Chopper returns from the bench as the team captain after the org said they planned to “restart” the CS:GO project back in October.

Team Spirit have “rebuilt” their CS:GO roster for a second time after bombing out of the Stockholm Major, bringing back one of their formerly inactive players to coach the squad. 

The CIS organization announced a fresh new team on Twitter earlier today, with each player selected by Sergey “hally” Shavaev, who has been named head coach of the roster.

With Abdul “degster” Gasanov and Boris “magixx” Vorobyov already on the roster, hally had to find three new players to reform the squad and leave last year’s poor performances behind them. 

The reimagined Team Spirit squad: 

  • Abdul “degster” Gasanov, 
  • Boris “magixx” Vorobyov, 
  • Leonid “chopper” Vishnyakov (Captain)
  • Robert “Patsi” Isyanov 
  • Pavel “s1ren” Ogloblin. 

Team needed “new ideas and new blood” for a chance at success

After top bosses at the Eastern European organization decided to “restart” the CS: GO project, the team needed a serious shake-up to bring them into fighting shape. 

Hally’s first decision in the reformation saw Leonid “chopper” Vishnyakov brought back from the bench after the organization listed him for transfer at the start of November following their result at the most recent Major. 

Chopper, who has been with Team Spirit for almost three years, will captain the new squad, with Robert “Patsi” Isyanov and Pavel “s1ren” Ogloblin rounding out the team.

Patsi was part of the Team Spirit squad that competed in the Dreamhack Open last November, where the squad finished in 7-8th place. 

Before that, he had spent time on the organization’s academy team alongside s1ren, with both benched from the academy roster at the end of last year. 

New roster might need some warming-up before the victories come in

Despite the reshuffle, bosses at Team Spirit aren’t setting their hopes too high for the team’s first outings, but expect to see the roster hit record performances once they’ve had a chance to get their bearings. 

We feel like the players needed this break to reset and re-energize this season. Young rookies, a new head coach, and a heightened competitive hunger should all help our CS:GO roster reach new heights. 

Sometimes it takes two steps back, then to rush forward. I hope this is our case. 

Definitely, we do not expect instant victories in all competitions, but we look forward to systematic progress from tournament to tournament."

Nikita Chukalin, Team Spirit CEO

Stay tuned to to follow Team Spirit as they get into CS: GO action later this year.