Virtus.pro revealed their revamped Coutner-Strike: Global Offensive roster Monday that features Michal "MICHU" Muller and Michal "snatchie" Rudzki.
They will be joined by returning players Pawel "byali" Bielinski and Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski along with in-game leader Mateusz "TOAO" Zawistowski, who was previously with AGO. Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski will also remain with the team.
VP shuttered their previous CS:GO team earlier this month following two years of largely disappointing results.
"On February 19, 2017, we won DreamHack Master Las Vegas, beating Astralis and SK Gaming, two of the world's best teams back then," VP general manager Roman Dvoryankin told HLTV.org in a statement. "A week later, Jacob Wolf from ESPN (predicted Virtus.pro to win IEM Katowice 2017). Back then, no one would have imagined that that was actually the top of the hill and we would only go down, struggling to win a single premier title since."
Snax left for mousesports in June after more than three years with VP but was later benched by his new team in favor of Martin "STYKO" Styk.
Snatchie and MICHU were among players brought in after VP steadily moved on from their original CS:GO core lineup that had increasingly struggled in recent years.
The team failed to qualify for the ESL Pro League season and was eliminated from the Europe Minor qualifier for IEM Katowice 2019, including a loss to x-kom in the lower bracket, which proved to be the final straw.
VP were relegated from the FACEIT London Major and then placed fifth at the BLAST Pro Series Istanbul 2018 before also failing to make it to the main stage of EPICENTER 2018.
"The evening when we parted ways with )Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas), after going 0-3 in the group stage of the Boston Major, was the hardest one of my whole esports career," Dvoryankin told HLTV.org. "We all thought that bringing in fresh blood in form of the most talented young Polish player MICHU would revitalize the team.
"Despite the promising start, it did not. We lost two finals in Budapest (V4 Future Sports Festival) and Shanghai (CS:GO Asia Championships); the spirits within the team were growing worse and worse, and then we were approached by mousesports and FaZe about a Snax transfer. Janusz decided to go for it and although it was a shock for the team, deep in my heart I understood and accepted his reasoning.
"The latest lineup had potential and some optimistic signs, but as the days were passing by everyone realized one simple thing -- these players can achieve something only when they stop playing together. EPICENTER, the tournament in Malta and MDL in Dallas only proved the point. This was the end."
-- Field Level Media