semphis, hiko leave Quantic

Quantic Gaming have been reduced to a three-man roster following the departures of Kory "semphis" Friesen and Spencer "hiko" Martin.

The news comes as a huge surprise as Quantic were the losing finalists at the ESEA Finals, going all the way from the first round of the Lower Bracket to the tournament decider, in which they fell short against Ninjas in Pyjamas.

With the new ESEA season just around the corner, it seems that internal problems have taken quite a toll on the team, resulting in the departures of longtime members Kory "semphis" Friesen and Spencer "hiko" Martin.

These two players have already found a new team, called Lurking and Working, together with former Area51 team-mate Sean "sgares" Gares and ex-Dynamic duo Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and Braxton "swag" Pierce.

Quantic Gaming

Quantic in shambles after Dallas

The last player on Lurking and Working's ESEA roster is Finnish veteran Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen, who recently won the ESEA Finals in CS:1.6 with Netcode Illuminati.

Quantic are now in the market for two new players before the start of the new ESEA season, on May 12th.

Quantic Gaming:

United States Sam "DaZeD" Marine
United States Carey "frozt" Kertenian
United States Trey "tck" Martin

Lurking and Working:

Canada Kory "semphis" Friesen
United States Spencer "hiko" Martin
United States Sean "sgares" Gares
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert
United States Braxton "swag" Pierce

Finland Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen (backup)

