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Sources: TSM exploring options in CS:GO

Published: 7/Feb/2019 17:16 Updated: 7/Feb/2019 19:55

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


North American esports organization Team SoloMid (TSM) is exploring the option to re-enter professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, according to multiple sources close to the organization. 

Members of TSM have reached out to multiple players who are currently benched on their respective rosters, said one source. 

TSM has not fielded a team in professional Counter-Strike since January of 2017, when they transferred their players to the Misfits organization. On that roster was Team Liquid superstar Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken and other well-known North American players like compLexity’s Shahzeeb ‘ShahZaM’ Khan. 

Sean ‘sgares’ Gares famously joined the TSM roster a week before the transfer to Misfits. The quick transfer was largely due to a falling out with TSM management following information that had surfaced about the Professional Esports Association (PEA). 

PEA was expecting players to play their online league exclusively and withdraw from ESL Pro League. Prior to a report from Slingshot Esports, almost none of the players involved were aware of this expectation.  

The strongest finish for TSM’s North American CS:GO team came at the ECS Season 1 Finals, where they made it to the semi-finals under the leadership of Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta.

DreamHackPrior to fielding a North American roster, TSM featured the current core of Astralis.

Prior to the North American roster, TSM had employed the current core of Astralis for most of 2015. The roster contained Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen, René ‘cajunb’ Borg, Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz, Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth and Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen. 

During their time with the organization, the Danes won five premier international tournaments before going on to join the Astralis organization after a brief stint playing under the guise of ‘Team Questionmark’.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.