Virtus.pro launch second CS:GO team

Called VP.Prodigy, the academy squad will coexist with the main lineup as the organisation looks to develop new talent.

Virtus.pro, whose main team, featuring Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali and Alexey "⁠qikert⁠" Golubev, is currently ranked 29th in the world, has announced a secondary squad called VP.Prodigy, built around young and unproven CIS talent.

With this move, Virtus.pro follow in the footsteps of rival regional organizations NAVI and Gambit, which formed academy squads NAVI Junior and Gambit Youngsters in 2019.

Former Espada player h1glaiN is the most experienced member of VP.Prodigy

Virtus.pro CEO Sergey Glamazda explained that the success of their secondary DOTA2 team inspired them to expand the same way in CS:GO, adding that "there are a lot of different tournaments right now for our second roster to participate in, without interfering with our first roster. Two squads can successfully coexist in the ecosystem".

The search for a leader of the team, a coach, started this summer, with Vladislav "⁠Flash_1⁠" Bykov entrusted with the project. "Our main goal was to find not only skilled players, but also interesting personalities who could avoid conflicts and work together as a team," Mikhail Artemyev, CS:GO branch manager said. "As far as I can tell, we've managed to build a perfect squad in terms of team morale and potential".

The team features 18-20 year old players from the CIS region with limited experience, barring Vadim "⁠h1glaiN⁠" Tanasiuk who spent half a year in Espada and has 130 HLTV maps played on record.

VP.Prodigy are now:

Ukraine Vadim "⁠h1glaiN⁠" Tanasiuk
Russia Maksim "⁠awesome⁠" Zyuzko
Ukraine Serhii "⁠muR⁠" Hres
Russia Evgeny "⁠Norwi⁠" Ermolin
Russia Aleksandr "mefixs" Ilukhin

Russia Vladislav "⁠Flash_1⁠" Bykov (coach)

Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
863
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
Russia Vladislav 'Flash_1' Bykov
Vladislav 'Flash_1' Bykov
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
96
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Russia Maksim 'awesome' Zyuzko
Maksim 'awesome' Zyuzko
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.74
Maps played:
7
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.77
APR:
0.08
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
943
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Russia Evgeny 'Norwi' Ermolin
Evgeny 'Norwi' Ermolin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
11
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Vadim 'h1glaiN' Tanasiuk
Vadim 'h1glaiN' Tanasiuk
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
135
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Serhii 'muR' Hres
Serhii 'muR' Hres
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.10
WTF
2020-09-24 18:18
i only know higlain, anyone can speak about the others?
2020-09-24 18:20
#29
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Canada Matchfix
I only know higlain as well, can anyone speak about the others?
2020-09-24 18:21
i dont even know higlain, can anyone speak about the others?
2020-09-24 18:28
#72
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Finland AleksiBOT
Academy team would be better than current VP.
2020-09-24 18:40
Higlain played on espada with dima, that's all i know.
2020-09-24 18:44
2020-09-24 18:44
0.72 , not surprising no one ever heard of em
2020-09-24 19:38
Norwi was vac banned for a couple of days, but unbanned afterwards. It was all 4-5 months ago
2020-09-24 18:29
Interesting personalities.
2020-09-24 18:45
norwi very strong faceit player
2020-09-24 20:51
i know awesome. He has played for Impala's 5balls and poka's bezotca.
2020-09-28 05:15
0.9 0.7 0.8 0.8 ratings kkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-09-24 18:22
#40
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Europe PowwneD
Young prodigy u know...
2020-09-24 18:25
omegalul
2020-09-24 18:28
Young prodigy omegalul
2020-09-24 19:00
ye 2 matches with some CIS rofl mixes against Spirit clearly shows the potential of these players. They are no namers. 1 of them dont even have a hltv page lol
2020-09-24 19:24
24 y.o coach
2020-09-24 18:24
well it's okay as a 24yo if you haven't got any success in gaming maybe you should try coaching, it's an interesting part of the game too
2020-09-24 18:49
Inspired by Dota lmao, how sad, VP to go bankrupt soon
2020-09-25 02:46
Wtf lets goooo
2020-09-24 18:18
GOOD!
2020-09-24 18:18
why no fander good sniper
2020-09-24 18:18
#129
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Russia bult0
fANDER to hl
2020-09-24 20:10
he got regected
2020-09-24 20:10
#132
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Russia bult0
source?
2020-09-24 20:12
2020-09-24 20:14
#134
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Russia bult0
unlucko. what about crazy results Hard Play told about lmao?
2020-09-24 20:15
russkie nazad(((
2020-09-24 20:18
#161
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Russia Orotimaru
cuz awesome just better
2020-09-25 00:08
#6
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
Virtus Who?
2020-09-24 18:18
#64
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Egypt w7tv
+1 vp is dead
2020-09-24 18:38
they havent played for 3 months. They were beating Spirit, Gambit Y, Godsent, Heroic and some other solid teams before the corona situation got worse. 0/8
2020-09-24 19:27
they lost to dignitas nt bad team
2020-09-24 19:41
Circus.Proo
2020-09-24 19:24
new trend?
2020-09-24 18:18
lets gooooo
2020-09-24 18:18
#9
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United States wtcce4
legit forgot they had a first one
2020-09-24 18:18
+1 i thought VP is back but no somehow a second team
2020-09-24 20:19
trash
2020-09-24 18:19
#11
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Denmark Jonasnhj
LUL WTF
2020-09-24 18:19
cant wait to see how this one crashes and fails
2020-09-24 18:19
#15
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Netherlands Wimmie
Pacha??
2020-09-24 18:20
#96
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Poland godBASR
Pacha??
2020-09-24 19:03
Pacha??
2020-09-24 19:18
#124
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Poland GodLk
Pacha??
2020-09-24 20:00
Lol VP so good we got a sequel
2020-09-24 18:20
#17
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Russia powforce_
OKAY LET'S GOOO
2020-09-24 18:20
#19
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Spain PraKaN1
Under 1 rating team, noice
2020-09-24 18:20
players who played at t10 and still all under 1 xD
2020-09-24 20:19
Why have 1 good team when you can have 2 dog ones?
2020-09-24 18:20
#92
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Austria SplasJ
u know whats even better 3 dog teams xD
2020-09-24 18:58
#107 0 iq cells out of 8
2020-09-24 19:28
#21
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Estonia qoznyyy
why launch second team when ur main team is like top 30? lol
2020-09-24 18:20
good
2020-09-24 18:20
Who???
2020-09-24 18:20
I completely forgot about vp 🤣
2020-09-24 18:21
#27
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Denmark devnr1
gl boys
2020-09-24 18:21
0.85 squad
2020-09-24 18:21
#30
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Switzerland x676
ahahhhhaahhahahahahaahhahahahaah
2020-09-24 18:22
#32
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Latvia YungPan666
Any kazakh player?
2020-09-24 18:23
#101
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Kazakhstan riven1337
plus
2020-09-24 19:14
who?
2020-09-24 18:23
#34
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Serbia LtN))
OK
2020-09-24 18:23
24yo coach? LOOOOL
2020-09-24 18:24
Is their first roster playing matches or I havent seen recently
2020-09-24 18:24
Nice
2020-09-24 18:25
Their main roster is tier 2 and they make another roster, why?
2020-09-24 18:25
#107 0 iq cells out of 8
2020-09-24 19:29
#116
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United Kingdom ulan
can't read?
2020-09-24 19:38
Nice!
2020-09-24 18:25
#45
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Hungary Shiron212
Good luck
2020-09-24 18:26
#46
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Germany DEBlL
no Poles = no win
2020-09-24 18:26
nice try polish immigrant no scene no contracts
2020-09-24 19:30
#128
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Germany DEBlL
not a immigrant but i just realised u have swedish flag and i dont talk with islamists((
2020-09-24 20:04
resist
2020-09-24 20:21
u admitted urself that ur polish, no need to lie now + imagine saying such things while being in Germany lol
2020-09-24 21:40
#153
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Germany DEBlL
learn to read first, i didnt say im not polish and germany is way better country that svedistan
2020-09-24 21:47
bUAHHAAHAHAHAHHH from tier 1 to tier 22
2020-09-24 18:26
This is their second roster
2020-09-24 19:30
doesn't matter still trash team after change lineup
2020-09-24 19:42
#107 0/8
2020-09-24 19:49
who
2020-09-24 18:29
This is clever, every org should do it. It costs them almost nothing and if they find some real talent, it will pay out in the future.
2020-09-24 18:29
#75
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United States stotte
It won't work in NA because the reason Academy teams died in the first place is because of conflict of interest. EU and CIS orgs can sign Academy teams because there is a big enough scene outside of ESEA and Faceit to earn money in. NA has nothing. It's ESEA or Mythic league, and only playing Mythic league is not going to work.
2020-09-24 18:43
kjaerbye was 18 when he won major this is not acadEmy team it is charity for bad players
2020-09-24 18:29
Bad players? Also, who cares about Kjaerbye? He is literally a dogshit who left the team and ruined his career. DreamHack open is his biggest achievement so far. There are much older players with bunch of titles who havent won a major yet, who cares?
2020-09-24 19:34
good one
2020-09-24 18:30
#58
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Brazil KingDavi
Ez for papito
2020-09-24 18:33
Yes very interesting personalities
2020-09-24 18:33
ok
2020-09-24 18:35
Lmao VP still exists? Havent seen a game of them in a while
2020-09-24 18:37
#62
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Poland Astoner55
Nice young prodigy team with 0.90 and 0.80 ratings xD
2020-09-24 18:37
tier 7 team awesome!
2020-09-24 18:37
#65
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Latvia ErleN_
gg noob team
2020-09-24 18:38
mefix KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-09-24 18:39
#68
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Europe DoktorEgg
Virtus Amateurs
2020-09-24 18:39
#69
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Brazil S0N1CANGEL
what a shit team fuck
2020-09-24 18:39
maybe focus on disbanding the first team instead
2020-09-24 18:39
#71
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Latvia Andreyq
if navi junior actually created a team with potential players for the future navi then wtf is this
2020-09-24 18:40
#73
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Russia cyberneRy
VP.Millitia
2020-09-24 18:40
VP Prodigy XD Is this something like Navi JR ?
2020-09-24 18:43
still waiting for Gambit Main Team :(
2020-09-24 18:43
One team not enough?they already have 1 team which is not playing wtf?😂
2020-09-24 18:44
Academy team for a team ranked #29? Wtf is this?
2020-09-24 18:45
lol good luck
2020-09-24 18:47
#83
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Ukraine Dert38
3 russki 2 hohol secret of success
2020-09-24 18:47
Maybe fix VP #1 before making VP #2??
2020-09-24 18:47
#107 0 iq cells out of 8
2020-09-24 19:35
VP biggest flukers of all time, they had one good run and since then massive inconsistency. defendingVP/8
2020-09-24 20:00
Ah, I see, another retard who knows nothing about the game and Avangar / ex Avangar. thats why they keep beating trash tier 1 teams on daily basis :(
