Artem "fng" Barshak and Ilya "Kiritych~" Ulyanov have joined Virtus.pro Dota 2 team.
27-year-old fng, who came from CIS Rejects, will step in as position 5 support and will be the new captain of the team. Former captain Andrey "Dukalis" Kuropatkin was benched recently together with Alexandr "krylat" Krylatov.
To replace krylat, the management of the team invited 20-year-old Kiritych~, who has been performing with Nemiga Gaming for two years since March 2021. Before Nemiga, he played with SMARACIS Esports.
Dukalis and krylat played for Virtus.pro for a short time. They joined the team in December. The first was Dukalis, and later the organization signed krylat to replace Kamil "Koma`" Biktimirov, who was permanently banned by Valve and PGL due to account sharing and impersonating members of other teams during tournament games.
"We did a great job of building a new team in the first DPC tour, and you all have seen the progress in our game compared to the earlier matches. Nevertheless, we weren’t happy with the place we finished in. We are aiming for a better result in the second tour and, of course, we could have continued to work and develop in the current roster if we did not see the possibility of improving our squad with new players who are great for the team. The changes started with our new captain fng and his desire to get back on the pro scene. Artem possesses unique knowledge that the team needs so much and, most importantly, the ability to correctly convey it to the players. Dukalis is a good player and a nice teammate and I sincerely wish him best of luck, but with the arrival of fng a lot of key things are going to be improved for us," said Alexander "StrangeR" Solomonov, Head of Dota 2 department in Virtus.pro.
Updated Virtus.pro Dota 2 roster is:
- Ilya "Kiritych~" Ulyanov
- Ilya "squad1x" Kuvaldin
- Evgeniy "Noticed" Ignatenko
- Oleg "sayuw" Kalenbet
- Artem "fng" Barshak (captain)
- Timur "Ahilles" Kulmukhambetov (coach).