Two months after launching the youth squad VP.Prodigy, the CIS organization talks openly about the possibility of selling the players.
VP.Prodigy was put together and officially announced on 1st of April this year, with the aim of giving the young CIS talents a platform where to gather the experience for taking the next step towards a tier one calibre. The transition to online only competitions seemed at first the perfect opportunity for varsity rosters to better their game by playing against some of the best teams in their region. In their first two months of existence, VP.Prodigy surpassed the main Virtus.pro team in a couple of tournaments. They placed second in the first season of We!Play Pushka League, while the main VP team finished in the fourth spot. A few days later they defeated Virtus.pro 3-0 in the grand finals of Epic Prime League, a CIS only tournament and at the beginning of June, and they reached the third place at ESL One Birmingham Online, a tournament where the organization couldn’t play with both squads per ESL One rules.
Over the past weeks, more tournament organizers went with the same rule of preventing the organization to compete with more than one team to avoid any conflict of interest discussions and Virtus.pro had to choose which of their two teams competed where, much like OG, who in the end decided to release OG.Seed from contract.
Mid-June 2020, the Russian outlet cyber.sports.ru was reporting that Virtus.pro are actively looking to sell their secondary line-up. However, the organization denied the rumors stating that they knew “nothing about it”.
This past Sunday, Hellraisers CEO, Aleksey Slabukhin estimated for cyber.sports.ru that VP.Prodigy sale price is somewhere between $55,000 and $110,000. In response to his affirmation, VP General Manager asked somewhat ironically on Twitter if the price is per player or for the whole squad, but also confirmed that he is open to discuss any potential transfers if his players find new “perspectives for themselves.”
While Virtus.pro have recently placed just top six at Beyond Epic, VP.Prodigy haven’t played in any other tournament after ESL One Birmingham Online.