The post-FACEIT Major shuffle has just begun and big names are starting to be either benched, retired or afloat at the free agency.
The latest man of the roster shuffle spotlight is Cloud9’s Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham who announced that he will once again step down not only from his team but from CS:GO in general.
A legacy established
In a tweet, the organization thanked “doodle” for his valuable contribution to the North American group that included the ELEAGUE CS:GO Major Championship earlier this year in Boston – the first ever Major for the region which was won at their very home soil. He was also named as the tournament MVP back then.
Skadoodle initially stepped down last March when the group found themselves struggling after their ELEAGUE Major win. However, he immediately returned two weeks after his co-star Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip was transferred to SK Gaming.
Leaving a hole for C9
Skadoodle’s departure leaves a big hole on the roster. The quartet of Timothy "autimatic" Ta and Will "RUSH" Wierzba along with former Fnatic duo Maikil "Golden" Selim and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist will be searching for a new AWPer.
Cloud9 hasn't announced a stand-in for their current gig at the ESL Pro League and Esports Championship Series. We can however expect an update sooner as they are about to participate in LAN at the BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen that will kick off on November 2.
Topping the earlier transfers
Other big names involved in the current shuffle include Polish legend Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski who was benched by mouseports four months after joining the team. He was replaced by the returning Martin "STYKO" Styk who played as a stand-in for Cloud9.
All of Space Soldiers’ members meanwhile have left their organization. In an interview with HLTV, ex-SS player Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli revealed that “they unilaterally rescinded their contracts on September 15 after they were unable to come to an agreement with Space Soldiers”.
This is contrary to the organization's tweet stating that the players remain in contract.
More drama to come
Looking back at history, CS:GO roster shuffles have always been dramatic. From the mega deals that Faze Clan has made to build a super-team up to the one-by-one release of Virtus.Pro’s Golden Five, CS:GO has it.
These two situations might only be part of the bigger picture that awaits us in the upcoming season.