Team Vitality entered CS:GO almost exactly a year ago, and have had plenty of success in that time. The French squad had an excellent summer, with championships at cs_summit and the ECS finals, and high finishes at ESL Cologne and IEM Chicago.
They arrived to the StarLadder Berlin major as championship contenders, but after a less-than-stellar start and finish to the major, Vitality made the decision to move NBK to the bench. And he doesn’t appear to be happy there, as indicated by messages on his Discord channel.
“I don’t wish them bad things, but I don’t wish them good things either," he wrote. “They’re dead to me already.”
NBK revealed he wasn’t really on good terms with the Vitality guys, but pointed out that Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin, Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire, and coach Rémy ‘XTQZZZ’ Quoniam specifically were the ones making decisions, and that Mathieu "ZywOo’ Herbaut and Cédric ‘RpK; Guipouy “are just following what’s happening.”
NBK is clearly unhappy on the bench, as he’s found himself in an all too familiar situation. He spent months on the bench of G2 Esports before finally getting released and signing with Team Vitality in 2018. It’s evident he’s not looking to spend too much time on the bench, as he’s added “get me out” to his Twitter bio.
NBK offered a preview for what happens next in his career, saying “I’ll land on my feet and beat the French teams per usual.” This could be an indication that he signs with an international roster, or he’s just expressing frustration towards the current French scene. He offered a more complete promise on Twitter:
“I heard the news few hours ago, so I have not much to say tonight. But I’m far from done. I’m gonna have to flex tomorrow, find an international team and remind why I am in this position, and then we’ll get back at fighting for the top positions! See you tomorrow“
I heard the news few hours ago, so I have not much to say tonight.
But I’m far from done. I’m gonna have to flex tomorrow, find an international team and remind why I am in this position, and then we’ll get back at fighting for the top positions!
See you tomorrow :victory::skin-tone-2:
— Nathan Schmitt (@NBK) September 7, 2019
For Team Vitality, they will need to find either a permanent or temporary fifth player very soon, as they will be participating at BLAST Pro Series Moscow in just a few days.
In their roster change announcement, the team did say they will reveal further details about their future in the coming days.