FL1T, almazer and liTTle leave forZe

The overhaul comes just weeks after the squad failed to qualify for the Stockholm Major.

Evgeny "⁠FL1T⁠" Lebedev and Almaz "⁠almazer⁠" Asadullin have today been removed from forZe's active roster, it was announced via Twitter, the former being moved to inactive status and the latter listed for transfer. The announcement stated that coach Anatoliy "⁠liTTle⁠" Yashin would also be leaving the team.

The news comes off the back of a mixed year for the Russian squad, who have seen highs such as winning Spring Sweet Spring back in May and their unexpected ESL Pro League showing, but they recently failed to qualify for the Stockholm Major in disappointing fashion, winning a single game at IEM Fall CIS.

FL1T is reported to be landing at Virtus.pro

It has been reported by former pro and CIS insider Alexey "⁠OverDrive⁠" Birukov that FL1T will be moving to Virtus.pro, presumably once the Major has concluded, likely in place of much maligned Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev.

With regards to liTTle, OverDrive reported that HellRaisers were in talks with the coach to head up their new foray into CS:GO, with Nikita "⁠JIaYm⁠" Panyushkin and Dmitriy "⁠ProbLeM⁠" Martinov forming part of the roster.

As for the replacements that forZe will be bringing in it is once again OverDrive who provides the latest information, suggesting that ex-Vega Squadron man Artem "⁠Fierce⁠" Ivanov will take up the reigns as coach, whilst young rifler Evgeny "⁠Norwi⁠" Ermolin will be signed following recent impressive performances for Singularity.

This will leave forZe with one more slot on the roster to fill ahead of their next matches, which will be at the Dreamhack Open qualifier taking place October 20-21.

If reports hold true, the forZe roster would be:

Russia Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov
Russia Aleksandr "⁠zorte⁠" Zagodyrenko
Russia Aleksandr "⁠KENSI⁠" Gurkin
Russia Evgeny "⁠Norwi⁠" Ermolin

Russia Artem "⁠Fierce⁠" Ivanov (Coach)

