Snax: "We're lost in our game, we can't find ourselves"

Striker
September 16th, 2017 20:58

Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski discussed Virtus.pro's issues as of late in our next interview from ESL One New York, which we conducted during the semi-finals day at the Barclays Center.

Virtus.pro have added another group stage exit to their list of disappointing showings as of late at ESL One New York, where the Poles finished last with losses to FaZe and Liquid.

Snax admits his individual form has taken a hit since taking over leadership

During the semi-finals day, the entire team came by the press area to do interviews, so we jumped at the chance to grab Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski for a short interview and find out what issues Virtus.pro are facing and whether they're looking into changing leaders again:

Let's start with what's going on within the team after the last few events, what's the morale like in Virtus.pro right now?

I think we're just kind of lost in our game, we can't find ourselves, maybe it's a lack of motivation, Maybe, I don't know, actually, what the thing is that we need to work on to become better. It's probably in our heads, in our minds, it's hard to say.

You've been known to swap around in-game leaders every now and again, I now know that was not the case for this event, but tell me what makes you change leaders aside from disappointing events.

I think we changed in-game leading in April after the Ukrainian tournament, SLTV, NEO said he wanted to have a break from in-game leading, but after it, it was more like he wasn't that motivated to do it. And that's why I took the role.

I don't know if it was a good decision from our side, maybe it wasn't, because our game didn't change that much. It's also not just about the in-game leading, it's more like we have some problem in the team. I don't know what to do, the in-game leading role doesn't affect that much probably, maybe my skill gets a little bit lower, because I don't focus that much on the crosshair and rather on my guys, what they are doing, and I need to think about it. I don't know what would help us.

Have you talked about what you're going to do in the future, you have ELEAGUE Premier coming up, are there going to be any changes in the meantime? Are changes in leadership something you are looking at?

Maybe this time we're going to change this role, maybe I will focus more on the game than being a leader. Maybe that's going to help, maybe it was the main thing that I should be a player who only focuses on the game, not on the team that much. Yeah, we're probably going to change something, maybe it's the in-game leader role, I don't know yet.

Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1339
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
GL for future hope everything works out without having to change ane anything but rolls within the current lineup. :)
2017-09-16 20:59
#6
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Mongolia Tendies 
Worst slump ever for VP
2017-09-16 20:58
Indeed
2017-09-16 20:59
#65
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Andorra RuleFive 
disband pls
2017-09-16 21:15
#26
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World _EpiC_ 
level of the game is going up and you're still playing same shit same strats - predictable shit. Plus Taz & Pasha are below tier 2 skill level
2017-09-16 20:59
pasha below tier 2 skill level? oh god guys like you are just dumb. he is VP's best player since Dreamhack Las Vegas (ok snax was slightly better in the timeperiod), but since then pasha is their best. and you are calling him below tier 2 skill level? wtf are you braindead? neo, taz(2k16 and begin 2k17 was good) snax and sometimes byali are the bigger problems
2017-09-16 21:04
#71
TaZ | 
Poland VeryTazGuy 
+1
2017-09-16 21:16
+1
2017-09-16 22:15
+1
2017-09-17 00:49
I don't like VP, but Pasha is really good atm, VPs best player since a few months
2017-09-17 12:28
I know that you don't like VP, that makes your comment more honest ;-)
2017-09-17 14:36
pasha is good rn. left fourth are bad
2017-09-16 21:07
for me pasha and snax when not in game leading are the best in vp. if neo found his motivation to be an igl i would also took him as a very good player. byali has something to say in very specific situations, he's not very consistent. i've good huge respect for taz but let's be honest, for today standards he's a fossil
2017-09-16 22:36
#58
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Poland TOOMUCH6969 
tard?? pasha best after snax
2017-09-16 21:10
last 5 months atleast pasha has been better then snax even but only cause he ingame leads probably
2017-09-16 21:15
#119
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Poland TOOMUCH6969 
agree
2017-09-17 02:35
Level of this game is going up? VP placed 2nd at eleague major its not really the level of the game is going up. VP is just playing bad. Pasha tier 2? Hes the only one thats been playing at a tier 1 level. You're lost im sorry
2017-09-16 21:10
This guy dosent know shit
2017-09-17 01:27
#131
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Denmark Xipingu 
Pasha was the only consistent player at ESL New York. The problem? I don't think so.
2017-09-17 11:01
#155
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Latvia FENICH 
As vp and pasha fanboy I can say that he is probably best vp player for now. But damn sometimes its hard to watch hes movement
2017-09-17 23:34
#27
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Europe Pl4yed 
right... 1st step, use neo/taz as igl. 2nd step tell taz to step up his game or gtfo and you'll be fine like always
2017-09-16 20:59
exactly
2017-09-16 21:59
Kid you should gtfo......he is legend in cs and longtime member of this team......I agree his playing is getting worse and worse and its time to step down but to say to him gtfo....how old are you 12?
2017-09-17 09:42
#148
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Europe Pl4yed 
Snowflake mentality, he is a legend but he's also a man and he doesn't need his criticism to be sugar coated... He himself says when he plays bad that he plays like shit, I wasn't as harsh...
2017-09-17 16:14
#127
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Poland Alexkox 
+1
2017-09-17 10:18
#2
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Denmark 1924 
Rip
2017-09-16 20:58
#3
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Bulgaria oneandonly11 
RIP
2017-09-16 20:58
#4
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Mongolia Tendies 
poor them
2017-09-16 20:58
#5
Jonti | 
Japan MrBean444 
Gl
2017-09-16 20:58
#7
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Egypt Tywin 
nt
2017-09-16 20:58
disband
2017-09-16 20:58
RIP VP
2017-09-16 20:59
#10
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Sweden aer1aL 
feelsSnax
2017-09-16 20:59
disband inc
2017-09-16 20:59
CL
2017-09-16 20:59
Tough period, will they come back ?
2017-09-16 20:59
#15
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Brazil vicTHOR 
lul gordito lindo
2017-09-16 20:59
#16
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Brazil hugoooo 
Yet another slump, it's like their 8th...
2017-09-16 20:59
#17
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China gbtttt 
feels sad
2017-09-16 20:59
FeelsBadMan
2017-09-16 20:59
#19
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Brazil Juneco 
this is sad :/
2017-09-16 20:59
#19
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Brazil Juneco 
this is sad :/
2017-09-16 20:59
#21
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Czech Republic davskal 
How can you not find yourself, you're like 130 kilo dude.
2017-09-16 20:59
#41
TaZ | 
Poland DraggerPL 
Ok that was funny
2017-09-16 21:03
#51
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France DKdarKnight 
ROFL
2017-09-16 21:06
#64
jOELZ | 
Malta gryndr 
:DD
2017-09-16 21:15
#66
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Finland terquie 
Xdd ty for making me laugh
2017-09-16 21:15
OH MY GOD lmao
2017-09-17 01:23
disband ;-;
2017-09-16 20:59
#23
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Cyprus Iuni 
Bad
2017-09-16 20:59
#25
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United Kingdom v0XH1 
FINALLY !! VP TOP 1 AGAIN!
2017-09-16 20:59
BRAZIL BEST NATION. 1ST RANK!
2017-09-16 21:00
damn trojan..cancer of hltv
2017-09-16 21:09
Jealous about brazil muslim?
2017-09-16 21:13
Wtf r u racist?
2017-09-18 07:24
#166
