When Immortals went through their recent scandal, everyone expected the team to fall apart. But they haven’t done so.
Instead, the management has shown what it’s made of. Not only have they taken a tough stand over team discipline and operating ethics, but they’ve also arranged stand-ins for the benched players, who tried to keep the team afloat in a tough event.
The Immortals scandal came at the worst time
It was hardly convenient, of course – but these things never are!
But a team disintegrating in the middle of a major event is enough to have management beating their collective heads against a wall.
But they didn’t… they adapted
Immortals’ management have shown decisiveness and considerable cool-headedness.
The benched players have been replaced by Joao “horvy” Horvath, Lucas “deStiny” Bullo, and Bruno “shz” Martinelli. These will join Ricardo “boltz” Prass, and Lucas “steel” Lopes, who are the only remaining active members of the team.
At least, that was the plan!
The coach himself in combat
We’ve noticed, though, that Rafael “zakk” Fernandes has himself been playing matches in the ESL Pro League instead of “horvy”. While it seems horvy has had visa issues, this is an imperfect solution at best.
Zakk is great as a coach in this team’s meta. In combat, he’s been mowed down by the opposition.
No one’s blaming him, though. With the majority of the team’s hard-hitters off the roster, someone had to step up if the team were to function at this event. So he did – against top teams competing in one of the top events in the CS:GO universe.
Nevertheless, one more star player is needed desperately if this team is to survive.
The team is in a bad state
In recent matches played against CLG and Rogue, Immortals has lost 16:10 and 19-17 respectively. The team is being mowed down by the opposition.
Boltz and steel are doing alright in the kill-death ratios, of course. DeStiny has had a positive impact on the team, and had a +9 kill-death ratio in the recent match against Rogue, but other than that the team is being positively steamrolled.
Will they survive? Possibly
The remaining members of the team are showing incredible discipline, and the management a lot of will and determination.
But if you’re part of the betting fraternity, we wouldn’t put money on this team in the near future if we were you.