Intel Extreme Masters Oakland kicks off next week with the world's top CS:GO teams battling it out for the coveted IEM trophy. One of the teams directly invited to the tournament has been the Polish powerhouse of Virtus.pro who would return to the Bay Area for another IEM event.
Due to an intense and stressful travel schedule, Virtus.pro has decided to withdraw from the Oakland tournament. The team will be missed but we wish them a good, well deserved, rest and look forward to seeing them at other IEM events.
"It was a hard call to make, but after long and careful consideration we have decided to withdraw from IEM Oakland. It's been extremely hard as we know how much our fans on West Coast have been looking forward to see some real VP action. We've had a very hard period during last couple of months with tournaments and online qualifiers filling almost every single day. Today we feel that to keep on performing on top level and make sure we deliver the right emotions to all our fans worldwide we need to make a small break and concentrate on upcoming events. California, we now have a debt to pay, so see you next year!", said Roman Dvoryankin, Virtus.pro General Manager.
Replacing Virtus.pro will be Heroic, a player-owned organisation from Denmark with almost a fully Danish squad. The team has shown potential on multiple occasions, holding their own against teams like Astralis and G2 Esports in the ESL Pro League. The team lineup is as follows:
We wish Heroic the best of luck at IEM Oakland and look forward to seeing what they have in store for us!