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.
Every story has an ending, even a short one. Today we announce that our journey with the NoChance boys ends. We wish them the best of luck in the future! 👀We have an awesome fresh line-up waiting for you. Announcement coming up very soon👀 any guesses❓ pic.twitter.com/vOtmrPKRGK
— SMASH Esports (@smashesportsgg) November 13, 2019
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.