By Isaac Chandler
September 10, 2019
Welcome back everyone to another exciting day of CS:GO news! Today we’ve got a look at NBK’s recent comments on his benching from Vitality, Renegades roster situation post-Major, rumors of roster moves over at FaZe, and more.
As always, we’ve got a lot to cover today, so let’s dive on in.
Following his benching from the squad Saturday, NBK has come out on Discord of all places discussing his reaction to the surprising move. He said, “They are dead to me already, don’t wish them any bad things or any good things, is this understandable?”
While he’s understandably upset, he didn’t reveal the reasoning for his removal from the team. It has been clarified that his flipping off of the coach was not the reason for his dismissal.
According to Nel, the gesture was a joking response to a bet on which side the team would start on in their match. You can see the players laughing about it, so something else must have happened behind the scenes.
The rumors surrounding Renegades’ players leaving their roster continue to whirl today, and at this point, it’s hard to tell what’s going on over there.
First, the team said that rumors the squad’s contracts were going to expire soon were false and then deleted the tweet. Now, they’re congratulating the players for their Major performance, saying they can’t wait for both the org and the team’s continued success in CS:GO.
It sounds like they may have resigned the team to new contracts. Though Dekay is still reporting that the players are not only leaving the org but that the org itself is leaving CS:GO.
The team is also dropping out of the DreamHack Malmo Qualifiers due to “circumstances,” which is a weird one given they don’t appear to have any other obligations at that time.
We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out with the Renegades roster over the next week or so.
Over in the CIS, DreamEaters and AVANGAR have told everyone that no roster changes are happening with their squads. Fears that Na’Vi will try and buy out their players have begun to rise in the community.
In a post on their Twitter account, DreamEaters told Na’Vi to come to their team looking for a replacement for Zeus. He claimed they wouldn’t give away any of their players.
When Dekay questioned them on what would happen if the players wanted to leave and someone was willing to pay the buyout, the team responded. The team stated that not only did the players have an astronomical $900 million buyout clause, but that their coach had an almost $10 billion clause himself.
Given that those would make them the highest-paid coach and players in esports, as buyout clauses are usually 1 to 10 times a contract’s value, it’s doubtful that they’re serious about it. If they were, that’s an easy way to trap players on your team.
AVANGAR, on the other hand, was quick to make a random tweet noting very heavily that no roster changes were being made, and the team planned to stick it out and work towards winning the next Major.
CIS esports orgs are very strange, but it’s nice to see squads that performed well at the Major, especially AVANGAR, plan to stick it out and work to improve with what they have instead of nuking the roster.
Speaking of NaVi, the org appears to be trying to make a big move following Zeus’ retirement after Blast Pro Moscow. The team is rumored to be looking into Guardian as a possible replacement for the legendary IGL.
NaVi and Guardian haven’t commented on the rumors, but we’ll keep our ears to the wall for more evidence of the move.
Lastly, we got several exciting roster moves, or lack of moves, that have come over the last couple of days.
First we have GeT_RiGhT playing for NiP at both Blast Pro Moscow at the V4 Festival in Eastern Europe. This seemingly indicates the team is not going to remove him from the starting line up.
Given NiP’s embarrassing performance at the Major, roster changes across the board were expected, so to see or hear nothing yet on the matter is rather shocking.
Virtus Pro has also finally added Phr officially to their line up after a long two-month trial. Congrats to the team and especially so to Phr for finally finding a big org to join.
That’s all we have for today, thanks for reading. We’ll be back tomorrow with more CS:GO news, so stay tuned!