Russia Nikita 'JIaYm' Panyushkin
Nikita 'JIaYm' Panyushkin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
483
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.73
Russia Alexey 'OverDrive' Birukov
Alexey 'OverDrive' Birukov
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.68
Maps played:
132
KPR:
0.46
DPR:
0.73
Russia Anatoliy 'liTTle' Yashin
Anatoliy 'liTTle' Yashin
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
458
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.64
Russia Aleksandr 'KENSI' Gurkin
Aleksandr 'KENSI' Gurkin
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
325
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
743
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.66
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Russia Dmitriy 'ProbLeM' Martinov
Dmitriy 'ProbLeM' Martinov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
497
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
Russia Almaz 'almazer' Asadullin
Almaz 'almazer' Asadullin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1292
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
Russia Evgeny 'Norwi' Ermolin
Evgeny 'Norwi' Ermolin
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
189
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
Russia Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
542
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Russia Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1145
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
#1
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Russia moorlize
pog
2021-10-18 17:36
7 replies
#6
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India OOFmiester
Who??!?
2021-10-18 17:36
1 reply
Unluko
2021-10-18 19:05
if they sign fl0mie i will delete my hltv acc
2021-10-18 17:37
4 replies
its shalfey dont worry
2021-10-18 17:38
Their CEO was talking shit about flamie, so there is no way
2021-10-18 17:40
1 reply
hope so.
2021-10-18 21:31
:DDD ITS GONNA HAPPEN
2021-10-18 20:43
Fl1t is not a bad move for VP, but its important that they get a system going that supports the players they have. Right now, the Yekindar/Jame star combo is really powerful, and if Sanji leaving takes anything away from that, VP will suffer. That being said, the firepower upgrade of Fl1t could be the thing VP need to be a top5 team. Best of luck to all the players!
2021-10-18 17:42
10 replies
>firepower >Jame’s ATM pick one
2021-10-18 18:31
3 replies
I think if VP wants to contend for titles, they need both. That being said, the firepower of the team matters more than Jame as an individual.
2021-10-18 18:34
2 replies
There’s nothing wrong with building a team around one player (see: NaVi) but VP will never break into the top 5 if one of their players is constantly on a bad buy.
2021-10-18 20:04
1 reply
I'm not sure about that, but I see what you're saying. I think it is possible for a team to break through as a top tier contender with a player who is forced to make sacrifices for the sake of others, such as NaVi with Zues/Edward, BIG with Tizian or more recently, Gambit with Interz. That being said, MOST top-tier teams need all players to be performing and solid.
2021-10-18 21:16
Qikert will do SANJI role and then VP have very good firepower with FL1T and buster
2021-10-18 20:17
4 replies
Imagine thinking that qikert can ever do better than sanji his role. LMAO.
2021-10-18 21:34
2 replies
qikert is better than sanji but sanji has a difficult role indeed, he always is used as bait and uses submachines very often with decent impact. he used to have a high HS percentage as well, i think VP stopped a little bit on time, earlier this year they were going places..
2021-10-18 21:54
1 reply
Sanji on qikert roles would be heaven for him. Trust me , he has more potencial
2021-10-18 21:58
#155
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Brazil Dross2K
Finally he would leave
2021-10-19 05:17
Yh it could happend the same as with mouz and styko, drop support player but also drop 20 places in hltv rankings in a month
2021-10-20 05:15
UNEXPECTED
2021-10-18 17:36
5 replies
+1
2021-10-18 17:37
#82
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Russia FutureCk
-1
2021-10-18 18:29
Unexpected that Sanji is called "much maligned". Maligned by who? Teammates love him, analytics and commentators love him, so who criticizes him. IMO, Sanji's unorthodox donor role is why he underperforms. VP all too often use tricks like full-stacking a site. Sanji's role is the same kind of trick, hence his weaker than possible performance.
