dastan: "If things don't work out, we'll be looking for new players in June"

Virtus.pro coach Dastan "dastan" Akbayev has admitted that the team will undergo roster changes in the summer if results don't improve.

The ex-AVANGAR team have been in a steady decline since peaking at No.3 in the world rankings in September following a grand final appearance at the StarLadder Major and a title-winning campaign at BLAST Pro Series Moscow.

dastan says that the team's improvements haven't translated into results

The CIS side ended 2019 with last-place finishes at the ECS Season 8 Finals and EPICENTER, and results haven't picked up this year. Virtus.pro went out last at DreamHack Open Leipzig and IEM Katowice, with a 5th-6th place finish at ICE Challenge in between.

"We consider a reshuffle, that's normal," dastan told Gameinside.ua. "As a team we can talk about it openly: we're demonstrating poor results.

"It's just that we're in the pre-Major period and all the teams are already set, so we decided that we probably won't make adjustments before it. Probably.

"We also believe that we can demonstrate better results with our current setup, instead of trying things out with new people. If things don't work out, then we'll be looking for new players come June."

The Kazakhstani coach had previously confessed to being concerned with the sequence of negative results, revealing that the team would be making "cardinal decisions after serious talks."

His comments led to speculation that Virtus.pro would soon revamp their roster, but no moves were made as teams in the CIS region have been busy preparing for the Minor qualifiers.

"In truth, there was a period where we were curious about various possibilities," dastan added. "However, the time isn't right because players are participating in the Minors.

"As a result, it's very difficult to secure the players that you want to; the buyout system in CS:GO isn't very effective, and buying players for ridiculous amounts - even though the money is the organization's, not our own - isn't normal."

The early exit in Katowice following defeats to Liquid and MAD Lions leaves Virtus.pro at risk of sliding out of the top 20 in the world rankings for the first time in six months. dastan insists that he has seen improvements in the server but acknowledges that working with the team has been frustrating at times.

"We initially wanted AdreN to be the captain, but because we had limited time before the tournament, we decided to postpone the change," dastan said. "We still expected good results here and didn't think that we'd have to resort to it.

"We bootcamped, but we spent little time there, around a week or so. I can't say that we had enough time to make significant changes. We worked on Vertigo, we played well on it. There are improvements to gameplay aspects, but playing better and showing results are two different beasts. I see that we're playing better than we did before, but it isn't yielding results.

"I think there is a list of reasons behind why we play poorly. It's not anything specific, it's a whole spectrum of things. Some people lost motivation, so we faced that problem. Some people dropped in individual form, and we're working on that as well.

"Players have developed their personal lives, more than a single individual in the team, which also has an impact. How do you build a personal life with such a peculiar [working] format? You're constantly at events or bootcamping, and I think players are working through that.

"There are also moments when we lost with a close score, and those losses also have a significant impact on the team's morale. Of course there were whitewash scores as well, but also a fair share of close matches, too. There are sometimes important moments when you need to win those sorts of games, and you face a completely different outcome. A single circumstance can impact the team in a long-term scenario."

Virtus.pro will return to action in ESL Pro League Season 11, which is scheduled to start on March 16. They have also secured entry into the ESL One Rio Major's New Legends Stage following their Berlin heroics.

