have announced Roman “Ramzes666” Kushnarev has been removed from their active roster. An announcement like this seemed inevitable as EG haven’t played a single pro game since September. Something had to change.
The EG roster was significantly affected by the pandemic situation as their players are spread across several continents, away from North America where the team is based. With Ramzes and Abed “Abed” Yusop both back in their home regions, there was no way they could play with the squad without facing huge ping. As EG continued to compete in the NA region with various stand-ins for both their missing players, they had little success. After trying to compete in European leagues where they could play with Ramzes again, they found little success and the team went inactive again.
Since then, Ramzes has been almost exclusively playing the carry role in his pub games
, suggesting he was ready to move on from his offlane days with EG and return to the role he found success with. However, the chances of seeing Ramzes appear on a new team straight away are low, as he is still under contract with EG (note the careful wording of their announcement!). Players like Ramzes don’t come cheap though, EG had to pay a hefty sum to his previous organization, Virtus.pro – according to Forbes
, that sum was for $75,000 USD.
From the perspective of Evil Geniuses, that investment hasn’t paid off; Ramzes has played for EG in just five events since he signed for them last year with only two second-place finishes to show for it. If Ramzes is destined to play with another team, EG will want their slice of the transfer pie to recoup what they originally paid for him. So unless a big organization is ready to put down some significant cash, it’s likely there’ll be some time before Ramzes is a free agent and back to competing.
It’s unfortunate this season’s EG roster didn’t work out. On paper, four superstar players under the command of captain Tal “Fly” Aizik had great potential to produce great results and exciting games, but as is the case of many things this year, it just wasn’t meant to be.
Where do you expect to see Ramzes show up next? Will be he playing offlane still or back to his iconic carry role? Who do you think will replace him on EG? There are many questions to be answered, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the big news.
Header image credit to Beyond the Summit | Todd Gutierrez