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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)

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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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Virtus.pro unveil new academy roster

Virtus.pro have announced that they have signed five new players to their academy team, VP.Prodigy, reviving a project that had been put on hold in January following middling results.

The new team will be led by former SG.pro member Alexey “⁠RuFire⁠” Burakov, who has helped to develop players like Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov and Ilya “⁠m0NESY⁠” Osipov in the past.

Virtus.pro have a new academy lineup

“When we were building this roster, we wanted not only skilled players but also easygoing ones with a non-conflictual attitude,” RuFire told Virtus.pro’s website. “Our current roster clicked right away, we have good team chemistry and we know what our main goals are. We’ll do our best to prove ourselves.”

Virtus.pro created an academy division in September 2020 with three Russian and two Ukrainian players. The team, headlined by former Espada member Vadim “⁠h1glaiN⁠” Tanasiuk, competed in a number of international tournaments before the organisation released the roster. Team coach Vladislav “⁠Flash_1⁠” Bykov remained on the payroll and was tasked with creating a new lineup.

Mikhail Artemyev, the team’s manager, explained that building a youth roster always comes with an element of risk. “It’s crucial to find talented players who are passionate about CS:GO,” he said. “Talent, however, isn’t the only thing on the path to success. There are a lot of things to work on: game sense, communication between the players, etc.

“Our main goal is to help the players reach their full potential and we are sure that the guys have what it takes to accomplish everything we set out to do. Right now they are taking their careers to a higher level, and we don’t want the potential pressure from the competitive scene to prevent them from enjoying the game.”

VP.Prodigy now have:

Russia Alexey “⁠RuFire⁠” Burakov
Russia Nikita “BloodyK” Dobrynin
Russia Eugene “r3salt” Frolov
Russia Armen “cheerful” Eskuzyan
Russia Ivan “lom1k” Ovsyanik

Russia Vladislav “⁠Flash_1⁠” Bykov (coach)

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NAVI add latt1kk to academy roster

The 15-year-old has some impressive numbers on FACEIT and has already competed in some minor regional tournaments.

Natus Vincere have bolstered their academy project with the addition of Vlad “⁠latt1kk⁠” Vydrin, the organisation announced on Tuesday. The Russian AWPer recently helped forZe school to win the $1,000 Ultras League Season 5 and has impressed on FACEIT, boasting a 57% win rate and an average K/D of 1.37 on the pick-up platform.

“We keep a close eye on young players and try to support the most ambitious ones,” NAVI academy manager Mykhailo “M1ke” Palamar said. “Today latt1kk joins NAVI Academy as an AWPer. Vlad has great stats for his age, but it’s just the beginning of his career. We’ll help him develop his strengths and want to give him the opportunity to perform at the highest level.”

latt1kk becomes the second player to join NAVI’s academy project in the last month, following in the footsteps of 13-year-old Dmytro “⁠Dem0N⁠” Myroshnychenko. The Ukrainian organisation currently has nine players in their academy set-up, including Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy, who has been a backup player for the main squad since December.

NAVI are yet to announce which players will make up the new NAVI Junior squad. The team is slated to compete in the second open qualifier for the European Development Championship Season 3 this weekend.

NAVI’s academy project currently looks as follows:

Ukraine Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy
Russia Ilya “⁠m0NESY⁠” Osipov
Russia Eugene “⁠Aunkere⁠” Karyat
Ukraine Rodion “⁠fear⁠” Smyk
Ukraine Sergey “⁠pogor3lov⁠” Pogoryelov
Ukraine Daniil “⁠Synyx⁠” Mazur
Ukraine Daniil “⁠headtr1ck⁠” Valitov
Ukraine Dmytro “⁠Dem0N⁠” Myroshnychenko
Russia Vlad “⁠latt1kk⁠” Vydrin

Ukraine Amiran “⁠aMi⁠” Rehviashvili (coach)

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oBo rounds out Evil Geniuses roster

Evil Geniuses have completed their roster with Owen “⁠oBo⁠” Schlatter, the American organization has announced. The youngster joins the team on a free transfer after parting ways with Complexity earlier this year. oBo effectively replaces Ethan “⁠Ethan⁠” Arnold on the roster after the 21-year-old decided to leave EG in late February to make a switch to VALORANT.

oBo returns to complete EG’s lineup after Ethan’s departure

The 17-year-old had been teamless for the past six months, after he suddenly stepped down from Complexity and returned home in the middle of the team’s campaign in ESL Pro League Season 12 playoffs last September. At the time, oBo seemed set on finding a new team based in North America, but he has since said he was willing to stay in Europe for extended periods of time.

Evil Geniuses‘ roster is now once again complete ahead of their upcoming return to Europe for ESL Pro League Season 13, in which they have been placed in Group D alongside Astralis, Liquid, Virtus.pro, fnatic, and Endpoint, slated to run from March 25-29.