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whyyyyyy!!!
2013-04-29 17:23
lol, the next team announcement is going to be sick. maybe EG or Team 3D? coL?
2013-04-29 17:25
9 replies
#13
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Greece her-1g
dynamic came back with ex3D members ksharp(1.5,1.6) and nicknOit(css), curse.NA acquired 1 madfragging caller and the second best awper at the states(adren and azk), semphis made an entire 1.6 team from scratch and frod,storm,moe are around the corner for a comeback. also sunman plays a lot of csgo and so does irukandji and other players. cant be more excited about the NA scene right now :D
2013-04-29 17:30
8 replies
most of the changes are lame imho and these guys who are left with Quantic are going to destroy another team's lineup to improve theirs too much chaos and I bet only 1 or 2 lineups would be able to handle top euro teams.
2013-04-29 17:36
5 replies
#28
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Greece her-1g
at the current state of the team. CurseNA is the best team around for sure and it will be at the top for the upcoming months. but knowing the players that are coming back we will have a challenging year for sure. especially dynamic team will need at least half a year to play decent
2013-04-29 17:40
1 reply
who knows, atm I wouldn't bet on anyone except semphis' team doing decent in europe. I hope fRoD's team don't dissapoint, they have the potential to comeback to the top.
2013-04-29 17:44
completely agree, this is terrible for the NA scene. Perhaps the best thing about quantic was how long they had been playing for ... semphis/hiko they mustn't think much of their teammates if they are this willing to dog them for a couple of free agent stars... and one of them is dazed... seems such a weird decision. lurrpis is fair enough, why wouldnt you want him contributing in anyway possible on a team? hes worked with n0thing before aswell i believe, and n0thing is also calling for this team? all teams need a 6th for ladders/comps, situation always arises where someone ends up not being avail (though i question the effectiveness of lurrpis subbing over others) i thought sgares was only playing local stuff due to work? eh, unless dazed/frozt/tck are getting bored with csgo, must be more backstory to this, i demand interviews!!
2013-04-29 17:51
2 replies
no idea why sgares wasn't playing, he did very well at ESWC. I agree with you on everything. Might be the case of dazed and the others being dicks, or just that n0thing, sgares, semphis and the others value their friendship more.
2013-04-29 17:59
1 reply
#125
Hiko | 
United States entfy
#55 he said he needed to step away for work
2013-04-29 20:57
weird ksharps not on TD roster anymore
2013-04-29 19:48
#166
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United States MadCl0wN
hahaha why ksharp 1.5 and 1.6 only when first i saw him on css and was the best awper in css so put there css to not only 1.5 and 1.6 you fanboy =))
2013-04-30 06:48
no idea how good these guys are in CS:GO, but it looks scary on paper.
2013-04-29 17:24
so lurppis playing csgo?
2013-04-29 17:24
1 reply
lmao yep. "I will never play cs go" "cs go is awful" And here he is, like a obedient little slut, going back on all his words and selling out. Just proves that his words mean nothing to him.
2013-04-30 14:07
Really lurppis is going to play csgo, that game he calls shit at every chance he gets, lel.
2013-04-29 17:25
7 replies
Are you afraid that he could start to dominate the scene, proving his point about CS:GO?
2013-04-29 22:27
6 replies
...
2013-04-29 23:13
Nope.
2013-04-29 23:46
His point being that GO is random and easy or what do you mean?
2013-04-29 23:54
more like asserting he would become a huge hypocritical faggot on top of already being a controversial figure in the scene and suck dick in the process too. he was an okay player in 1.6, there's no way he could tower over infinitely better players from his own game that are clearly struggling like trace, friis, karrigan, motherfucking neo.
2013-04-30 01:08
1 reply
#161
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up
>motherfucking neo lolol
2013-04-30 01:57
rofl
2013-04-30 06:50
#6
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Poland mhl_
nothing + swag to quantic!
2013-04-29 17:25
what the fuck is lurpis doing in that lineup haha
2013-04-29 17:25
3 replies
haha i asked myself the same question
2013-04-29 17:46
lurppis and semphis are good friends. lurppis was also on the roster back when A51/Quantic played 1.6
2013-04-29 19:44
1 reply
+1
2013-04-30 00:48
nice!!! NOTHING2STRONG :D
2013-04-29 17:25
=/ sad but Lurking and Workong looks like a pretty strong lineup
2013-04-29 17:25
#10
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Greece her-1g
dazed is way too good dudes. idk if this was a smart choice
2013-04-29 17:26
2 replies
I think so too. for a caller, he hit extraordinarily well.
2013-04-29 20:27
1 reply
#138
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Greece her-1g
he is a good fragging(best in his team) IGL. like xizt,adren,ange1 level.
2013-04-29 21:47
after 2nd place? really? but this lineup looks really cool
2013-04-29 17:26
the fuck lurppis?
2013-04-29 17:28
dat 1.6 ego
2013-04-29 17:30
