Virtus.pro part ways with AdreN
The Kazakhstani veteran leaves Virtus.pro after his second stint with the Russian organization, where he played for eight months in 2012-2013 and again for a similar amount of time in 2019-2020.
Although in his first time the team became a title contender as the first to challenge the legendary NiP roster for trophies, AdreN was far from as successful in his second spell with Virtus.pro, who exited most tournaments they attended in the bottom half.
Issues with in-game leadership plagued the team throughout, with the 30-year-old eventually taking up the mantle in March. In May, AdreN's spot in the lineup was endangered when they contemplated roster changes, but in the end it was Timur "buster" Tulepov who took time off and made space for a new talent in Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis.
With just a few days left before the new season begins, Virtus.pro have remained silent regarding the team's near future and the status of their fifth player. However, it appears that the team will have some time to decide on the best course of action as they are unlikely to play in any big competitions until IEM New York: Online in October. In the announcement, buster was still listed as an inactive player.
Virtus.pro now have:
Timur "buster" Tulepov (inactive)
Dastan "dastan" Akbayev (coach)