At the end of May Virtus.pro announced major changes in the CS: GO team: Timur Buster Tulepova was replaced by Marek YEKINDAR Galinskis, and Alexei Flatra Zlobich took over as the second coach of the roster. Alexey Qikert Golubev told Cybersport.ru that the newcomers brought Virtus.pro to the game, and also revealed what the team had been working on lately.
If even Andreas Xyp9x Hoyslet and Lucas gla1ve Rossander are not safe from burnout, then the rest are even more so. Buster also took a temporary break in his career, and his place in the composition was taken by the main pro100 star – YEKINDAR. With the rookie Virtus.pro, she immediately won the BLAST Cup among teams from the CIS:
“Before VP, only SANJI communicated with YEKINDAR, we mostly met with him in the FPL, where he showed cool results [in particular, in April he became a ladder champion – approx. Ed.]. It was obvious that he was different from the average professional player. What do I think of him? Playing awesome! As I said, this is the best thing that could happen to us at the moment when Buster took a break. There are not many people who could replace him. Marek approached us very well. ”
From the top teams in our region, only the Natus Vincere and Team Spirit were not at the BLAST Cup. The updated VP went through the tournament quite confidently, losing over only one map in four matches. However, already at BLAST Premier the team started having problems:
“It didn’t go further than qualification (laughs), but still there were a lot of strong teams from the CIS in the qualifiers, including forZe. Little time has passed for us to play normally. At BLAST Premier itself it was difficult, the opponents banned our cards. Only in the match with mousesports, which had already decided nothing, Dust2 fell, and we won with a stand. ”
Substitution is not the only thing that happened on the team. A former professional player in CS 1.6 Flatra joined the team as a second coach, who won tournaments from ASUS and Arbalet in the mid-2000s. Here is what he does in the team:
“He notes errors in our communication, which often falls short of Tier-1 level. I mean the explanation of the positions. It happens that a large segment of a map can be called in one word, although its sectors have a different name. Now it is important to determine the names of certain zones. This is a big job, all the time that we had, we devoted it to that. The rest we try not to burn out. Now all the time there are practice and official matches, trying to find a balance between rest and work. We are waiting for the LAN to return. ”
Now, together with two coaches and a psychologist (by the way, also a former pro-player), the team is preparing for the second RMR tournament – WePlay! Clutch Island, where points will be played for getting on the only major of the year. Team Spirit considers Qikert to be one of the main rivals, but the player is not ready to give predictions for the tournament:
“To be honest, it’s very difficult to make forecasts now. The results of matches on the Internet are very random, underdogs will shoot more than once. Moreover, the level of play in the CIS is now very high, everyone is preparing for each other, which was shown by the results of the same Road to Rio. ”
Road to Rio and Clutch Island are original mini-minors that have always been one of the most important championships in our region. Teams understand their significance: as Qikert admits, motivation has not diminished, but matches on the Internet are still hard to play:
“Everyone is in a comfort zone. On LAN, everything is different: you need to take it from the first seconds, from the first rounds. Those who adapt better are usually victorious. That is why it’s difficult for underdogs offline, and sometimes it’s impossible to cope with those who often visit tournaments.
Connectivity issues are also a problem. The guys are playing from Ukraine, Russia. For example, our Daura [AdreN] often has high ping, while on the LAN this problem does not exist – everything is on an equal footing, less than randomness. ”
However, it is completely incomprehensible when the tournaments in LAN format will return. The scene is still in limbo: some players leave inactive in advance (apparently, before the start of autumn), and someone is waiting for the traditional break, which this year will be held from July 6 to August 6. The only offline tournament currently known is the major himself, who will take place in November with the best handouts: wait a very long time.