Transfer Thursday — October 15
Transfer Thursday — October 15. Es3tag, 100Thieves, Edward, Forev, and more!
Transfer Thursday is a regular section where you can learn about significant transfers, resignings, and line-up changes that have happened in the worlds of CS:GO, Dota 2, and other disciplines over the past week.
In CS:GO, the past week was highlighted with two huge things. Let's dive in!
No More Thieves. At least, for now
100 Thieves announced its retirement from the professional CS:GO scene. The decision was made due to the ambiguous situation in the season, as well as due to the concentration of all significant tournaments in Europe, which is far away from the club's Los Angeles headquarters.
Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag, 100 Thieves CEO, spoke about it all in a video message.
It is with a heavy heart we announce that 100 Thieves will be exiting CS:GO. pic.twitter.com/cJqKk5Vvwp— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) October 12, 2020
Nadeshot said that the organization can possibly return to the discipline after the COVID situation is resolved.
Ex-lineup of 100 Thieves:
- Aaron "AZR" Ward
- Justin "jks" Savage
- Joakim "jkaem" Mirbostad
- Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas
- Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai
Es3tag joins Cloud9
Astralis parted ways with Patrick "Es3tag" Hansen, who was transferred to the North American organization Cloud9.
Astralis and Cloud9 have agreed to a transfer of Patrick @es3tag Hansen from Astralis to @Cloud9.— Astralis Counter-Strike (@AstralisCS) October 15, 2020
READ MORE: https://t.co/C9xp68MlD2
The transfer will be effective after DH Open Fall. Let's finish this adventure in proper fashion. 🔥#ToTheStars pic.twitter.com/W7xdsqBpTJ
While HenryG still wants to complete the roster with the sixth player, Astralis seems to be totally fine with the sale. They now have 6 active squad members, with Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth joining the team a week before. You can read more at Astralis' official release.
Edward is back on track
Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev decided to find a new team. He was put inactive at NAVI in 2019, playing with Winstrike on loan and in Selectah mix after.
I am Ready to countinue my career. Open to any offers from all around the world. Long Live CS— Ioann Sukhariev (@EdwardCSGOD) October 15, 2020
Vitality wants more
Guillaume "neL" Canelo announced that Team Vitality is looking to expand their roster to six active players, with Nabil "Nivera" Benrlitom, the brother of outgoing VALORANT Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom.
Nivera is a Team Heretics star player with an average rating of 1.12 this year. It is reported that the official announcement will take place as soon as the Belgian signs a contract with the new club, but he will not be able to debut until the BLAST Premier Fall Series at the end of October.
Dignitas signs two
Last month, Dignitas announced the departure of Richard "Xizt" Landström and Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, and the names of their successors were revealed this week: ex-Nordavind player Haris "H4RR3" Hadžić and the young Swede Ludwig "HEAP" Alonso, who previously played for the little-known teams EsportsAdviser, sygytt, and Begrip Gaming.
Dignitas newcomers will be able to prove themselves in early November when the second season of the Flashpoint League kicks off. The team finished 10th last season.
The final secret weapon for #DignitasVIE.— Dignitas (@dignitas) October 13, 2020
Welcome 🇸🇪 @HEAPCSGO! #DIGWIN!
You'll get to know HEAP in the upcoming Off the Record episode, premiering next week on https://t.co/yqw856710n! pic.twitter.com/6ExmzjZXE6
Fnatic has announced the return of their ex-player Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong to the Dota 2 roster. After a failed experiment with Nico "eyyou" Barcelon, who returned to play after a year's hiatus, the club needed a new player for pos4. Fnatic joked on their Facebook account that they found the best replacement for Jabz: Jabz himself.
The team's standings at BTS Pro Series Season 3: Southeast Asia were Sangdon "Forev" Lee and Kenny "Xepher" Deo, and this move clearly didn't work — Fnatic finished last in the tournament.
It remains for the organization to sign one more player to replace Daryl "iceiceice" Koh, who has left the team as a free agent.
Adroit's Forev leaves
The abovementioned Sangdon "Forev" Lee has left Team Adroit, where he was a stand-in. Instead, the organization has signed Nikko "Nikko" Bilocura, a young and unknown prospect.