The wheels have seemingly been set in motion for a substantial North American roster shuffle. Initial conversations have begun between notable players and organizations operating in the region, sources close to the situation have told Rush B Media. These changes, although not concrete, could potentially include notable North American organizations including Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, and Cloud9.
The first of these post-major moves that Rush B Media has learned of relates to Team Liquid. Jake “Stewie2K” Yip is known to have been approached by a prominent organization for discussions but Team Liquid has not yet received any formal communication regarding his acquisition. Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo is also evaluating a potential move away from the North American powerhouse according to multiple sources, and one source has mentioned that the AWPer is looking to rejoin a Brazilian atmosphere. Sources say that both players have contracts that extend to at least the end of 2022, so any organization looking to bring these players on will still have to formally approach Team Liquid.
Neither player has committed to a specific move yet. Team Liquid’s manager, Steve “jokasteve” Perino, confirmed in a statement to Rush B Media that the team will not be making any changes until 2022.
“We will 100% be finishing out the year with this roster and at the moment; no one is in or out. That said, we are exploring options to figure out how our team’s future looks like and will continue to do so to prepare for next year.”
As for Evil Geniuses, the organization recently parted ways with Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz, Michał “MICHU” Müller, and Owen “oBo” Schlatter on Saturday. It affirmed in an announcement that Evil Geniuses remains committed to its North American roots, and the team is closely monitoring the changes at Team Liquid. Alongside potentially acquiring any Liquid players who may choose to depart the organization, Evil Geniuses is also understood to have been scouting the ESEA Premier League for additional talent opportunities.
The potential moves on Liquid’s side follow their disappointing elimination at the PGL Stockholm Major in the Legends Stage — having secured just a single win versus ENCE before going on to be eliminated by North American based FURIA and former teammate Twistzz on FaZe Clan.
Today we say goodbye and thank you to @peterjarguz, @obocsgo, and @michucs_go.— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) November 6, 2021
In the new year we look forward to coming back stronger and continuing to prove our dedication to NA CS:GO. pic.twitter.com/mRTYn1tWNn
In terms of the dormant Cloud9, nothing substantial has occurred on its side of the equation as of now. The organization has been teasing a return to Counter-Strike recently through its social media, and may potentially find an opportunity to do so in this upcoming shuffle. Cloud9 has not fielded a Counter-Strike roster since it disbanded its ‘Colossus’ project back in March 2021. At the time, the North American organization stated that it was still “passionate about competing in CS:GO”
Regarding #C9CSGO: pic.twitter.com/QMUB0Zjgpq— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) March 26, 2021
Currently, nothing is set in stone as none of the mentioned organizations have been formally contacted for transfers. As a result, players are not certain of the rosters they will land on, but one thing is for sure — all signs point towards a major North American shuffle on the horizon.