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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, 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, 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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Shakezullah leaves Triumph |

Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman has parted ways with Triumph, the player has told, bringing about an end to his 15-month-long tenure with the North American organisation.

The 23-year-old averaged a 0.98 rating as a part of Triumph, a team that he was forced to rebuild from scratch on a number of occasions as players were recruited to other teams, or made the switch to VALORANT.

Shakezullah will take a step back from competition

Shakezullah was a key influence in the rise of both Paytyn “⁠junior⁠” Johnson and Michael “⁠Grim⁠” Wince in 2020, with both players crediting him for his calling ability and playing a key part in their development prior to them joining FURIA and Liquid. With them, Shakezullah topped ESEA MDL Season 33 to qualify for ESL Pro League.

With several players leaving the team in the last 15 months, including Rahul “⁠curry⁠” Nemani and Erik “⁠penny⁠” Penny, Triumph have been unable to reach their past level, playing second fiddle to the likes of Extra Salt, Bad News Bears, and paiN in the majority of events.

Despite their recent results, Shakezullah‘s departure from Triumph is a critical blow to the team as it leaves them devoid of a tenured in-game leader, a role that the region historically has struggled to fill at all levels. He may make one final appearance for the team in their ESEA Premier match against QcClan on Wednesday prior to taking his leave.

UPDATE: Following the publication of this article, Ian “⁠motm⁠” Hardy and Brendan “⁠Bwills⁠” Williams have also announced their departure from Triumph.

Triumph are left with:

United StatesAustin “⁠Cooper⁠” Abadir
United StatesDavid “⁠cynic⁠” Polster

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Triumph, TeamOne secure final cs_summit 8 closed qualifier spots

Triumph and TeamOne have claimed victory in the second cs_summit 8 open qualifier, besting Third Impact and Imperial, respectively, to earn the final spots in the closed stage which will run from May-14-18 and offer four spots in the North American Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event.

After easing through the early stages of the bracket, Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman‘s side faced strong contention from SKDC in the first best-of-three round, managing to narrowly secure a victory in two maps to meet Imperial for a spot in the closed stage.

The Brazilian roster had fallen early on in the previous qualifier, and despite mustering a better run this time around, they were unable to prevail over Triumph, who opened the series strong with a Mirage win before bouncing back from losing their map pick by edging out a 16-13 win on Nuke to advance.

Cooper was the highest-rated player for Triumph against Imperial

TeamOne, who suffered a similar fate to their countrymen in their last qualifier bid, were able to claim redemption for themselves as they fought past Party Astronauts in a three-map series, and wasted little time in securing their closed qualifier spot by trouncing Third Impact 16-5 on Inferno and Nuke in the ensuing round.

Four spots at cs_summit 8 will be up for grabs through the closed qualifier, which will also mark the return of Extra Salt and paiN to North America, as well as GODSENT‘s first appearance in the region after playing in Europe for the first portion of the year.

The complete team list for the closed qualifier consists of:

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Bad News Bears take down Triumph to qualify for ESL Pro League Season 14

Bad News Bears have claimed victory in ESEA Premier Season 36 North America, fighting back from an 0-1 disadvatange in the best-of-five grand final against Triumph to secure a first place finish. The win sees ptr‘s troops become the second unsigned roster to earn a berth to ESL Pro League Season 14, following ex-Winstrike‘s win over SAW in the European grand final on Sunday.

“Words can’t describe it man,” ptr said in a post-game interview when asked how he felt about the victory. “Me and Jonji have been working for this moment for so long. We lost to INTZ last year, so it’s just an amazing feeling. You know, I’ve played in pro teams in the past and stuff but just was already pro, but this was the first time that I actually earned it for myself. I fucking love my team.”

Bad News Bears had a flawless run in the regular season, going undefeated in their group and becoming a prime candidate to win the playoffs after Extra Salt withdrew to attend a gamut of tournaments in Europe. After scoring two wins to kick off their playoff run, Bad News Bears were felled by Triumph in the upper bracket final, but fought past RBG in the consolidation final to set up a rematch.

A resurgent performance from Jonji allowed Bad News Bears to take down Triumph

Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman‘s side dominated the early portions of both halves of their map pick, Nuke, to kick off the grand final; however, attrition from Bad News Bears allowed them to stay in contention and fight back, edging out a 16-14 victory to even the series score immediately. Inferno and Train were one-sided affairs as the two teams traded blows, leading to a Mirage decider with it all on the line.

Jonathan “⁠Jonji⁠” Carey, who was the team’s best performer during the regular season but having a rough run during playoffs, was the catalyst in a stellar showing for Bad News Bears on Mirage. After being a pivotal factor in the first three maps of the series, the 21-year-old ran rampant on Triumph‘s defense for the first half as his team took nine rounds off the bat, with the rest of the roster stepping up to cut short any hopes of a comeback from Triumph and close out the map in swift fashion.