murricans are crazy this times. Pls hltv.org make us a guide about the na scene after they started the season. We will finally know the lineups.
2013-04-29 17:32
1 reply
+1 yeah, i'd apreciate that
2013-04-29 18:55
Kind of a shame )=
2013-04-29 17:30
lurppis #1 in cs:go fifflaren be afraid
2013-04-29 17:30
lol
2013-04-29 17:31
haha lurppis came over to the dark side! all you 1.6 fanboi idiots can suck it and shut it!
2013-04-29 17:31
dafuq lurppis
2013-04-29 17:33
lurppis team mascot or waterboy?
2013-04-29 17:33
rip nip
2013-04-29 17:34
2 replies
That's what they said when ScreaM joins VG
2013-04-30 03:24
1 reply
Yeah but they will play only one a year against each other, so I don't think it will be problem.
2013-04-30 09:06
Arguably 2nd in the world and this... wdf Meh I do sense some big names coming back.
2013-04-29 17:34
10 replies
Very arguably then... They could claim top5, certainly not top2. Whatever, it's gone now.
2013-04-29 17:42
yea ok, they beat VG once and they are arguably top 2? Guess they are much more consistant and better than Western Wolves / Virtus Pro / Verygames /
2013-04-29 18:24
8 replies
Hence I said arguably. 2nd at ESEA isn't enough, anyone can argue that they aren't top2 and will be half right.
2013-04-29 18:35
7 replies
you clearly don't know what arguably means
2013-04-29 20:36
6 replies
"Adverb It may be argued (used to qualify the statement of an opinion or belief): "she is arguably the greatest woman tennis player of all time". Synonyms probably" That is exactly how I meant it.
2013-04-29 21:13
5 replies
They were Arguably top5 in the world, they werent even close to top2, and thats a Fact, google it the same way you google'd Arguably.
2013-04-30 00:31
4 replies
That is still my opinion - based on them coming 2nd ESEA (Fact). Overall I would probably agree with you that they are top 5, but there is no need to be rude just because you don't agree with me... :( Completely out of no where, I haven't even provoked anybody lol.
2013-04-30 00:58
3 replies
you could have said they were arguably top3 based on them beating vg at esea but top 2 ? come on vp are clearly top2 atm you can't deny it .
2013-04-30 07:35
1 reply
True, I can't wait to see VP at another big event.
2013-04-30 12:03
I was not intentionally rude nor tried to be, im sorry if you took it that way, wasnt my intention at all
2013-04-30 22:45
And I quote lurpiss... " I will never play csgo" amazing ...
2013-04-29 17:36
5 replies
You could quote any number of players saying things like that but whether for money reasons and living the good life (Na'Vi) or for re-experiencing the pleasures of a CS LAN, they all switched over
2013-04-29 17:39
He's the team manager working on finding sponsors and stuff, he would never play CS:GO in a million years.
2013-04-29 17:41
1 reply
That's not what "backup" means.
2013-04-29 17:43
And what does being part of the team roster on ESEA have to do with anything?
2013-04-29 18:52
Money and attention whore
2013-04-29 18:53
Crazy shit is happening in America these days :d
2013-04-29 17:39
its like US is playing lotery with there players. DA FUCK is going on there?
2013-04-29 17:40
seems stupid
2013-04-29 17:42
finally sgares come back to the scene ! gl Lurking and Working :)
2013-04-29 17:42
a lot of weight off dazed's back ;)
2013-04-29 17:43
idiotic move somehow but on the other hand their new team looks really strong on paper too
2013-04-29 17:46
I feel kind of disappointed by this news. I really expected Quantic to represent NA against Europe and challenge them a lot in the upcoming events. Well, unless there is a magical turn of events, I don't see that happening anymore for them.
2013-04-29 17:46
1 reply
If this new team gets a good sponsor/organisation I'm sure they'll represent them good too.
2013-04-29 17:53
Wow that was surprising!
2013-04-29 17:49
bad move for quantic, NA only chance of having a top 4 team is now Curse.
2013-04-29 17:51
1.6ers leaves sourcers seems legit
2013-04-29 17:52
New team prolly n0thing swag hiko sgares semphis lurppis (coach) play.esea.net/teams/74783
2013-04-29 17:54
What a crazy week for NA csgo.
2013-04-29 17:55
Lurppis #1 NA again! :D
2013-04-29 17:55
What a stupid move.
2013-04-29 17:55
They're forming a 1.6ers team..they're still going to be strong, but only time will tell whether they'll be a top3 team!
2013-04-29 17:56
nice lineup gl.
2013-04-29 17:56
NOT expected
2013-04-29 17:57
sgares is a babe, they will dominate no worries
2013-04-29 18:01
Lurppis as backup? I thought he never wanted to play CS.GO...
2013-04-29 18:03
3 replies
Never say never is a good motto, so you don't have to eat your words later :)
2013-04-29 18:06
2 replies
Or money can buy everything.
2013-04-29 18:16
#163
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India Ad1_KaM
Dustbin Sober fan detected! :P
2013-04-30 02:07
Wait what, lurppis as a backup player? lol
2013-04-29 18:06
o.O
2013-04-29 18:11
neiL comeback?
2013-04-29 18:16
2 Best players in quantic was Hiko and Frozt. If I was the one to make changes i would kick out semphis who didn't play that good as other his teamates and put nothing in his place. New team may be new strongest team in US but Semphis isn't best and we can't forget what ownage did Frozt show us at turnament. I'm more interesed about who will join Quantic or do will quantic dissband and we see changes in some other US teams. As a polish guy i did support ESC but I think it was verry good thing to happen that US team was in final because developing US Cs:go community is critical to cs:go becoming huge eSport game.
2013-04-29 18:19
6 replies
DaZeD was actually the best player in Quantic, and one of the best if not the best NA player.
2013-04-29 18:22
so brave, i cry evritim :'(
2013-04-29 18:26
no way, Dazed easily the most important and consistent player on this roster. Doesn't always top frag, but that's not all that matters
2013-04-29 18:52
frozt played really poorly at times @ ESEA LAN. DaZeD was by far the best player there and online.
2013-04-29 18:55
lool. semphis > tck and frozt
2013-04-29 20:32
hiko,dazed,semphis>tck>>>>>>frozt
2013-04-29 22:05
Murica, plays good on a lan, changes roster...
2013-04-29 18:25
this is like the north american dream team in cs 1.6 except for hiko but in csgo? I doubt they will do a lot of damage
2013-04-29 18:27
North America Counter Strike Motto "Everyday were shufflin"
2013-04-29 18:31
NOOOOOOO! why? the only good thing here is seangares' back on track... :/
2013-04-29 18:45
'Muricans....
2013-04-29 18:47
sgares was area51's captain +nothing +swag this lineup is great
2013-04-29 18:52
2 replies
He was not, dazed was.
2013-04-29 19:15
1 reply
2013-04-29 19:26
this lienup is good but without sponsorship and some serious motivation, they will break up soon. n0thing and swag, especially n0thing, seem to be a little too entitled to have to work hard for anything, including making this team a top 3 in the world contender. it was pretty disgusting watching n0thing play at ESEA for TD while wearing an EG jersey. talk about some backhanded bullshit. fuck alex garfield and cspromod and EG.
2013-04-29 18:54
lol US scene is so (.) (.) trololol
2013-04-29 18:56
sick new roster but I'd love to see DaZeD there as a simple player
2013-04-29 18:58
#83
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Poland Keruzz
lets wait for lurrpis! why the fuck u play csgo?
2013-04-29 18:58
o.O"!!!!!!!''
2013-04-29 19:01
where do i sign?
2013-04-29 19:01
Lurking and working go EG please!
2013-04-29 19:04
the best lineup they ever had was at eswc 2012 : dazed hiko tck sgares and semphis
2013-04-29 19:11
wtf lurp! :D
2013-04-29 19:14
so lurppis, you going to CSGO after all?
2013-04-29 19:15
GOOO LURP!
2013-04-29 19:17
worst backup ever
2013-04-29 19:22
2013-04-29 19:23
It was really disturbed week for North American teams, but even now, near the end of this telenovela I don't get their point - they are placing good on tournaments and still changing the rosters? ... Now, I can only expect that Evil Geniuses will come back with fRoD on the ground. Good luck
2013-04-29 19:23
4 replies
yeah, EG definitely isn't coming back. fRoD sucks right now, if they do come back, it would be for n0thing.
2013-04-29 19:37
n0thing is still a signed EG player and with Lurppis who is in good relationship with EG? EG could come back, especially with this nice line up:)
2013-04-29 21:06
ma ne filozofiraj tu picka ti mater
2013-05-27 22:10
1 reply
hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha kralj xD
2013-05-27 22:58
Lurppis in CS:GO?
2013-04-29 19:24
too bad for DaZeD, but this new lineup is sick. I really hope they can get some sponsorships
2013-04-29 19:25
quite a strong and interesting team Glad to see fRod is not on this team :)
2013-04-29 19:29
REALLY!:) this is da best NA lineup,all sick players,one of the strongest lineup in world,glad to see sgares again:) A51 is here!
2013-04-29 19:32
1 reply
#104
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Greece her-1g
i think last area51 1.6 team had grt. not sure though
2013-04-29 19:43
#101
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Macedonia EXTOL[t]
gl
2013-04-29 19:36
easily the strongest na lineup .. dazed shoulda hopped on the wagon instead of trying to carry tck and frozt.
2013-04-29 19:43
quite a surprise. they could of made a real dent worldwide of they stuck together. guess we'll have to wait and see how good they are at the nxt lan
2013-04-29 19:45
top na team new lineup maybe -swag + dazed = dreamteam. but still sick
2013-04-29 19:51
kak govoritc9 wilo na milo npomen9li..
2013-04-29 19:52
#110
tHm | 
Denmark tHm
Even though its probably impossible, I hope EG will pick them up! They already got n0thing, why not take the rest of them! <3
2013-04-29 19:55
I remember lurppis siting many times that he did not like the game had no feeling or love for it and would not play it and hasn't played it since it first came out. Or he has been doing nothing but training since that podcast or he's just there for his name. (nothing against the man)
2013-04-29 19:56
eg suck... curse is good orga they traveling many times
2013-04-29 19:59
Lol dazed best na easily
2013-04-29 20:01
DaZed > swag,n0thing (those 2 are very overrated players) Most overrated players in the whole cs history.
2013-04-29 20:12
5 replies
yes, but swag, n0thing >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> tck, frozt
2013-04-29 20:36
2 replies
+58
2013-04-29 20:37
i agree
2013-04-30 01:02
n0thing in 1.6 was a fucking machine .
2013-04-29 20:37
i agree swag & n0thing have been overrated SO FAR in GO, but they are still much better than tck & frozt.
2013-04-30 01:02
sigh this is why NA CS is never stable. PLEASE JUST FUCKING STICK WITH YOUR LINEUP - ESPECIALLY IF IT WORKED... btw dazed is amazing. I'm a 1.6 player and I think he's better than n0thing.. This is honestly a big leap backwards for NA CS. CHEMISTRY is what drives teams in TOP LEVELS of play.
2013-04-29 20:39
Nothing still on contract with EG. So I think we will see Evil Geniuses again :D
2013-04-29 20:45
1.6 and saucers just cant get along.
2013-04-29 20:53
/care
2013-04-29 21:03
nothing is bad at csgo. nothing but crap instead of nothing but headshots now. See what happens in a couple of months? Lurking and not working. dazed > every single player in this team. BYEBYE
2013-04-29 21:05
2 replies
n0thing was statistically the best NA player in ESEA-i last season.
2013-04-30 11:30
1 reply
Check his stats on ESEA LAN this time. He is horrible.
2013-04-30 14:17
dont worry, next week new lineup!
2013-04-29 21:06
Oh I need to add something for Lurppis, "don't play that crap game csgo, lurppis. It sucks!"
2013-04-29 21:07
LAW 1.6 lu GL!
2013-04-29 21:08
For those of you who find the lurppis thing funny , let me remind you something: - lurppis was part of the best lineups "EG" ever had, and this team managed to scare lots of top european teams and also beat them and they were one of the best teams at their time. - lurppis was part of ROCCAT / 69N-28E , the most successful Finnish team in history So yes, he is a douchebag .. bad attitude etc. but he's a damn good ingame leader and player - so there's nothing to laugh at.
2013-04-29 21:16
7 replies
he _was_ damn good player*
2013-04-29 21:36
6 replies
die
2013-04-29 22:00
Because he retired duh?? give him a chance of a comeback and he'll do fine, don't you worry child.
2013-04-29 22:39
4 replies
He did fine at esea finals. Now you could argue about how bad the opponents were blablabla in the end that doesnt change the fact what he achived with the team
2013-04-30 15:48
3 replies
I'm actually protecting lurppis if you didn't get it yet.
2013-04-30 20:29
2 replies
Yeah i know just wanted to add something to your backup maybe i should have replied the other guy
2013-04-30 20:32
1 reply
Yeah could've been better :)
2013-04-30 21:14
My only guess here is semphis\hiko wanted seangares to return in the place of frozt and the other three didn't? Anyone know the actual situation?
2013-04-29 21:40
its csgo, so no future for you @lurppis
2013-04-29 22:05
This is the new Dynamic's line up?
2013-04-29 22:13
dream came true... and lurppis playing :')
2013-04-29 22:52
Looks promising, glad to see sgares again in a good team.. Won't be surprised if they are signed by a big organization like EG or coL
2013-04-29 23:02
1 reply
coL? LOL
2013-04-30 15:47
-n0thing +dazed
2013-04-30 01:05
sgares <3
2013-04-30 01:47
i hope lurppis will explain all this in some of the PODcasts
2013-04-30 01:57
#164
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India Ad1_KaM
Lurp on FB: Just saw the post on HLTV and I gotta say people are drawing funny conclusions.
2013-04-30 02:10
its for 1.6 ? its bad for Quantic CSGO :(
2013-04-30 13:44
Sean "sgares" Gares <333
2013-04-30 14:23
Wow, my new fav team.
2013-04-30 14:45
With all do respect to Tomi. I thought he made it clear he will never play CSGO. All he actually did was degrade the game. And there he is! Well IF he will actually not play the game but only help the team with tactics is another story. Otherwise - shame on you Mr. Kovanen for taking a piss. But I would love to see him in action TBH. Big fan here. Still, not nice...
2013-04-30 14:52
2 replies
So you are not allowed to critise the game and play it at the same time? I hate that game as well but if my friends all play that crap i dont have such a big choice. The other option would be CSS. And i wouldnt call that a option. You should be thankful that he points out all the flaws that game has. Thats something a cs:go lover can not do.
2013-04-30 15:47
1 reply
Sorry? You sure can criticize* the game. For example I do criticize NHL 13 on my Xbox 360 a lot but I still play it, even more, I love it. Another thing is tell that there is NO WAY YOU WILL EVER play the game and still play it. Its a bit different you see... Our conversation is meaningless... good thing is he will give it a shot. As I said before, big fan of the Kovanen brothers
2013-05-02 02:49
...whocares if lurrpis doesnt like the game 3 quarters of the 1.6 players hate this game.. its shitty they play it for the $$$ any casual player that plays cs:go is pretty sad to be honest..
2013-04-30 15:30
I think lurrpis is so mad at cs 1.6 its dead, he cry, and i don`t understand why he not starting playing csgo serious..
2013-04-30 15:41
1 reply
Then you might consider reading is comments before hating. Because he already mentioned a few things about that topic.
2013-04-30 15:49
#188
Hiko | 
United States entfy
And the story has been taken off of the ESEA website...
2013-04-30 22:57
1 reply
This story? why?
2013-05-01 14:11
I hope whatever inner turmoil was impossible to resolve. NA's most promising team is in shambles because of it. It's nice to see sgares decided to play at the top level again though.
2013-05-01 14:13
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