Sources: Virtus.Pro Finalizing Acquisition of AVANGAR Roster

AVANGAR competes during Dreamhack Open Rotterdam
AVANGAR competes during Dreamhack Open Rotterdam | Photo by Adela Sznajder/DreamHack

The AVANGAR Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team is in the final stages of a deal to be acquired by Virtus.pro, according to multiple sources close to the team. It is unclear at this time what will become of Virtus.pro's Polish lineup should the deal be finalized.

AVANGAR has won multiple international events in 2019 and placed runner-up to Astralis at the StarLadder Berlin Major in September. Their victories include DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro and BLAST Pro Series: Moscow tournaments. The last roster move for the lineup occurred in June, when they added veteran rifler Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev.

Virtus.pro has not had as high a finish in an international CS:GO event since taking second to SK Gaming at EPICENTER 2017. In the years prior to that result, the legendary lineup of Filip "NEO" Kubski, Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski, Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski, and Paweł "byali" Bieliński won a Major and multiple international events together. Snax is the only player remaining with Virtus.pro from that lineup, and he left at one point in 2018 to play for the Mousesports organization before returning later in the year.

The AVANGAR lineup will not be the first CIS roster to play for Virtus.pro, nor will it be the first time AdreN has played for VP. He was on the first CS:GO lineup Virtus.pro had, which was introduced in October 2012. In 2013, he left alongside Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow and Mikhail "Dosia" Stolyarov to Astana Dragons.

Representatives from AVANGAR or Virtus.pro could not initially be reached for comment.