Monte Benches AWPer and IGL Woro2k, Signaling Major Team Changes

Monte has announced the benching of AWPer and IGL Volodymyr "Woro2k" Veletniuk, ending his nearly two-year tenure with the team as one of its founding members.

This decision comes amidst a series of recent changes for Monte, who recently added Martin "STYKO" Styk and Ali "hAdji" Haïnouss to their lineup. While Monte has not yet disclosed who will replace Woro2k, a recent post on X suggests that a new player is already lined up and that further changes may be on the horizon.

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Woro2k's next destination remains uncertain. He hinted on X a few days ago that he might have already signed with a new team, but this has yet to be confirmed.

The 22-year-old sniper, one of Monte's founding members, served as the team's IGL for much of his tenure. Monte found some success in the online scene in 2022 after their formation in July but struggled with roster instability.

The arrival of Szymon "kRaSnaL" Mrozek, Viktor "sdy" Orudzhev, and Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov by January 2023 marked a turning point for Monte. The team began to climb the world rankings, securing several online event wins, including an impressive run in the ESL Challenger League, and qualified for the BLAST Paris Major Europe RMR.

Monte's rise continued with an underdog run to the top-eight at the Paris Major, earning them a spot in the top 10 of the world rankings.

Despite the departure of Mohammad "BOROS" Malhas after the Major, Monte defied expectations by maintaining high performance levels with the addition of Alexander "br0" Bro. The team achieved a top-four finish at ESL Pro League S18, second place at Roobet Cup 2023, and won the trophy at ESL Challenger Jönköping 2023, solidifying their near-top-five status by the end of 2023.

However, the early 2024 departures of br0 and sdy significantly impacted Monte, causing the team to slide down the world rankings. While they still made deep runs in some tier-two online events, overall results had declined.

With Woro2k's departure, Monte now has no remaining members from the original roster. Sergiy "DemQQ" Demchenko is now the longest-serving player, having joined the team a week after its founding, replacing Karol "rallen" Rodowicz.