Vitality to bolster team with sixth player - Report
The French organisation is understood to be looking to add to its CS:GO team and has already drawn up a list of targets.
Vitality will soon add a sixth player to the team, according to a report from 1pv.fr. The French organisation has identified four transfer targets capable of taking up a backup role within the squad as it looks to prevent player burnout in the future.
LDLC player Ali "hAdji" Haïnouss, Heretics duo Bryan "Maka" Canda and Nabil "Nivera" Benrlitom, and K23's Nicolas "Keoz" Dgus are all understood to be on Vitality's shortlist. The report suggests that the player to be signed will depend on how negotiations between Vitality and the other organisations develop.
This is not the first time that hAdji has found himself linked with the French team, who currently sit at the top of the world rankings. He was a transfer target for Vitality when Alex "ALEX" McMeekin decided to step down from the squad, back in March. The organisation ended up signing 17-year-old Kévin "misutaaa" Rabier, one of the country's top prospects.
Maka and Nivera were both integral parts of Heretics during their impressive run between April and June, when the team competed in BLAST Rising and ESL One: Road to Rio, and hovered around the top 20 in the world rankings. Keoz attended last year's StarLadder Major with Syman, who rebranded as K23 last month.
Vitality look set to become the latest high-profile organisation to embrace the idea of building an expanded roster to allow players to rest in this hectic online Counter-Strike era. Last week, Cloud9 general manager Henry "HenryG" Greer announced that the organisation's new team will have "an active sixth player", while FURIA coach Nicholas "guerri" Nogueira revealed on Wednesday that his squad will soon add a backup member, adding that he sees large rosters as "the future of CS".