Rosters moves are the highlight of this week’s CS:GO News Roundup. From all across the international space, ESL Pro League Season 14 continues to gather steam for its upcoming return to professional Counter-Strike. These new lineups will become hot talking points in the events to come, so allow TGH to breakdown how these changes came to be.
Complexity Add Es3tag and Peacemaker
The historical debut of the Juggernaut proved that Complexity had the opportunities to take over the world with their brutish aim. However, after the arrival of Justin “jks” Savage and the injury of Valentin “poizon” Vasilev, the international roster has looked like a shadow of themselves. Shaking things up, the organization let go of its tenured support player Will “RUSH” Wierzba and its coach Jamie “keita” Hall.
Filling the two-man void, Danish upcomer Patrick “es3tag” Hansen and Brazilian coach Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu have arrived. Es3tag comes from the failed Cloud9 lineup after his incredibly high transfer fee from Astralis sent ripples down the industry. Now the young Dane is tasked with rising above his notoriety and returning Complexity to the top. The new-look Complexity lineup debut at EPL Season 14.
ALEX and Mezii Reportedly to Join fnatic
Fnatic have had one of the biggest falls from grace Counter-Strike has ever seen. Champions of the world, the prestigious Swedish lineups fnatic held dominance over the scene for quite some time. Sadly, the online era COVID-19 brought forth ruined all momentum the squad had. The organization finally decided to bench Maikil “Golden” Selim and legendary AWP’er Jesper “JW” Wecksell. With rumors of the team going international, the team has reportedly turned to a British duo to end their woes.
Alex “ALEX” McMeekin and William “mezii” Merriman remained key pieces in the fleeting success the international Cloud9 roster showed. After being benched, mezii entered the UK Endpoint project and continued to tear up the Tier 2 European scene. Now, the British duo is reportedly the solution fnatic desire according to HLTV. This would be the first time in the organization’s longstanding history to branch away from an all-Swedish lineup.
PGL Provide Exciting Major Updates
The situation remained dire surrounding the upcoming CS:GO Major to be held in Stockholm. After meeting with the Swedish Minister of Culture, PGL have proposed a potential amendment to allow for players to enter the country for their event. However, the Romanian tournament organizers also believe that crowds remain an integral part to the prestigious event.
Restrictions in the country currently bar the Avicii Arena’s capacity to a mere 300 fans as opposed to its whopping 16,000-person capacity. If Sweden allows for these restrictions to be lifted in the coming month, play will resume as scheduled in October. PGL is willing to move the tournament at a moment’s notice if the country remains as defensive.
HUNDEN’s Heroic Contract is Terminated
In talks to potentially join the legendary organization Astralis, Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen seemed keen on taking his coaching to the next level. The Dane was not spotted on Heroic’s trip to IEM Cologne further confirming his distance from the organization. However, in a shocking turn of events, HUNDEN is now being accused of leaking strategies to an opposing team at Cologne.
Heroic has subsequently terminated HUNDEN’s contract with the organization and condemned his actions. It has also been reported by ESL that the individual who received the leaked strategies did not risk the integrity of the tournament and reported the issue immediately to the authorities. ESIC is now formally conducting an investigation regarding his potential breach of integrity and will report soon on how severe his punishment shall be.
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