CIS-based CS:GO team pro100 have announced the departure of their head coach Daniil "pipsoN" Mescheryakov, who is no longer tied with the Ukrainian esports organisation as of Saturday, April 4.
The announcement comes just days before pro100 were slated to attend LOOT.BET Season 6, leaving the CIS CS:GO squad without a coach in their venture into the remainder of their competitive schedule.
Fielding the likes of Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin, Jan "wayLander" Rahkonen, Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis, Dmitriy "dimasick" Matvienko and captain Aleksei "NickelBack" Trofimov, pro100 have recently secured spots in three upcoming online competitions including LOOT.BET Season 6, the Parimatch League, and ESEA MDL S34 Europe, which was a massive achievement for the #42 ranked team in the world. Unfortunately, pro100 will have to venture off into their upcoming commitments without a head coach, who was let go this Saturday.
The 25-year-old tactician has begun his Counter-Strike career in February 2013 with a CIS stack dubbed Russian Roulette. He later played for Nostalgie and in 2015 teamed up with Moscow Five, where he made his first appearance in a competitive CS:GO environment. In years that followed, pipsoN played for hard'N'play, Pries, LetsMakeThatHappen, Gambit Academy, Vexilla, Eastern Mysterious Power, wNv Teamwork, KUNGAR and XPC Gaming.
In December 2018, pipsoN joined Winstrike as an assistant coach and in March 2019 got promoted to the head coach position, as a replacement for Dmitrii "iksou" Mikhailichenko, who left for EXTREMUM. PipsoN's stay with Winstrike, however, was short-lived as he got replaced by Ivan "Johnta" Shevtsov in May 2019. From May 2019 to August, pipsoN remained a free agent, until he got picked up by pro100.
Shortly after joining pro100, pipsoN led his new team to several solid accolades, including a silver medal at CIS Esports Pro Championship, gold at HardCup, top-four finish at EPICENTER 2019: CIS Qualifier, as well as titles at DreamHack Delhi Invitational 2019 and Qi Banja Luka 2019. Since the turn of the year, pro100 also finished top-eight at DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020: European Open Qualifier, pocketed a bronze medal at WESG 2019 Russia: Closed Qualifier and most recently secured invitations for LOOT.BET Season 6, the Parimatch League, and ESEA MDL S34 Europe.
With pipsoN at the helm, pro100 reached #31 in the world rankings back in February, which is to date the team's peak placement in its two-year-long history.
At the time of writing, pro100 have not revealed what caused the departure of pipsoN, however, it’s likely the team's poor performance at ESEA MDL playoffs and Minor qualifiers, where they finished seventh-eighth and ninth-12th might had something to do with it. Pro100 also did not unveil who will replace pipsoN at the helm of the team as of yet.
PipsoN, did however, announce his career as a CS:GO coach is not over yet, with a Twitter post, where he unveiled he is now a free agent, looking for a new employer.
"So right now I’m officially free, my DM is open if you have any offer, feel free to message me," said pipsoN.
pro100 CS:GO roster:
Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin
Jan "wayLander" Rahkonen
Alexey "NickelBack" Trofimov
Dmitry "dimasick" Matvienko
Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis
Written by KrajnikT
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