MICHU joins Virtus.pro on loan; TaZ benched
Kinguin have announced that they have agreed to let Michał "MICHU" Müller join Virtus.pro on a one-month loan.
The deal will see the 21-year-old act as a stand-in for Virtus.pro at their next two offline events, StarSeries i-League Season 4 and IEM Katowice, as a replacement for Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, who has been benched by the Russia-based organisation.
Michał "MICHU" Müller burst onto the scene in 2013 with GF-Gaming, playing alongside current Virtus.pro duo Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski and Paweł "byali" Bieliński. He went on play for teams like Meet Your Makers, G2 (back then still known as Gamers2) and Lounge Gaming before signing for Kinguin, whom he would help to a second-place finish at the 2016 WESG Finals.
In 2015, he acted as a stand-in for Virtus.pro at two events, Gfinity Spring Masters I and IEM San Jose, where the team placed third and 5th-8th, respectively.
The announcement comes after a run of poor form from Virtus.pro that culminated with the team going out of ELEAGUE Major Boston in the New Legends Stage following three straight defeats - winning just 16 rounds total.
"We promised our fans back in Atlanta that VP will only become stronger in the future," Virtus.pro General Manager Roman Dvoryankin told the organisation's website.
"This is a first step. It’s a small, but important one. I would like to welcome MICHU to our family, he’ll be playing with us for the next month, including at the SLTV and IEM events in Kiev and Katowice.
"In March, we will make further announcements on the lineup. I would also like to thank Wiktor for his commitment throughout the years of his time in Virtus.pro. He’s the main reason Golden 5 joined VP, kept playing for VP and kept playing together."
Before linking up with Virtus.pro, MICHU will play at least one more match for Kinguin in the Polish qualifiers for the V4 Future Sports Festival, with the team due to face PRIDE in the semi-finals, at 19:00.
With this move, Virtus.pro now have:
Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas (backup)
Kinguin's squad currently look as follows: