Hobbit departs Winstrike
The news comes ahead of the player break, at a point where Winstrike are ranked #32 in the world and sit sixth in the CIS RMR rankings. This roster change will cost them 20% of their 2750 RMR points, however, dropping Winstrike to the 10th spot, but leaving them with a reasonable chance to qualify for the Major at the final RMR event in Autumn.
During his stay with the team, Hobbit was the second-highest rated player on the team, lagging behind only Aleksey "El1an" Gusev, the promising 20-year-old AWPer. Talking about the decision to part ways with the team, Hobbit described it as a "tough choice":
"Today I've made a tough choice to leave Winstrike and head onward as a free agent. The team and the organization have really been there for me all this time and I do appreciate it and always will. But now we have to part ways. Stay in touch, Winstrike!" - Hobbit
The team's coach Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov will be stepping in for the remaining ESEA Advanced matches before Winstrike head to "a well-deserved vacation". The search and trials for a new fifth will take place when the team is back in action, in August:
"Now we are going to continue our journey at ESEA Advanced and then leave for a well-deserved vacation. When the team returns, we will test new players and start a season a little bit earlier. Even though we have lost 20% RMR-points, Winstrike is still in the race and we are going to fight to the finish line." - hooch
Winstrike are now:
Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov (coach/stand-in)