Into The Breach have been forced into another roster change, with Adam “NEOFRAG” Zouhar being removed with immediate effect after “unequivocal breaches of our morals and company standards”. This comes merely a day after coach Gustavo “Juve” Alexandre announced his benching on ITB due to personal reasons.
While no specific details have been released, Into The Breach have stated that their “decision is based on comments and perspectives displayed which do not align with [their] attitudes regarding inclusivity and equality.” Despite this, and an affirmation about their company standards, ITB did state they appreciated the contribution NEOFRAG made to the team while on it.
Statement regarding our CS:GO roster and NEOFRAG. pic.twitter.com/CLDkFN2g5r
— ITB SHUFFLE 🇺🇦 | ✈️ IEM Cologne 2023 🇩🇪 (@ITBesports) August 3, 2023
Due to rampant social media speculation, ITB CEO Sam Macedonio Cook released a statement confirming that the decision was “due to recent behaviour” and not an old clip from a previous team making the rounds. Further, Cook stated that he “didn’t make this decision lightly.”
This move comes at a difficult time for the organisation. Not only is it an unexpected change just three weeks after his addition, where the team failed to qualify for Gamers8 & ESL Pro League and finished in last place at IEM Cologne, but they will need to scramble to find a stand-in for tomorrow’s match in the lower bracket of the CCT 2023 Online Finals 2, where they’ll face Movistar Riders after losing to Zero Tenacity 2-0 yesterday evening.
This leaves Into the Breach with the following roster:
Thomas “Thomas” Utting
Karol “rallen” Rodowicz
Joey “CRUC1AL” Steusel
Aurimas “Bymas” Pipiras
Neil “NeiL_M” Murphy (Team Manager)
Gustavo “Juve” Alexandre (Inactive coach)