Kazakhstan Dastan 'dastan' Akbayev
Dastan 'dastan' Akbayev
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
89
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
#1
valde | 
Denmark QBE_ 
Rip gl tho
2020-02-28 15:25
#4
NAF | 
United States skzl_ 
KEKW VP CURSE
2020-02-28 15:26
Very spooky
2020-02-28 15:40
#49
 | 
North America Zykleee 
dastwho?
2020-02-28 15:54
#5
HenkkyG | 
Czech Republic cortan 
:ddddddd this guy is so motivating
2020-02-28 15:26
lol +1
2020-02-28 18:33
lmao
2020-02-28 15:26
#7
NAF | 
United States skzl_ 
unlucky
2020-02-28 15:26
#8
 | 
United States Jgrnty8 
Players scared rn
2020-02-28 15:26
#81
pinto | 
Brazil GrilO_O 
AdreN and SANJI*** scared rn
2020-02-28 16:35
VP SHIT LOL
2020-02-28 15:26
#53
suNny | 
Slovakia TheLupa 
LOL
2020-02-28 15:55
#87
woxic | 
Ukraine ^vAl^ 
nice nick though(ukr spy)
2020-02-28 16:39
#10
 | 
United States Vollizie 
Oof
2020-02-28 15:26
Its Dastan Time
2020-02-28 15:27
#12
tarik | 
Germany mysterE 
Vp cruse
2020-02-28 15:27
#13
??? | 
Chile brotherman 
and qikert rejected navi LOOOOOOOOL
2020-02-28 15:27
#48
 | 
Netherlands Zimbamwe 
true actual braindead +1
2020-02-28 15:53
#76
 | 
Brazil SecondKS 
LUL hahaha
2020-02-28 16:32
#188
 | 
United States VRGcarsonqi 
LMAOOOO
2020-02-29 13:33
#14
 | 
Bulgaria goshyy 
Best coach 2020
2020-02-28 15:27
#100
 | 
Sweden yayer 
:D
2020-02-28 17:01
I still can't believe just how much they have struggled since that final vs Astralis, they have looked like a completely different team.
2020-02-28 15:28
#29
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2 
they won a tournament after that final ?
2020-02-28 15:40
Which one was that? I can't remember.
2020-02-28 15:48
#40
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2 
#39
2020-02-28 15:51
Wow, I cant remember that tournament at all. I think it's fair though to say that beside Blast Moscow, they have struggled a lot.
2020-02-28 15:55
#54
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2 
now you are right
2020-02-28 15:55
#39
RUSH | 
Spain Gronk22 
Blast Moscow
2020-02-28 15:50
#64
 | 
Finland HARD4ENCE 
The major run was a fluke.
2020-02-28 16:16
Jame (awper-IGL) Qikert (tradder) Buster (support and 2nd awper) Lack1 (entry) SomeDieYoung (lurker)
2020-02-28 15:28
This team will become a lootbet team if they remove sanji from the lineup
2020-02-28 15:38
he does a lot of the crappy work the rest of the team wont do im sure
2020-02-28 16:09
#77
 | 
Brazil SecondKS 
-Lack +ramzik
2020-02-28 16:33
#97
 | 
Sweden txshirx 
You mean the selfish matchfixer?
2020-02-28 16:56
#118
ropz | 
Europe STFU_M8 
JAME IGL wont work ffs. As you see in INTERVIEW they wanted ADREN to lead.
2020-02-28 17:45
#17
flusha | 
Norway outin 
Hahahaha wtf purring that pressure
2020-02-28 15:28
...should replace AdreN earlier than that though, with all due respect for him, a legendary player in both 1.6 and cs:go years, mvp of 2017's major, multiple times TOP 20 player accross all versions of the games, but its time to move on, if he doesnt want to drag the team's moral down even longer which they would take longer to recover form after he leaves in June ir gets kicked out, he should leave sooner and at least let them try another player before june, and if 1 player change wouldnt be enough by June then they can then replace another one, but hsould start with AdreN, but I hope he leaves himself and doesnt get removed, either or, its time to move on, caues even if "things work out" liek they hope for, they might end up beeing in a final again here and there once in a while, but wouldnt be consistent, no point of wasting more time to just appear in one of the finals of potentially big event in the future, its time to try getting consistent in getting close to winnin and not to losing :D anyway gg gl
2020-02-28 15:29
#19
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara 
-AdreN -Sanji bb gl
2020-02-28 15:30
#79
 | 
Brazil SecondKS 
+Ramzik +hObbit
2020-02-28 16:34
SANJI is the second best player or the best player in this time
2020-02-29 06:16
#20
 | 
Spain Silber_ 
+neo +taz +pasha +byali
2020-02-28 15:31
#44
daps | 
North America JC_123 
+bntet too
2020-02-28 15:52
lol
2020-02-28 18:17
