After numerous issues, Team Endpoint have announced they will be making a “fresh start”.
It has been revealed that London Esports have parted ways with their CS:GO roster and will join Vexed Gaming.
After their recent win at Insomnia i61, Vexed are set to make changes to their roster straight away. The fast growing and performing side, previously featuring young talents and well established players, have decided after talks with management that it’s time to make changes.
In continuing scene developments, Team Endpoint have tonight announced that they have massively overhauled their roster going forward this year. It seems to be that the longest standing core team has fallen apart and certain players have either moved out of the spotlight and got real life commitments or decided enough was enough.
Team CeX have announced through Twitter, that they have lost two of their players as the UK scene continues to chop and change since insomnia60. Despite a good second placed finish at epic20 in February, Team CeX had high hopes of making Top 4 for insomnia60. However, as ever everything seemed easier said than done, CeX looked pretty strong during the group stages, but after the pre-elimination game, they failed to make much of an impact throughout the tournament.
The past month since exceL dropped their previous roster, speculation has been rife on who the new line-up would be. Today the organisation has announced their new team.
Bulldog eSports has been the home of a roster that has seen some success recently. After winning epic.19 a few months back, they’ve placed mid-table in ESEA Main S23 but the trip to Insomnia wasn’t as successful. i59 saw the squad finish just outside of the prize money places, so a roster move has been made.
In one of the strangest moves to date in the UK Counter-Strike scene, Devine announced a few days ago that James “redsnK” Littlewood would be joining their CS:GO team in a push to become one of the better sides in the country.
James was last seen competing at the ESL UK Premiership Finals with Team Infused, a team he had crafted prior to the season after a barrage of issues before hand. However in a surprising move, he has moved to a lower echelon team in the hopes of rebuilding for the future. This could be seen as a move to scout for upcoming talent in the UK Scene, or more likely tired of things that happen on a regular basis in the UK at the top.
The ability of James to forge teams and promote upcoming players is never in question, as he has become one of the finest players in the UK to promote new talent over the years at multiple events and make something of their careers in the UK. James has always been one of the few players who can call under pressure and frag at the correct times, however has often found himself struggling at key events such as the UK Premiership finals where his teams have reached two Grand Finals and a Semi-Final performance at the last UK Premiership. He is also one of the few players who has claimed the majority of epic.LAN titles to his name, but missed out on the Grand Final at the most recent epic.LAN event in June after being beaten by Miran “SpeedyG” Hoyle’s team Perilous Fury over three maps.
The rest of the team have had fairly unknown careers in the scene, although they will be familiar faces in the scene to some. Some of the players such as Shaun “SDK” Kennedy and Luke “paraAsite” Turner were in attendance with Devine at epic.EIGHTEEN in June where they finished 13th – 16th at the event after losing 2:0 to exceL eSports and 2:0 to Limitless Nation in the lower bracket. It should be noted that in the Best Of Two format, they managed to grab a 1:1 result with playhackz and secured themselves a third place finish in the group stage.
Here is a short statement from Martin “SpIKe” Hyde, manager of Devine eSports
After our appearance at the last LAN (epic.EIGHTEEN) and putting up some good results against seasoned players and teams, we went away to build a new lineup to make the next step. We kept a core 3 from that team in Trials, SDK and paraAsite. The goal was too find two experienced players to go with the young talent, in this we picked up Kalleh who was one of the best players during his 1.6 days with a wealth of LAN experience against top teams in the UK and EU. This left our last position to be filled by a player who needs no introduction redSNK, everyone will know what he’s about, but redSNK is experiencing a new role which is a fresh challenge for him, as he gets to leave the IGL duties in the hands of Myself who also serves as the Coach and Analyst for the team!
We are quietly confident this blend of raw talent and experience can take us to where we want to be in the future, but we all know it will take time to make it happen as we learn each other’s styles and build up our team work. In the few weeks we have played together everyone is inputting to improve individually and as a team.
