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Spirit unveil academy team led by Patsi

Spirit have announced the expansion of their CS:GO division with an academy roster that features six players and a coach from the CIS region. The squad will be led by 17-year-old Robert “⁠Patsi⁠” Isyanov, previously a backup player for the main lineup following his loan signing from Espada.

The head coach role was handed to Sergey “⁠hally⁠” Shavaev, the former CS 1.6 professional who coached Patsi and Abdul “⁠degster⁠” Gasanov in Espada. Community figure Alexey “⁠OverDrive⁠” Birukov helped with the scouting and selection process for the squad, which features largely inexperienced players, with Patsi‘s teammates combining for only 16 maps covered by HLTV in total.

Patsi and hally spearhead Spirit Academy

In an interview on the team’s website, coach hally spoke about the roster, saying that “all players have very good mechanics, the desire to play at the top level and, most importantly, the ability to quickly learn and improve their skills,” and added that giving Patsi the in-game leader responsibilities was due to a lack of suitable players for that role in the CIS region.

Talking about Spirit Academy‘s goals, the coach noted that they want to be competitive against teams in the top 50 of the world ranking, and nurture at least “two future tier-one players”.

Spirit Academy are:

RussiaRobert “⁠Patsi⁠” Isyanov
BelarusKirill “⁠T4RG3T⁠” Kovalyov
BelarusAliaksei “⁠znx⁠” Zlatkouski
RussiaPavel “⁠s1ren⁠” Ogloblin
UkraineMyroslav “⁠zont1x⁠” Plakhotia
RussiaSimon “⁠God6y⁠” Chayka

RussiaSergey “⁠hally⁠” Shavaev (coach)

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Virtus.pro unveil new academy roster

Virtus.pro have announced that they have signed five new players to their academy team, VP.Prodigy, reviving a project that had been put on hold in January following middling results.

The new team will be led by former SG.pro member Alexey “⁠RuFire⁠” Burakov, who has helped to develop players like Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov and Ilya “⁠m0NESY⁠” Osipov in the past.

Virtus.pro have a new academy lineup

“When we were building this roster, we wanted not only skilled players but also easygoing ones with a non-conflictual attitude,” RuFire told Virtus.pro’s website. “Our current roster clicked right away, we have good team chemistry and we know what our main goals are. We’ll do our best to prove ourselves.”

Virtus.pro created an academy division in September 2020 with three Russian and two Ukrainian players. The team, headlined by former Espada member Vadim “⁠h1glaiN⁠” Tanasiuk, competed in a number of international tournaments before the organisation released the roster. Team coach Vladislav “⁠Flash_1⁠” Bykov remained on the payroll and was tasked with creating a new lineup.

Mikhail Artemyev, the team’s manager, explained that building a youth roster always comes with an element of risk. “It’s crucial to find talented players who are passionate about CS:GO,” he said. “Talent, however, isn’t the only thing on the path to success. There are a lot of things to work on: game sense, communication between the players, etc.

“Our main goal is to help the players reach their full potential and we are sure that the guys have what it takes to accomplish everything we set out to do. Right now they are taking their careers to a higher level, and we don’t want the potential pressure from the competitive scene to prevent them from enjoying the game.”

VP.Prodigy now have:

Russia Alexey “⁠RuFire⁠” Burakov
Russia Nikita “BloodyK” Dobrynin
Russia Eugene “r3salt” Frolov
Russia Armen “cheerful” Eskuzyan
Russia Ivan “lom1k” Ovsyanik

Russia Vladislav “⁠Flash_1⁠” Bykov (coach)

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NAVI add latt1kk to academy roster

The 15-year-old has some impressive numbers on FACEIT and has already competed in some minor regional tournaments.

Natus Vincere have bolstered their academy project with the addition of Vlad “⁠latt1kk⁠” Vydrin, the organisation announced on Tuesday. The Russian AWPer recently helped forZe school to win the $1,000 Ultras League Season 5 and has impressed on FACEIT, boasting a 57% win rate and an average K/D of 1.37 on the pick-up platform.

“We keep a close eye on young players and try to support the most ambitious ones,” NAVI academy manager Mykhailo “M1ke” Palamar said. “Today latt1kk joins NAVI Academy as an AWPer. Vlad has great stats for his age, but it’s just the beginning of his career. We’ll help him develop his strengths and want to give him the opportunity to perform at the highest level.”

latt1kk becomes the second player to join NAVI’s academy project in the last month, following in the footsteps of 13-year-old Dmytro “⁠Dem0N⁠” Myroshnychenko. The Ukrainian organisation currently has nine players in their academy set-up, including Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy, who has been a backup player for the main squad since December.

NAVI are yet to announce which players will make up the new NAVI Junior squad. The team is slated to compete in the second open qualifier for the European Development Championship Season 3 this weekend.

