Sources: yay joins Lazarus CS:GO team - Dexerto

Sources: yay joins Lazarus CS:GO team

Published: 7/Jun/2019 19:30 Updated: 7/Jun/2019 19:37

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


North American Counter-Strike team Lazarus has signed rifler Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker, according to multiple sources close to the team. was first to report a link between yay and Lazarus and Dexerto can confirm that he has now officially joined the organization.

Yay is best known for his time with Complexity Gaming, where he played from late 2017 to the end of 2018. During his time with them, their best result was reaching the playoffs of the FACEIT Major: London. Following the event, the roster struggled to maintain a similar level of play against international competition. Veteran player Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert replaced yay on the active roster as a stand-in until they recruited Hunter ‘SicK’ Mims in March.

NextGen TechYay with his Complexit y teammates during the FACEIT London Major in September 2018.

Lazarus is a Canadian Esports organization that entered Counter-Strike in April with the acquisition of their current roster, which holds a spot in ESL Pro League North America. 

Late last month, they announced the departure of Michael ‘dapr’ Gulino after only two months with the organization. 

Yay has officially replaced dapr on the roster but will not be able to compete with his new teammates in the StarLadder Berlin Major qualification process. Per StarLadder rules, yay can only attempt to qualify with his previous team, Bad News Bears, for the North American Minor Closed Qualifier.

ComplexityYay will not be able to compete with his new teammates during the upcoming StarLadder Berlin Major qualification process.

Braxton “swag” Pierce is also unable to compete in the Major qualification process due to his ban from all Valve sponsored events. His ban is a result of fixing an exhibition match as a member of the iBUYPOWER roster in 2014, when he was just seventeen years old at the time.

The new Lazarus lineup following the Major qualification process looks as follows:

  • Braxton ‘swag’ Pierce
  • Jordan ‘Zellsis’ Montemurro
  • Gage ‘Infinite’ Green
  • Yassine ‘Subroza’ Taoufik
  • Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker

FunPlus Phoenix reportedly returning to CSGO with GODSENT roster

Published: 21/Oct/2020 2:40 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 11:29

by Alan Bernal


FunPlus Phoenix have reportedly entered discussions to acquire the GODSENT roster and return to the CSGO landscape in the coming weeks.

FunPlus Phoenix have had a rather unceremonious start to their journey in CS:GO. Known for winning the League of Legends World Championship in 2019, they looked to enter the popular FPS title through Flashpoint in 2020.

However, it wasn’t smooth sailing. They picked up and let go of rosters: first Heroic, then Bad News Bears. Now though, they’re looking like they’re ready to pick up their third, and potentially final roster.

KRYSTAL and the rest of the GODSENT lineup could be making a move to FPX.

GODSENT is reportedly in “advanced discussions” with FunPlus Phoenix to take their roster onboard for the remainder of the year, according to HLTV and DBLTAP.

If the two teams agree to terms, that means that the lineup consisting of Kevin ‘kRYSTAL’ Amend, Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk, Jesse ‘zehN’ Linjala, Pavle ‘maden’ Bošković, and Asger ‘farlig’ Jensen would soon wear black and red.

The deal could also bring current GODSENT coach Jonatan ‘Devilwalk’ Lundberg into the fold with the new org.

In late-September, FunPlus announced Petar ‘peca’ Markovi as the General Manager for both Valorant and CSGO divisions. Now it looks like peca is making an all-in purchase for the EU roster that is ranked 19th in the world at the time of publishing.

Michal Konkol via Riot Games
The FPX banner could fly in CSGO again soon.

The general manager also indicated, regardless of a team-acquisition, that FPX wouldn’t participate in Flashpoint Season 2. Although one of the founding teams, FunPlus will instead “take [their] time and focus on 2021.

“We don’t want to make any rushed decisions, as our main goal is to build a promising, long-lasting roster,” he said.

The org initially expected to play with Heroic’s roster back in March, which would have included Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen among others. Unfortunately, that deal fell through, which prompted FPX to target Swole Patrol’s roster, though that didn’t pan out as well.

Eventually, they temporarily fielded the Bad News Bears for the second leg of Flashpoint 1, after only playing one match prior and forfeiting the rest of the first phase.

While the FPX front office successfully put together a Worlds championship roster in 2019 for League of Legends, it’s going to once again attempt to bring a similar metric of success for CSGO.

Peca teased that there could be “news soon,” and if the reports turn out to be realized FPX could be announcing its acquisition of the GODSENT lineup in the near future.