Nick Johnson | Esports Writer

Nick Johnson | Esports Writer

Nick "Lesona" Johnson is an esports journalist with a focus on CS:GO and the OWL. His interest for esports started with CS:S and grew into a career as both an esports writer and an avid fan, giving him a unique perspective on both the casual and professional scenes. Twitter: @Lesona_

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CSGO News: Roster Swaps In Full Force after Katowice

CSGO Roster Moves March
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The Major is over, and thus begins the month or so of roster moves for CSGO squads across the world. Teams are making moves, and reports are being released, so let’s jump right in and see where everyone stands.


Mousesports Signs everyone

Yesterday news broke that Mousesports was close to inking veteran IGL Finn “karrigan” Andersen. Karrigan was previously linked to Team Envy, a team for whom he stood in for during the North American Minor. Since then, more and more reports have surfaced that Mousesports is making a major push to steal the IGL away from other teams.

An HLTV report is also placing David “frozen” Čerňanský with the team to replace Miikka “suNny” Kemppi. Additionally, the report indicates that Özgür “woxic” Eker is set to replace Tomáš “oscar” Šťastný.

These moves would leave Robin “ropz” Kool and Chris “chrisJ” de Jong (who is rumored to return from the bench) as the only members from the previous Mousesports lineup returning.

For his part, Karrigan is doing his best to keep us on our toes.

With these players on Mousesports, the roster would look as follows:

Robin “ropz” Kool

Chris “chrisJ” de Jong

Finn “karrigan” Andersen

Özgür “woxic” Eker

David “frozen” Čerňanský

Likelihood: High, with a chance of above-average T-side executes.


Cloud9 Pursues sunny

An HLTV report points towards Mouseports rifler Miikka “suNny” Kemppi moving across the pond to join Cloud9 CSGO squad. Signed in August of 2017, suNNy has evolved into a decent player during his time with Mousesports.

Cloud9 has been hard at work after their major exit, allowing Robin “flusha” Rönnquist to walk away from the organization after the death of his mother. Jordan “Zellsis” Montemurro is also officially off the roster, with reports placing him on Swole Patrol.

If Cloud9 signs suNNy, their roster would look like this:

Miikka “suNny” Kemppi

Timothy “Autimatic” Ta

Will “Rush” Wierzba

Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey

Maikil “Golden” Selim

Likelihood: Medium, with a 100% chance that C9 is no longer a majority-NA team If it goes through. We’ve seen EU players hesitant to move to NA, but this one seems feasible.


Grayhound Gaming Benches Sterling

Grayhound Gaming benched Euan ‘sterling’ Moore last night after a disappointing Major where they placed 13th-16th. This leaves the Australian squad looking for a fifth just hours before their MDL Australia match against Off The Grid. Well, at least Oliver “DickStacy” Tierney got his sticker in the game.

Sterling, for his part, seems disappointed about the news.


Heroic Benches AcilioN, ink Neo as stand-in

Heroic also made some roster moves this week, unceremoniously benching rifler Asger “AcilioN” Larsen and replacing him with Filip “NEO” Kubski as a stand-in for today’s opening matches of the ECS Pinnacle Cup. In fact, Heroic made it clear that they would transfer AcilioN to anyone who wanted him:

This marks NEO’s first foray back into competitive Counterstrike since leaving Virtus Pro on February 1st. In the past three months, Neo has posted a .85 rating. Heroic is clearly hoping that NEO can have a return to form under Friberg and Co.


Swole Patrol adding Zellsis and s0m

In NA CSGO news, reports have surfaced that Swole Patrol is courting 16-year-old prodigy Sam “s0m” Oh to join their newly rebuilt roster after three of their players left for eUnited earlier this year. Per the report, s0m has been contacted by several other Pro League-level teams.

We’re beginning to sense a theme, here.


Hellraisers to bench DeadFox

HTLV is reporting that Hellraisers is planning to bench Bence “DeadFox” Böröcz. With the assumed departure of Özgür “woxic” Eker, Hellraisers roster will look like this:

 

Abay “Hobbit” Khasenov

Kirill “ANGE1” Karasiow

Issa “ISSAA” Murad

Amiran “aMi” Rehviashvili (coach)


 

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