CSGO: SMASH Esports Loses CSGO Roster

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CSGO: SMASH Esports Loses CSGO Roster

SMASH Esports have released their entire CS:GO lineup, the organization announced today.

This development comes just two months after the team’s initial signing. Formerly known as NoChance, the roster revealed their signing with SMASH Esports in September. Under the SMASH name, they reached a victory at LOOT.BET Season 4 and qualified for the WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 2 LAN Finals.

CS:GO roster opts to leave smash esports

SMASH Esports is a Belgian esports organization founded by DJ and music production duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike. They do not appear to sponsor players or teams in any other esports titles at this time.

In-game leader Kevin “kRYSTAL” Amend clarified on Twitter that the team chose to leave SMASH as opposed to being removed. A later Tweet noted that the players weren’t being paid during their tenure with the SMASH organization.

Amend stated that news regarding the roster’s future will be coming soon. Counter-Strike journalist neLendirekt added that Swedish esports organization GODSENT will be picking up the team. Should this move go through, it will be GODSENT’s second venture into CS:GO.

While led by Amend, the former SMASH lineup was bolstered by former Ninjas in Pyjamas player Mikail “Maikelele” Bill and ex-mousesports member Martin “STYKO” Styk. The roster was rounded out by Jesse “zehN” Linjala and Pavle “Maden” Bošković. DreamHack Winter 2013 champion Jonatan “Devilwalk” Lundberg began coaching the team in February of 2019.

The team is expected compete next at the WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 2 LAN Finals in Kiev, Ukraine, later this week. They are also currently competing in the online seasons of the European Champions Cup and Season 2 of the United Masters League. It's not yet known when an announcement from GODSENT can be expected, if the move ends up happening.

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Caroline Rutledge
Caroline is an esports journalist focusing on CS:GO. Starting out as a casual CS:GO fan, her interest quickly turned into a passion as she spent years studying the game. She has put that knowledge to use as a journalist, now writing about professional CS:GO for multiple websites including TheGamer.