As a brief respite from League of Legends news, which has been pervading the eSports news reporting for a while now, there’s been some roster developments in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. According to news outlets, the winners of the Boston Major 2016 elected to keep their winning roster unchanged, while the former Team Dignitas CS:GO roster, which was ranked Top 5 in the world, is confirmed to have joined the F.C. Copenhagen organization.
After the epic fail that was OG’s performance at The Invitational 6, the org massively revamped their roster, getting rid of David “MoonMeander” Tan, Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi and Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen, replacing them with Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka, Gustav “s4” Magnusson and Anathan “Ana” Pham. The new iteration of the org’s Dota 2 roster was massively successful at the Boston Major, sweeping the Group Stage and defeating MVP Phoenix, WG.Unity, Evil Geniuses and, finally, underdogs Ad Finem to with their third Major title.
With such success it’s no wonder that the roster is being kept together. After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This might be change if the team underperforms at the upcoming Kiev Major, of course, however, let’s not be the sceptical old man who grumbles pessimistically all the damn time.
In other news, it’s official that the former mostly Danish Team Dignitas CS:GO roster is going to play for the newly established eSports division of F.C. Copenhagen. The news that DIG and the players mutually parted ways when the time to renew their contracts came raised waves in the scene, most people couldn’t understand why players would leave a team owned by the people connected to the NBA club, Philadelphia 76ers. A little bit later, news broke that F.C. Copenhagen is interested in starting to build their brand in the eSports scene and everything suddenly made sense. We’re glad to see the rumors confirmed.
Competing under the name North, the team will feature Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen, René “Cajunb” Borg, Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, Emil “Magisk” Reif and Ruben “Rubino” Villarroel. The roster had just qualified for the ELEAGUE Major before leaving the Team Dignitas organization, gaining the ability to bargain the sticker sales and exposure, which comes from competing in a Valve-sponsored Major, to ensure themselves good contracts. Hopefully, the players got offered a better deal than they had on the table from Team Dignitas. We wish great success to the new player in the competitive CS:GO scene.