By Isaac Chandler
September 9, 2019
The Berlin Major is over, and with it comes everyone’s favorite post-Major event: CS:GO roster changes!
The tournament has only been over for a day and teams have already begun making major roster changes, most of all G2, who made reportedly is making some massive adjustments to their starting lineup.
According a report by neL, G2 is planning to get rid of both Shox and Lucky after three and a half years of Shox at the head of the squad.
In their place, the team is rumored to be looking into Hunter and Nexa from CR4ZY as pieces to push them to the next level, a move that has sparked controversy in the scene.
According to CR4ZY’s CEO Antonio Meic, G2 had allegedly tried to poach players from CR4ZY after asking the players about their interest in possibly being picked up before talking to the org.
While Meic and INTZ’s CEO both called foul on the move, CSPPA Advisor Scott Smith pointed out there was nothing wrong with players being approached to test their interest.
Speaking out in a reply of Meic’s tweet, Smith remarked how going to the orgs first often gets moves shut down early and before players know about offers for them, leading to many feeling less valuable or desired than they actually are.
G2 has yet to respond to the allegations at this time.
Elsewhere in the scene, Team Vitality surprised many this weekend by announcing they would be benching NBK.
The number two team in the world before the Berlin Major, Vitality struggled at the tournament, losing out in the Quarter-Finals to CIS squad AVANGAR.
The move comes as a surprise for many fans, as NBK had been doing pretty well on the squad, while some of his teammates like RPK have been struggling to find their form.
Rumor has it the team is looking into picking up Kio or Shox to fill his place.
FaZe also had rumors of CS:GO roster changes flying around as well after a disappointing 1-3 New Legends Stage knock-out.
According to rumors and leaked screenshots buzzing around Broky and Coldzera are looking to be signed by the squad, with the screenshots showing Cold practicing with the squad already.
NEO and Guardian are rumored to be the players dropped from the roster to make room for them, a move that is sad but unsurprising for those who’d been following the team for a while.
The move would be a huge gain for the struggling FaZe lineup, with Coldzera still considered one of the world’s best players, and could see the team make a deep run at the next Major, which has yet to be announced.
We’ve also heard rumors of 100Thieves looking to pick up NRG’s entire roster, a move that would see the Thieves return with one of America’s strongest lineups.
No confirmation or other noise beyond the rumor has been mentioned at this time, but we’ll continue to keep you updated as we learn more.
Lastly, today we sadly must bid farewell to one of CS:GO’s greatest IGLs in Zeus, as the Ukranian will be retiring after Blast Pro Moscow, according to a report from HLTV.
Zeus, who played for Na’Vi for nine of the last ten years, has 13 Major Legend’s stage appearances, 4 Major Grand Finals appearances, and a Major win to his name, was reported last week to be possibly retiring after BPM, though at the time no official confirmation had been given.
With this move, one of Counter-Strike’s greats will be closing the book on a long and storied career.
Thanks for all you’ve done for the scene Zeus, and hopefully retirement treats you well.
That’s all the CS:GO roster changes we have for today, thanks for reading. As always, we’ll keep you updated as the post-Major roster shuffles continue.