We’ve written at length (or indeed, at shorth. Because we’re TLDR. Never mind) at all the big teams making changes, but there’s a few interesting stories bubbling under the surface this week.
We actually interviewed Rejin from MAD Lions last year and he spoke a lot about building a roster for the future, nurturing talent and it being an ongoing project - and indeed, the project must go on, but it’s fair to have some concerns.
Woro2k and sausol were both benched, to many a raised eyebrow, and their replacement are the relative veterans of sdy and MICHU. Which... is a move away from what the team was, and into more of a recycler of discarded, undervalued talent.
Much like Brentford, they’ve given up on being an ‘academy’ and taken on the players who drop from better teams who still have room to grow. It’s a smart model, but requires a keen eye.
MAD have an interesting thing going, but... we don’t think they’ll be pulling up any trees. Woro2k was most of their firepower, and without him, we’re not certain this team has ‘it’.
SINNERS, similarly, lost their marquee AWPer, with Oskar leaving and being replaced by forsyy (us neither). oskar, we know him though. Apparently he got an offer from an unnamed European team that he couldn’t turn down.
Quite who wants to pay for a 30 year old Oskar has not been revealed, and we’re struggling to think of anyone it could be. Like, seriously. We can’t even joke about it. Sprout? fnatic if smooya isn’t re-signed?