2021-10-18 19:39
2 replies
yeah, wtf king_dempz
2021-10-18 20:48
sanji in another team has the skill to be the star player, but ofc you can't have a good rating if you're playing p250 so your star awper can miss shots and just save
2021-10-19 16:23
#4
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Ukraine VoidWave
lol
2021-10-18 17:36
Pog
2021-10-18 17:36
#7
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Morocco Kastrulya
FL1T to VP already confirmed
2021-10-18 17:37
7 replies
#13
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Belgium Golllum
FL1T to Gambit pls
2021-10-18 17:37
6 replies
#28
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Morocco Kastrulya
Top 1 team in the world doesnt need changes
2021-10-18 17:41
3 replies
#37
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Belgium Golllum
top 2
2021-10-18 17:45
2 replies
I think NiP and Vitality are better than Gambit, at the moment. Vitality's beaten Gambit twice in a row, both clean 2-0. And Gambit also lost to a Tier2 Danish team twice in a row. Keyword - "Right now", i.e., past few weeks.
2021-10-18 17:49
1 reply
why would they downgrade anyone?
2021-10-18 17:44
FL1T to FL1TSID3
2021-10-18 18:04
1.5M for FL1T
2021-10-18 17:37
3 replies
Are you crazy or something, the market value for Flit can't be that high, In fact Device costed just around 1m$ for NIP, Do you mean Flit is better than 4 times major winner?
2021-10-18 21:05
2 replies
That is the amount of money forZe wanted when NaVi was interested in FL1T
2021-10-19 00:06
VP FL1T?
2021-10-18 17:37
disband
2021-10-18 17:37
#14
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North America go1x1n00b
fl1t to vp, almazer to valorant ?
2021-10-18 17:37
who?
2021-10-18 17:37
cool!
2021-10-18 17:37
+Flamie +Aunkere
2021-10-18 17:37
2 replies
Flamie worse than Sanji
2021-10-18 20:15
1 reply
0/8 Respect God Flamie.
2021-10-18 20:16
Overdrive truly is the CIS GOAT
2021-10-18 17:38
#20
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Czech Republic Ventraks
Now steal spirit players
2021-10-18 17:38
1 reply
Idk about that, Spirit won TI last night
2021-10-18 17:42
Finally
2021-10-18 17:38
#22
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CIS sat1mo
fl1t - vp; little - idk but he'll find a team; almazer...?
2021-10-18 17:38
3 replies
#24
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North America go1x1n00b
valorant
2021-10-18 17:41
nemiga or Entropiq mahbe?
2021-10-18 17:54
liTTLE and almazer - new HellRaisers
2021-10-18 18:40
And the post major-quali musical chairs continues.
2021-10-18 17:39
#25
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Korea jin67300
F1LT to Na'vi confirm
2021-10-18 17:40
fl1t to vp comin?
2021-10-18 17:40
or to spirit
2021-10-18 17:41
fl1t in vp means vp top3 for sure
2021-10-18 17:44
1 reply
Fl1t won't change a shit. VP has too much problems to be solved. Jame as IGL isn't good. Especially his tactic when he makes one of the players his second bank account. Buster and Qikert are inconsistent. Coach probably too (idk). The only one who doesn't have problems is Yekindar.
2021-10-18 18:53
Jerry to Spirit plzzzz
2021-10-18 17:44
Jerr-ee Kens-ee Zort-ee Norw-ee Flamie?
2021-10-18 17:44
pls save jerry
2021-10-18 17:44
2 replies
#65
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Ukraine FFF111
jerry is overrated imo
2021-10-18 18:13
1 reply
Jerry just a young Ange1?
2021-10-19 02:01
VP Fl1T, Almazer possibly to Forze Valorant
2021-10-18 17:44
7 replies
Russians dont play Valorant
2021-10-18 18:06
6 replies
#60
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United States thespecht
nt last big valorant event was won by russians
2021-10-18 18:08
5 replies
lies
2021-10-18 18:20
3 replies
and it was in berlin , germany :D
2021-10-18 18:55
2 replies
never seen any of them Val'o'rent here so I aren't think that? Except they added Bier and Blutwurscht as NPC to it then maybe
2021-10-18 19:05
1 reply
hahaha
2021-10-18 19:06
thespecht nobody likes u
2021-10-19 01:06
lul without sanji who will be Jame's AWP-dropper?
2021-10-18 17:46
1 reply
#43
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North America go1x1n00b
qikert
2021-10-18 17:55
#39
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Poland cubenity
almazer :((( he always seemed like a good guy
2021-10-18 17:47
Fl1t would be an amazing signing for any CIS team other than Navi & Gambit. Could be VP or Endpoint. Looks like it's Virtus Pro. But whom he will replace though? Sanji, QIkert or Buster?
