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Team Odium, although just formed this fall in the post TI8 shuffle, has already lost three of the founding members after a trail of failed attempts in the recent regional qualifiers. “Unsatisfactory results” were cited by Winstrike as well yesterday when Alexander “Nofear” Churochkin was announced to have been benched.

Odium was built by Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk, who said not even a month back that he chose to play alongside players he trusts and believes in. When Odium was first introduced, it featured Lil’s former Na’Vi teammate Victor “GeneRaL” Nigrini, a CIS pub star, V-Tune in the carry position, and the former Team Empire offlaner Andrey “Ghostik” Kadyk, all three now free agents once again. V-Tune and GeneRaL were briefly announced to have left after the regional qualifiers for the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor concluded, qualifiers where Odium didn’t pass the open brackets challenge. Fast forward to a few days later, Odium got invited to play in Reshuffle Madness, a $50,000 online tournament where they got eliminated in the second round of the lower bracket by Team Empire. After their loss there, Ghostick announced his departure as well, saying on Twitter that he is looking for a new team to play with.

Despite losing three players in such a short period of time, Odium continued to push forward and Monday evening the team was already playing in another $50,000 online event, GG.Bet Invitational, with Vega Squadron’s Alexander “Flow” Sazonov standing in.

Winstrike’s shuffle is less hectic. The CIS organization that took everyone by surprise just before TI8, when they placed third at EPICENTER XL, have been struggling ever since. They made it to TI8, which can be seen as an achievement already, but they perhaps had hoped for a better result in Vancouver than the 9-12th place they accomplished and they surely hoped that the new season will start in a different manner for themselves. Winstrike kept the roster intact, but failed in both Kuala Lumpur Major and DreamLeague S10 Minor qualifiers. They also got invited in the European qualifiers for ESL One Hamburg 2018, where they also lost two times in a row and were the first to be eliminated.

“We had a pretty good understanding of what needs to be done to improve our team immediately after The International. But, we decided to not make any hasty decisions, and instead, we tried to solve our problems. However, now is the time for a change,” said Winstrike to 

While no other replacement has been announced just yet, the organization mentioned that they are currently testing a few players for the vacant support position four. Winstrike are not playing in either of the two online events running this week, GG.Bet Invitational and Reshuffle Madness.


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