Astana Dragons have announced that Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev has been removed from the team.
The decision comes as a huge surprise as Sukhariev had left Na´Vi, the team he had helped to build from scratch, to join a new CIS superproject, which has, however, been unable to live up to the hype so far.
Astana Dragons came in third place at the ESWC finals last week, being denied the chance to take the $12,500 cheque after losing to Clan-Mystik in the semi-finals.
The exact reason behind Sukhariev's departure remains a mystery, but Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow hinted that his compatriot did not get along with the rest of the team.
"Ioann is a great guy and a great player, and I would like to thank him for the time he spent on this team," Karasiow said.
"But CS is a team game, and lately we often played four + Ioann. The decision was made as a team.
"I sincerely hope that we will be able to adjust to this change for the upcoming tournament and that Ioann finds a good team."
To replace Sukhariev, Astana Dragons brought in KerchNET's Emil "kucher" Akhundov, who had already been linked with the team before Sukhariev was eventually recruited.
Astana Dragons' first LAN event with the new team will be the TECHLABS finals next week, where Na´Vi, LGB eSports and 3DMAX will also be in attendance.
Following Akhundov's addition, Astana Dragons now have:
Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow
Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov
Yegor "markeloff" Markelov
Emil "kucher" Akhundov