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Triumph complete roster with RZU, tweiss

Triumph have announced that they have added Tyler “⁠tweiss⁠” Weiss and Jeff “⁠RZU⁠” Ngo to complete their lineup for the remainder of ESEA Premier Season 36, with the pair arriving to fill the gaps left by the departures of Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman and Ian “⁠motm⁠” Hardy.

The change, which was first reported by Dust2.us, will see David “⁠cynic⁠” Polster pick up in-game leadership duties, a role he occupied prior to joining Triumph. Brendan “⁠Bwills⁠” Williams, who had announced that he was exploring his options after Shakezullah‘s departure, will also remain on the roster to close out the season for the team.

bwills will remain on the lineup

“Our players are not under contract at this time but will be graciously sticking with the Triumph name and brand,” the organisation stated in their announcement. According to Dust2.us, the lineup has been in free agency for some time as the organisation searches for new investors to continue funding the team.

RZU previously stepped in for Bad News Bears during DreamHack Open March North America in place of Jonathan “⁠Jonji⁠” Carey, with the team exiting the tournament in 5-6th place following losses to paiN and Extra Salt. He also made an appearance for Recon 5 in ESEA Spring Cash Cup 5 alongside tweiss, who he now reunites with on Triumph.

tweiss made his first appearance for Triumph against QcClan in ESEA Premier, where he averaged a 1.95 series rating, while RZU debuted more recently in a 2-0 win over GGPR. The team will next face Recon 5 on June 15, where playoff contention will be on the line as both teams are tied with 3-2 records in Group B.

Triumph are now:

United StatesBrendan “⁠Bwills⁠” Williams
United StatesAustin “⁠Cooper⁠” Abadir
United StatesDavid “⁠cynic⁠” Polster
United StatesTyler “⁠tweiss⁠” Weiss
United StatesJeff “⁠RZU⁠” Ngo

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MANS NOT HOT return with new Swedish-Lithuanian roster

A new team has been formed with three Swedish and two Lithuanian free agents, featuring the likes of twist and EspiranTo, reviving the MANS NOT HOT tag.

The aforementioned Swede joins the team from Lemondogs, a mix-team he had been playing with for fun since the beginning of the year when he was cut from NIP, while the Baltic player recently parted ways with GORILLAZ as he was unable to adapt to his role within the team, calling the experience “a good kick in the ass to start grinding even more.”

EspiranTo will be back in action with MANS NOT HOT

The two other Swedes in the team are Robin “⁠robiin⁠” Sjögren, who spent several spells in the British organization Endpoint over the past three years, and Denis “⁠grux⁠” Gutaj, who rose to prominence among second tier Swedish teams like Red Reserve, Uruguay and Ancient, as well as the international lineup of SMASH, before signing by North at the beginning of the year right as the Danish organization ceased operations.

The fifth player is EspiranTo‘s countryman Armandas “⁠maty⁠” Kneita, who spent some time playing in Lithuanian teams with the likes of Aurimas “⁠Kvik⁠” Kvakšys and Eimantas “⁠pounh⁠” Lazickas, and was recently promoted to FPL after winning FPL-C in April.

The final piece of the puzzle is coach NeiL_M, who was one of the original members of the MANS NOT HOT team alongside EspiranTo that featured Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković and Žygimantas “⁠nukkye⁠” Chmieliauskas, among others.

“Our goals are simple, to create a new international home where each player is at his highest peak in their most impactful role to shine,” coach NeiL_M told HLTV. “All five players here are slotted into their most natural role that they wanted, we’ve already started to practice as much as possible. We’re ready to compete in events to grind our way up the ladder and prove who we are.”

