Virtus.pro have returned to CS:GO by adding AGAiN, who most recently won SLTV StarSeries VIII Finals in December, as their new squad.
The Russian organization best known for Aleksey "LeX" Kolesnikov's teams had been without a Counter-Strike team since Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow and company left Virtus.pro to form Astana Dragons in the summer.
AGAiN had a rough 2013 after ending 2012 on a good note, as they struggled throughout the year and wound up changing two of their players in the process before signing with Universal Soldiers.
TaZ' AGAiN sign with Virtus.pro
The team showed promise under the US flag, but the organization failed to live up to their promises and the Poles returned under their old tag AGAiN. They beat Natus Vincere in Kiev to win their only international title of the year at SLTV.
Now the team has signed on to become the Counter-Strike team of Virtus.pro, who had previously only housed CIS-based teams. Below is Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas' statement on Virtus.pro's website:
"Hello there, I’m very happy that after many weeks of looking for new home our search finally came an end. For some you it might have looked like forever, and trust me it were long days for us aswell, but here we are with our final destination for year 2014. We are happy to be joining Virtus.org as their new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, and eager to meet all the expectations that organisation has put in front of us, but most important to come back to place where we feel, we belong which is TOP", Wojtas told Virtus.pro.
"I’m not going to say that it will be easy, or that we are the best team out there, but for the first time in long time we will get the support we were looking for, and our only issue will be – results. So from this point I want to thank Virtus.pro for trust in our team, and my hope is that we will have great cooperation together, and achieve results that will finally satisfy both parties. I’m also happy to announce that Christian Lenz will be our CS division manager, welcome back bro!"
This move now gives Virtus.pro the following roster:
Paweł "byali" Bieliński
Filip "NEO" Kubski
Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski
Janusz "snax" Pogorzelski
Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
Virtus.pro's new roster will first be on-show in EMS One Katowice Polish National Finals, where on 14-16th February Filip "NEO" Kubski's side will hope to qualify for 2014's first major.