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Brazil plc_junkeR 
Dude, stfu.
2017-09-19 14:30
stfu
2017-09-21 05:41
#29
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Brazil mth^ 
I still think VP can overcome this somehow... but Snax shoud defly focus on his aim/game
2017-09-16 21:00
#45
TaZ | 
Poland DraggerPL 
Snax should do what he is the best in. BEEING A BEAST. Neo or TaZ should take over igl
2017-09-16 21:06
Disbander is the solutiorino
2017-09-16 21:00
"Snax admits his individual form has taken a hit since taiking over leadership" "taiking" fix plz
2017-09-16 21:00
#32
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Slovakia le01 
Feel you brah
2017-09-16 21:00
till end of 2020 xD
2017-09-16 21:00
#34
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France StickyRice 
Don't worry Snax, each of you has apparently signed for 4 years and about 1 million euros salary over the 4 years per player. You can be as bad as you want LMAO
2017-09-16 21:01
no wtf? do you think the organization and the owner are that naive? the manager also indicated a roster change after eleague (if they fail again)
2017-09-16 21:06
#57
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France StickyRice 
I'm half trolling (i spoke about that with a polish fan of VP about a salary of about 20.000€ per month for VP in their current contract for 4 years, but i couldn't find the source, maybe i imagined it or read it somewhere on HLTV or VaKarM french site but if i read that the source wasn't probably confirmed or anything). But theoretically that might be truth, OK the polish average income is nowhere near Denmark's but North are rumored to be on these figures (around 20.000€ per month) so since VP are way more famous/popular it might be a real number for them. Can't confirm it 100%, but i guess wouldn't be crazy in current CS economy EDIT : 1 million per player for 4 years, not each year if i wasn't clear.
2017-09-16 21:11
#128
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Poland Alexkox 
Snax and Pasha got 20k , because they are star players . Neo,Byali and Taz got 10k $... They are saving money for future anyway , thats why they ve got average 10k-20k monthly :p In atlanta or Vegas Neo was IGL and it was the best role for him and Taz was hitting such a headshots , because he had another role than support sometimes (Byali was supp sometimes as he said on stream) ... Snax can't be IGL , because he is like NIKO from Faze if you put NIkO for example as a IGL then bye bye Faze clan :p
2017-09-17 10:23
#132
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Denmark Xipingu 
Polish payment system LUL
2017-09-17 11:02
#136
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Poland Alexkox 
they dont deserve that money for these results , but still they ve got most fans or biggest fanbase in the world
2017-09-17 12:27
#153
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Denmark Xipingu 
Yeah sadly, I mean sure their livelihood still needs to be paid for in some manner, I suppose the organisation don't want them to starve because of a shitty period (which I understand), but Christ Almighty.
2017-09-17 22:28
#60
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Poland TOOMUCH6969 
link??
2017-09-16 21:11
nvm i interpreted it wrongly
2017-09-16 22:27
#76
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Israel BingoBango 
when did he indicate that? source?
2017-09-16 21:39
It's been confirmed by several sites . Their contracts were renewed for 4 years around december 2016 just look for it. Here is a post from Pasza's twitter : twitter.com/paszaBiceps/status/810848646.. It's linked in a french site that say it's the biggest eSport contract
2017-09-16 22:00
FeelSnaxMan
2017-09-16 21:01
#36
NEO | 
Poland VeronaT 
Always believing in you. You just have to find yourself . Really take your time
2017-09-16 21:01
#37
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Brazil Marcola 
Dont cry Mr. Snax, faze will save u soon
2017-09-16 21:02
#38
TaZ | 
Poland DraggerPL 
Neo or TaZ should lead. If Neo dont like this rule then TaZ should take it.
2017-09-16 21:02
:D
2017-09-16 21:02
#40
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France t3r4byt3 
sad to hear
2017-09-16 21:03
no shit. now disband
2017-09-16 21:04
#44
Denmark cyb1 
NEO and TAZ should have retired long ago.
2017-09-16 21:05
not really? taz was so good from starladder season 1 in mid 2k16 till las vegas 2017
2017-09-16 21:06
#46
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
reshuffle :(
2017-09-16 21:06
this is coach problem.
2017-09-16 21:06
haha NO.
2017-09-16 21:15
Yeah, i think so too. In New York they played quite Good on ct side but attacking role was awful. No Trade kills nad Basic entrances on sites. They also lost firepower due to Snax igling. Since neo wasn't calling he did not improve his rating. Neo Would be a decent coach and if Michu comes to the lineup they will have enough firepower to get back to tier1
2017-09-19 08:33
#49
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Brazil 16|0 
VP disband hype
2017-09-16 21:06
#50
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
no shit sherlock snax? tell this old man to retire... his glory days are way beyond him
2017-09-16 21:06
tell your brain to retire :)
2017-09-16 21:16
#78
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
"tell your brain to retire :)" that's it? you couldn't come up with something better?... expected from poorlish vp fan, but you are excused
2017-09-16 21:44
"poorlish vp fan" wow that was something, Im pretty sure u are fan of BIG as I am VP, but as a "fan" I pretty sure its not about NEO especially that we've seen VP almost winning Eleague Major and winning at DH LV, so they definitely can step up ;p
2017-09-16 21:57