With the new addition, the team will be hoping to come back to form after a series of middling results, which most recently saw Evil Geniuses drop out of IEM Katowice in the group stage after a win over Gambit and losses to G2 and Astralis.

Evil Geniuses now boast the following five:

United States Vincent “⁠Brehze⁠” Cayonte
Bulgaria Tsvetelin “⁠CeRq⁠” Dimitrov
United States Tarik “⁠tarik⁠” Celik
Canada Peter “⁠stanislaw⁠” Jarguz
United States Owen “⁠oBo⁠” Schlatter

Brazil Wilton “⁠zews⁠” Prado (coach)

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G2 bench kennyS; JaCkz returns to roster

G2 have placed Kenny “⁠kennyS⁠” Schrub on the bench and brought Audric “⁠JaCkz⁠” Jug back into the main roster, the organization has announced.

The move comes after the team endured a string of underwhelming placings in late 2020 and early 2021, which saw them go out early at three consecutive BLAST events at the brink of the year and most recently miss out on the playoffs at IEM Katowice.

kennyS has struggled for individual form in that time, averaging only a 0.98 rating across the four tournaments G2 has attended since the team decided to keep François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay over JaCkz in the main roster following Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač‘s addition.

The French sniper is allowed to explore new opportunities

The star AWPer leaves the active roster after a four-year stint. He was part of the French “superteam” G2 put together in early 2017 by combining two members of their former squad, Richard “⁠shox⁠” Papillon and Alexandre “⁠bodyy⁠” Pianaro, with the Envy core featuring kennyS, Nathan “⁠NBK-⁠” Schmitt, and Dan “⁠apEX⁠” Madesclaire. Since then, the 25-year-old has been the centrepiece of G2 as he was the only one to remain amid several big changes over the next two and a half years.

With kennyS out of the roster, the rest of the team is bound to undergo some key role changes, with NiKo taking up sniping duties. This, according to team coach Damien “⁠maLeK⁠” Marcel, will provide “more flexibility within our game and the current meta.”

“Kenny is a pillar within G2 and a legend in the scene,” G2 maLeK said. “We all all feel that, though difficult, a new home for him will be a great opportunity to remain at the top. We are excited to have JACKZ return to the team, bringing his flair, creativity and a new balance to the team.”

JaCkz returns after a three-month stint on the organization’s bench. While on the sidelines, the 28-year-old was seen playing with the mix team DBL PONEY alongside former G2 teammates bodyy and Lucas “⁠Lucky⁠” Chastang in various tournaments, including the ESEA Winter Cash Cups 5 and 6, in which they placed second and first.

G2 will make their first appearance with the new roster on March 13 against NIP in Group B of ESL Pro League Season 13, which also includes Vitality, mousesports, FaZe and ENCE.

With these changes, G2 now have:

France François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay
Serbia Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja “⁠huNter-⁠” Kovač
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač
France Audric “⁠JaCkz⁠” Jug

France Damien “⁠maLeK⁠” Marcel (coach)

France Kenny “⁠kennyS⁠” Schrub (benched)

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NAVI add Dem0N to academy roster

The 13-year-old Ukrainian was recruited after impressing on FACEIT.

Natus Vincere have picked up 13-year-old Dmytro “⁠Dem0N⁠” Myroshnychenko to play in their academy, the organisation announced on Thursday. The Ukrainian youngster was offered a spot after being noticed on the FACEIT platform, where he has an average K/D of 1.31 and a 53% win rate over almost 2000 matches.

“A 13-year-old talented boy is exactly the case where we need to look strategically far into the future,” NAVI COO Alexey “⁠xaoc⁠” Kucherov said. “We are happy to support Dima (Dem0N) in his professional career, and we will do our best to ensure that by the age of 16 he will be able to terrify the best teams in the world.”

The announcement comes just days after NAVI announced an overhaul of their academy project, with Kirill “⁠Gospadarov⁠” Gospadarov, Ivan “⁠kapacho⁠” Koplenko, and Alexey “⁠Topa⁠” Topchienko having all been removed from NAVI Junior and made available for transfer.

NAVI currently have eight players in their academy set-up and will soon announce which of them will represent NAVI Junior. The organisation will also launch a dedicated website for future applicants in the near future as it hopes to recruit young talents “all year round”, according to xaoc.