NAVI’s academy project currently looks as follows:

Ukraine Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy
Russia Ilya “⁠m0NESY⁠” Osipov
Russia Eugene “⁠Aunkere⁠” Karyat
Ukraine Rodion “⁠fear⁠” Smyk
Ukraine Sergey “⁠pogor3lov⁠” Pogoryelov
Ukraine Daniil “⁠Synyx⁠” Mazur
Ukraine Daniil “⁠headtr1ck⁠” Valitov
Ukraine Dmytro “⁠Dem0N⁠” Myroshnychenko
Russia Vlad “⁠latt1kk⁠” Vydrin

Ukraine Amiran “⁠aMi⁠” Rehviashvili (coach)

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NAVI add Dem0N to academy roster

The 13-year-old Ukrainian was recruited after impressing on FACEIT.

Natus Vincere have picked up 13-year-old Dmytro “⁠Dem0N⁠” Myroshnychenko to play in their academy, the organisation announced on Thursday. The Ukrainian youngster was offered a spot after being noticed on the FACEIT platform, where he has an average K/D of 1.31 and a 53% win rate over almost 2000 matches.

“A 13-year-old talented boy is exactly the case where we need to look strategically far into the future,” NAVI COO Alexey “⁠xaoc⁠” Kucherov said. “We are happy to support Dima (Dem0N) in his professional career, and we will do our best to ensure that by the age of 16 he will be able to terrify the best teams in the world.”

The announcement comes just days after NAVI announced an overhaul of their academy project, with Kirill “⁠Gospadarov⁠” Gospadarov, Ivan “⁠kapacho⁠” Koplenko, and Alexey “⁠Topa⁠” Topchienko having all been removed from NAVI Junior and made available for transfer.

NAVI currently have eight players in their academy set-up and will soon announce which of them will represent NAVI Junior. The organisation will also launch a dedicated website for future applicants in the near future as it hopes to recruit young talents “all year round”, according to xaoc.

NAVI’s academy set-up currently includes:

Ukraine Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy
Russia Ilya “⁠m0NESY⁠” Osipov
Russia Eugene “⁠Aunkere⁠” Karyat
Ukraine Rodion “⁠fear⁠” Smyk
Ukraine Sergey “⁠pogor3lov⁠” Pogoryelov
Ukraine Daniil “⁠Synyx⁠” Mazur
Ukraine Daniil “⁠headtr1ck⁠” Valitov
Ukraine Dmytro “⁠Dem0N⁠” Myroshnychenko

Ukraine Amiran “⁠aMi⁠” Rehviashvili (coach)

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BIG unveil new academy team

BIG announced on Thursday the new members of their academy squad. The five players, all aged between 18 and 19, were chosen after an extensive selection process that began in mid-January.

The initial shortlist consisted of over 120 players who impressed in the German FACEIT hub GoBIG League. The selection panel, which included the academy team’s coach, Tugay “⁠TuGuX⁠” Keskin, and BIG legend Fatih “⁠gob b⁠” Dayik, considered several criteria, including potential, tactical awareness and communication skills.

BIG are just beginning to see the fruits of their academy project, which was launched in 2018 to guarantee a steady influx of talent in the German Counter-Strike scene. The previous academy roster, which included current ALTERNATE aTTaX duo Karim “⁠Krimbo⁠” Moussa and Max “⁠PANIX⁠” Hangebruch, peaked at No.80 in the world rankings and won 99Damage Liga Season 15.

“I am very excited to see how the team will develop in the coming months under the leadership of our academy coach, Tugay,” BIG CEO Daniel Finkler said in a statement. “He brings a lot of experience from his years as a professional player.

“The goal is clear: We want to prepare these five top talents for a stint at a professional level step by step, together with our partner OMEN, and train their skills accordingly.”

BIG Academy, who will compete in the next edition of 99Damage Liga, have the following roster:

Germany Niklas “⁠NIKZEj⁠” Burmeister
Germany Alex “⁠DuubLex⁠” Fominych
Germany Thierry “⁠Sanshine⁠” Müller
Germany Tim “⁠tazmin⁠” Maier
Germany Tom “⁠Sw1ft⁠” Ruhnke

Germany Tugay “⁠TuGuX⁠” Keskin (coach)

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Endpoint announce academy program | HLTV.org

Endpoint have revealed their newest initiative, named Endpoint ROG Academy, which aims to provide up-and-coming UK players with the support needed to begin their journey to become a professional.

Alongside the academy, Endpoint will also be launching two hubs, one for scouting new talents and another for players across all skill groups to compete for prizes.

Academy players could feature for the main roster in the future

The academy will be spearheaded by head coach George “⁠Whitey⁠” White, who initially had the idea of setting up a path to pro model in the UK from his experience as a football coach with hopes of equipping young players with the skill sets needed to progress in the scene and beyond.

“I look forward to putting my heart and soul into this academy project and showcasing the journey every step of the way with content, stay tuned!,” he said in a statement.

Endpoint will financially support the project by sending the team to numerous local LAN events as well as providing bootcamp facilities. Media content will also be released regularly by the organisation to showcase the development of the players through behind-the-scenes clips and inspire new players in the future.

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