MANS NOT HOT is now:

SwedenSimon “⁠twist⁠” Eliasson
SwedenRobin “⁠robiin⁠” Sjögren
SwedenDenis “⁠grux⁠” Gutaj
LithuaniaRokas “⁠EspiranTo⁠” Milasauskas
LithuaniaArmandas “⁠maty⁠” Kneita

IrelandNeil “⁠NeiL_M⁠” Murphy (coach)

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Copenhagen Flames complete roster with roeJ, HooXi, Zyphon

Copenhagen Flames has announced the finalization of their roster rebuild, parting ways with Magnus “⁠Nodios⁠” Olsen and signing a trio of players, leaving them with just two members which represented the team a month ago.

After the departures of Marcus “⁠maNkz⁠” Kjeldsen and Asger “⁠AcilioN⁠” Larsen, Copenhagen Flames reached out to MAD Lions‘ benched duo Rasmus “⁠HooXi⁠” Nielsen and Fredrik “⁠roeJ⁠” Jørgensen, bringing them back to the team they represented between 2018 and 2020. Additionally, the team signed former Astralis Talent member Rasmus “⁠Zyphon⁠” Nordfoss, who slotted into the team instead of Nodios.

Former Tricked and MAD Lions player returns to Copenhagen Flames

“I’ve worked with HooXi before and have always appreciated him as a player and leader,” Copenhagen Flames Head of Esports Daniel Vorborg explained in a roster update. “Luckily for us; HooXi has also enjoyed working with us in the past and it was quickly evident that both parties wanted to make this work.”

roeJ is added as a veteran player that will “guide and lead a lot of the young talent we’d have on the team”, while Vorborg describes 17-year-old Zyphon as “one of the most gifted individual players either of us has seen in a long time”. The youngster left Astralis Talent in April after being their best performer with a 1.15 rating across 23 maps played.

The roster changes will see Jakob “⁠jabbi⁠” Nygaard take on more anchor positions on the CT side and lurking roles on the T side, it is explained, something Nodios didn’t feel comfortable doing – deciding to step down from the team instead. Finally, keeping his spot on the squad is 20-year-old AWPer Nico “⁠nicoodoz⁠” Tamjidi.

“I really want to thank Marcus “mankz” Kjeldsen, Asger “AcilioN”Larsen, and Magnus “Nodios” Olsen, who are all moving on to new lineups now. I truly do believe that they are great players and certainly good enough to be representing Copenhagen Flames. However, the circumstances did not allow it this time around. I had talks and discussions with all the players throughout the process, and they were extremely professional in their handling of some very tough situations,” Vorborg concluded.

Copenhagen Flames are now:

DenmarkNico “⁠nicoodoz⁠” Tamjidi
DenmarkJakob “⁠jabbi⁠” Nygaard
DenmarkFredrik “⁠roeJ⁠” Jørgensen
DenmarkRasmus “⁠HooXi⁠” Nielsen
DenmarkRasmus “⁠Zyphon⁠” Nordfoss

DenmarkMagnus “⁠Nodios⁠” Olsen (transfer list)
DenmarkAsger “⁠AcilioN⁠” Larsen (transfer list)

SwedenDaniel “⁠djL⁠” Narancic (coach)

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Finest revamp roster with Radifaction, Rock1nG

Finest have brought on three new players, Haakon “⁠Radifaction⁠” Tholo, Ivan “⁠Rock1nG⁠” Stratiev and rilax, to round out their roster ahead of BLAST Rising and the ESEA Advanced season.

The incoming trio are taking the places of Tal “⁠meztal⁠” Hahiashvili, Sebastian “⁠Basso⁠” Aagaard and Maksim “⁠t0rick⁠” Zaikin, who left the squad in March, and are joining the two remaining players from the previous roster, Shiran “⁠shushan⁠” Shushan and Kristjan “⁠fejtZ⁠” Allsaar.

Radifaction is one of three new players joining Finest

Before Finest, Radifaction started the year with MNA‘s European squad, which disbanded when the organization shuttered in April, while Rock1nG joined FATE at the same time and played a season of ESEA Premier before leaving the Bulgarian squad after poor results ended in relegation. rilax left Lyngby Vikings in April after three months with the team, briefly stepping in for EC Brugge at the beginning of the month before signing with the Israeli organization.

