MAD Lions have announced they will not be keeping Kristers “keen” Dārznieks on the roster, noting that he was on a trial period and that the organization will now scour the market in search of another in-game leader for the squad.
The move comes after the team’s first two tournaments together, Nordic Masters Spring 2021 and Funspark ULTI 2021 Europe Regional Series, which they finished in 5-6th place and 9-12th place, respectively, with one victory and two losses in each event.
keen is no longer part of MAD Lions after a two-week trial
Following keen‘s departure MAD Lions are still on track to follow the plan that coach Jakub “kuben” Gurczynski shared on the HLTV Confirmed podcast, which is to bring a more experienced player to fill the role of in-game leader and help guide the young roster, which has an average age of 20 years.
“We knew that a leadership role would be challenging one to fill for such a young man/player. It was a great opportunity for him to tryout leading a squad against some of the top teams from the world and we are happy he took the chance and gave everything he had,” MAD Lions‘ official statement reads. “Unfortunately, leadership skills at the level we need are difficult to develop in such a short time frame so we are looking for another IGL. We strongly believe that keen has a lot to offer, but we need a different profile for the time being.
“We are truly happy with his effort and work ethic during the time in MAD Lions. However, this is trial and error for both the coaches and the players. We believe we are onto something, and more roster moves are coming until we find the right person to lead the squad. Best of luck Kristers and thank you!”
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