u forgot snax
2020-02-28 16:30
Snax washed
2020-02-28 17:36
-byali Snax and byali washed up snakes
2020-02-28 20:21
#189
 | 
United States VRGcarsonqi 
+1
2020-02-29 16:46
#187
ArS | 
Kazakhstan saniyaq13 
lool :D
2020-02-29 13:29
Qikert rejected Na'Vi for this HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2020-02-28 15:34
AdreN 1 major, S1mple 0 major
2020-02-28 15:35
AdreN 30 years old, s1mple 22 years old
2020-02-28 15:37
Israel 70 years old World more than 2020 years old
2020-02-28 15:49
+1
2020-02-28 17:32
xD
2020-02-28 15:56
+1
2020-02-28 16:37
THINGS ALREADY DONT WORK OUT -AdreN ffs
2020-02-28 15:34
Maybe for a new coach too? axaxa
2020-02-28 15:37
#28
 | 
Russia sanyabondarev 
AdreN good bye
2020-02-28 15:40
AKA -adren
2020-02-28 15:41
#31
 | 
Spain akproxx 
Looooool wat a loser org and coach
2020-02-28 15:41
Damn, not really a professional statement
2020-02-28 15:42
#33
 | 
Israel OKOptimistic1 
From major final to this lol
2020-02-28 15:45
You need to look for new players asap.
2020-02-28 15:49
#37
 | 
Czech Republic szkk 
VP Oskar
2020-02-28 15:49
- sanji - adren + shiro + sdy
2020-02-28 15:50
#41
daps | 
North America JC_123 
+1 I thought same thing
2020-02-28 15:52
2 awpers rip brain
2020-02-28 15:52
#82
 | 
Brazil SecondKS 
sh1ro and jame awp? NO! +sdy +hobbit or ramzik
2020-02-28 16:36
Ramizik awper as well
2020-02-28 17:53
#148
 | 
Brazil SecondKS 
so hobbit is the man
2020-02-28 18:37
Ramzik did 322 in syman and got kicked for it lol. Guy must be happy he quit without drama around
2020-02-29 06:00
Just add Hobbit and -SANJI
2020-02-28 15:52
#43
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
Well its obvious: -Sanji -AdreN, maybe even Qikert lol.
2020-02-28 15:52
-SANJI +Hobbit would be enough
2020-02-28 15:53
#58
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
Well maybe yeah.
2020-02-28 15:57
#119
ropz | 
Europe STFU_M8 
SANJI is the guy doing shit work, playing bad positions, dropping weapon, going first, trying to enter for team. If he goes, then its gonna be always JAME TIME on T side, since everyone will bait each other
2020-02-28 17:47
#50
 | 
United Kingdom Breezeeh 
Qikert is too good / expensive to be dropped
2020-02-28 15:54
#57
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
Qikert was amazing a few months back, but after he said "I wont join NaVi" he just started to perform worse and worse.
2020-02-28 15:57
#83
 | 
United Kingdom Breezeeh 
His rating is still pretty good though, especially considering his role. He’s good enough for Na’Vi but they don’t really want to make any changes rn. He’s kinda stuck until then and hopefully he’l be out of contract by then, can’t remember how long he signed for
2020-02-28 16:37
so, after this news it ll happen soon then
2020-02-28 15:52
-adren asap
2020-02-28 15:55
it must be wonderful to have this guy on the team
2020-02-28 15:57
#59
 | 
Israel wetz 
saying this wont help the moral and the team to perform
2020-02-28 15:58
Welcome to CIS tier 3 management practice. Next comes reshuffles after losing another lootbet 322 cup every week, recycling the recycled ones
2020-02-29 05:57
#60
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2 
"I'm so happy that I didn't join Na`Vi when they invited me after our really good start in Rio and Kiev. I think that is what forced me to believe in my team" Alexey "qikert" Golubev
2020-02-28 16:00
we all make mistakes, that one was a big one from qikert
2020-02-28 16:10
#68
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2 
i literally have no idea why CIS players as of lately pass on an opportunity to join such a prestigious and the most prominent CS organization . You are gonna get state of the art services and shit , you get to play alongside one of the best CS player ever and there`s gonna be a competent team behind your back which is gonna help you alongside and you can bet they are gonna be top notch.
2020-02-28 16:20
yeah and backstab your team for your own ego
2020-02-28 16:55
#101
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2 