Rounding out the roster is the team’s head coach, Serbian veteran Darko “⁠soLo⁠” Mitić. He was most recently the skipper for BLUEJAYS, but has also stood behind FATE, Juggernauts and Valiance in a coaching career that spans back to 2017.

Finest now have their sights set on BLAST Rising, which they will kick off on Friday, May 14 against Young Ninjas, as well as the ongoing ESEA Advance Season 37, which they started with an overtime victory against SKADE, 22-18, on Sunday.

Finest‘s lineup is now:

IsraelShiran “⁠shushan⁠” Shushan
EstoniaKristjan “⁠fejtZ⁠” Allsaar
NorwayHaakon “⁠Radifaction⁠” Tholo
BulgariaIvan “⁠Rock1nG⁠” Stratiev
NetherlandsThijs “⁠rilax⁠” Izaks

SerbiaDarko “⁠soLo⁠” Mitić (coach)

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Illuminar release roster | HLTV.org

Illuminar have parted ways with their Counter-Strike squad, the Polish organisation announced on Saturday. Fryderyk “Veggie” Kozioł, Illuminar’s Head of Esports, cited a “change in strategy and direction” as the reason behind the decision, adding that the players’ contracts were terminated by mutual agreement.

“I have no doubts that each of them will find a place in the top team,” he said. “The CS: GO division in Illuminar has not been closed, and plans for it will be presented shortly”.

GruBy’s time in Illuminar was short-lived

The Polish team struggled for success after signing with Illuminar in February, dropping out of the top 100 in the world rankings in mid-April. The team’s star AWPer, Kuba “⁠Markoś⁠” Markowski, confirmed on Twitter that the squad will play out the ESL Polish Championship 2021 Spring and the Polish Esports League together, with the future after that left unclear.

The only member of the squad that remains tied to Illuminar is the coach Jędrzej “⁠Bogdan⁠” Rokita, who is expected to take part in building a new roster.

The following players are now free agents:

PolandDominik “⁠GruBy⁠” Swiderski
PolandPatryk “⁠Sidney⁠” Korab
PolandPiotr “⁠morelz⁠” Taterka
PolandKuba “⁠Markoś⁠” Markowski
PolandMikołaj “⁠mouz⁠” Karolewski

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[LIVE] HLTV Confirmed with guest MSL: discussing time on the sidelines and roster news

Mathias “⁠MSL⁠” Lauridsen will take part in the show featuring Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin to talk about his search for a new team, being a free agent in the current age, and a plethora of breaking news.

MSL is the latest guest of the HLTV Confirmed show

Among topics to be discussed are Vitality‘s benching of long-standing member Cédric “⁠RpK⁠” Guipouy, the report of Michał “⁠MICHU⁠” Müller joining Evil Geniuses, and Natus Vincere‘s announcement that Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy will replace Egor “⁠flamie⁠” Vasilyev at the two upcoming events.

Heroic‘s ESL Pro League victory and the implications of the results of Gambit, Astralis, and more will also be touched on, as will the bracket for the upcoming BLAST Showdown.

Topic list for HLTV Confirmed S5E35:

Hot seat with MSL
-What led to the benching in North?
-Time on the sidelines – what was the focus?
-Plans and expectations from next roster
-Finding a team in 2021 vs. 2016
Recent news
-flusha team unveiled
-Vitality swapping RpK for… who?
-EG change again, MICHU inc.?
-NAVI to field B1T over flamie
-flameZ completes OG
-RMR EU, NA, Asia announced
EPL playoffs
-Online vs. LAN discussion
-Gambit and Heroic go all the way
-Astralis fall flat in playoffs
-Potential of FURIA & NIP
BLAST Showdown
-Who needs to qualify the most?
-Dark horses to look out for
Playtime
-Parimatch matchmaker game
-Viewer questions and leftover topics

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HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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[VOD] HLTV Confirmed with guest MSL: discussing time on the sidelines and roster news

Mathias “⁠MSL⁠” Lauridsen will take part in the show featuring Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin to talk about his search for a new team, being a free agent in the current age, and a plethora of breaking news.

