Spirit break roster lock but now have 80% of VP's successful 2015 line-up

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ru Team Spirit have brought in ru Sergey 'God' Bragin to fill the void left by the departure of ru Igor 'ILTW' Filatov, reuniting the Russian with three of his former VP team-mates.


Team Spirit now have 4 of the 5 players from VP's 2015 roster
ru Team Spirit experiments in finding a new player to replace ru Igor 'ILTW' Filatov have ended with them opting for a experienced player over an up and coming one. The player joining Team Spirit will be ru Sergey 'God' Bragin, who will be reunited with ua Olexandr 'DkPhobos' Kucherya, ru Ilya 'Illidan Stormrage' Pivtsaev and by Artem 'fng' Barshack, all of whom were team-mates in VP's 2015 roster. The only player currently missing from that line-up is ua Ilya 'Lil' Ilyuk. The 2015 VP roster placed top six at TI5 and 3rd at DreamLeague Season six.

Team Spirit now houses 4 of the 5 players from VP's successful 2015 roster


Team Spirit said in their announcement that they believed it was the right choice considering God's ability, communication and compatibility with other players on the team. The two players not to make the cut were ua Yaroslav 'Pikachu' Vasilenko and kz Aibek 'Naive-' Tokayev, which Team Spirit said was down to lack of experience, but said they believe both players have a bright future.

After departing ru Vega Squadron * at the end of last year, God took a short break only to return earlier this month as part of cis Gambit Esports*. You can see the new line-up in action in today's EPICENTER XL Regional Qualifiers.


Team Spirit break the roster lock but it is unlikely to change much
The decision to bring in a new player may break the roster lock, but for Team Spirit that is unlikely to change much considering they currently have 0 DPC Points and are unlikely to reach top 8 given the current leaderboards. The CIS team have not been involved in any Pro Circuit events, although they should have been.

Team Spirit qualified for the Galaxy Battles II Major only to then witness Valve remove its Major status earlier this year, a heavy blow considering it was the only Pro Circuit event they managed to qualify for. The CIS team has faced stiff opposition in their region from the likes of ru Virtus.pro,ua Natus Vincere, ru Vega Squadron * and ru Team Empire, but have come close to qualifying, placing top 3 in the majority of the CIS Regionals.

Team Spirit roster
ru Ilya 'Illidan Stormrage' Pivtsaev
ru Sergey 'God' Bragin
ua Olexandr 'DkPhobos' Kucherya
dk Malthe 'Biver' Winther
by Artem 'fng' Barshack

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