GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Benched by Dignitas
Dignitas' CS:GO roster is down to three players following the benching of GeT_RiGhT and Xizt.
Dignitas made waves at the start of the year when it announced its re-entrance into the Counter-Strike scene by signing the iconic core of former Ninjas in Pyjamas players. The roster consisted of Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg, Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, Richard "Xizt" Landström, Adam "friberg" Friberg, Håkon "hallzerk" Fjærli, and coach Robin "Filfflaren" Johansson, with former broadcast talent Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl joining in February as the team's analyst.
Earlier today, the American organization has announced the squad's first roster change as GeT_RiGhT and Xizt have been moved to the bench. The roster change doesn't come as much of a surprise but leaves many fans feeling sad regardless.
Formerly of NiP, GeT_RiGhT, f0rest, Xizt, and friberg lifted many trophies and were renowned for the unprecedented and undefeated 87-0 victory streak the squad had in the early days of Global Offensive. Over time, the quartet began separating, with friberg being the first player to leave when he joined OpTic Gaming in 2017. Xizt would later leave the team in 2018 as he stood in for FaZe Clan, later joining Fnatic on a more permanent basis. GeT_RiGhT would step down from NiP in late 2019, citing that he needed a break from competing. The sole remaining member of the original squad, f0rest left NiP once the new Dignitas roster was announced in January 2020.
With Dignitas' announcement came a lot of hype, but also a lot of skepticism. The players all have incredible legacies, but many in the community were doubtful in their ability to return to their former glory. While f0rest has held his own at the top level for years, the same can't be said about GeT_RiGhT, Xizt, and even friberg. Though there have been moments of brilliance, all three veterans have struggled in the past few years.
I'm no longer that hopeful about GeT_RiGhT. Not that he can't be a useful piece in a team, but no star has ever dipped by this much and come back to star form again.— Milan Švejda (@StrikerHLTVorg) March 15, 2020
A disappointing year
The year started out rough for Dignitas, as hallzerk, the upcoming Norwegian AWPer, was unable to participate in Flashpoint Season 1. Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács would stand-in for Dignitas, but the team exited the newly-formed league in 10th place. The team's best results came in May as the team won the Elisa Invitational, which allowed them to participate in the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 Showdown.
Since then, the team has struggled in online cups, recently losing to Imperial e-Sports, AGF Esport, and Level Up esports in Nine to Five #4.
Dignitas only managed to win 150 RMR points before the roster change, as the squad exited the ESL One: Road to Rio in last place and failed to qualify for cs_summit 6. Without even needing to factor in the lost points due to the roster moves, it was already incredibly unlikely that Dignitas would make the indefinitely postponed Major.
What's to come?
While f0rest and hallzerk have looked good individually, something was clearly lacking within the team. With Xizt on the bench, DIG will be looking for a new captain to take the helms. There has been an evident lack of firepower within the team, but it's currently unclear who Dignitas will pick up. Options within the Swedish scene are minimal, as it's unlikely that anyone from Fnatic or NiP jumps ship. Galaxy Racers Esports have a few good players, but none with prior experience competing at the tier 1 level. Going international is definitely on the cards for Dignitas, as every player can speak English well. Looking outside of Sweden and Scandanavia would open up more doors for Dignitas, but there still aren't any clearcut favorites to join the roster.
GeT_RiGhT took to Twitter, stating that he was "super excited to share [his] plans in the coming while." His statement seems to imply that he has already determined what he wants to do with his future. Given his persistent and optimistic personality, we may see GeT_RiGhT join another team sometime soon. Otherwise, plenty of opportunities as a brand ambassador, member of talent, or streamer surely await the Swede.
After a lot of back and forth between the team and I, we believe this is the correct decision. I have long been thinking about my path and along with my current health condition, it was clear that now was the time to make a change. https://t.co/dyuVdVELws— Christopher Alesund (@GeT_RiGhT) September 16, 2020
On the other hand, Xizt's statement leads to believe that his future remains very uncertain. As a very accomplished in-game leader, Xizt could prove to be a precious asset to any upcoming team or even a roster struggling with leadership, such as FaZe. While it seems as though he will be taking a break and entertaining offers for the moment, it feels very likely that Xizt will bounce back from this situation.
Leaving Dignitas after a disappointing season and bad results. Haven't felt like myself for a long time and will take some time to reflect and figure out my next step! Best of luck to the team in the future and also to Christopher ❤️ https://t.co/FZH4wpGhpE— Richard Landström (@Xizt) September 16, 2020
In need of fresh air
This Dignitas roster's story may seem very sad as of right now, but it's truly only the beginning. While it would've been amazing to see the former-NiP boys compete on the big stage of LAN events once more, circumstances didn't allow it to happen. It's unfortunate, but at least we got to see the boys give it one last shot under the Dignitas banner. If a capable in-game leader and a consistent fragger join the core of f0rest, friberg, and hallzerk, that roster could have quite a bit of potential. While it remains to be seen what the future holds, it'll be exciting to see a new and improved Dignitas in the next season of Flashpoint.