Team manager Christian "PsYcHo" Lenz had confirmed that changes were in the pipeline in n!faculty's CS:GO division as both Benjamin "qk-Mantis" Oberlein and Azmican "asmo" Berberoglu will go freelance after the EPS Finals.
Lenz also confirmed that Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz and Jens "shirox" Wietow had been handed trials with a view to joining the team on a permanent basis if they managed to impress.
However, it has now been revealed that only Wodarz made the cut as n!faculty turned their eye to dotpiXels ace Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninic, who picked up an impressive 1.19 rating during the regular season of EPS Germany. Wietow will still be involved in the team, though, as n!faculty decided to take him in as a backup player.
"Although we really were able to show a good performance in various competitions, the last months brought us some differences based on the poor resuls that we couldn´t fix," team manager Christian "PsYcHo" Lenz told HLTV.org.
"After the EMS finals it was already clear to everyone that we could not play with this lineup anymore. qk-Mantis and asmo always did a great job for n!faculty and both of them deserve my highest praise.
"The fact that these two players will leave the team was not their decision only. I think smn and Kirby have improved a lot since joining n!faculty and deserve to carry on the "mates and more" principle under the leadership of disruptor.
"tabsen is known for his great talent; he lives in Cologne, close to our club house, and fits into our requirements. We were also able to bring in LEGIJA, who is playing his second season in EPS Germany and has shown his quality in every game.
"At the same time, we found in shirox a new backup player who can help us through any difficult situation thanks to his potential."
n!faculty will take on ALTERNATE in the last-four stage of the EPS Finals, which will be the last event for Benjamin "qk-Mantis" Oberlein and Azmican "asmo" Berberoglu with the team. Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninic will also be in Cologne for this event, playing for dotpiXels, who will face mousesports.
Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz and Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninic will make their debut for n!faculty in the SLTV StarSeries VI qualifier, which will kick off on Wednesday.
n!faculty now have the following lineup:
Christoph "disruptor" Dölger
Simon "smn" Beck
Andre "Kirby" Kempa
Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninic
Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz
Jens "shirox" Wietow (backup)