The original Immortals Team has finally disintegrated completely, with their last remaining original player Lucas Lopes, also known as ‘steel’ leaving to join Team Liquid. This is a wonderful opportunity for Liquid to strengthen their roster, but the final straw for Immortals. The iconic Peter Jarguz of Liquid, known in the CS:GO universe as stanislaw, will be making way for steel. Stanislaw has served on the Liquid roster for an entire nine months, with considerable success. As a matter of fact, he even led Team Liquid for quite a while.
Steel will massively benefit Team Liquid.
Earlier this year, in-game leadership of Team Liquid fell to Nick Cannella, known as nitr0. While nitr0 took command of the team, stanislaw began to move into a lurker role. While this worked well for the team at large, it still wasn’t the optimal solution. Team Liquid would reach the semi-finals or finals of events, and then be decimated by the dominant team. It was a case of the team being a continuous second best. The most recent example of this sort of thing was at iBUYPOWER Masters, where the team was crushed by old-time rivals Cloud9 at the semi-finals of the event. Steel is playing with Liquid at IEM Oakland, and promises to be a top asset to his new team.
Where does this leave Immortals?
It goes without saying that this is the final disaster for Immortals. But it’s only the final disaster in a whole string of disasters. First their top player went ‘Rambo’ with a knife. Then their next two top warriors, the terrible twins, walked off and left the team. After that, boltz held the team together for awhile, but ultimately he left to join SK Gaming, and did brilliantly there. That left only steel from the original squad. He soldiered on for awhile, but a top player like steel can’t remain forever on a losing roster. If he were to do so, he might see his career crumble along with the dying Immortals team. Steel has done the right thing by turning Liquid. The change is likely to save his career.
Immortals will now have to start on a new roster
And they’re likely to do it, so long as they can obtain funding. But they’re no longer one of the top teams in the world where CS:GO is concerned. They’ll have to survive on the rosters they’ve built up for other Esports. As for whether they’ll be able to return to pro-level CS:GO, only time will tell. But whether they do or don’t, there’s a years-long struggle ahead of this team. And the end of that struggle might yet find this once-great team down in the dust. Which all goes to prove that if you’re a CS:GO team manager, and a knife-wielding pro-player goes Rambo on you, it’s your place to grin and bear it. If you get all moralistic, you just may stand to lose your whole team. And then someone else will come around and hire Rambo anyway.