Lots of action in CS:GO while Valorant gets more players
Esports player transfers: Weeks 14-15, 2020
Every two weeks we show the most important esports player transfers in our series: the latest roster changes, player contracts or dismissals. The last two weeks have been busy again.
In the CS:GO esports scene a lot has happened, but we also see more and more organizations preparing for the launch of Riot Games tactical shooter Valorant.
The HellRaisers part with two players and send the rest to the bench - one of whom then decides to leave. The organization announced earlier this month that Igor "crush" Shevchenko will leave the team and they will also part with Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow.
Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas, Vadim "Flarich" Karetin and Ivan "AiyvaN" Semenets were put on the bench. HellRaisers planned on building a new CS:GO squad with these three players, but nukkye left as he no longer wanted to play in this team. Recently, he announced on Twitter that he is looking for a new team.
ANGE1 was the in-game leader of the HellRaisers team for over six years - an eternity in esports, especially in CS:GO. He always managed to keep the changing rosters together, but lately, he had a hard time doing so with the current one. In any case, it'll be exciting to see how it will go on for HellRaisers in CS:GO.
AVANGAR dismisses its entire CS:GO team. The quite young team existed only since 2017, won a trophy at the BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019 and made it to the final of the Starladder Major Berlin. The former roster was sold to Virtus.pro in 2019 and the new, purely Kazakh, team was dissolved after only three months.
AVANGAR is withdrawing completely from the competitive CS:GO scene and will instead concentrate on developing esports events in Kazakhstan.
Evil Geniuses dismissed their trainer Chet "ImAPet" Singh, who only took up his job at EG in September last year. He led the team to several wins and top 4 places.
As it became known there were probably tensions between Singh and the two players Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and Tarik "tarik" Celik. Since it is easier to replace a coach than to tear apart an existing team, this eventually led to the decision to dismiss Singh. In any case, we wish him all the best for the future.
Not even a week later, EG found a replacement for Singh. The former coach of the mibr roster, Wilton "zews" Prado, will now take over the CS:GO roster from EG.
Zews already coached stanislav during his time with Team Liquid and stanislav announced even then that he was not on the same wavelength as the coach. So it remains to be seen if he can make friends with zews this time.
After Secret Rigon "rigon" put Gashi on the bench already in mid-January and played with Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer as a stand-in, they have finally found a permanent replacement. Martin "PERCY" Wessel will take over the role of the in-game leader from now on.
The Dane already played a few matches in the LOOT.BET Season 6 Qualifier with Team Secret and will stay now. It is the first non-Danish team PERCY has played with since 2018, after having been under contract with Tricked and Maknitude.
The organization announced the departure of coach Frederik "LOMME" Nielsen.
Heroic originally wanted to sell their CS:GO roster to FunPlus Phoenix, but this fell through after Patrick "es3tag" Hansen joined Astralis. After that the team went through numerous changes and is still one player short. In all the confusion LOMME decided to leave Heroic.
For a change no layoffs - Virtus.pro announced a second Dota 2 roster. VP.Prodigy consists of Egor "epileptick1d" Grigorenko, Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin, Vitaly "Save-" Melnik, Albert "yume" Garaev and until they find a fifth Rostislav "fn" Lozovoy who serves as a stand-in.
According to Virtus.pro General Manager Sergey Glamazda, the idea for a second Dota 2 roster had been around since January. The goal is to give young players the chance to gain experience in the Esports professional scene without the pressure of having to deliver good results immediately. The players from the second team should be able to move up to the first lineup in the long run or replace it if necessary. The name VP.Prodigy was also chosen because "Prodigy" literally means a young talented person.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
NiP separates from Saahil "UNIVERSE" Arora Because of the Corona crisis the organization feels forced to make changes.
Since traveling is hardly possible at the moment and most tournaments are becoming more and more regional, NiP wants to set up their Dota 2 roster accordingly. The goal is to build a team that can last longer than one TI cycle. In order to achieve this, a regional team is necessary, which is why Saahil is thanked and wished the best, but has to find a new place now.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
NiP is one of the first organisations to sign a Valorant roster. They reactivate their original Paladins-Roster, which was dissolved back in November.
Paladins is also a hero shooter, but with less realistic weapon mechanics. The complete team consists of Malkolm "bonkar" Rench, Leander "isbittenner" Aspestrand, Aleks "Alex" Suchev, Dylan "DiGeDoG" Chainski and Erik "Bird" Sjösten. Let's see how former Paladins pros do in Valorant.
Cloud9 is also preparing for the launch of Valorant and announced Tyson "TenZ" Ngo as their first Valorant professional.
TenZ was originally intended to be a CS:GO streamer for C9, but now focuses on Valorant. Many support his change, but there are also critical voices that say that it's far too early to sign professional players, as the game hasn't even been released yet. It remains to be seen which players will complete the roster.
C9 announced the departure of Fortnite professional Nicksfps. More details are yet to come.
These were the most important transfers of the last two weeks. It will be particularly exciting in the coming weeks to see how the Valorant professional scene develops. Many organizations are already preparing their Valorant rosters, while others are still waiting. Until we know more, you can find all news about Valorant and catch up on the last part of the player transfers.