CLG Leaves CS:GO, Keeps Women’s Team

The large American esports organisation seems to be cutting its losses when it comes to CS:GO competitions. 

CLG just barely missed out on ESL Pro League Season 6 finals, and apparently this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It looks like the organisation doesn’t have any more money to spare in order to prop up a failing CS:GO division, according to a report by Dot Esports. It’s a matter of simple economics, says the team. Obviously, the earnings weren’t as expected owing to not so impressive results. 

The decision is effective immediately, meaning we won’t see CLG in any of the upcoming CS:GO tournaments, such as ELEAGUE Boston. This also means that it’s time for its former members to work out alternative arrangements. 

ESL One Cologne in 2016 was the last Major that CLG qualified for, and there they were last in their group and failed to advance to the knockout stage. Unfortunately, all other results weren’t very notable, even at the lower levels of competition. The team lost top players, Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik and Josh ‘jdm64’ Marzano in early 2016, and it was all downhill from that point onwards. 

Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta Ricky ‘Rickeh Mulholland’ have decided to seek out seek out greener pastures. Reportedly, their plans to leave were one of the factors for dismantling of the entire roster.  

On the other hand, the other members, Stephen ‘reltuC’ Cutler, Kenneth ‘koosta’ Suen, Ethan ‘nathE’ Arnold, and would like to stay together under a new team. The group should have no problem finding a new team, since they hold spots for the ELEAGUE Season 7 and ECS Season 5, each with a $1 million prize pool. This will surely be an attractive proposition for potential buyers. 

Just as a reminder, FNS has had an interesting last few months. He was the centrepiece in the drama during Dreamhack Montreal this September, after claiming the Immortal players were late due to a hangover. Immortal’s Vito ‘kNg’ Giuseppe, known for being hot-headed, overreacted, which caused both him and the Teles brothers to be sacked. 

The major cause of bad results was bad chemistry between the coach, Steve ‘Ryu’ Rattacasa and the captain, FNS. The two simply didn’t function well, which lead to a disappointing slew of results. FNS agreed on Twitter that something was amiss and that both the coach and the players started questioning his leadership abilities. There was a noticeable drop in performance after the former coach, Chet ‘ImAPet’ Singh left the team at the end of June this year. 

CLG Red, the woman’s CS:GO team, is not affected by this decision. It is unclear as to why, yet.  

The organisation hasn’t hinted at a potential return sometime in the future, but we wouldn’t discount it, if the circumstances prove to be favourable. However, for the time being, North America is one large team weaker than it used to be. We can’t wait to see who will fill the void. 

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