2021-10-18 17:54
5 replies
#44
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North America go1x1n00b
He is going to vp instead of sanji
2021-10-18 17:56
3 replies
Yeah. Overdrive said player who's name starts with 'F' is gonna sign with Virtus.Pro. We all wondered who it's gonna be: Fl1t, fame or Flamie.
2021-10-18 17:59
2 replies
it was krizzen who said it, overdrive already confirmed that its fl1t
2021-10-18 18:01
1 reply
Oh yeah. Insider krizzen )))
2021-10-18 18:02
Overdrive confirmed Fl1t replace Sanji
2021-10-18 18:26
Spirit -sdy +FL1T?
2021-10-18 17:56
3 replies
Nah. It's already reported he signing with VP after Major.
2021-10-18 18:00
2 replies
Where?
2021-10-18 18:02
1 reply
CIS CS GO news... like month ago.
2021-10-18 18:04
#46
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Finland AliSabid
Rip sanji
2021-10-18 17:58
#47
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Ukraine Xe0m
-sanji -dastan
2021-10-18 17:59
1 reply
#71
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Ukraine Sla1ter
a dastan to sxuyali?
2021-10-18 18:18
Looks like VP is signing Fl1t after Major.
2021-10-18 18:01
best player in your team leaving seems like he is gonna join some better team
2021-10-18 18:02
#55
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Chile 1cristiaan
sad
2021-10-18 18:03
But please, dont kick sanji. Kick buster or qikert.
2021-10-18 18:05
6 replies
why should they kick they key players?
2021-10-18 18:08
5 replies
Why should they kick sanji?
2021-10-18 18:17
2 replies
you should ask them not me sanji is good player that sacrifice his stats for team succes a lot but also he can fail hard in easy moment
2021-10-18 18:24
Qikert can play the Sanji role with better stats, Fl1t brings firepower to the team.
2021-10-18 18:29
Qikert is a literal bot. Lol.. I've played against him 3 times and he hasnt even been the second best on his team. Joke of a player who plays out of emotion
2021-10-18 18:17
1 reply
mm means nothing official game is complitely different thing
2021-10-18 18:21
+markeloff
2021-10-18 18:11
1 reply
#84
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Ukraine FFF111
+ceh9
2021-10-18 18:31
#63
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Poland sznycel901
bruh
2021-10-18 18:13
almazer?
2021-10-18 18:13
FL1T to VP and I hope that pedo almazer doesn't find a team anywhere
2021-10-18 18:17
10 replies
XDd
2021-10-18 18:17
#72
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Ukraine Sla1ter
pedo?
2021-10-18 18:18
7 replies
Yep, hanging out with a 15 year old kinda cringe when ur 22
2021-10-18 18:20
6 replies
Any sources with your claims?
2021-10-18 19:03
4 replies
Check his Instagram almazer1, the girl he posted with literally has "15 y.o" in her bio. This isn't anything new
2021-10-18 20:49
3 replies
cringe.
2021-10-18 21:20
2 replies
Any team that signs him will be cringe
2021-10-18 21:42
1 reply
absolutely... didn't expect that to be honest LMAO..
2021-10-18 22:46
its fine as long as nobody knows about it
2021-10-18 19:17
100% agree
2021-10-18 21:09
#67
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Ukraine Sla1ter
Finally -bot almazer
2021-10-18 18:17
fl1t to vp would be sexy af but man i liked sanji :(
2021-10-18 18:21
#77
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United States okuulanda
being sanji is suffering
2021-10-18 18:21
1 reply
+1
2021-10-18 18:44
#78
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Brazil hugoooo
"in place of much maligned Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev." WTF
2021-10-18 18:23
VP TOP 1 AFTER THEY SIGN HIM
2021-10-18 18:32
#86
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United States Rayduh
EXPECTED
2021-10-18 18:34
#88
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Ukraine McSwell
I remember people were laughing when fl1t and Forze rejected NaVi's offer. Who's laughing now, eh?
2021-10-18 18:38
2 replies
#107
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
Fl1t is kinda upgrading now, why would anyone be laughing at him?
2021-10-18 19:40
wym fl1t rejected it?
2021-10-19 06:39
Now Jerry could leave too and replace Nexa in G2.
2021-10-18 18:42
Vp top 5 with Fl1t. Pog
2021-10-18 18:43
Well, I don't think that Sanji removal will fix things for VP. I wish Sanji good luck, he can show himself in other team where he doesn't need to play such an inferior role. He's actually a pretty solid rifler.
2021-10-18 18:50
pro100
2021-10-18 18:56
#100
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Hungary Shiron212
