A new CS:GO team has been formed. Called qwerty and featuring Mikail “Maikelele” Bill, Faruk “pita” Pita and John “wenton” Eriksson as its nucleus, the roster is also set to have Fredrik “slap” Junbrant and Simon “atter” Atterstam bringing up the rear.
Created on the 22nd of December, 2016, just before Christmas, the (mostly) Swedish team doesn’t have much infrastructure to speak off, obviously, however, with the reasonably experienced heart with experienced players and a former coach, the roster has most of what a team needs to get better covered.
Maikelele is known for his play on teams like G2 Esports and FaZe Clan, as well as performing well as a stand in for Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi when the NiP player had problems with his hand. Ninjas in Pyjamas weren’t strangers with Maikelele, he used to play for the team in the past. His high level CS:GO experience coming from playing for these teams should serve qwerty well in the future, especially when you consider that he’s not the only player with high-level CS:GO experience.
The next player on the roster, pita, used to play in 2014, before switching focus to coaching and acting as an in-game leader. The Bosnian worked on teams like Ninjas in Pyjamas and Counter Logic Gaming with varied success. What he brings to the table in qwerty is, obviously, a likely limited amount of firepower (if pita was a great player, he wouldn’t have coached) together with the one 2 in 1 deal of coaching ability, which is very important for a newly established and player owned team like qwerty. Hopefully, they can find some sponsors, allowing pita to move back to coaching, putting the actual shooting to a players who hasn’t had a two year break.
The final qwerty player, who could be called experienced, is wenton. If you follow Fnatic, and let’s be honest here, everyone follows Fnatic, you should recognize him as the perennial stand-in, who was brought in when Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer had problems with his hand and later came back to the team once again, when Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson, Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Jesper "JW" Wecksell left the team. Once KRiMZ came back, however, wenton quickly lost his spot on the team. Wenton isn’t really good enough to compete at the level Fnatic plays at, however, on qwerty, he might have the room and time to grow into his own, while also lending a somewhat experienced hand to mentor the last two members of the team.
Speaking of the last two members of the team, slap and atter, neither of the two are experienced in competing against the best in the world. With Maikelele, pita and wenton heading up the team, they are obviously expected to grow to the level needed to compete with the lower part of the top 20 teams in the world, however. Even if this roster was to start fighting their way to the Majors, it won’t be happening any time soon, probably. That is fine, however. Expecting results from brand new orgs should only be done in cases where an already world-class roster leaves an established team to create their own, as was the case when the TSM roster left and formed Astralis. Astralis-like qwerty is not. At least not yet. Who knows maybe they can grow to that level, however.