OKOLICIOUZ leaves Virtus.pro
The 22-year-old leaves the CIS organisation just three months after being recruited as a replacement for Paweł "byali" Bieliński, who had stepped down from the team after growing unhappy with recent results.
The benching came despite some improvements shown by Virtus.pro during his time with the team, who finished in second place at the ESL Polish Championship and reached the semi-finals at Moche XL Esports. But in terms of individual form, OKOLICIOUZ struggled to keep up with the rest of the squad, averaging a 0.92 rating during his time with the squad.
"Even though we reached the 32nd position in the rankings, something was not clicking," he wrote. "I think the problem was that the majority of our lineup was playing more aggressively, including myself.
"They needed a defensive player to support the other guys, mostly throwing nades, etc. I was confident that I was able to adapt to that role, even though I am an aggressive player in-game, because I know what I am capable of, and playing for VP had been my dream since I tried to become a professional, so how could I at least not try?
"But after some time, we all realised that was not the way we wanted to go. The guys needed a support player with more experience in this role, and I guess I realised that I did not really want to play that role anymore.
"It was still an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to play against the best teams in the world, not just in practice, but also in tournaments like ECS, the closed qualifier for the Europe Minor, and Moche XL Esports.
"I have learned from this mistake. One should always tell the roles they prefer to play and not try out other roles without having any experience."
Virtus.pro have not yet made any announcements regarding their fifth player position or phr's future, with the team currently in their second straight week inside the top 30 in the rankings. Their roster currently looks as follows:
Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski (Coach)