MSL is the latest guest of the HLTV Confirmed show

Among topics to be discussed are Vitality‘s benching of long-standing member Cédric “⁠RpK⁠” Guipouy, the report of Michał “⁠MICHU⁠” Müller joining Evil Geniuses, and Natus Vincere‘s announcement that Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy will replace Egor “⁠flamie⁠” Vasilyev at the two upcoming events.

Heroic‘s ESL Pro League victory and the implications of the results of Gambit, Astralis, and more will also be touched on, as will the bracket for the upcoming BLAST Showdown.

Topic list for HLTV Confirmed S5E35:

Hot seat with MSL
-What led to the benching in North?
-Time on the sidelines – what was the focus?
-Plans and expectations from next roster
-Finding a team in 2021 vs. 2016
Recent news
-flusha team unveiled
-Vitality swapping RpK for… who?
-EG change again, MICHU inc.?
-NAVI to field B1T over flamie
-flameZ completes OG
-RMR EU, NA, Asia announced
EPL playoffs
-Online vs. LAN discussion
-Gambit and Heroic go all the way
-Astralis fall flat in playoffs
-Potential of FURIA & NIP
BLAST Showdown
-Who needs to qualify the most?
-Dark horses to look out for
Playtime
-Parimatch matchmaker game
-Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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suNny, flusha team up in new international roster

A new international roster put together by Robin “⁠flusha⁠” Rönnquist and Miikka “⁠suNny⁠” Kemppi has been announced. The duo has teamed up with ex-c0ntact star Rokas “⁠EspiranTo⁠” Milasauskas as well as former ENCE member Jere “⁠sergej⁠” Salo and is set to trial Buğra “⁠Calyx⁠” Arkın as their final piece.

The permanent quartet has signed with an unnamed new organization, which is currently in the process of being set up and will be revealed “as soon as everything is ready on their end,” according to suNny.

“Today we can finally confirm that this project is actually happening and we have started to practice. It will be a long road ahead but happy to work with these players,” the 26-year-old Finn has told HLTV.org. “Four of us have signed and we will be starting with flusha, sergej, EspiranTo, me, and trialing Calyx as our last piece of the puzzle.”

The long-rumored new squad led by flusha is now official

The move sees sergej officially depart ENCE five months after he decided to step down from the squad due to issues with motivation and begin his mandatory military service in Finland. Meanwhile, flusha has also formally ended his third stint with fnatic, where he has been benched since the beginning of the year.

The new lineup has been in the works since the start of 2021 but hit a couple of snags in the meantime, as a lack of interest from established esports organizations put the project on hold in February and caused Timothy “⁠autimatic⁠” Ta, one of the original core members, to accept an offer to switch to VALORANT.

To learn more about how the team was put together, we sat suNny for an in-depth interview, which will be released later this week. In it, the Finn explained that the project became alive again over the course of the past two months as the core began talks with the new organization after sergej and EspiranTo came into the picture along with a different fifth player, who ended up pulling out at the last minute.

The brand new roster once again looks as follows:

FinlandMiikka “⁠suNny⁠” Kemppi
SwedenRobin “⁠flusha⁠” Rönnquist
FinlandJere “⁠sergej⁠” Salo
LithuaniaRokas “⁠EspiranTo⁠” Milasauskas
TurkeyBuğra “⁠Calyx⁠” Arkın (trial)

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MIBR expand roster with exit signing

MIBR have announced that they have completed the signing of Raphael “⁠exit⁠” Lacerda from Sharks. The 24-year-old rifler joins the Brazilian giants with immediate effect, increasing the roster to six players despite Valve’s decision to issue penalties to teams who substitute out players in the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) circuit.

