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Zyphon parts ways with Astralis Talent

Astralis Talent and Rasmus “⁠Zyphon⁠” Nordfoss have decided to go their separate ways, the Danish organization has announced. The 17-year-old player has stated that the reason for the split was that the two sides “couldn’t agree on the goals”.

“Rasmus is a good player who can achieve great things but we have come to terms with the fact that this is not the right time considering the expectations we have to each other,” Astralis’ Head of Talent, Dennis “⁠vnG⁠” Vang, said in the announcement.

Astralis Talent are down to four players after Zyphon’s departure

Zyphon had been a part of Astralis Talent ever since the organization decided to put together an academy roster at the end of 2020. The Dane was the team’s highest-rated player, having averaged a 1.15 rating over 23 maps in HLTV.org’s records since the start of the year.

With his departure, the team has undergone a second lineup change in just under a month, after they replaced their in-game leader, Mathias “⁠R0nic⁠” Pinholt, with former MASONIC member Alexander “⁠Altekz⁠” Givskov in March.

According to the announcement, several players are being considered as Zyphon‘s replacement. Until a new player is found, Astralis Talent are down to four players, with another set to round out what will eventually become a six-man roster in the summer:

DenmarkMads “⁠vester⁠” Vestergaard
DenmarkAlexander “⁠Altekz⁠” Givskov
DenmarkAndreas “⁠Void⁠” Dietrichsen
DenmarkVictor “⁠vigg0⁠” Bisgaard

Denmark Mikkel “MistR” Thomsen (begins summer 2021)

DenmarkDennis “⁠vnG⁠” Vang (coach)

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HenryG parts ways with Cloud9

Henry “⁠HenryG⁠” Greer has announced his departure from Cloud9, bringing an end to his eight-month-long tenure as the General Manager of the organisation’s CS:GO division.

The 32-year-old Brit linked up with the organisation in September 2020, and was responsible for the creation of the ‘Colossus’, a European roster that initially featured Alex “⁠ALEX⁠” McMeekin, Özgür “⁠woxic⁠” Eker, and William “⁠mezii⁠” Merriman as its core trio and Aleksandar “⁠kassad⁠” Trifunović as coach.

Cloud9 later went on to sign Patrick “⁠es3tag⁠” Hansen from Astralis and retain the services of Ricky “⁠floppy⁠” Kemery from Cloud9‘s previous roster, but were soon faced with issues as kassad left the lineup and “unreliable high ping” and a “compromising time zone” led to the release of woxic and signing of Erick “⁠Xeppaa⁠” Bach. The move, in turn, saw ALEX and es3tag both attempt to fill the role of sniper, but inconsistent results continued to plague the roster as a whole.

HenryG will be taking a break following his departure from Cloud9

The inability to gather the team in North America due to the coronavirus also added to their troubles as they were unable to build rapport and team chemistry in-person, and ultimately led to Cloud9 placing their players on the transfer list and putting their CS:GO division on hold following a group stage exit from ESL Pro League Season 13.

“It’s truly a shame how things panned out with a lot of mitigating circumstances but plenty of positive memories, too,” HenryG said in his announcement. “While the space is in this strange transition period I have decided to take a sabbatical and enjoy some of the normality that life has to offer. It’s certainly been a while.

“I will be back eventually when the right opportunity arises.”

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anarkez parts ways with HellRaisers

Guy “⁠anarkez⁠” Trachtman has parted ways with HellRaisers, the 21-year-old has announced on Twitter. The Israeli AWPer is now on the lookout for a new team.

He played alongside Vadim “⁠Flarich⁠” Karetin and company for the past month, after he joined the team on trial as a replacement for the then transfer-listed Dmitriy “⁠jR⁠” Chervak – who has since been released – in the middle of January.

anarkez is left teamless again (Photo courtesy of Aequus)

In that time, anarkez averaged a 1.09 rating over 44 maps while HellRaisers most notably made it to the semi-finals at Shadow League Season 1 and qualified for DreamHack Open January, where they went on to place last after losses to BIG and FunPlus Phoenix.

The organization is yet to comment on the current status of the team. In their latest match in ESEA Premier Season 36 against Winstrike, the European side was seen playing with jR, who is the only other player registered in their lineup for the league, excluding coach Rustam “⁠TsaGa⁠” Tsagolov.

anarkez previously played for Secret in 2020, where he made his name as an up-and-coming AWPer, before the team departed the organization and disbanded at the end of the year, leaving the Israeli player teamless.

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HellRaisers are left with:

Latvia Vadim “⁠Flarich⁠” Karetin
Lithuania Nikolaj “⁠kalinka⁠” Rysakov
Russia Dmitriy “⁠ProbLeM⁠” Martinov
Russia Nikita “⁠JIaYm⁠” Panyushkin

Russia Rustam “⁠TsaGa⁠” Tsagolov (coach)

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