Vitality bench NBK-*
Vitality broke out earlier this year, winning cs_summit 4 and the ECS Season 7 Finals, and became a regular making playoff runs at Big Events, eventually landing the #2 spot on the world ranking in July behind Liquid.
Good results aside, Vitality’s hopes of making a deep run at a Major were halted early in Berlin despite making it out of the group stage with victories over FaZe, North, and mousesports, and their only loss coming in a two-map series against ENCE. AVANGAR, the first team to secure a bert in the grand final, was the team that stopped Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut and company on their tracks with a 2-1 series win in the quarter-finals.
According to information gathered by 1pv.fr, tensions had been mounting within Vitality for the past few months, causing a rift between NBK-—who recently lost his role as leader and captain—and the rest of the team, which eventually ended in the player's benching.
Some names have been leaked as possible substitutes, such as that of Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey, although no decisions on the matter have been made as of yet.
Rémy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam (coach)
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt (benched)
CSGO Update: we decided to remove @NBK from the starting roster. The team has shown amazing results but a change was needed as the squad in its current form, with 2 in-game leaders, reached its limits.— Team Vitality (@TeamVitality) September 7, 2019
* The report was confirmed by Vitality at the time of publishing.