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Despite winning the IEM Rio Major, n0rb3r7 has been replaced by KaiR0N on Virtus.Pro (Outsiders)

Danyal Arabi

CS:GO IEM Rio Major winner n0rb3r7 has been replaced by KaiR0N on Virtus.Pro (Outsiders)

The IEM Rio CS:GO Major was a historic one where the Dark Horse actually went on to lift the trophy. Despite heavy criticism, Outsider’s (Virtus.Pro) took down the best of the best to win their first trophy. While the Jame-led squad’s run at the Major seemed to vindicate them, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Not even three months after the Major, Virtus.Pro has announced that their David “n0rb3r7” Daniyelyan has been benched.

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Virtus.Pro announce KaiR0N signing, bench n0rb3r7 less than three months after CS:GO Major win

The primary motivation for this change seems to be the crushing defeat VP faced at the Blast World Final. Despite winning the Major, VP wasn’t able to post a strong performance and crashed out almost instantly. Talking about their motivation behind the change, Virtus.Pro CEO, Nikolai Petrossian, had the following to say:

“A historic victory in Rio was followed by a humbling defeat in Abu Dhabi. We realized that the team needed changes that would allow us to stay true to our playstyle, while not letting opponents adapt to us. Therefore, we have decided to temporarily allow David to focus on his individual form, while KaiR0N- takes his place in the active roster.”

This effectively means that VP is a 6-man roster at the moment and based on performances could swap in players regularly. The official Virtus.Pro blog reveals that n0rb3r7’s contract has not been terminated, meaning that the team could incorporate a hybrid roster.

With this move, n0rb3r7 has made history as one of the fastest players to get benched after a major. A tweet by @CSGOLeeks has crunched the numbers on the player’s CS:GO Career% speedrun. In just 7 months and 9 days, n0rb3r7 has gone from rookie to a Major win and is now benched.

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Danyal Arabi

Danyal Arabi


Danyal Arabi is an Esports writer and Editor at The SportsRush. With a vested interest in computers since an early age he has managed to sink more than 4000 hours into CS: GO over the years. As a Deus Ex enjoyer and fan of the earlier Assassin's Creeds, narrative-driven games have taken much of his time. Being a 2D fighter enthusiast across franchises like Injustice, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter, a fair few controllers have been sacrificed in his pursuit to win. Apart from all things gaming, Danyal enjoys motorsport, bowling, and spending weekends with his pals over good food and banter.

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