Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez and Kevin "HS" Tarn have parted ways with Rogue's CS:GO squad, according to Rogue manager Hampus Johansson, and Viktor "V1c7oR" Dyankov and Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov have been put on trial as their replacements.
In an interview with theScore esports, Johansson said that after three weeks of playing together, Maniac, HS and the rest of the team came to an insurmountable difference of opinion.
"I think all of us realized that we may not want to play the game the same way," he said. "There were different ways we tried to fix it, but I think there were too many differences to actually fix it."
The team's in-game leader, Casper "cadiaN" Møller, told theScore esports that HS received an offer from another team and took that opportunity.
Maniac and HS were founding members of Unity, which formed on July 28 and was acquired by Rogue on Aug. 17. The team have had an up-and-down season, finishing in 3th-4th at Power-LAN 2016, but falling to 9th-12th at Northern Arena Toronto 2016, their most recent LAN event. The team retains a flawless 6-0 record in ESEA Premier Season 23.
Replacing Maniac and HS is Bulgarian duo V1c7oR and bubble, who are best known for their time on E-Frag.net Esports Club's all-Bulgarian squad, and who most recently played for Mortal Kombat. According to cadiaN, they have had many competitive performances against top- and mid-tier teams on LAN.
"They have been playing on a high level for a long time, showing great talent and we hope to use some of their recent experience and raw skill to get this team to the next level," he said.
"We thought about potential players, and there was actually some decent prospects here in the EU, but we wanted people who have performed really well on LAN and who know what it means playing in a stable team. I've always thought that these two players have been a good reason for MK's success, and they also fit exactly what we need in the team."
On the new lineup, cadiaN will retain his position as the primary AWPer and IGL, while Nicolai "glace" Jensen and bubble will be lurkers. bubble will also be the secondary AWP, while V1c7oR will be the entry fragger and will form an "attack squad" with Jesper "tenzki" Mikalsk.
"We needed someone to do entry frags, and gain map control," cadiaN said. "V1c7oR will do this. Also we needed a strong lurker, who is balanced between aggression and playing smart, combined with having the possibility of double AWP as CT, and bubble was perfect."
Three Danes and two Bulgarians seem like an odd match, but cadiaN is confident that communication will not be a big factor.
"The language barrier, even though it will for sure be there, we can't imagine it being too big of a problem for us," he said. "It's of course something which will have to worked on, but even with our old lineup that was for sure something we felt wasn't a problem in any way shape or form. Our communication was good."
Musician Steve Aoki recently invested in Rogue, a development that cadiaN had only positive things to say about.
"I'm very excited to have such a huge artist and personality backing Rogue," he said. "Hopefully we will make some content for all of the fans out there together with Steve!"
The new Rogue roster will defend their record in ESEA Premier Season 23 and are slated to compete in Electronic Sports World Cup 2016 on Oct. 27-31 in Paris.
The full roster looks as follows:
- Casper "cadiaN" Møller
- Nicolai "glace" Jensen
- Jesper "tenzki" Mikalski
- Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov (trial)
- Viktor "V1c7oR" Dyankov (trial)
Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking
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