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Team Envy add three new players as part of CS:GO roster overhaul

Published: 22/Mar/2019 22:45 Updated: 22/Mar/2019 22:46

by Albert Petrosyan

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North American professional esports organization Team Envy have completed a major overhaul of their pro CounterStrike: Global Offensive roster.

Envy announced on March 22nd that they had signed Sam ‘s0m’ Oh, Bradley ‘ANDROID’ Fodor, and Jacob ‘FugLy’ Medina to their pro CS:GO team.

In order to make room for the three new players, Envy also announced that they had parted ways with Taylor ‘Drone’ Johnson and Steven ‘reltuC’ Cutler.

The roster already had a vacant spot following the IEM Sydney: North American Qualifier when stand-in player Finn ‘karrigan’ Anderson left the team to return to FaZe Clan. 

With Envy’s roster shuffle now complete, the three new players have already been thrust into action with their new team, joining ‘Nifty’ Francis and Josh ‘jdm64’ Marzano in the Dreamhack Masters Dallas Closed Qualifier.

The three new additions to Envy’s roster all come from different backgrounds and levels of experience. ANDROID, who joined from compLexity Gaming, played an instrumental role in his former team’s first place finish at the Americas Minor Championship – London 2018.

FugLy joined Envy after spending over two years with NRG Esports and was part of the squad the took first place at the recent Katowice 2019 Americas Minor.

s0m, who has the least playing experience of the three, is widely considered a promising talent, and is coming off a successful spell with Swole Patrol. 

Envy will certainly hope that their new recruits will help take the team to a whole new level after what has been an up and down past few months.

The trio will certainly have a chance to make an instant impact with their new squad, as a victory in the Dreamhack Masters Dallas Closed Qualifier will guarantee them a spot in the $250,000 major tournament. 

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CSGO Player Ditches ENCE for Military | Richard Lewis Reacts to Sergej’s Exit

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:58

by Bill Cooney

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The loss of Jere “sergej” Salo to military service could be very bad news for Finnish esports org ENCE’s prospects “for the rest of their sorry existence,” according to Richard Lewis.

ENCE started out as a genuine underdog story from Finland, a region that has definitely contributed its fair share of great players to professional Counter-Strike over the years.

When Sergej joined the team at 16 he was already one of the standout players on the roster, and helped ENCE compete as one of the top teams in the world. But, the cutting of Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen in early 2020 sent the team into a “death spiral,” according to Lewis.

“He [sergej] looks to have gone into a terminal slump, I mean he’s barely scraping a one rating on HLTV.” Lewis said. “He clearly wants out, and then you hear the news that he’s being benched with immediate effect because he wants to go do his national service in Finland and get it out of the way now.”

Finland requires 3-6 months of compulsory military service for eligible males, however, it is possible to defer or put it off if you play esports, which is what many Finnish pros do, choosing to wait to do it until later.

For sergej to want to go and complete his service at 18, after being one of the best young players in the world “tells you all you need to know about what is going on in ENCE right now,” according to Lewis.