Rak leaves ALTERNATE

Team ALTERNATE have confirmed via their website that Christian "Rak" Hermenau-Puhlvers has stepped down from the active lineup.

The news comes in the aftermath of ALTERNATE's disappointing performance at the EPS Finals in Cologne, with the German team entering the tournament as the top seed and finishing in fourth place following defeats to n!faculty and mousesports.

For several weeks now, speculation has been rife about the possibility of ALTERNATE undergoing roster changes at the EPS season's end as they have been in disappointing form on LAN.

At Copenhagen Games, the German team were sent packing in the second round of the Lower Bracket, winning just one match out of four in the Danish capital.



However, Hermenau-Puhlvers' decision to quit the team has nothing to do with their recent results as he stated he had been mulling over the matter for quite some time.

"For some time I flirted with the idea of leaving the team, and now the time has come: I will no longer play under ALTERNATE's flag," he told the team's website.

"The reasons for this are, on the one hand, the stress level caused by my studies and, on the other hand, the amount of time that CS:GO consumes, which has not been rewarded with any success, though.

"Whether I will continue to play CS:GO or retire will depend on many factors."

ALTERNATE have now been left with a four-man active roster that look the following:

Germany Felix "fel1x" Zech
Germany Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend
Germany Manuel "mnL" Oberlein
Switzerland Manuel "SolEk" Zeindler

Germany Christian "Igor" Meyer (Backup)

2013-05-12 20:20
ALTERNATE deserve a better team anyway
2013-05-12 20:23
They need a team, this isnt one
2013-05-12 20:35
They shouldnt have kicked their 1.6 team.
2013-05-12 20:52
I liked the 1.6 team as well, but give me one reason why they should have kept the 1.6 team? No 1.6 tournaments anymore.. u see?
2013-05-13 16:10
The 1.6 team wanted to switch to CSGO. They said that in an interview they did after the team got dropped.
2013-05-13 19:55
Yeah, but what did they expect. With kRYSTAL and mnL, the 2 ultimate onliners, it's not surprising they have sucked at every LAN in CS:GO. Mad catz invitational? Fail. CPH 2013? Fail. And now EPS finals. They were 9/2 in the online groups but couldn't win a single map on LAN. Onliners gonna online.
2013-05-13 17:35
needs more xIME DannyBaron old emo.SOURCERADIO lineup
2013-05-12 20:24
United States nytz 
top1 world online easy
2013-05-12 20:37
dude, youtube would have to buy 10 more servers because there would be 200x more videos of slink with his online frags posted every second
2013-05-12 20:45
2013-05-12 20:48
United States nytz 
I wonder if kRYSTAL x!ME and sliNk would even need 2 other people for online tourneys
2013-05-12 21:22
but pls they are LAN PROVEN (c) by german movieboiiis
2013-05-12 21:28
with RyaN from Russia they can beat NiP like EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY
2013-05-12 21:34
United States nytz 
there are worse hackers then RyaN in Russia, mekiNa and Fan4eG just to name some
2013-05-12 21:52
slink, rechyyy, krystal, skitel, RyaN. MUHAHAHAH! :D
2013-05-12 22:07
United States nytz 
believe me mekiNa deserves a spot in this team :D this guy is probably responsible for half of the css vac bans for hacked 4-5 digit accounts XD so its sliNk kRYSTAL x!ME mekiNa skiTel , the ultimate team lineup XD
2013-05-12 22:09
All of them are a bunch of fags but you can't put kRYSTAL with them even if you hate him or whatever. His Source movies aren't that bad compared with the dweebs you mentioned and he's doing well for ALTERNATE for awhile now
2013-05-12 22:21
slink was just as good as krystal in source. they have been mates since 2008, i think. he also played EPS and EMS, so you shouldn't call him a movieboy either, but it would still be a funny lineup full of those sourceradio guys. :D
2013-05-12 22:31
slink was never good without cheats lol, just cause he played in the mediocre EPS and finished in the bottom of it doesn't make him good, although i would replace slink with biba, or whatever that guy's name was, he was posting so much bullshit on his utube account and claimed all the shakes that were on the videos was caused by "uber big unreal mouse sensitivity" LOL
2013-05-12 22:47
United States nytz 
I don't hate krystal in any way, but he is well-known for hacking in the past and there's plenty of evidence
2013-05-12 22:32
and so there is for many other pro players
2013-05-13 16:12
United States nytz 
And I don't hate any of them for that
2013-05-13 17:16
i hardly think so haha. ace every round
2013-05-12 22:46
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Czech Republic THE_WILLY 
Don't forget Clayman (rechyy) :D
2013-05-12 21:50
2013-05-12 22:02
nono we need xime, skitel, krystal, slink and qwerty/namik from cssmixes.
2013-05-13 04:45
Tip: before choosing a nickname, check it's translations to other languages.
2013-05-12 20:32
tip: Shut the fuck up
2013-05-12 20:36
Jesus isn't as aggressive as you :(. Why did you put his sacred name to your nick?
2013-05-12 20:44
bcs he's retarded.
2013-05-12 21:01
World breezy0 
why should one care about other languages meanings?
2013-05-12 20:44
Czech Republic jYrY 
I bet it means something like dick or penis in ukrainian/russian. they have like million words for it
2013-05-12 20:54
Germany VxO4 
haha :D
2013-05-12 21:12
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World sfu 
no, it means Cancer
2013-05-12 22:45
noone cares what it means in russian.
2013-05-12 21:10
Relax, guys, that was just a failed attempt to joke for russian speakers. I didn't think that it will offend somebody.
2013-05-12 21:14
its annoying that russians think that the whole world speaks russian thats all.
2013-05-12 21:24
lol u mad
2013-05-13 15:43
2013-05-12 21:28
Yeah it means crab in mine language xD
2013-05-12 21:30
And the funny part is that this word is used to call worst CS players in russian.
2013-05-12 21:42
2013-05-13 00:46
The meaning is cancer, but i don`t think he did it on purpose. Eventhough it's not a prohibited word. I mean there are players out there whose name is PimP, RaPeKing and a clan named Puta. So npnpn
2013-05-12 21:50
It is about a specific CS slang. 'Rak' within the meaning of 'lobster' is used here to call lowest CS players ever. That's not bad, of course, just an interesting conjunction.
2013-05-12 21:58
You're getting way too much hate for a harmless joke... :D
2013-05-12 22:45
Europe _jUNGLE 
no RAK is not the lowest DNO is =D
2013-05-13 10:07
2013-05-13 15:41
+1 HAHA RAK = Crab :D
2013-05-13 19:44
Germany Dok1 
Didn't SolEk also want to retire some time ago? If he would, then +asmo +qk-mantis :)
2013-05-12 20:32
TCM are much better than alternate
2013-05-12 20:46
Germany Dok1 
yeah but I thought asmo and qk-mantis are only stand-in for TECHLABS?
2013-05-12 23:13
well, they did well to beat navi, they could beat esc and then who knows ;)
2013-05-13 01:29
Belarus SLB 
because Rak
2013-05-12 20:38
2013-05-13 04:55
my favourite player :[
2013-05-12 20:51
and you are his only fan
2013-05-12 22:23
that krystal fella` deserves better. mnl is decent too
2013-05-12 20:57
2013-05-12 21:20
i'm just saying that maybe rak's departure will make krystal think about considering other offers.i would love to see him in mouz
2013-05-12 23:58
hes a cheating rat, he deservers nothing more than getting the boot
2013-05-13 00:43
did you see him play @ lan? he carried alternate to a 15-15 tie with Verygames. and they were leading that game (madcatz lan if i'm not mistaken)
2013-05-13 00:52
United Kingdom Alth 
He cheated like 4-5 years ago lol. Ever since he truly went professional he has been clean.
2013-05-13 01:51
sad.. gl in future.
2013-05-12 21:00
rak must create team with minet and lox.such an amazing trio
2013-05-12 21:26
Denmark MSAA 
minet? Why would he ever play with germans? Besides he hasn't been playing for a while now.
2013-05-12 21:37
Tunisia edgg 
he was trying to joke about their nicks since it means something in russian me > all
2013-05-12 22:01
minet means blowjob in russian language
2013-05-12 22:38
Does it? I thought it was oral though only when performed on a female.
2013-05-13 12:49
nothing bad about, minet was great player. Just minet=blowjob in russian
2013-05-13 09:26
xaxax would be best team to watch on RUS stream
2013-05-12 22:25
2013-05-13 04:55
World bigb1rd 
They should pick up Kirby, only decent player left in n!faculty. smn and siruptor are shit and asmo/qk really should stay with TCM as that'll be a great team.
2013-05-13 01:49
too many russians and ukrainians on this thread, i learnt somthing like 30 new words for dick/penis just here.
2013-05-13 04:32
2013-05-13 04:56
i can sell u an extra pack with like 1000 words and combos of russian crappy words
2013-05-13 09:27
Europe eler 
rak ebanii gl
2013-05-13 07:16
me: Rak? wtf? *open article, looked at picture* me: got it
2013-05-13 09:29
Russia alonsen 
Is he going to play Dota?
2013-05-13 09:39
Europe _jUNGLE 
2013-05-13 10:09
2013-05-13 15:46
Greece her-1g 
i think that rak is their best player
2013-05-13 16:25
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