Virtus.pro shuts down struggling Counter-Strike lineup

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Virtus.pro announced Thursday that its current CS:GO roster will no longer compete under the organization's banner.

The Polish organization is one of the most well-known in the CS:GO scene, but the team has struggled since undergoing a roster overhaul that saw the breakup of the original roster.

Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, Filip "NEO" Kubski, Jaroslaw "pashaBiceps" Jarzabkowski, Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski and Pawel "byali" Bielinski comprised a competitive veteran lineup. However, the group struggled to find consistent success in recent years and the original core members were slowly let go.

That led to a shakeup that brought in the likes of Michal "snatchie" Rudzki, Michal "MICHU" Muller and Piotr "morelz" Taterka.

The changes did nothing to improve VP's performance. The team failed to qualify for the next ESL Pro League season and were eliminated from the Europe Minor qualifier for IEM Katowice 2019, which included a loss to x-Kom in the lower bracket, in a string of disappointing performances.

"Due to latest tournament performance our CS:GO team will cease any competitive activities until further notice," the team said in a statement. "We will announce our next steps by the end of the year."

VP relegated from the FACEIT London Major and then placed fifth at the BLAST Pro Series Istanbul 2018 before also failing to make it to the main stage of EPICENTER 2018.

"After London Major we were quite optimistic about the potential of the current lineup," VP general manager Roman Dvoryankin said in a statement. "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."

Thursday's announcement means the current roster will no longer compete under the VP banner. The organization could decide to remain in CS:GO with a new lineup.