Russia/Kazakhstan - CIS
As one of the biggest esports organizations from Russia, Virtus Pro is well known in video games, for being the home to some of the best teams the esports scene has ever seen.
Virtus Pro has over many years been a frontrunner in Counter-strike and Dota 2. And for the majority of Counter-Strike: Global Offensives lifespan, they have been regarded as one of the best teams to touch the game.
The organization has some of the most loyal and passionate fans, that cheer them on from all over the world, and that’s what fuels the team to go out there and perform like no other.
Up until 2018, Virtus Pro had 5 of the best polish players under their name, known as the “golden five”. This lineup saw the organization winning several prestigious trophies, and were a force to be reckoned with.
The organization’s first major trophy win came back in 2014, where they cemented themselves as an all-time great team, winning a major trophy on home soil at the ESL One Katowice tournament. Not only did they win the most prestigious trophy in Counter-Strike. They also did it against the team that at the time was regarded as the best in the world, Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP).
Following their probably greatest tournament result in 2014, Virtus Pro claimed several big victories in the following years, over the best teams in the world. This included the 1st place at ESL Pro League finals in 2015, where they beat the core players of the all-time greatest team Astralis. That at the time was playing for an organization called TSM (Team SoloMid).
In 2016 they beat the best Swedish lineup to grace the CS:GO scene (Fnatic). Where they in the final of the tournament called ELEAGUE Season 1, also managed to claim another trophy for the well established Russian organization.
By 2017, they kept on chasing those big results, which saw them winning Dreamhack Masters Las Vegas 2017. That year also included a dominant performance at the ELEAGUE Major Atlanta, where only Astralis managed to stop them in the finals.
Fast forward to now, the polish lineup has split up, and now Virtus pro is no longer home of the Polish squad. But they have managed to pick up some of the best up and coming talent from the CIS region, that previously played for another organization called AVANGAR. There they managed to pull off some huge upsets against the best teams in the world.
This group of young and talented players is now the next generation of players under the Virtus Pro name, which is gonna try to live up to the team’s previous years of success. This new squad is hungry to go out there and make a statement, and surely a force to be reckoned with in the near future.