Team Vitality has announced it will bench RpK after the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. Evil Geniuses is looking to add Michu to the roster, possibly replacing Tarik.

As the ESL Pro League comes to an end, several teams have started announcing changes to their CSGO rosters. Fnatic announced Flusha will step down from the roster. Team Vitality has also revealed RpK will move to the team’s bench as the team seeks a new pace. North American organization, Evil Geniuses, might sign Michu to replace Tarik, according to a report by HLTV.org

‘Le Tank’ to be benched after BLAST Premier Spring Showdown

The French tank will step down from Team Vitality’s active CS:GO roster. He will play the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, which will also be his last tournament with the team. 

An image of RpK on the left sitting. The announcement paragraph on the right reads: It's one of these tough decisions that we have to make. Cedrico (RpK) is an example of an achiever, consistent and inspiring player. The team is facing some difficulties and we need to find a new pace. Its never easy to let a legendary, inspiring and consistent player such as RpK step back from competition; and we will do everything we can to support him in what's yet to come.
RpK will step down from Vitality’s active roster after the BLAST Showdown. Image Credit: Team Vitality

Vitality has had a string of poor results lately including group stage exits at IEM Katowice and ESL Pro League Season 13. RpK has been a part of Vitality since the organization’s CS:GO entry in 2018. ‘Le Tank’, as he is popularly known, was instrumental in the team’s success in the past few years. However, Vitality has seen a massive slump in recent times and has been unable to reach anywhere close to its former highs. 

RpK is a legend in the Counter-Strike scene. He was one of the best players in Counter-Strike: Source but retired in 2013. He made a return to esports towards the end of 2014 with the infamous French roster of Titan. Over the years, the Frenchman has played for several organizations, often being the pillar upon which French teams have built their success. The player’s calm approach to tense situations and experience has helped many youngsters transition into their roles in his teams. 

Who will replace RpK?

Vitality has announced youngster Jayson “⁠Kyojin⁠” Nguyen Van as its fifth player. There were rumors surrounding the 22-year-old player’s eligibility for Valve-sponsored events. However, earlier this month, he clarified he was allowed to play in Valve events. 

A few weeks ago, @Jerome_Coupez proposed to help me conduct a full investigation with Valve and after a lot of hard work and discussions, I’m happy to announce that I’m officially eligible to participate in Valve events! What can I say… I’m extremely excited and will give 100% of myself from today on the game. I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

Kyojin’s statement.

Vitality’s roster also includes Nabil “⁠Nivera⁠” Benrlitom, who remains on the bench for the team. The team will groom ⁠Kyojin⁠ to take on an anchor role within the team. However, Vitality is also looking at a ‘new pace’ of Counter-Strike, so the roster changes might be an indication of a different playstyle. 

Here is Vitality’s complete CS:GO roster after the recent changes:

  • Dan “⁠apEX⁠” Madesclaire.
  • Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut.
  • Richard “⁠shox⁠” Papillon.
  • Kévin “⁠misutaaa⁠” Rabier.
  • Jayson “⁠Kyojin⁠” Nguyen Van.
  •  Rémy “⁠XTQZZZ⁠” Quoniam (coach).
  • Nabil “⁠Nivera⁠” Benrlitom (benched).
  • Cédric “⁠RpK⁠” Guipouy (benched).

Evil Geniuses to add Michu 

An image of Michu on his computer competing at a DreamHack event.
EG is looking at a roster change as per reports. Image Credit: Alex Maxwell for DreamHack. 

North American esports organization, Evil Geniuses, will sign  Michał “⁠MICHU⁠” Müller as its fifth player according to a report by HLTV.org. According to PolishLeaks, Michu might replace Tarik on the roster.  Evil Geniuses might debut the player at the FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final on April 13. 

If Michu joins Evil Geniuses, the North American organization’s CS:GO roster will look as follows:

  • Vincent “⁠Brehze⁠” Cayonte.
  • Tsvetelin “⁠CeRq⁠” Dimitrov.
  • Tarik “⁠tarik⁠” Celik.
  • Peter “⁠stanislaw⁠” Jarguz.
  • Owen “⁠oBo⁠” Schlatter.
  • Michał “⁠MICHU⁠” Müller.
  • Wilton “⁠zews⁠” Prado (coach).

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