Virtus.pro announced Tuesday its plan to bench Michał "OKOLICIOUZ" Głowaty in favor of stand-in Tomasz "phr" Wójcik.
"This July we'll be testing new players and looking for a better balance in our CS:GO squad's playstyle," the organization wrote on Twitter. "[OKOLICIOUZ] is benched, [phr] will stand-in for his spot in upcoming matches."
This July we’ll be testing new players and looking for a better balance in our CS:GO squad’s playstyle. @okoliciouz is benched, @phromelo will stand-in for his spot in upcoming matches #GOGOVP pic.twitter.com/t8tFCAwOOW— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) July 2, 2019
Virtus.pro ended 2018 by removing its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive lineup from active competition to begin a fresh, from-the-ground up rebuilding effort. The team returned with familiar faces Michał "snatchie" Rudzki, Michał "MICHU" Müller and Jakub "kuben" Gurczyński, in addition to new signings Mateusz "TOAO" Zawistowski, Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski and Paweł "byali" Bieliński.
That roster has struggled to pick up results. TOAO was moved to the bench in March before being released in early June, and byali stepped down from the active roster in May. Virtus.pro signed Arek "Vegi" Nawojski and OKOLICIOUZ to replace each of those players.
Still the team has struggled to make waves, frequently falling outside of the top eight even at small tournaments.
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