polish group of players known as the Golden Five, the two of them boast resumes that majority of pros can only dream of ever matching.
Still, seeing the remnants of the original Virtus Pro CSGO roster retire is a sad day and marks the official end of an era.
As for the rest of the roster, other than NEO and pashaBiceps are still relatively young. The organization can choose to build around the said three players. Although, in all likelihood, we could be looking at a near-full rebuild, with only one or two players from the current lineup remaining.
If there’s a silver lining to this all, it’s that we can finally see pashaBiceps streaming more.
One of the most popular CS:GO players of all time, pashaBiceps streaming full time in the near future could be good for the game’s streaming scene in general, as CS:GO has had a huge lack in players drawing in viewers in recent times.
As for the talented NEO, he could retire and stay in the scene either as an analyst or as a coach for another organization.
Regardless, the scene will have lost two legends should the expeted retirement of these two players be made official.
What do you think is in store for the Virtus Pro CSGO roster? Do you think that they’ll undergo a full roster rebuild? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.