all you need to do is add sad violin music to that to make it depressing
2017-09-16 21:07
Hahaha :D
2017-09-16 21:34
+1
2017-09-17 02:29
#54
Snax | 
Poland dediw3e4 
Im still beliving they will come back to top. Always with the team. <3
2017-09-16 21:07
-social media trash talker
2017-09-16 21:11
They need to do some changes . TaZ & NEO need to step up their games and so does Snax. He's been a major liability lately while he used to be their best player.. Their performance dropping coincide with Snax's awful performance drop.. They can't allow to have their most skilled player IGLing, and Snax also needs to level up again (skillwise)
2017-09-16 21:12
one way disband
2017-09-16 21:15
#72
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Poland morosek 
"Maybe this time we're going to change this role, maybe I will focus more on the game than being a leader" PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE
2017-09-16 21:27
Tbh the only person who can IGL now is TaZ, as he is in bad form right now. So he has to take the hurdle of being IGL as he also has enough experience to put Snax and pasha as the VP superstars.
2017-09-16 21:34
vp tier7
2017-09-16 21:36
#82
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Poland ULTRALUL 
8*
2017-09-16 21:45
#77
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Poland 0VERATED 
#freesnax
2017-09-16 21:41
#79
ISSAA | 
Russia DAIBAEB 
disband blyat
2017-09-16 21:44
DON'T BE A MAYBE
2017-09-16 21:44
#81
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Poland ULTRALUL 
ur damn right snaxiu
2017-09-16 21:45
Very poetic though.
2017-09-16 21:47
#84
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Poland ULTRALUL 
he should write a song about it also :d
2017-09-16 21:50
#85
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Poland kick_michu 
so what in this team do it this fucking BOT TAZ ? he dont want to be IGL he cant frag carry seriussly he is for makign post match interviews ohh shiet forgot he is on de_train B bombsait god !
2017-09-16 21:52
what about bot taco then? he can't even give a proper interview lul
2017-09-16 21:56
#86
Xyp9x | 
Romania Old_Guy 
Pls put NEO back on the igl role
2017-09-16 21:53
#87
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Poland Pati23 
Still waiting for VP's comeback.
2017-09-16 21:54
yes please just go back to Neo as the igl
2017-09-16 21:54
#93
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Poland trancemeister 
top 5 player 3 in a row is IGL :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD H@H@H@H@H@ VP logic = retard alert.
2017-09-16 22:05
Come on VP, I know you can overcome it, just change ingl and you'll be fine as always. Still believing :)
2017-09-16 22:06
TaZ daddy please take over IGL for Eleague
2017-09-16 22:15
#97
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Other VladimirLucas 
NEO IGL again plz
2017-09-16 22:16
NEO IGL PLS
2017-09-16 22:21
Snax, like shox, are off coz of their ILGing, ofc it matters. I have no idea why he doubts about that. shox doesn't.
2017-09-16 22:25
#100
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Malaysia phyzell 
Taz is the problem, he can't accept that Snax have better ideas. :D
2017-09-16 22:25
VP fix inferno first ban
2017-09-16 22:36
Gl VP!
2017-09-16 22:43
keep neo and snax get core from kinguin or ago problem solved
2017-09-16 23:01
#106
crush | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
Would be a shame to see them making roster changes so i hope they will figure it out and come back stronger cuz the slump they're in right now is rly rly.. bad. I kinda hope it dosen't affect the chemistry within the team besides when you lose ofc.. GL Virtus.plow <3
2017-09-16 23:03
#107
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Poland mamba99999 
in VP we trust.
2017-09-16 23:37
#108
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Sweden hypersenator 
its called "we have permanent 3 years contracts and we cannot be kicked, so we dont care about anything and we doing nothing to train, we just recieving our saliries"
2017-09-16 23:44
#109
NBK- | 
Estonia BlameS 
Taz is shit, if he won't lead and let the others play, then VP will never come back.
2017-09-16 23:53
No neo is shit he is clearly the problem
2017-09-17 00:58
#117
NBK- | 
Estonia BlameS 
..looking at Taz's stats...
2017-09-17 01:35
#110
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Moldova Light_Demon 
But what new players they can add in team?
2017-09-17 00:07
#113
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Denmark BOOMZOOM 
-taz +bntet
2017-09-17 01:00
#147
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Romania LAWLESS116 
bntet is from indonesia wtf.
2017-09-17 15:14
#114
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United States TruthEmbargo 
Beginning of the end
2017-09-17 01:01
virtus pro is done long time ago.
2017-09-17 02:43
It's time to retire
2017-09-17 02:49
#125
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Australia weapon_ 
Best paid players.. yet underperforming.. Maybe need a psychologist to sort them like astralis.. get there heads sorted and in the game.. something to motivate them.. Or maybe they think.. "ah well we got x amount of yrs left in our contract who cares, were still getting good $$ and sponsor bonuses.."
2017-09-17 10:13
#129
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Poland Alexkox 
Snax and Pasha got 20k , because they are star players . Neo,Byali and Taz got 10k $... They are saving money for future anyway , thats why they ve got average 10k-20k monthly :p In atlanta or Vegas Neo was IGL and it was the best role for him and Taz was hitting such a headshots , because he had another role than support sometimes (Byali was supp sometimes as he said on stream) ... Snax can't be IGL , because he is like NIKO from Faze if you put NIkO for example as a IGL then bye bye Faze clan :p