“I’m very happy with this opportunity, it’s something I’ve always wanted,” exit said in a statement. “I’ll give my best to help this team and help it reach the top, which is where Brazil deserves to be.”

exit is already practising with MIBR

The announcement follows a rough first few months for the new MIBR roster, which was announced in mid-January. The Brazilian team, featuring the core of the BOOM squad that won nine tournaments in a row in South America in 2020, failed to impress in their first tournaments in Europe, finishing last in their BLAST Premier Spring group, fourth in their ESL Pro League group, and 9th-12th in the IEM Katowice Play-In.

exit will replace Daniel “⁠danoco⁠” Morgado on all maps during the first week of practice, according to head coach Alessandro “⁠Apoka⁠” Marcucci, who added that the coaching staff will make a decision regarding the starting lineup for the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown in the days leading up to the event.

“We know we cannot make changes in between maps in the RMR competitions, we need a team of five,” Apoka added. “That’s what Valve wants.

“But it’s very important for us to have six players right now, that’s why danoco will stay with us and will be watching us in practice.”

MIBR now have:

BrazilGustavo “⁠yel⁠” Knittel
BrazilRicardo “⁠boltz⁠” Prass
BrazilMarcelo “⁠chelo⁠” Cespedes
BrazilBruno “⁠shz⁠” Martinelli
BrazilRaphael “⁠exit⁠” Lacerda
BrazilDaniel “⁠danoco⁠” Morgado

BrazilAlessandro “⁠Apoka⁠” Marcucci (coach)
BrazilRenato “⁠nak⁠” Nakano (strategic coach)

More to follow…

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x6tence announce youth roster led by SOKER

x6tence have announced their return to CS:GO two months after parting ways with their Danish team, going back to their roots with a Spanish roster made up of five youngsters, all between 15 and 17 years of age, and the team’s captain, 27-year-old Aitor “⁠SOKER⁠” Fernández.

The new x6tence team is the continuation of the former Movistar Riders and Tempo Storm player’s personal project to create a youth squad, which started out with weeks of tryouts at the beginning of the year aimed at bringing up a new generation of Spanish youngsters while many older players, teams and tournament organizers in the Iberian country decided to set their sights on VALORANT.

SOKER returns to x6tence with the incorporation of his youth project

There have been several changes since the team’s inception, from its initial phases up until its incorporation to the x6tence organization, including the loss of coach David “⁠Kairi⁠” de Miguel, who will spearhead his own project with a new Spanish organization set to be announced soon, as well as that of SOKER‘s former Movistar Riders and Wygers teammate Raúl “⁠DeathZz⁠” Jordán Nieto, who also departed the team before it joined x6tence.

Two old-school members of the Spanish 1.6 scene have been brought on to coach the youngsters in Kairi‘s stead, former Last Tribe players Alfonso “ALF” Peralta and Pablo “Khorne” Aranda.

“We created this project to take up-and-coming players, compete with them, and mold them into great players,” SOKER said in an interview with Spanish caster Pitu Herranz after the team’s presentation, “I want these players to become better than anyone else that is or will be on the market in Spain, that’s my idea, and I believe x6tence thinks the same way I do.

“This is a long-term project and we may not be the best team right now, but we’re going to work hard” the 27-year-old added, “my goal is to make these youngsters the best players and teammates they can possibly be to face all of the challenges that will come our way.”

x6tence is now comprised of:

SpainAitor “⁠SOKER⁠” Fernández
SpainSalvador “⁠Vaircuss⁠” Dorado
Bulgaria Preslav “PreSs” Plamenov
Spain Máximo “hadess” Arnal
Spain Roger “roGerzz” Bonilla
Spain Aarón “flowX” Sampedro

Spain Alfonso “ALF” Peralta (Coach)
Spain Pablo “Khorne” Aranda (Coach)

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