NAVI’s academy set-up currently includes:

Ukraine Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy
Russia Ilya “⁠m0NESY⁠” Osipov
Russia Eugene “⁠Aunkere⁠” Karyat
Ukraine Rodion “⁠fear⁠” Smyk
Ukraine Sergey “⁠pogor3lov⁠” Pogoryelov
Ukraine Daniil “⁠Synyx⁠” Mazur
Ukraine Daniil “⁠headtr1ck⁠” Valitov
Ukraine Dmytro “⁠Dem0N⁠” Myroshnychenko

Ukraine Amiran “⁠aMi⁠” Rehviashvili (coach)

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Bubzkji: “We had to rethink the whole idea of a six-man roster; I’m going to play multiple maps”

In a press conference ahead of the IEM Katowice playoffs, Lucas “⁠Bubzkji⁠” Andersen has revealed that Astralis‘ view of the six-man roster has evolved in recent times. The 22-year-old has not played for the team in the last month, sitting out the recent Nuke game against mousesports in the first round of IEM Katowice.

According to Bubzkji, the organization’s approach changed following Valve’s announcement of the 2021 Regional Major Ranking system, in which teams will not be able to make mid-match substitutions, like Astralis had done between December and January.

Astralis are going to approach the six-man roster differently

“Valve wasn’t going to allow substitutions for the RMR [events], so we had to rethink the whole idea of a six-man roster and I think we tried to come up with something different,” Bubzkji revealed. “The difference is that I won’t really just play one map — now I’m going to play multiple maps.

“It’s kind of hard to do it the way we have when Valve limits it, so we’re trying to work on solutions around it. We have something coming up — maybe not in the [IEM Katowice] playoffs, but after the playoffs, from Pro League, I think we’re going to see me coming in to do some work.”

Bubzkji struggled to make an impact during his stretch of eight Nuke games, putting up above-average ratings only in the one-sided victories against FURIA and mousesports. He has admitted that his previous positions on the map were not a good fit, adding that his role will change so that he can be more comfortable in the game.

“I think it was no secret that some of the roles on Nuke weren’t perfect for me, and I also think that maybe hindered my performance a little bit, so now we’re going to try again in a new way,” Bubzkji shared. “I think the way we’re going to do it now is going to work better for both them and me.”

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Singularity finalize roster with smF and larsen

Singularity have added Danni “⁠smF⁠” Dyg and Sebastian “⁠larsen⁠” Larsen to their roster, bringing the team to completion after the removals of Tobias “⁠TOBIZ⁠” Theo and Casper “⁠Celrate⁠” Andersen in early January, the organization has announced.

Meanwhile, larsen has also assumed in-game leadership of the team, a role that he will fulfill for the first time in his career. “I’ve changed role to IGL, so I’ll try to call which means I also have a lot to work on for myself,” the 23-year-old has stated. “It will be an exciting journey, and it will definitely be tough at times – but it’s a fight that must be fought as a team.”

smF and larsen complete Singularity’s squad

smF and larsen return to the Danish scene after they both recently played in international lineups. The former was part of Secret for four months before the team disbanded late last year, while the latter competed with Movistar Riders in the latter half of 2020 until he got benched in January.

“The trip abroad was an educational experience, but I think I speak on both larsen’s and my own behalf when I say it’s good to be back in Danish CS:GO again,” smF shared. “It’s just not the same elsewhere.”

The newest members have already underwent their debut with the team, having played in the first two matches of ESEA Premier Season 36 Group A against HellRaisers and GamerLegion, both of which they lost 0-2.

Singularity now boasts the following roster:

Denmark Emil “⁠Remoy⁠” Schlichter
Denmark Anton “⁠notaN⁠” Pedersen
Denmark Oliver “⁠IceBerg⁠” Berg
Denmark Danni “⁠smF⁠” Dyg
Denmark Sebastian “⁠larsen⁠” Larsen

Denmark Nicklas “⁠brieF⁠” Jørgensen (coach)

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[LIVE] Discussing G2’s roster change, BLAST results, IEM Katowice on HLTV Confirmed with nexa

What has it been like to call the shots in G2 since the addition of Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač, and how did the team decide on which player to remove in order to make space for the Bosnian superstar are some of the topics nexa will talk about on HLTV Confirmed S5E27.

nexa joins the show ahead of IEM Katowice

The show will also touch on G2‘s underwhelming results at the BLAST Global Finals and Spring Groups, as well as other team’s performances at the latest tournament. Together with Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin, the Serbian caller will help preview the upcoming IEM Katowice and disect recent roster news.

Topics for the show:

Hot seat with nexa
-nexa’s influence in NiKo addition
-AmaNEk vs. JaCkz dillema
-Roles in the current lineup
-BLAST Global Finals, Spring Groups results
Recent news
-karrigan confirmed in FaZe
-dexter rounds out mouz
-forZe sign KENSI, zorte
-apEX takes break from competition
BLAST Premier
-SPUNJ was right about Complexity?
-Are NAVI #1?
-Liquid’s honeymoon over?
IEM Katowice
-Play-in: Teams to watch
-Play-in: Who will miss out on the main event?
-Groups: Will favorites live up to the hype?
Playtime
-Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
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HLTV Confirmed Audio

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