Curse's American team has decided to remove Cody "ezpk" Shirley and Michael "Michael3D" Wilbanks from its roster after a disappointing finish at ESEA Invite Season 13 global finals.
Curse.NA came into the finals hoping to make waves as they were fresh off a promising 7-8th place finish at Copenhagen Games after solid wins over teams such as ALTERNATE and Lemondogs.
The team started off well in Dallas this past weekend as they defeated n!faculty in the opening round and then scored fourteen rounds on NiP on de_nuke_se, but from there on out it was all downhill.
Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham's team lost the second map versus the Ninjas 9-16, and were knocked out in 5-6th place for a mere $1,500 in prize money by Quantic Gaming in a lopsided 0-2 loss.
According to a statement on ESEA News given by Shirley, the decision to make changes came from upper management to improve the team's fragging ability, and better the leadership.
Wilbanks was Curse's worst player statistically with a 0.48 KPR, -37 K+D difference and a rating of 0.72, followed by Shirley with a resume of 0.60 KPR, -20 and a rating of 0.88.
Todd "anger" Williams
Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham
Stan "stan" Sukachov
Latham has been appointed the new team captain and will likely be in charge of adding two new members in time for ESEA's fourteenth season, which will once again feature a global CS:GO division.
*dont think so but sounds good :D
(fRoD and Storm have been pugging a lot, but I doubt they would join instead of playing with Warden\Curse doesn't need another awper\they might not be in good form.)
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wouldn't be surprised if they recruit kiko, or someone from DB9K.
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Skadoodle would be the awper int hat linup. Sean is playign hybrid now with most of his time rifling. unless in the off season he has decided to go back to awping, in whih case you are in the know more than me on that one, but I havent heard it.
swag leaving dynamic to join up with sgares is in the rumor mill. you have to remember that swag and sgares have a history as well.
frankly, it just would not make any sense at all for gares (other than the fact he'd be in invite again if he wants to be, but would not be awping anymore), swag, or Curse to make this move. if curse made those move, you'd see in 2-3 months "Curse.NA drop sgares" as it makes no sense to pick up sgares when there are crazy RIFLERS like fREAKAZOiD out there.
its not always about which team someone might think is better at the moment. you would be changing the rosters of both teams so why would it matter? Also think about this.. swag has a relationship with sean. Swag is a 16 year old phenom that didnt get to go to copenhagen games and finished 7/8 at esea lan. Curse can give him opportunity. Dynamic has no financial backing.
I am a dynamic fanboy so i do not want to see swag leave and I wish they could attend these events, but the fact of the matter is they have no backing.
It makes a lot of sense for swag to leave dynamic. It would also make sense for curse to pickup an experienced and outstanding hybrid like sean and a young gun like swag.
Did you watch Sean play at all last season with GR? I did. He rifled and played well.
I am not saying it is happening I am saying it is something you can't rule out. I have already heard from a couple sources that swag is leaving to team up with sean for s14. That doenst make it true which is why I said it is just rumor mill.
I have a feeling somebody will be leaving Dynamic in this ordeal.
i think you should stick to doing play-by-play for your stream & getting 6 RWS in pugs xD..
It looks like my prediction wasn't so far fetched. I got the two guys joining curse wrong, but dynamic is done for by the looks of it which mean swag will most likely be joining sgares somewhere. Oh and curse picked up another awp.
sgares, frod, swag, n0thing, ??... maybe.
Curse can be sick internationally with this lineup if they stick together. i would not say the same if they added gares & swag.
i don't know why i even bother "arguing" with people who can't even kill pubbers.... sighhhhhh
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ezpk though, eh. Not invite material for sure.
I think every roster in the world including NiP has potential player's they could replace for someone who in theory would be better but I don't think it's the right choice when you are ruining chemistry and teamwork that you have developed at multiple lans together. It's a shame they used EZPK as a scapegoat when they recruited him as a fragger and forced him into calling strats and then cut him for something he was never intended to do.
By Quantic Semphis
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All I was saying is that American teams do tend to favour the dual AWP setup, and having 2 AWPers on the the team is quite common over there, and has been for years. In CGS a lot of U.S teams used to deploy the dual AWP setup quite often.
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Just one of the many incredible actions adren has achieved for Dynamic with the AWP.
Im pretty sure that Legends played the AWP often?
But that wasn't the point it was about the 2 AWPer's and yeah in Source they did sometime a 2 AWP setup but im pretty sure Adren played rifle alot aswell.
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NA is freaking shit to add but i was refering to Curse specially. The only good thing you have as far as i renember from you is swag and ofc n0thing. You are nothing...what are you talking about EUROPE? I lol'd. Stop making me laugh and go with your CANADA...where is your canadian steel? Oh wait at dignitas, not even top40...so bad.
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Don't understand the reasoning behind though when it comes to the ESEA global finals in particular. A 2-0 win against n!faculty, expected I guess, but still. And then 0-2 losses to the winners and the runner-ups. NiP and Quantic are quite strong teams atm., so it seems fair enough losing to both, even with 14 rounds against NiP, but I guess Curse expected to do better against Quantic. Personally guessed the NiP > QG > VG placing (although VG and QG could arguably go both ways as well).
Anyway, a bit sad that the whole ESEA finals ended with more or less all the US teams on the same side of the lower-bracket. Had really hoped to see more good US vs. EU match-ups, though VG-QG, ESC-QG x2 and VG-Dynamic where good stuff, would just have been great seeing more of Curse and especially Dynamic vs. the EU teams.
Best of luck to Curse for the future though :)
Micheal3D nice guy, come back to Bf3/Bf4 :)
Dynamic: warden, azk, n0thing, dboorn, swag
Curse: anger, skadoodle, stan, adren, volcano
2nd: adren wont leave azk
would be interesting to see this:
Dynamic: azk, adren, n0thing, anger, volcano
curse: skadoodle, stan, fr3ak, automatic, roca
quantic: dazed, semphis, hiko, swag, seangares
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