Virtus.pro boast the most consistent lineup in the history of Counter-Strike. Despite enduring many hardships, the lineup has stuck together and have posted numerous high tier results – winning everything from Copenhagen Games to ELeague, even a major in Katowice. Virtus.pro have done it all – without butchering their initial roster.
Ever since this lineup’s inception at the start of 2014, Virtus.pro have cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with -placing consistently in tournaments, albeit struggling in the majors of late 2015 and early 2016. Despite these hiccups, they remain a top contender to this day, placing top 4 at nine out of their last ten events. In the nearly three years since the former AGAiN squad was picked up by the Virtus.pro organisation, each player has had a period in which they could lay claim to being the best player on the planet.
Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas and Filip “Neo” Kubski are the two remaining members of the ‘Golden 5’ of Counter Strike 1.6 and still hold great value in the team today. The pair are among the oldest players in the pro scene, with both players about to enter their thirties. Despite their age, both Neo and TaZ have proven their pedigree in recent times – TaZ with his in game leading, which remains one of the best in the world, and Neo’s 1v1 clutch rounds – which he wins two thirds of.
Despite the class these two have, the team hasn’t gone without troubles – with role switching earlier in the year to continue to accommodate Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski during a period of poor sniping. The other members of Virtus.pro are equally as valuable to the team’s success. Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski has more often than not been the rock for the team. In times of trouble, Snax would often be able to pull a round out of nowhere – giving Virtus Pro the edge where there otherwise wouldn’t be one.
Although it hasn’t aleays been smooth sailing for the Poles, the LAN results that Virtus.pro manage to post time after time are certainly impressive. Of the last 25 LAN tournaments attended, Virtus Pro have made the semi finals or better in 22 of those. Consistency at this level rivals the 2015 Fnatic squad and the current SK Gaming squad standard for producing consistent placings.
Yet despite all of the accolades and achievements enjoyed by Virtus.pro have, they bombed out of ELeague season 2 in the round of 8. This is a very significant result, as it was a best of 3 LAN loss to FaZe, a team which many consider inferior to VP. In the wider context of the tournament scene, the ELeague prize pool is massive compared to that of any other tournament, sitting at a whopping $1.4 million.
Going forwards, Virtus.pro will almost definitely continue to see results similar to those of the past months and should be regular title contenders. The next big test for Virtus Pro will be the ELeague major in January, as it will give them a chance to prove themselves on the major stage once again, after having fairly disappointing results in majors of late.