After days of speculation, compLexity have finally announced the two new additions to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster ahead of the IEM Katowice Major roster lock.
Changes for the team have been on the horizon since December 20 when rifler Jacob ‘Yay’ Whiteaker was placed on the inactive roster. Only a few days later, on December 23, Brad ‘Android’ Fodor, joined Yay on the inactive roster.
Complexity have teased their roster moves over the last few days.
Now, compLexity have announced the new additions to their roster. Firstly by announcing Australian player Ricardo ‘Rickeh’ Mulholland and then announcing that former Cloud9 star Jordan ‘n0thing’ Gilbert would be joining for the Major run.
Rickeh, the 27-year-old Australian, who had most recently been a member of the Rogue roster, had been out of action with the North American team after running into some visa issues. He had to return to his homeland to renew his Visa during ESL Pro League Season 8 relegation, meaning Rogue had to find a replacement.
A number of social media teases had pointed to the final member of the roster being n0thing but an announcement had not been made. The news that the Counter-Strike community had been waiting for came on December 29.
In his announcement video, he stated that he is “super stoked” to be back under the compLexity banner for the upcoming Major run and was looking forward to “rocking the compLexity jersey” one more time.
We might not be in the Big Apple this year, but IEM New York is still taking place. Three events across North America, Europe, and CIS will take place to crown regional champions in the next stage of the IEM Global Challenge.
ESL One New York in 2019 featured an Astralis vs Evil Geniuses final, where the hometown stars took down the dominant Danes in a convincing 3-1 series. However, the two will be separated into different regional events in 2020.
IEM New York is still taking place online, with 32 teams across three regions invited to take part in the $250,000 event. Across three weeks, different regional champions will be crowned, with RMR points on offer for the best performing teams.
Evil Geniuses won ESL One New York 2019. This year, there’ll be three winners.
IEM New York, being an ESL event, will be streamed on the ESL CS:GO channels on Twitch and YouTube. We’ve embedded the streams below for your convenience.
IEM New York teams
12 North American and CIS teams, plus eight European teams, will be taking part in IEM New York. Despite having the fewest number of teams, Europe boasts the biggest prize pool of $140,000 USD.
The teams will be divided into two sets of groups — six in each NA and CIS group, four in Europe. The best teams in each group will make it to the playoffs. The format for playoffs will be single-elimination in Europe, and double-elimination for North America and CIS.