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CSGO: HellRaisers bench their entire roster after early Berlin Major exit

Published: 4/Sep/2019 18:57 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:33

by Scott Robertson


Following an early elimination from the StarLadder CS:GO Berlin Major, Hellraisers have decided to go in a completely new direction, benching the entirety of their CIS squad. 

Sometimes you have to burn it all down to build it back up. The HellRaisers are taking a molotov to their current CS:GO form, after they announced that their entire starting roster is taking a seat on the bench.


The following players are now listed as “inactive” on the HellRaisers roster, as of September 4:

Kirill ‘ANGE1‘ Karasiow
Issa ‘ISSAA‘ Murad
Tomáš ‘oskar‘ Šťastný
Christian ‘loWel‘ Garcia Antoran
Žygimantas ‘nukkye‘ Chmieliauskas


ANGE1 has had one of the longest tenures of a CS:GO player on single team: over five years with HellRaisers.

But after poor performances after the new core came in this year, and given that he’ll be turning 30 in just a few days, it’s hard to see a scenario where he continues to start for HR.

StarLadderAn emotional HellRaisers squad console each other over their loss at the StarLadder Berlin Major.


There’s no assurance that none of these players will ever play for HR again. Virtus.Pro benched their entire roster in late 2018, and brought some of them back just a couple weeks later.

For the players who don’t return, there will likely be plenty of opportunities elsewhere after the conclusion of the major.

HellRaisers had two players already on the inactive list prior to this announcement, Bence ‘DeadFox‘ Böröcz and former major winner Abay ‘HObbit‘ Khassenov. DeadFox is now out and officially a free agent, while HObbit is still on the transfer list.


StarLadderHellraisers went home early at the StarLadder Berlin Major.

The core of HellRaisers has been active since April, and have little to no success in that half a year. Since making playoffs of the FACEIT London major in late 2018, they were eliminated in the Legends stage of IEM Katowice, and just recently eliminated in the Challengers stage of StarLadder Berlin.


CEO Oleksii ‘Magician’ Slabukhin said of the change:

“This season hasn’t been easy for anyone who supports and believes in HellRaisers no matter what. All of the guys proved to be true professionals and talented players, but unfortunately we didn’t manage to build a team which every fan of HellRaisers could be proud of.

However, a new season means new opportunities. We’ll soon announce an updated CS:GO roster, as well as some other good news!

You can read the full announcement here:

HellRaisers will now have to enter a busy roster transfer season after the Berlin Major, with several other organizations already announcing plans to gut their rosters, including CompLexity, and new organizations like 100 Thieves will be inserting themselves into the scene as well.


Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun


Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.


Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.


After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.


But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.


While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.