Number One CS:GO Team Vitality Reportedly Looks To Add Sixth Player

Vitality is reportedly searching for a sixth player for its CS:GO team. The French esports organization has narrowed it down to four potential transfers that would sign on as backups to avoid player burnout in the future.

LDLC player Ali “⁠hAdji⁠” Haïnouss, Heretics duo Bryan “⁠Maka⁠” Canda and Nabil “⁠Nivera⁠” Benrlitom, and K23’s Nicolas “⁠Keoz⁠” Dgus are said to be on the organization’s shortlist. Vitality is currently negotiating with other organizations to select a sixth player.

Vitality, which finished second at ESL One: Cologne 2020, considered recruiting hAdji when Alex “⁠ALEX⁠” McMeekin left the squad in March. However, the organization settled on 17-year-old Kévin “⁠misutaaa⁠” Rabier, one of the country’s top players.

Maka and Nivera played with the Heretics, a Spanish professional esports organization, between April and June, when the team placed sixth at ESL One: Road to Rio, and fifth-eighth at BLAST/Rising. Meanwhile, Keoz, who currently plays for Kazakh esports organization K23, placed first with the team at ESL One: Road to Rio.

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Vitality is the latest high-profile organization to contemplate enlarging their roster to allow players to rest during an increasingly demanding online Counter-Strike era. Last week, Cloud9 general manager Henry “⁠HenryG⁠” Greer revealed the organization’s new team had recruited “an active sixth player”, while FURIA coach Nicholas “⁠guerri⁠” Nogueira announced that his squad will also add a backup player, noting that he considers expanded rosters “the future of CS.”

Current reigning champions Astralis decided to expand its roster to six players in May, just before in-game leader Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and rifler Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth stepped down. Both players stated that they were burnt out due to the non-stop tournament schedule.

Astralis’ director of sport Kasper Hvidt, who added free agents, Jakob “JUGi” Hansen and Patrik “e3stag” Hansen after the departure of gla1ve and Xyp9x told WIN.gg, “Having seven players on the roster will allow some players to step back to rest and recharge the batteries at certain times. It will ultimately extend their careers.”

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