- August 6, 2017
Another post major period, another shuffle, as is the unwritten rule of CS:GO’s competitive scene and the Krakow shuffle proved to be no different. However, it did provide some roster moves which shocked the scene as a whole.
Although many changes have occurred in the post Krakow shuffle, the focus for many has been on the EU scene with changes that shook the region.
Post Krakow Shuffle: North Drop Magisk
Emil “Magisk” Reif’s departure from North would’ve been a surprise to many not long ago. However, the young player has shown a significant downward trajectory since earlier this year when he was going toe-to-toe with the best players in the world. Despite still showing strength at times, Magisk’s departure was caused by internal issues, according to an unnamed source.
Although no official replacement for Magisk is in effect, likely either Valdemar ‘valde‘ Bjørn or Daniel “mertz” Mertz will replace the 19 year old. The North organisation does have some time to sort their roster, with the next scheduled event due to begin on August 30th in Malmö.
With such a hole to fill in the form of Magisk, the question remains as to whether North can take a title under their org’s name, with the Danish team not winning a single tournament after joining North early this year.
GuardiaN Moves to FaZe
After a dismal major which ended in a group stage dismissal, FaZe dropped Aleksi “allu” Jalli to welcome one of Europe’s biggest stars in the form of Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács. GuardiaN wad bought out of his contract at Na’Vi for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be in the six figure range.
The Slovakian sniper will enjoy the off season to get acquainted with his new team before attending the next major tournament in Sweden later this month. However, GuardiaN’s debut with the European side will come slightly earlier in the ESL Pro League, set to start on August 22nd.
Moving to FaZe is a move which will need to reinvigorate the side after a disappointing major capped off a season which was impressive to say the least. Should GuardiaN be able to strengthen the sniper position of FaZe, the side look to be in good shape entering the latter half of the year.
The Krakow shuffle season is no doubt still in full swing, with OpTic players hinting at roster changes on Twitter over the last few days. However, Europe seems to have settled (for now at least) and teams will settle in over the coming weeks in preparation for the new season starting at the end of the month.
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