RuFire parts ways with VP.Prodigy

VP.Prodigy’s in-game leader Aleksei "RuFire" Burakov has left the team. According to the announcement on the official website of, the Russian esports athlete will continue to work with the Russian organization.

Mikhail Artemiev, the esports development manager of the club, did not give a specific reason for the reshuffle in the youth team, but noted the unsatisfactory individual form of RuFire.

Alexey has everything it takes to be a great scout, coach, and captain. Though competing on the highest level requires a lot of time consuming individual practice. He has already helped us to make serious progress with our squad, and in order to keep improving we have to change things up.  

Stepping back from the role of the player will allow RuFire to focus on his strengths. That is why we came to mutual agreement to rethink our cooperation and find another way to utilize his talents. We are sure that eventually everyone will benefit from this decision.

Burakov has represented VP.Prodigy since March 2021. Under his leadership, the team took part in three WePlay Academy League seasons, where they never made it to the LAN finals. As for other championships, the team also did not achieve any significant results.

The next matches of VP.Prodigy will take place at ESEA Advanced Season 40 Europe, which kicks off on January 31.

Current  VP.Prodigy lineup:

 Armen "cheerful" Eskuzyan
 Eugene "r3salt" Frolov
 Ivan "lom1k" Ovsyanik
 Evgeny "delus1onn" Plottsov

 Vladislav "Flash_1" Bykov (coach)