Nowadays, teams aren’t likely to field a roster in a single game, like CS:GO or League of Legends. CS:GO giant Natus Vincere also has a roster in Dota 2, Team Liquid has great rosters in CS:GO, League of Legends, and Overwatch, the list goes on an on. An eSports newcomer, NRG Esports, which started in the NA LCS, has gotten relegated to the Challenger Series recently and opted to get out of the LoL scene altogether, focusing their attention on the CS:GO and Overwatch teams. As a result, it’s been announced recently that NRG are moving around their CS:GO roster.
Hoping to have a better chance of breaking in as one of the strongest NA teams in CS:GO, NRG Esports have signed three new players. They are Damian “daps” Steele, Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte, and Omar “MarkE” Jimenez. Of course, having 8 players in the server is not okay, so three guys, Fatih “gob b” Dayik, Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninic and Johannes “tabseN” Wodard had to go, according to the announcement by the org, posted on Monday. The two players who managed to keep their spots on the team are Peter “ptr” Gurney and Jacob “FugLy” Medina.
Assuming that NRG Esports wants to be known as a serious organization, at least in the NA scene, they did need to step up in a big way. Over the last three months, their highest finish was in the iBUYPOWER Invitational 2016, where they placed 3-4th, despite the fact that it was a minor tournament, really. In Premier events and qualifiers, NRG had much more trouble, placing 6th in the North American portion of EPL Season 4, which qualified them for the Finals, yet they couldn’t get out of groups while there, finishing the tournament in 11th place. In Northern Arena 2016 – Montreal, NRG place 5-6th and 8th in ECS Season 2 NA Qualifier. Obviously, something had to change.
With the three new players, NRG Esports might stand a chance of becoming stronger, however, it’s unlikely that they will challenge orgs like Team Liquid, Cloud9 or, dare we say it, OpTic Gaming for the title of the best in the region. Not with the players they signed. While daps was a member of OpTic Gaming for a long time, he’s been inactive since September, MarkE is more or less an amateur, so you can’t really expect carry performances from him, not at the level the team is expected to play at, while Brehze’s career highlight was playing on Selfless Gaming, which, while being a decent team, is nothing to write home about.