Virtus.pro remove two
According to ProPlay.ru, Aleksey "HEL1" Novikov and Ivan "F_1N" Kochugov have been removed from the Counter-Strike squad.
The reasons for the removal of the players have been kept quiet but what has been found out was that there was a small internal quarrel. Novikov joined the team in March 2006, while Kochugov was part of the Virtus.Pro roster for several years. This decision turns the two gamers into free agents.
The news comes just in the middle of the team's preperations for the ESWC Finals which will be held next month in Paris, France. The team was in need of strengthening after having lost their qualifier to Begrip.ru in the Final.
The changes leave the Virtus.Pro roster with only 3 players, and if they want to have any chance at the ESWC Finals replacements will have to be made as soon as possible. The Russian squad has confirmed that it will attend the event with the team's coach, Konstantin "groove" Pikiner, while the last player is yet to be announced. However, it has been rumoured that hat Alexandre "KALbI4" Gribov is one of the team's options for the last spot and that he is already practicing with Virtus.Pro.
Virtus.Pro has now the following roster:
Alexey "LeX" Kolesnikov
Viktor "Sally" Filimonchenko
Roman "ROMJkE" Makarov