how is it a backstab ? you are getting better opportunity , chance to play with better players , chance to improve more , chance to play against better players , lots of added benefits by being associated with a world renown Organization . Obviously anyone would like to feel the glory and be the best and if the offer gives you the chance instead of getting al of that instead of your current team which may not ever improve and drain your energy and time too , why not ?
2020-02-28 17:05
im just sayin, you either enjoy all those benefits or you are loyal to your team and believe in them and thats what he did. obviously no one could have know it would turn out that bad for him
2020-02-28 17:47
#123
ropz | 
Europe STFU_M8 
HOW IS IT BACKSTAB??? k1to and sysron left sprout for BIG. So how is that backstab, they are just too good be playing with sprout. They are playing pro cs and not going to school with their friends. If someone gets better offer, then he should grab it.
2020-02-28 17:50
#136
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2 
+1 , this guy gets it
2020-02-28 18:21
+2, its their profession ffs, play with friends at free time or streams
2020-02-29 05:54
#69
 | 
Finland HARD4ENCE 
This statement will haunt this guy for the rest of his career.
2020-02-28 16:22
There wont be bigger mistakes than kjarbye leaving astralis anyway
2020-02-28 17:49
this is true xD
2020-02-28 18:14
#135
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2 
+1 on that.
2020-02-28 18:20
+1 refusing Navi was the worst choice of qikert and fl1nt. they are 2 retards tbh
2020-02-28 22:53
kick adren noob
2020-02-28 16:02
-SANJI +YEKINDAR -AdreN +n0rb3rt
2020-02-28 16:18
Guardian is free
2020-02-28 16:19
-adren, sanji, buster + slo(not anymore)VAC, zeus, ceh9
2020-02-29 05:53
That's how you motivate your team lol
2020-02-28 16:20
Indeed, classic tier 3 CIS management trick
2020-02-29 05:51
BRING BACK OLD GOLDEN5 VP, GIVE THEM A LAST CHANCE
2020-02-28 16:23
#71
 | 
Kazakhstan Nauak 
-SANJI -AdreN +nealaN +n0rb3r7
2020-02-28 16:24
QIKERT KEKW
2020-02-28 16:29
-everyone disband is coming
2020-02-28 16:30
#75
jks | 
Russia Tank0v 
-SANJI -Adren +mir +sdy
2020-02-28 16:31
Oh shit VP members sweating
2020-02-28 16:34
#80
??? | 
Chile brotherman 
"I'm so happy that I didn't join Na`Vi when they invited me after our really good start in Rio and Kiev. I think that is what forced me to believe in my team" Alexey "qikert" Golubev
2020-02-28 16:35
Save this for “VP bench CS GO roster” news 👌😉
2020-02-29 05:50
just disband, they are playing horrible...
2020-02-28 16:37
+Zeus +sdy and ez major tbh
2020-02-28 16:56
I hope Zeus will create Na`Vi.oldschools or pro100 line-up and pick SDY, jR and some good Ukrainian players. Our scene is dying cuz Na`Vi removed all our oldschools, legends and veterans from their roster and took Russians instead. Ukraine had one of the best scenes in the World in 2009-2011. Now it's almost dead. S1mple is saving our scene cuz he is the best player for many years, but he will not play like this forever.
2020-02-28 17:10
young ukranian players are growing, navi jr has some really good prospects, so don't worry. In 2-3 years we will have t1 ukrainian team
2020-02-28 17:35
#144
jks | 
Australia Rene_Gade 
..or Russians took Navi
2020-02-28 18:32
F
2020-02-28 16:39
#88
 | 
Ukraine KingOfSoloSex 
+Zeus pls
2020-02-28 16:44
#89
 | 
Argentina XaiDN 
BIGGEST FLUKE
2020-02-28 16:44
#90
Poland xBG1 
They need change him not any player, vp strats are so bad
2020-02-28 16:45
you know he didnt call for the strats right?
2020-02-28 17:09
But he is making some % on tactics i guess, i know jame and qikert are igl but vp is top easy to read in the game
2020-02-28 17:43
#91
 | 
France RoberP 
F
2020-02-28 16:45
Qikert are you still happy to stay now? )
2020-02-28 16:52
Somebody should ask him in an interview lmao
2020-02-29 05:48
Idk last places on every tournament AdreN bottomfragging on every single match And they still keeping him in team lol
2020-02-28 16:53
MaJoR WinNaRr exZpErIaNsE
2020-02-29 05:47
As soon as you even get one new person everything changes good luck with that not a good move to shuffle fix what you have
2020-02-28 16:56
#98
vberg | 
North America Mang0 
You should replace Adren ASAP, maybe that's all that's needed
2020-02-28 17:00
#99
 | 
