Skadoodle returns to Cloud9

Skadoodle returns to Cloud9

After a two week break, the star AWPer returns to Cloud9’s active lineup.

Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham announced in late March that he would be stepping down from the team, following reports that Cloud9 are looking to bring in a replacement for Latham.

The plans went awry for the North American team after the departure of Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip, who was recruited by the Brazilian SK Gaming after the exit of Epitácio “TACO” de Melo. To make up for the loss of the team captain, C9 had to bring in Pujan “FNS” Mehta from compLexity Gaming, who will now take the in-game leading of the Major-winning team upon himself.

Following these changes, Skadoodle will be returning to Cloud9’s active roster immediately, the player announced on Twitter. The team’s first real challenge with the new lineup will be in few days’ time at DreamHack Masters Marseille, starting 18th of April.

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Fox’s new international team open to offers

Fox’s new international team open to offers

The Portuguese legend returns after a brief stint with Team Kinguin to assemble a new international lineup.

After being released by the Polish team, Ricardo “fox” Pacheco once again found himself looking for a new lineup that could make use of his experience in the scene. The 31-year-old player struggled to make an impact with several of his past teams, with both Team Kinguin and Team Dignitas underperforming internationally. Although he was a part of Team Kinguin’s original international lineup back in 2015 and continued to play under the G2 Esports and FaZe Clan banners, the AWPer did not find much success since.

Joining him in this new team will be the young Estonian player Kevin “HS” Tarn, following his departure from OpTic Gaming. It’s been a steady climb for Tarn, he was a part of Rogue’s original CS:GO lineup together with Casper “cadiaN” Møller back in 2016, after that, he joined PENTA Sports and successfully qualified for his first Valve Major in PGL Major Kraków 2017.

Joining them will be Tarn’s old teammate from the PENTA Sports days, Paweł “innocent” Mocek. Although still under contract with Sprout, the Polish rifler is excited to explore his options. The German organization is willing to negotiate a transfer with any interested parties, as well.

The last confirmed member that will be joining the new international team is mousesports alum Christian “loWel” Garcia Antoran. The Spaniard remained teamless after being released from Team Dignitas back in December but still managed to attend World Electronic Sports Games 2017 in Haikou, China, with his Spanish mix-team Wololos where they finished in the Top16.

The final player to join the team is yet to be decided, but the one taking the wheel and leading this roster will be an up-and-coming coach Laratz “dracU” Domínguez.

The yet-to-be-named team is actively looking for an organization and remain open to offers.

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Vega Squadron to replace mir and keshandr

Vega Squadron to replace mir and keshandr

The longest-running lineup in professional CS:GO is no more, as the CIS-based team is facing internal conflicts.

After nearly three years of playing together, Vega Squadron announced the departure of Sergey “keshandr” Nikishin and Nikolay “mir” Bityukov from the active lineup, following the lengthy internal disputes.

“Eventually players started experiencing problems and we put double the effort to solve them,” Vega Squadron said in a statement. “But guys still became more distant and distant and their points of view changed. We tried to unite them, but it wasn’t of any help.”

The team first made waves back in 2016 at ELEAGUE Major Atlanta Offline Qualifier, where they just barely did not make the cut after stealing a few games off of Counter Logic Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Just one year later, Vega have successfully made it out of the New Challenger in ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018 and secured themselves a respectable Top 11 finish.

“At some point in time team divided into two groups,” said Artem “Fierce” Ivanov, the team’s coach. “The first one wanted some radical changes in terms of practice, Counter-Strike approach, and some general questions. The remaining players wanted to stick to the old plan and just keep playing… Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a compromise and the permanent pressure on players lead to the decline in individual and team results.”

This change in the Vega Squadron lineup could lead to more major roster moves in the CIS region, with the likes of Flipsid3 Tactics and Natus Vincere struggling to find their game.

According to sources, the duo is likely to be replaced by pro100’s Igor “crush” Shevchenko and Vadim “flarich” Karetin, if the two teams can agree on a transfer deal.

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