iBUYPOWER have announced that they have dispensed with the services of Joshua "steel" Nissan and Sam "DaZeD" Marine.
The news comes as a huge surprise as iBUYPOWER had just come off their best campaign ever on European soil, a runners-up finish at the FACEIT Finals, while at ESWC they finished in the top eight, outperforming their North American rivals Cloud9 once again.
According to a statement issued by iBUYPOWER, after returning home "the majority of the group felt it was best to look in a new direction" and parted ways with Joshua "steel" Nissan and Sam "DaZeD" Marine.
To fill one of these places, iBUYPOWER turned to Manajuma's Derek "desi" Branchen, who will be acting as a stand-in at DreamHack Winter. The name of the team's fifth player for the upcoming Swedish major will be revealed shortly.
"After receiving the message from Braxton "swag" Pierce that the team would be needing a stand-in for DreamHack Winter, and that, the potential stand-in could be me, I was extremely excited," Branchen said.
"I've been hoping to play against the top European talent for quite some time now, and I couldnt be more excited than to be doing it with such talented players in AZK,Skadoodle,swag.
"This will be my first time venturing out of the of the country, and to be given this opportunity through CS:GO is very rewarding."
Meanwhile, it has been announced that iBUYPOWER have secured the services of former compLexity and Evil Geniuses player Andrew "Irukandji" Timmerman, who will be serving as the team's coach.
iBUYPOWER currently have the following roster: