Top Finnish team Curse, who has been inactive internationally in 2013, has replaced former WinFakt member Timi "aslak" Verkkoperä with Eternity Gaming's Jesse "KHRN" Grandell.
Curse made waves in December as they placed second at THOR Open in Stockholm while pushing NiP Gaming to their limit in a xx-16 de_nuke_ve loss in the grand final. They were also close to defeating VeryGames at DreamHack Winter, despite ultimately failing to advance from the group stage.
The Finns continued performing well as they fell to NiP in overtime and took down fnatic in the first week of ESEA Invite, but with Niko "naSu" Kovanen leaving the team to inactivity at the beginning of the new year, the team started struggling.
Timi "aslak" Verkkoperä's debut at LanTrek 2013 gave Curse a domestic championship, but their results among their competition were much closer than expected, and the team would never be able to perform to their expectations until Verkkoperä's departure.
Verkkoperä admitted to not having played much Counter-Strike: Global Offensive upon joining Curse, but after the massive recoil update of January 23, he tweeted that he was finally ready to put in work to improve.
However, the team would only manage a win over Virtus.pro and a surprise overtime upset versus ESC Gaming during his tenure, as Aleksi "allu" Jalli's absence and the team's issues with motivation left them inactive for the past month and unable to attend Mad Catz CS:GO Invitational.
Captain Joona "natu" Leppänen went as far as to state it's time to finally welcome Curse into 2013, as the team hadn't really started the year yet. With Grandell now replacing Verkkoperä, the team's roster looks as follows:
Aleksi "allu" Jalli
Jesse "KHRN" Grandell
Joona "natu" Leppänen
Timo "reflex" Rintala
Jonas "ScurK" Finnilä
Curse's next event is expected to be Copenhagen Games on March 28-31 in the Danish capital, where just about every top team will be present, as well as HLTV.org, who will provide you full coverage of the event.