Since the end of the ELEAGUE Major, the CS:GO professional scene has gone through a series of roster changes which will likely have a significant impact on it. As these changes can influence the strength and pecking order of the teams (and implicitly esports betting activities), it’s important that you know about them. So here they are:
Virtus.pro bench Taz, bring MICHU on loan for 2 weeks
This was unavoidable after the team’s disastrous performance at the ELEAGUE Major. Prior to this roster change Virtus.pro hadn’t changed a single player since 2014, which is incredible if you think about it.
It remains to be seen whether or not MICHU (who was temporarily brought in from Team Kinguin) is a good fit for the old VP squad, but the organization definitely had to do something radical and experiment with new possibilities.
kioShiMa joins Team EnVyUs
After 6 months of inactivity, the former Team EnVyUs and Faze Clan player joins the first of these teams once more. Team EnVyUs has had a pretty rough time recently, so this signing couldn’t have been more appropriate.
Team EnVyUs bench SIXER, promote hAdji to first team
This is another important change for Team EnVyUs, who seem to be aiming for much better results in the near future. We know about hAdji that he’s had some pretty solid performances for EnVyUs’s Academy team, but he’s still a big gamble at the moment.
NAF finalizes his move to Team Liquid
Team Liquid decided to go forward with zews as their coach and bring NAF from Renegades. The roster looks pretty solid in this formula but we’ll have to see if they can actually deliver. Their first big test will be cs_summit 2.
Kjaerbye leaves Astralis, joins North
Kjaerbye, the young and talented Danish player, has recently left Astralis and joined North. The move was likely initiated by Astralis as a result of their recent results. The team didn’t make it to the ELEAGUE Major Playoffs, which was a big disappointment.
NiP change their coach, bring in Pita
The Swedish ninjas, who somehow managed to miss the ELEAGUE Major entirely, now have a new coach: Faruk “Pita” Pita. He’s 27 years old and has coached and played for many teams in the past, so his experience will likely help NiP get back to playing high-level Counter-Strike again.
LEGIJA leaves BIG, keev gets benched
BIG decided to make a few big changes (pun intended) after their ELEAGUE Major disaster and they started by releasing LEGIJA and benching keev. Who they will bring in to replace these two players is yet to be revealed, but the German organization is clearly looking to get better results for the rest of 2018.