The OpTic Gaming CS:GO roster change bonanza in August left only one victim when the dust finally settled, leaving Keith 'NAF' Markovic as a free agent.
The Canadian player joined OpTic Gaming in January 2016 and was part of the roster who surprised everyone by winning season 2 of ELEAGUE's $1.1 million competition.
Despite his loyalty, his services were rendered surplus to requirements when the North American organization decided to recruit four players from Europe to join their Spanish player Oscar 'Mixwell' Canelles.
Although the roster change inevitably got the team in trouble with ESL after missing their Pro League deadline
, the move was officially confirmed on August 21st as Adam ‘friberg’ Friberg, Aleksi ‘allu’ Jalli, Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif and Kevin ‘HS’ Tarn joined.
It has now been announced that NAF has joined the Detroit Renegades, replacing Swedish player David 'JayzWalking' Kempner in the lineup ahead of the ELEAGUE Premier competition starting on September 8th.
A statement was released on the Renegades website
"As most of you are aware, we have spent several seasons without a permanent fifth, despite having success winning the Asia Minor Championship.
Our organization has agreed to transfer terms with OpTic Gaming. The Detroit Renegades are pleased to announce the acquisition of Keith 'NAF-FLY' Markovic.
NAF brings experience and a strong work ethic to this roster.
We are excited to embrace the challenge of high level competition. To our fans we hope you will enjoy watching and continue supporting as you have, while the team continues to achieve new goals."
The team now features three Australians and former semi-pro American CoD player Noah 'Nifty' Francis, based out of a house in Detroit
not far from Renegades owner, NBA player Jonas Jerebko.
Detroit Renegades CS:GO
- Noah 'Nifty' Francis
- Keith 'NAF' Markovic
- Justin 'jks' Savage
- Aaron 'AZR' Ward
- Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac