starix steps down from Spirit
Sergey "starix" Ischuk is no longer a part of Spirit's roster, the organization has announced today. Vladyslav "arch" Svistov will be stepping in for the time being as a temporary replacement.
Spirit pointed out a "lack of progress and the results over the past few weeks" as the reason for the change, with their recent results being failed qualification attempts for events such as DreamHack Open Denver, where they went out to HellRaisers, and WCA 2017, where they were eliminated in the closed qualifier by AVANGAR.
In the official announcement, Spirit point out that the decision to depart the active roster was a mutual one, with the team manager Ruslan Bugrin stating that, even though he is no longer a player, starix is still a part of the organization:
"The decision was not easy, but Sergei and I talked and came to the conclusion that [leaving the roster] would be better for the team and for his personal growth. Sergei is still in the organization, we offered him several options for further cooperation. Now everything depends only on Sergei, he needs some time to make a decision. "
Spirit are now:
Sergey "starix" Ischuk (benched)