United States JustBitsy 
All the most successful teams have the same mentality. Get gud or get kicked lke astralis, liquid or navi. You are out if you go negative at all.
2020-02-28 17:00
Is that why Stewie2k is still in the team despite bottom fragging every game? Cool.
2020-02-28 17:12
#112
jks | 
Australia Rene_Gade 
i dont think you understand how the game works lmao.
2020-02-28 17:33
#160
 | 
United States JustBitsy 
100T Replaces all their players when they under perform that's why they got rid of liazz and grat months ago.
2020-02-29 01:30
rip adren
2020-02-28 17:05
true
2020-02-28 17:13
#107
 | 
Brazil xacinero 
First of all: -dastan
2020-02-28 17:22
+11111111110
2020-02-29 05:45
Ciao AdreN
2020-02-28 17:26
#109
 | 
Albania _FLORENZ_ 
-sanji -AdreN +nealan +lack1
2020-02-28 17:29
#110
jks | 
Australia Rene_Gade 
revamp ur jersey too while youre at it
2020-02-28 17:31
Who the fuck is you ?
2020-02-28 17:40
Manager “coach” wannabe
2020-02-29 05:45
#117
 | 
Europe FreshX 
O KURWOOO
2020-02-28 17:44
#121
 | 
Ukraine beazztov 
+Zeus And they win major
2020-02-28 17:49
Seen this before in the past, ez major, ez the best YT vlogs :D
2020-02-29 05:44
That is a curse of stealing organization from Polish better VP
2020-02-28 17:50
Adren and Sanji are sweating in fear rn
2020-02-28 17:55
+1
2020-02-28 18:22
Gambot scenario incoming they will kick sanji then adren will be captain and add mir seized or same shit and ez tier 3 team then disband ))
2020-02-28 18:03
+1, it will be something like -sanji -adren +seized +fitch xdddd gg virtus pro
2020-02-28 18:23
Zeus coach - ez major :DD
2020-02-29 05:43
#129
 | 
United States mo_bamba 
just disband dead team
2020-02-28 18:04
Sure? Maybe all they need is just change individualy bad players for younger and better aim, than bootcamp for a month and better results
2020-02-28 18:36
you can already remove sanji
2020-02-28 18:07
#133
 | 
Hungary Shiron212 
Let's go Kazakh cs
2020-02-28 18:16
#139
 | 
Japan Inlivino 
Virtus Curse
2020-02-28 18:24
#140
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
lol, they got jame/qikert both were calling and they had good results now they want to test adren as igl LMAOOOOOOOOOO
2020-02-28 18:25
Gambot flashbacks, yikes
2020-02-29 05:42
gonna remove the coach XD karma
2020-02-28 18:26
Actually the best solution, dastan was a manager since avangar :DD
2020-02-29 05:41
What a trash coach, nothing like openly threaten to sack your team to improve results. This will certainly motivate them.
2020-02-28 18:28
if Adren become IGL . it's helpful. they need own cs.
2020-02-28 18:28
probably AdreN or SANJI but i dont think they will kick the player who sacrifices himself doing dirty works for the team aka SANJI.
2020-02-28 18:32
WOW VP CURSED.
2020-02-28 18:39
Healthy work enviroment
2020-02-28 19:38
imagine if qikert will be kicked after he said no to navi xddddd
2020-02-28 22:05
Oooffffff xDDDDD gonna make mix with FL1T, “The 1,5kk millions boys”, I ll give them this name for free
2020-02-29 05:40
#155
 | 
Canada dennek 
-adren +norbert
2020-02-28 22:16
They may revive gambit with mou and dosia, looks really shitty tho cos everybody from there are grandpas, but they may be desperate enough to try, at least a meme team guaranteed
2020-02-29 05:38
#156
 | 
United States caliprep 
Why is VP still a thing in 2020, just go under
2020-02-28 22:48
just disband trashes
2020-02-28 22:52
#159
 | 
United Kingdom IxionCS 
Too good for Navi though
2020-02-28 22:55
xDDDDDDDDD “Avangar much more promising” xDddddddd Probably biting his nails and gets rage attacks when watching navi)
2020-02-29 05:36
+mou +dosia
2020-02-29 01:56
Ah shit, here we go again....
2020-02-29 05:35
#162
mir | 
Russia 1hebest! 
Virtus.Pro +Forester and mir, OK.
2020-02-29 04:31
Qikert wassup, thx for rejecting navi, perfecto is a gem
2020-02-29 05:34
it s okey to be a gay
2020-03-01 20:08
+1
2020-03-02 00:12
-Adren -Sanji +mir +sdy
2020-02-29 06:39
They will go out 0 - 3
2020-02-29 09:35
Jame stopped dominating, why? Adren is a bot and needs to be cut. Then Sanji if that doesnt help
2020-02-29 09:43
"Sanji drop ei doubleu pi pls"
2020-02-29 10:40
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.