2017-09-17 10:24
Nah. Vp owner said "star team get 20k each" and for vp star team is cs go team. Not dota or lol xp
2017-09-17 22:39
#130
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Poland TheSzymi 
Lack of motivation. When they loose some tournamets you can see that they dont really care that much. Last tournament that they cared about was PGL Major Krakow. They did kinda good on that if you look at the recent or back in the time results. I think that for sure they should cheange Taz, and who knows maybe Neo, but with Neo i have bigger sentimental problem.
2017-09-17 10:35
#133
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Macedonia AstralisGoat 
Few problems first one is they signed some long ass contracts and are stuck now until 2020, 2nd is the Polish tier 2-3 scene is very weak and replacing TaZ with one of the available players isn't going to do shit all for them. Final problem is VP's only star player Snax isn't performing and for a long time now, VP don't have that much fire power so when Snax if off his game they are basically a dead team. Pasha been pretty good last few months looks like he started practicing again so that's one positive. I think VP will stay same lineup, they were terrible in 2016, they are terrible in 2017, they stick together, they continue to be terrible, maybe win an odd event or 2 here and there but that's about it. VP should just learn from the Swedish scene that doing roster changes for shit players isn't going to make them better, staying together isn't going to make them better, so just accept it's a dead team like NiP & Fnatic basically.
2017-09-17 11:15
VP terrible in 2k16 lul? even in their slump they were the only team (twice) to take a map away from SK. Since Cevo Season 9 in end april 2k16 VP reached in all tournaments they have attended (except of 2 tournaments and in one of them they reached the QF, where they took a tough lose vs FaZe in a close BO3 in ELEAGUE Season 2), always SEMI-Finals atleast. And after end 2k16 till 19th Februar 2k17 VP were in in 2 Finals (one which they won) and in one Semi Final (3rd place) And I'm sure,that they could have done more in 2k16. As an example ECS Season's and ESL Pro League's, but their online games were just an embarrassment.
2017-09-17 12:38
#149
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Poland TheSzymi 
They can perform well and i believe they will. I also agree that this long term contract is something that they just don't really care about playing that much. Other thing is that they dont have any leader, who would be responsible for decisions etc. thats why they havent say bye bye to Taz yet, cause why would he want to leave the team and really good sallary for that. Snax isnt playing his game as IGL, that should be NEO if not i would try to seduce Neo aswell. I would give a try to innocent.
2017-09-17 16:46
hahaha love the way he tries to deny lineup changes and passin it on to "igl internal leadership role changes", just shut it will ya, lup changes soon boiss
2017-09-17 12:09
taz is pure shit, byali is alcoholic who party all the time and dont care about the game o much any more, neo started playng shit for long time now, he need to retire same as taz. and the bigest vp problem is snax not performing good, when he is at his top skill vp can win one or two lans here and there.
2017-09-17 12:18
give vp a gun and 5 bullets
2017-09-17 12:32
Pls Snax don't be an igl.. Waisting so much potential
2017-09-17 12:34
#140
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Brazil cadik 
disbanedrino plox
2017-09-17 12:35
#143
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African Union pepejerky 
-taz -neo +bntet +michu
2017-09-17 14:55
#144
oskar | 
Czech Republic PalY 
Neo Is good.. I think need change captain also i mean TaZ sorry i like VP but this Is my think...that's all...
2017-09-17 15:08
#146
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Poland Kuszotke 
Give TaZ the IGL role back. Leave NEO and Snax to do their jobs.
2017-09-17 15:13
> we can't find ourselves, maybe it's a lack of motivation I told you hltv it is the lack of motivation. How many fcking times are you supposed to play the same old maps like Mirage or Inferno.
2017-09-17 19:23
Easy way to make VP even worse than they are: make by far their best player the IGL. Well done.
2017-09-17 20:48
#156
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France cedd 
They honestly need a lineup change more than other team i can think of. shit is just not working. byali and taz need to go IMO.
2017-09-17 23:59
#157
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United States y0rk 
Imo VP seem to be too structured and not very loose in their play. It seems they're suffering from CS fatigue and just need to take a different look at the game.
2017-09-18 03:37
#159
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Estonia siimannwQw 
vp u just need to kick taz byali neo snax and pacha and take some new young players in u guys are too old and u need to stop playng this game :)
2017-09-18 14:03
#164
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Nepal TYZ4 
Ye. VP needs to make a Finnish superteam with Allu, Waylander, and 3 others
2017-09-19 09:15
I hope things work out for them. VP being a top team was always really fun to watch.
2017-09-19 08:17
#163
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Philippines $SCREAMER$ 
GL VP <3 Keep on Plowing!
2017-09-19 09:14
maybe check the minimap
2017-09-19 16:12
-byali -snax -taz +kuben +loord +LUq
2017-09-20 00:45
#170
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United States bravodog5  
when will they realize that vp is shit
2017-09-21 07:31
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