September 30, 2019

Latest CS:GO Roster Changes

CS:GO news never stops coming. Last week was mayhem with roster moves left, right and center. Two organizations are joining CS:GO and now fans know how current rosters plan to attack the new season, starting with ESL One New York.

Roster changes

The first major announcement came from eUnited. They announced the signing of former Ghost Gaming player Ryan “freakazoid” Abadir as he replaced the benched Kaleb “moose” Jayne. freakazoid rejoins forces with his brother Austin “Cooper” Abadir for the first time since 2018. Back when Cooper signed for eUnited, freakazoid criticized him for choosing money over loyalty.

The next announcement came from FURIA who announced signing Brazilian AWPer Henrique “HEN1” Teles. HEN1 previously played for Luminosity with his twin brother, however, they will now be playing against each other. HEN1 is replacing Rinaldo “ableJ” Moda Júnior, who was benched recently.

CS:GO fans had just days to recover from these roster moves before the worst kept secret in CS:GO history finally unveiled. FaZe Clan announced the signing of former MIBR player, Coldzera. Coldzera is one of the biggest names looking for a new roster and FaZe snapped him up at the right time.

FaZe also announced they are signing young prospect Helvijs “broky” Saukants as they look to replace the departing Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács and Filip “NEO” Kubski.

Right after that blockbuster move, another groundbreaking announcement came in. This time it was news that Evil Geniuses signed NRG’s entire roster as the organization entered the CS:GO scene.

Blockbuster news wasn’t finished there as G2 announced the news that they were parting ways with Richard “shox” Papillon. Shox worked with G2 for three and a half years. He will likely join Vitality, which was then announced on Saturday, replacing the departing Nathan “NBK” Schmitt.

There was another piece of blockbuster news on Thursday as Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund announced shocking news that he will step down from Ninjas in Pyjamas. GeT_RiGhT is a legend in the CS:GO team and with 2564 days as an active player for NiP. He hopes to find a team and continue competing at the highest level.

NiP announced, a day later, that they are signing Simon “twist” Eliasson to replace GeT_RiGhT. Twist joins NiP after being benched in August by Fnatic.

One of the final pieces of roster news announced on Thursday had Complexity signing Benjamin “blameF” Bremer from Heroic. blameF had a successful eight months with Heroic and completes the Complexity roster.

Finally, Complexity is signing Will “RUSH” Wierzba. RUSH joins from Cloud9 where he was benched and is now the sixth player on Complexity’s roster. Who stays on is the question many are asking. Especially after Jason Lake, founder of the North American organization, promised to build a juggernaut.

The CS:GO scene has been very busy this past week with many moves announced and ESL One New York just finishing. How the new rosters mix will be interesting to follow in the coming months.

Written by Stephen Beavon

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