The roster is as follows:
Ross “Trials” Campbell
Luke “paraAsite” Turner
Shaun “SDK” Kennedy
James “redsnK” Littlewood
James “kalleh” Wallace
It will certainly be interesting to see how well this team perform, as there could be a good blend of new talent in the scene spearheaded by James’ tactical nuance at the top. Whether it works out in everyone’s favour is another matter, but we at UKCSGO will be intrigued at how well they do online and at LAN events.
Last night, Team uFrag finally announced who would be joining their team on an official basis. With Team uFrag currently participating in the ESL UK Premiership, and heading to epic.EIGHTEEN in just under a month, it was becoming a bit tight on the schedule to keep their hopes up for the Summer LAN Season.
After the last LAN they participated at, which was insomnia57 where they finished in a rather disappointing position of 9th – 12th, the roster suffered a loss to the team with Ashley “ashhh” Battye announcing through Twitter he had “quit competitive Counter-Strike for a while”, this sparked a few trials of players to the team including one Tramaine “xfp” Stanley who had been playing with the team called “Team Sex” (which has since been changed to The Working Men). However for whatever reason, that trial didn’t seem to work well, and Tramaine had left to find other teams out in the UK Scene. Whilst they were trying out other players, they had drafted in the services of Chris “debaser” Flynn who had post insomnia57 stepped away from the Perilous.FURY team, this was only for the UK Premiership.
The roster troubles for Team uFrag continued in the UK Premiership, after they were narrowly beaten by United Estonia in a match that uFrag had led for the majority of it, Harry “Yoshi” Witt decided that it was time to call it quits on his short-lived CS career and perhaps move to another game (he is currently moving to Overwatch). This meant that Team uFrag were 2 players short and in desperate need of filling those places.
Last night though, the news started trickling in over Twitter, with Joe “JT” Talbot announcing first through his personal twitter account that he was joining officially on the Team uFrag roster for the UK Premiership season and next month at epic.EIGHTEEN. Joe has previously participated in teams such as Team XENEX where he was a winner of the UK Premiership Spring Season 2015, and Molotovs n Marshmallows with players such as Tom “vertiGo” Rockliffe.
The second announcement came shortly after their game in the UK Premiership with Jake “Jak3y” Elton, who also announced officially on his personal twitter account. Jake isn’t known for playing at any high level in the scene thus far, but has been in a numerous amount of mix teams including Girls Generation and the Jack “Jacky” Peters stacks that he usually forms for epic.LAN events. Jake will bring additional information to the team though as he is a keen player who constantly reviews various teams demo’s and looks at properly anti-stratting some teams. This additional source of information will be incredibly key to Team uFrag’s armoury and could be a good move for the team in the long run.
Adam “adamxoxo” Rotherham had this to say to UKCSGO.com,
After ash decided to quit before iSeries it was hard to turn up and do well when no one was motivated, as well as a lot of personal problems etc, causing the event to go horribly wrong for us, with us getting beat by the better teams on the day! Lucky enough we had the amazing jazzy jeff to play group stages otherwise it could have been an awful event! Then with harry quitting due to (5frag Yoshi) losing motivation to play csgo as well as wanting to play competitive overwatch, leaving us in a situation where we needed to find two players to come in. jak3y has been someone that I’ve spoken to for a while now and spoke to a lot since jacky told me to give him a chance. He has been proven to be a solid pickup and slots into ashes role nicely. JT has come in to replace harry and has a lot of experience and brings a lot to the team and is helping out to fix a lot of mistakes and problems we previously had in the team. Thankfully after iSeries, an event we flopped massively, uFrag have still supported us and hopefully we can repay this by making offline finals in eps and making it into the UK masters. Epic lan should be fun hopefully I can shout at Charley again who knows !
Team uFrag Roster is now as follows:
Adam “Adamxoxo” Rotherham
Mike “Powell” Powell
Tautvydas “HyPeIzBack” Paldavicius
Jake “Jak3y” Elton
Joe “JT” Talbot
The team will be seen next in next week’s UK Premiership match, and also their next offline event will be epic.EIGHTEEN on the weekend of June 16th – 19th at Kettering Conference Centre, which we will be covering in greater detail over that weekend.
For further updates and any coverage related to the UK CS:GO Scene, make sure you keep checking UKCSGO.com for all the latest information.