Welcome to another Esports Recap! This week has seen the Purge (or as I like to call it, the Coachpocalypse), massive roster changes, and some major Major news (ha!).
Let’s start with the Major. Valve has announced that due to a LAN still not being viable for most teams, the Rio Major has been cancelled, while RMR events will continue online until the next major date is announced. This must come as a relief for teams that have had a bad run throughout the Major circuit thus far since it might mean extra opportunities to bounce back.
Some teams, however, have gone from bad to worse after Hard Legion and MIBR have been punished for their coaches’ bug abuse with RMR resets for the events their coaches cheated in. Speaking of MIBR… Well, there’s not a lot of it left. After management decided to part ways with Fernando “Fer” Alvarenga and Epitacio “Taco” de Melo, as well as coach Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia, team captain Gabriel “Fallen” Toledo also stepped down in protest. This leaves star AWPer Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe and new addition Alencar “trk” Rossato as a very uncertain duo for the organization. With trk’s stats suffering the past three months and kNg’s dissatisfaction with management’s decision, it’s unsure if MIBR will play with any players from their previous squad. Is a move to purchase FURIA on the books? We will see.
Continuing in NA “build team, get kicked” is a classic for Damian “Daps” Steele who has stepped down from Gen.G, having made the decision due to the Rio Major cancellation. He will continue playing with the team until they find a replacement. With daps’ knack for finding talented players, one has to wonder what the next successful team he builds is going to be.
Finally, in Poland, Daniel “STOMP” Płomiński has been removed from the HONORIS roster leaving Filip “NEO” Kubski and Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas as the only two active members of the team. At this point, one has to wonder. Are phone calls being made for a Last Dance with the old Virtus.Pro crew?
As for some good news, last week we bemoaned the fact that Henry “HenryG” Greer left the casting booth for parts unknown. Now we know that said parts were Cloud9, where he became the General Manager of the team and took charge of all roster moves. He has since gone big, hiring Aleksandar “Kassad” Trifunovic as a coach and later announcing that Alex “ALEX” McMeekin has been signed from Vitality in a deal worth $1,650,000.
We’re not going to be listing all the coaches who have been nailed for abusing the coaching bug, however, you can find a full list of updates on the matter on HLTV’s website.
That’s all for a really long esports recap, folks! Be sure to watch EPL Season 12 over the week as we’re reaching the end stages of the group stage. In the meantime, stay safe, stay awesome, and have a great day!