This article is part of a series aimed at introducing the teams that are going to play at the ELEAGUE Major Boston. To see profiles of other teams, click on the images at the bottom of the article.
The ELEAGUE Major Boston is going to be the first tournament to feature a new structure where the Offline Qualifier is played under the umbrella of the Major instead of it being a separate event. We have discussed all teams participating in the Qualifier and it’s now time to discuss the lucky few to go straight to the Main Event.
Virtus.pro is the most stable team in CS:GO roster-wise. They roster hasn’t changed for almost four years, the players joined the organization on Jan. 25, 2014.
That’s not to say that Virtus.pro has been on top of the world for all that time. The simple fact of the matter is that the rister is extremely well-liked in Poland. Coupled with the lack of suitable talent, actually making changes to the VP roster is extremely hard.
When all five players get on the same page and train hard for an event, Virtus.pro can win against anyone. The problem is that the team rarely deigns to actually do it. With extremely long contracts and no upcoming challengers to replace them, the VP players are able to just coast along playing the absolute minimum they can get away with.
There is a huge divide in the Virtus.pro lineup. Three veterans pushing 30, Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski, Filip “NEO” Kubski and Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas make up the majority in the team. They have been playing for an extremely long time and saw the pinnacle of CS:GO success. They have nothing left to prove and actual adult obligations outside the server.
On the other side, we have 23 year old Paweł “byali” Bieliński and Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski, who’s 24. These two are young and hungry for titles. On any other team, they would probably go all out to make sure that they are the ones who win the Finals of a Valve Major… but they are in a minority.
Virtus.pro is a team struggling to find a balance between forces that have proven everything there is to prove about their CS:GO skill and young ambition, yearning to be unleashed.
Over the last year, Virtus.pro has played 222 maps, winning 106, drawing in 3 and losing 113. In all of these matches, they have gotten 19,205 kills to 19,596 deaths and K/D Ratio of 0.98.
Their two most played maps, Inferno and Train, both put up losing win rates at 39%. The next two, Mirage and Cobblestone are a little bit better with win rates of 55.3% and 60.6% respectively.
Out of the final three, Nuke, Cache and Overpass, Nuke is the only where VP holds a winning record at 63.3 percent with a record of 19-11.
Looking at Virtus.pro’s results can make one go grey. They have a mind-boggling tendency to fail to make the Playoffs in one event, like ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017, only to go to EPICENTER 2017 and take 2nd place. Or to go to ESL One Cologne 2017, place 15-16th, then enter PGL Major Krakow a couple of weeks later and end up in the Semifinals. If this trend continues, Virtus.pro is due a deep Playoffs run at ELEAGUE Major Boston because they failed hard at the WESG 2017 Europe & CIS Regional Finals.