KaiR0N- and Virtus.pro part ways
The move comes just days following Virtus.pro's sudden decision to replace Aleksandr "KaiR0N-" Anashkin with David "n0rb3r7" Danielyan in the middle of the team's campaign at the BLAST.tv Paris Major Europe RMR.
Virtus.pro has announced that KaiR0N- has departed the organization following a "mutual agreement of the parties." The Russian only spent three months with the team, having replaced n0rb3r7 in January.
The 19-year-old himself has taken to Twitter following the announcement to apologize to fans for "the worst results we could show," saying they came as a result of there being pressure "on all of us." He also shared that he is now a free agent and "ready to get any possible offers from NA/CIS/EU."
KaiR0N- however didn't play with the team in their elimination series against MOUZ. After Virtus.pro went 1-2 on the opening two days of the competition, they made a shock decision to swap out the 19-year-old for their benched player, n0rb3r7, who had last played with the team in an official capacity nearly four months prior.
In explaining the unprecedented move, VP CEO Nikolai Petrossian said the decision was made because "young players do not immediately adapt to the pressure of LAN events, especially important ones like RMR." The swap did little to change Virtus.pro's fortunes, as they got outclassed by MOUZ in the following match.
The move was met with widespread criticism after KaiR0N- was the team's statistically second-best player at the RMR, to which the organization responded in part in a statement by saying "CS:GO is a team game where interaction, communication, consistency and other such factors are more important than personal skill."
The future of the team is currently up in the air, as on Thursday Virtus.pro withdrew from IEM Rio less than a week ahead of the competition's kick-off, citing the team's current shape as the reason. "We believe that in the current shape, participation in the tournament will not bring satisfaction to either the team or the fans. Therefore, we are committing to enhanced training," the statement read.
After withdrawing from the Brazilian tournament and failing to qualify for the Major, Virtus.pro's next stop will be at IEM Dallas, taking place on May 29-June 4.
Virtus.pro have the following squad:
Dastan "dastan" Akbayev (coach)