Following some very unsuccessful appearances at various tournaments, including ELEAGUE Season 2, the North American side of EPL Season 4, the management of Echo Fox decided to allow the current players to explore their options elsewhere. A couple of players jumped at the opportunity soon after.
The Rick Fox org released a statement on Twitter yesterday, saying: “First and foremost, Echo Fox remains committed to its player’s futures – supporting opportunity both inside our organization as well as outside the org. It is in that spirit in which we have recently granted the option for members of our CS:GO team to explore other organizational options if they desire, as echo Fox continues to make important environmental and structural changes that keep building towards a world-class winning CS:GO team in 2017.”
Soon after this announcement, Shahzeb “ShahZam” Khan and Ronny “ryx” Bylicki announced that they have no intention to continue playing for Echo Fox next year. ShahZam said, “Thanks for everything this year. As for my future, I am not resigning with EF.” Ryx had this to say: “Lead a lot as a player this year, ready to move on and hopefully find a nice home.” One of the team’s stars, Ryan “Freakazoid” Abadir, announced that he intends to stay with the team, while its in-game leader, Sean “seangares” Gares said: “Thanks to @echofoxgg for the experiences throughout the last 10 months! I’m going to take a few days to reflect and decide my future!”
To be honest, the Echo Fox roster really needed an overhaul. The org itself seems to be good, the players seem to be taken care of well, however, the results weren’t what they should be. If Rick Fox wants his team to be among the best in CS:GO, he will have to find a way to strengthen the roster in the future. Treating players well, taking care of them, and supporting them both in victory and defeat can do wonders for their results in game, however, the roster must be talented and assembled well first. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case so far, especially in CS:GO.
The current iteration of Echo Fox has been the butt of several jokes in post-game interviews. Asked to say something that Echo Fox did well, Virtus.pro’s Filip “NEO” Kubski only managed to say that they tried hard. That was not the end of it, other players expressed similar sentiments as well. Granted, teams can take advantage of their opponents feeling secure enough to BM them, however, Echo Fox was not a team known for actually doing it. Hopefully, they can build a better roster in the future. We don’t think there are many eSports fans, who wouldn’t like it if Echo Fox succeeded.