wut?
2021-10-18 19:05
Rip sanji
2021-10-18 19:09
vp not even top 50 after this move
2021-10-18 19:24
This is bad for VP. Why would they make reports like this coming to Major? Sanji should throw all game haha
2021-10-18 19:35
Feel bad for Sanji
2021-10-18 19:50
IF you kick Sanji VP dies. Fl1t will not play the sacrificial role that Sanji plays on top of that VP will be a team full of baiters and we saw how well an entire team of baiters is going with complexity. Qikert and Buster have the better roles and their rating is almost identical to Sanji's.
2021-10-18 19:53
#110
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CIS elefiveS
RIP forze. this team was pretty good, almost qualified for major, had that monster mirage streak and were almost T1... what a way to destroy such promising team
2021-10-18 19:53
1 reply
fl1t was signed by VP at the start of september already, so him leaving was inevitable. Kicking almazer is the right choice tho
2021-10-18 20:06
damn I remember liTTle was an upcoming awper befor 1.6 died :(
2021-10-18 20:16
#117
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Other simon_
????????????????? SO STUPID AND BOT JERRY STAYS HE LITERALLY THROWS EVERY IMPORTANT ROUND PISS OFF
2021-10-18 20:25
Will be joining HellRaisers, news incoming............ gg
2021-10-18 20:34
FL1T was Navi's first choice over perfecto at the time. I guess the time has passed...
2021-10-18 20:39
3 replies
#138
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Ukraine GluckFM
Yeah, he refused Navi cause Forze was on a rise, a top-15 team, same as struggling Navi. But he should've known better, playing alongside S1mple and electronic was always much more promising.
2021-10-18 22:17
2 replies
That is true. But if you play alongside s1mple and electronic you can only play support and lose the opportunity to prove you can be the same level as them? I guess he has that confident to prove himself.
2021-10-18 22:20
1 reply
#140
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Ukraine GluckFM
That might be the case in his understanding, who knows, but I don't think you must be stuck baiting for S1mple in Navi. Just look at B1t, he's doing his own thing, not supporting others too much and its working.
2021-10-18 22:33
I don't understand why people are believing in that rumour that Flit is going to VP, it's not confirmed yet. And tbh why would VP a Top 10 Team take a Player who is being kicked by a Top 30 team. You can say firepower and shit but if Forze is kicking him it's definitely because he is not fitting in the system and VP has one of the hardest systems out there, not even analysts can Understand Why Jame makes certain calls in a round and sometimes even Without info You think FLIT can then easily fit inside this System?
2021-10-18 21:10
2 replies
because its overdrive who said it and he never got a CIS leak wrong?
2021-10-18 21:56
#141
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
Actually Fl1t is not being kicked, he’s being bought out by VP, he was Forze’s best player
2021-10-18 22:42
#126
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United States Haydekinz
Please no, just keep sanji and keep searching
2021-10-18 21:10
2 replies
No one is willing to keep throwing awp to Jame and use a SMG himself like Sanji....
2021-10-18 23:25
1 reply
#161
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United States Haydekinz
i cant imagine anyone wanting to be a vending machine for another player on your team just for them to shine. but sanji does it better than most would
2021-10-19 21:41
rip forze
2021-10-18 21:16
Well this is not very good news for forze i guess? Will be interesting what is gonna happen when more players start to "move around". That will be time period after major in my opinion.
2021-10-18 21:30
VP should get Fl1t
2021-10-18 21:33
Who leave what?
2021-10-18 22:58
they hit sanji with the "maligned"
2021-10-18 23:48
FL1T POG
2021-10-19 00:02
roster shuffle time
2021-10-19 00:06
Interest. ex-ETHEREAL
2021-10-19 00:24
Lose tiny bit of respect i had left of VP if they really replaced SANJI god
2021-10-19 01:24
Wait so if Norwi is going to Forze then is Flamie signing to Singularity? I hope not.
2021-10-19 01:26
SANJI_DID_NOTHING_WRONG
2021-10-19 07:20
1 reply
#159
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Poland BAN_ANIME
+1
2021-10-19 15:25
#163
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Estonia nordjoker
new EXTREMUM players?
2021-10-20 17:00
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