The organization has announced that one of the youngest members of the team, the 20-year-old Aleksey “El1an” Gusev, will be taking on the in-game leadership duties as three Kazakh players join the side.
Hobbit, a Major winner and Top 20 player of 2017, joins Winstrike after an underwhelming tenure with HellRaisers, while Aidyn “KrizzeN” Turlybekov makes a move from AVANGAR where he was benched in March after facing health issues. Completing the roster is Viktor “Lack1” Boldyrev who has little international experience, but has impressed with Se7en, boasting a 1.15 rating over the last three months.
Team coach Ivan “Johnta” Shevtsov said that the roster “has necessary qualities for growth and has great perspectives“, with a good balance of young and experienced players.
“Experienced players will help young and promising ones to progress faster, while young players will energize the team. I believe in this team and look forward to the first LAN-tournaments, but there is a lot of work to do. And we, finally, are ready to start fully.” – Johnta
The Ukrainian coach also touched on n0rb3r7‘s omission, stating that he did not fit well in terms of roles:
“Speaking of n0rb3r7, I am sorry that he did not make this team. David is a talented player, who needs time and experience in a team to unleash himself fully. This time, he was not a good fit for the game roles, that’s why he did not make this team. But I am pretty sure that he has got a great future ahead of him” – Johnta
The team is currently in competition in WePlay! Forge of Masters S2 and SECTOR: MOSTBET, with their new lineup debuting today at 19:00 against Natus Vincere Junior.
Winstrike is now: