Janusz ‘Snax’ Pogorzelski is a Polish cyber athlete that practices in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competing for Virtus.Pro. He takes on the position of entry fragger however thanks to his skilled versatility he can switch to play the sniper.
Aside from computer gaming, Snax likes to play football, in fact every Friday, he plays soccer with his brother and friends in order to stay in good shape. His love for the game does not end there for he follows what is going on in the Champions League and World Cup matches. Pogorzelski also likes to play Darts in his spare time, learning how to cope with the stress of esports gaming and tournaments. This game has helped him keep calm and fight on until the last minute.
Where it all began:
From the age of two, Janusz liked playing video games and football with his brother. They were two leisure activities that became their main hobbies. When Snax was around seven, he would go to the Internet Café that his parents owned and play Counter Strike 1.6 with shot guns and SMGs, casually playing for fun.
Virtus.Pro is a Russian esports company that was established in 2003 that started out with a Counter-Strike 1.6 team. Due to the popularity of esports, the gaming association expanded to support squads that practice CS: GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone and Quake Champions. VP are famous as the most experienced unit that have won several esports titles in prestigious events.
Virtus.Pro created their CS 1.6 roster in 2003 but eventually moving with the trends, the squad switched to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012. For six years, the lineup remained the same consisting of pro players, NEO, TaZ, PashaBiceps, Snax and Byali that will continue the top level gaming for Virtus.Pro.
The CS: GO matches that Snax and Virtus.Pro have participated include the Major tournaments, WESG 2017 Europe Finals, ECS Season 4 – Europe, StarLadder i-League Invitational, Adrenaline Cyber League.
The biggest achievement in Snax’s pro gaming career was while competing for Virtus.Pro at the premier tournament, Eleague Season 1. The CS squad beat Fnatic with an unbeatable score of 2-0 claiming a reward of $400K.
Snax and Virtus.Pro second highest accomplishment was at Dreamhack Masters Las Vegas 2017. The CS team battled against SK Gaming to win the grand finals with the score 2-1, winning a total reward of $200K.
Another CS: GO win that amazed esports fans was when Virtus.Pro participated in the WESG 2016 Finals. Although they finished in third place in the event, VP have shown their will and determination to win against Space Soldiers, proudly claiming their prize of $200K.
Over the years, Pogorzelski has made a name for himself playing for Virtus.Pro. In fact, HLTV.org has voted Snax as the 4th best player of 2014 and 2015, while in 2016 he was voted the 5th best player in Counter-Strike.