Benched By HellRaisers
With a little over a week to go until the first Minor of the season, HellRaisers have decided to perform a last-minute roster change. Ilya "ALOHADANCE" Korobkin, the teams position 4 player, has been benched after he "refused to practice with the team" HellRaisers CEO, Alex “Magician” Slabukhin, writes on their website. HellRaisers confirms they will keep their spot in the Minor but are not yet ready to announce a stand-in for ALOHADANCE.
Even for a scene as well known for roster shuffles as CIS, this is an unusual situation, to say the least. While we've, in the past, seen teams go to tournaments clearly ready to disband once they're eliminated, we can't think of a single instance where a player flat out refuses to practise with his team this close to a major tournament.