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K10 part ways with roster; yz0 retires

After parting ways with their roster K10 have exited Counter-Strike again.

by Tom Coles

Six months after signing the ex-Coalesce roster, K10 have parted ways with their team. The team, initially helmed by Ryan “dox” Young and latterly by Jacob “rezst” Hemming, has disbanded, though will play out the remainder of the UKIC season.

K10 signed the team last December ahead of the UKIC Season 0 Division 1 Finals, and made a quite remarkable comeback from 2-10 down in the consolidation final to win the event outright, reverse-sweeping Verdant in the Grand Final for good measure. They could not retain their title in Season 1, however, losing to the Neighbours in the Grand Final at Insomnia 71, while they were also defeated by a different configuration of the same team – then featuring Owen “smooya” Butterfield” – at February’s EPIC.LAN.

They lost their UK core when dox retired earlier this year, with rezst becoming IGL and Steffen “Sly” Amundsen joining from Apeks Rebels. They used Xuchen “Kisynergy” Duan, a UK resident, for the UKIC finals. K10 were regulars in events such as European Pro League Division 2 and United21, but were unable to make the HLTV stages. They also finished 9th-16th in the first Open Qualifier for the PGL Copenhagen CS2 Major, where they lost in overtime to Movistar KOI.

One member of the team has already retired: Zy “yz0” Esponilla. The youngster was highly thought of within the UK scene. The other British free agent, Jamie “Tree60” Callan is already the subject of interest from numerous teams as he looks for a home as a lurker and anchor player.

K10 will instead focus on their academy project, K10 FWRD, as well as their VALORANT roster, who just finished 4th in the opening split of the Challengers North Europe Polaris.

In a statement K10 said:

Unfortunately, after 6 amazing months together all involved parties mutually decided it was in everyones best interests if we went our separate ways. This sadly brings to end a period of relative success and of course, the highest level of competition we’ve attained as a brand.

 

The last month and a half has been extremely difficult for everyone at K10 and we’re currently unsure what the future holds. Regardless, I’d like to thank everyone for their support of the org and the players and hope they continue to follow these individuals as they progress their playing careers.

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