Virtus.Pro has a second CSGO tea, VP.Prodigy. How far can these new players go?

Virtus.Pro has announced the signing of five new players to its academy team. VP.Prodigy. This move signals the revival of the team’s CS:GO academy project that was put on hold in January. 

Why did VP launch a CS:GO academy roster?

VP.Prodigy has announced its new CS:GO roster. Image Credit: HLTV.org.

Virtus.Pro already has an academy roster for its Dota 2 division. VP.Prodigy is one of the most prominent Dota 2 teams and even performed better than the main roster for some time. Virtus.Pro has recruited players from Russia and the CIS region for the VP.Prodigy CS:GO roster. 

After VP.Prodigy’s success in Dota 2 it became obvious that youngsters squads are the next big thing, that’s why we decided to continue on this path. There are a lot of different tournaments right now for our second roster to participate in, without interfering with our first roster. Two squads can successfully coexist in the ecosystem. Launching a second roster is yet another way for us to display our eagerness to develop young players and esports in general. 

Sergey Glamazda, CEO of Virtus.pro.

Virtus.Pro initially formed VP.Prodigy for CS:GO in September 2020. The team featured Ukrainian and Russian players. However, middling results meant roster changes and ultimately the organization released the entire roster. The team coach Vladislav “⁠Flash_1⁠” Bykov took on the responsibility of finding new players and creating a brand new roster. 

How was the VP.Prodigy CS:GO roster selected?

The main objective of forming a new academy roster was to produce better results. The process for selecting players for the academy roster included judging a player’s skill, but also his game sense and communication with other members of the roster. The synergy between the players was instrumental in deciding the final list of players on VP.Prodigy. 

We started off this summer searching for a team leader — a coach capable of leading young players. We have watched a ton of demos together and communicated with lots of players. Our main goal was to find not only skilled players but also interesting personalities who could avoid conflicts and work together as a team. As far as I can tell, we’ve managed to build a perfect squad in terms of team morale and potential. We started off this summer searching for a team leader — a coach capable of leading young players. We have watched a ton of demos together and communicated with lots of players. Our main goal was to find not only skilled players but also interesting personalities who could avoid conflicts and work together as a team. As far as I can tell, we’ve managed to build a perfect squad in terms of team morale and potential.

Mikhail Artemyev, the team’s manager.

VP.Prodigy’s CS:GO roster is as follows:

  • Alexey ‘⁠RuFire; Burakov
  • Nikita ‘BloodyK’ Dobrynin
  • Eugene ‘r3salt’ Frolov
  • Armen ‘cheerful’ Eskuzyan
  • Ivan ‘lom1k’ Ovsyanik
  • Vladislav ‘⁠Flash_1’ Bykov (coach)

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Rohan Samal

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Eurasia Editor for esports.gg. Found esports through gaming nearly 6 years ago and has been involved ever since. Primarily a Dota 2 player, but has the occasional experience in FPS games. Even tried (unsuccessfully) to go pro in Overwatch.