Virtus.pro sign YEKINDAR, buster to take break
Virtus.pro have announced that they have completed the signing of former pro100 talent Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis from pro100, with Timur "buster" Tulepov temporarily exiting the active roster to take a short break.
He ended 2019 in hot demand as he averaged a team-high 1.39 rating in pro100's victories at the DreamHack Delhi Invitational and Qi Banja Luka, and he maintained that form in the first months of 2020 with an average rating of 1.16 in all competitions.
Virtus.pro coach Dastan "dastan" Akbayev had already admitted in February that the team were contemplating roster changes after a poor run of form that had seen them exit four LAN events out of five in last place. However, he ruled out making changes before June as the ESL One Rio Major - which has since been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic - was then around the corner.
This change will see Virtus.pro move down from first to third in the CIS RMR Rakings as they lose 20 percent of the 1900 points that they had amassed to date.
Meanwhile, the organization also announced the signing of a new psychologist, Maxim "MaAd" Goncharov, as well as a second coach, Counter-Strike 1.6 veteran Aleksey "Flatra" Zlobich, who previously played for the Russian-based side in 2004.
It has yet to be revealed who buster will replace on the roster when he returns from the break. A Tweet from Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov, who had reported on Virtus.pro's move for YEKINDAR, suggests Sanjar "SANJI" Kuliev is next on the chopping block, while Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev's future with the team could also be in danger.
With this change, Virtus.pro now have:
Timur "buster" Tulepov (on a break)