Bpro bench poizon amid interest from Windigo
The 19-year-old was immediately linked with a move to Windigo, Bulgaria's top-ranked team, with Maksym Bednarskyi, CEO of the Ukrainian organisation, confirming the interest in the player but stressing that a deal had not yet been completed.
Contacted by HLTV.org, Bpro CEO Alexander "JoSeKi" Gerenski admitted to being "shocked" with poizon's attitude and underlined that the player will not be allowed to play for another team unless a transfer is agreed.
"Once Windigo's players contacted poizon last week, it was clear that they wanted to hire him to replace one of their players," Gerenski told HLTV.org. "Initially, poizon was asked to buy himself out of his contract, which is preposterous in professional gaming.
"Soon after they realised that it was not possible, Windigo's manager contacted us to make an official offer, but we did not reach an agreement. However, they proceeded to contact poizon and shared the details of our negotiations.
"poizon has now said that he will be playing for Windigo in the ESL Pro League. We would like to state that Bpro Gaming has a contract with poizon and under no circumstances have we agreed on a transfer or to let the player stand in for another team.
"We value poizon very highly and he is a core player on our roster. The whole team has attempted to bring him back as we are very shocked by the quick turnaround in his motivation to play for the team.
"As of today, and after his message on social media, the player will be benched from the team until we have clarified the reasons behind the sudden changes. Bpro has been rising through the ranks recently and we feel that some players may be attempting to interfere and destroy our great efforts."
poizon is widely regarded as one of the finest young talents in the Balkans. He has averaged a 1.29 rating in 2018, helping the team to win numerous tournaments, most notably the ESL Southeast Europe Championship Season 6 Finals, at the start of the year.
Currently ranked 37th in the world, Windigo had a slow start in the ESL Pro League, in which they currently sit in 12th place, with three victories from 12 games. Their next double header is scheduled for October 30, against Astralis.
Valentin "poizon" Vasilev (benched)