2020-09-24 21:44
they aint beating shit lol
2020-09-24 21:49
When I read the headline I expected a polish team
2020-09-24 18:52
They know how to waste money
2020-09-24 18:54
esea open team
2020-09-24 18:58
h1glaiN is trash, other 4 I don't know who they are, overall I don't think it will give much success for VP.
2020-09-24 18:58
#95
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Denmark Dust_2_Go
Why did they sell their DOTA 2 team for this a top 5 of all time DOTA 2 team for an almost meaningless cis squad GG
2020-09-24 19:02
Top 5 yea, can win tournaments yea but choke on the most important tournament of the year - dota 2 major (that actually means something) the International
2020-09-24 19:10
Their Dota 2 roster was n.1 for a few years. They had a preety huge era. And they did not sell their dota 2 roster yet. They ll probably think over about the future and kick 2-4 players before start training again
2020-09-24 19:37
mir and mur XD
2020-09-24 19:05
Yea but why
2020-09-24 19:08
#99
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Nepal Aguminok
ok i knew it months ago
2020-09-24 19:09
#102
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United Kingdom tank6123
my boy h1glain gonna tear it up
2020-09-24 19:14
Shame that esports is a different thing than traditionl sports, 17-18 yo players with shitty statistics are doomed to fail in this industry as players
2020-09-24 19:18
#105 0/8
2020-09-24 19:38
why have 1 shit team when u can have TWOOOOOOO
2020-09-24 19:39
awesome with the 0.76 rating lmao
2020-09-24 19:51
Weren't academy teams banned by Valve? I'm lost.
2020-09-24 19:54
#131
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Russia bult0
NAVI Junior and BIG academy are a joke to you?
2020-09-24 20:10
North academy certainly was.
2020-09-24 21:29
#174
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Russia bult0
I mean these are joke teams but at least they exist
2020-09-25 09:59
#126
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Indonesia DioBrando
Mur??? LOL
2020-09-24 20:00
history here i am
2020-09-24 20:03
Nice! Good luck VP.Prodigy!
2020-09-24 20:23
Wow such pro gamings unrealz many wow :o
2020-09-24 20:38
fix your first team and then make a secound
2020-09-24 20:54
#143
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Hungary saxxo
First, they should have a decent main team I think...
2020-09-24 21:06
What are they paying these shitters? 5 bucks a month?
2020-09-24 21:25
1000-2000$ min
2020-09-24 23:35
#146
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Poland JKG
dog ruski in VP again LMAO Just make new super polish roster and comeback to TOP10
2020-09-24 21:31
mur - budget mir?
2020-09-24 21:37
#148
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Chile cristiaan
GL
2020-09-24 21:38
#152
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Sweden Lagge15
Good for them. I wish more teams work out a way around the academy rules set up by Valve. So far it just seems like SA and CIS teams know how to
2020-09-24 21:47
#155
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Denmark R11S
Jame time v2
2020-09-24 22:13
ruski tier 10000 team
2020-09-24 23:30
Mens this is ultra bad roster
2020-09-24 23:35
They should focus in making the main one to work
2020-09-24 23:42
wtf? lol
2020-09-24 23:58
Who the hell names himself awesome🤦‍♂️
2020-09-25 00:15
#169
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Germany Jermen
So he can hear what he's never heard before, people calling him awesome.
2020-09-25 08:32
lol yeah talk about inferiority complex
2020-09-25 08:41
#164
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United States iamZNDR
But... but... their first roster isn’t even good...
2020-09-25 03:08
it was allowed in Dota before to have 2 or more teams under 1 org but Valve removed it due to possible Monopoly and Matchfix. Lol. What more to expect here?
2020-09-25 05:13
-virtus.pro +virtus.pro
2020-09-25 07:25
what a retarded naming. Virtus.academy looks better imo
2020-09-25 08:20
better think about your 1st team, after that try to make a another team...
2020-09-25 08:22
#175
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Europe legal2333
+1 based
2020-09-25 11:25
why you worrying about a second team when your main roster is trash
2020-09-25 08:42
Disband plz
2020-09-25 09:14
what is the point of this lol
2020-09-25 09:23
Fix the first team firstly then launch second so both teams wouldnt be trash :)
2020-09-25 12:31
N kick the tadzhiks, there are a lot of better players in CIS, except Qikert ofc he is good
2020-09-25 12:32
#178
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Poland Hypu
-jame -sanji -buster -yekindar -qikert +pasha +snax +byali +taz +neo ez fix for main squad
2020-09-25 13:47
#179
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Bulgaria PiNKO16
cuz their 1st team is so succesfull...
2020-09-25 16:54
weebs
2020-09-25 17:35
who ?
2020-09-25 18:48
#182
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Australia popoto
0.8 kd prodigy
2020-09-25 19:04
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