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The team list for ESL Pro League Season 14 now looks as follows:

ESEA Premier Season 36 North America final standings:

1. United States Bad News Bears – $20,000 + ESL Pro League S14 slot
2. United States Triumph – $12,500
3. United States RBG – $7,500
4. United States High Coast – $4,000
5-6. United States Recon 5 – $2,000
5-6. United States GGPR – $2,000
7-8. United States ChocoCheck – $1,000
7-8. United States Mythic – $1,000
9-10. North America Extra Salt*
9-10. Canada OCG**
11-12. United States Rise
11-12. United States Secret Club
13. United States Third Impact
14. United States Eclipse
15. United States SKDC
16. United States Levitate
17-18. United States ImPerium
17-18. United States Watch This
19-20. United States The Commission
19-20. United States timbermen

* Extra Salt forfeited playoffs due to being in Europe
** OCG forfeited playoffs as they were unable to field a complete roster

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Extra Salt, Triumph score wins in DreamHack Open March

Extra Salt and Triumph have secured wins in their first DreamHack Open March match-ups, besting paiN and High Coast to advance to the winners’ matches in their respective groups. Johnny “⁠JT⁠” Theodosiou led his side to success with a 1.41 rating to take down the Brazilian team in a two-map series, while a reverse-sweep was required from Triumph for them to claim victory over Ben “⁠ben1337⁠” Smith‘s troops.

paiN emerged ahead of an early back-and-forth on their map pick, Nuke, but were quickly left trailing as Josh “⁠oSee⁠” Ohm and JT combined to give Extra Salt the edge, pulling ahead 9-6 at the break. A pistol win kept JT‘s side in control as they wasted little time in closing the map, and the team maintained momentum into Vertigo with a strong showing on the attack. paiN managed to recover towards the end of the first half,. and mustered a string of five rounds following the side swap to briefly pull ahead 12-11, but were once again put on the back foot as oSee found opening kills with his AWP to help propel his side to victory.

JT was the highest-rated player for Extra Salt against paiN

High Coast looked to be in good form as they kicked off their match against Triumph on Inferno, battering the CT defenses for a dominant lead at halftime and attaining match point shortly after the side swap.

A comeback effort from Triumph came about too late as High Coast were able to close out their map pick, but Shakezullah‘s side were able to even the series score in fast fashion as they converted a 5-0 start on Train with a stalwart defense in the second half, winning eight rounds in a row to take the map and force a Dust2 decider.

There, Triumph were able to recover after starting the map trailing 2-5, posting a three-round lead by the break before assuming control on the CT side, managing a string of retakes to shut down High Coast‘s hopes and lock them out of the map for a 16-10 victory.

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Triumph, High Coast complete DHM Spring closed qualifier team list

The teams competing in the North American closed qualifier for DreamHack Masters Spring have been determined, with Triumph and High Coast prevailing in the final round of the open qualification stage over Rebirth and Recon 5, respectively.

It was a high-stakes grudge match between Triumph and Rebirth as Danny “⁠cxzi⁠” Strzelczyk had been replaced by David “⁠cynic⁠” Polster on the former team just days prior. cxzi had wasted no time in making the jump to Rebirth and immediately claiming revenge mere hours after the change, taking down his former teammates in an ESEA Premier match-up.

The qualification series between the two sides unfolded in almost identical fashion to their previous bout as they each secured their own map picks with relative ease, forcing an Inferno decider. There, Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman‘s troops were able to claim revenge, taking the map 16-9 to book their ticket to the closed qualifier.

Shakezullah and company claimed revenge over Rebirth

On the opposite side of the bracket, High Coast were initially set to face off against paiN, but the Brazilian team withdrew from the qualifier on day two after it was revealed that they already had a spot in the main event as a result of winning DreamHack Open January.

Recon 5, who paiN had beaten in the round of eight, arrived as a replacement to take on High Coast, who notably played the qualifier with Ian “⁠motm⁠” Hardy in place of Jonathan “⁠djay⁠” Dallal. The change proved to bear fruit for Ben “⁠ben1337⁠” Smith‘s side as they made short work of Recon 5 in a two-map series, with Josh “⁠PwnAlone⁠” Pigue and motm leading the way with 1.77 and 1.45 ratings, respectively.

The opening match-ups for the double-elimination closed qualifier bracket, which will play out from March 6-7 and see one team earn a spot in the main event, are as follows:

United States Bad News Bears vs. United States High Coast
North America Extra Salt vs. United States Triumph

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Triumph bench cxzi; look to cynic – Report

The Premier team are making a change to their roster two months into the season.

Triumph have benched Danny “⁠cxzi⁠” Strzelczyk and are set to add Recon 5 member David “⁠cynic⁠” Polster to fill the gap, has learned.

According to sources close to the team, the change was made due to issues both inside and outside of the game. cxzi has been a part of the team since joining alongside Austin “⁠Cooper⁠” Abadir and Wesley “⁠viz⁠” Harris in January.

cynic is set to take cxzi’s place on Triumph

Since the formation of their current roster, Triumph have struggled to consistently post results – they currently hold a 3-0 record in ESEA Premier Season 36 but were eliminated in last place in DreamHack Open January, and have failed to win a single ESEA Cash Cup, often exiting the tournament before the top-four stage.

cynic has been a stand-out performer for Recon 5 in recent events, averaging a 1.27 rating over 35 maps since the start of the year. He was named as a player to keep an eye on by former Chaos coach Matthew “⁠mCe⁠” Elmore in an interview in January, and previously played alongside both Brendan “⁠Bwills⁠” Williams and viz on Levitate and Positive Vibes Only.

Triumph will make their debut with cynic in short order as they are set to take on Rebirth in ESEA Premier at 03:00