PENTA Sports have announced that they have recruited Hendrik "strux1"Goetzendorff and Johannes "nex" Maget from Planetkey Dynamics.
The decision comes as a big surprise as PENTA had recently established themselves as the number-one team in Germany after reaching the quarter-finals of DreamHack Winter and finishing in third place at the Acer A-Split Invitational, which they attended with Johannes "nex" Maget as a stand-in.
After rumours emerged of a potential merge between Planetkey Dynamics and PENTA Sports in the last few days, the latter have now announced that they have parted ways with Felix "fel1x" Zech and Robin "r0bs3n" Stephan.
fel1x released from the team
"We played for about six months with this lineup and it was always a lot of fun, the chemistry within the team was always very good, which means a lot," Timo "Spiidi" Richter told PENTA Sports' website.
"On paper we were the most successful German team in history (due to the DreamHack Winter 2014). Unfortunately, we played really inconsistently ,and whenever kRYSTAL had a bad day it didn’t look good for us. Moreover, we didn’t really have a shot caller anyway.
"At this point I want to give special thanks to r0bs3n, who put really a huge amount of work into the team and without whom we wouldn’t be where we are now.
"Nevertheless, it was not enough in the end, obviously. I don’t want to disparage our achievements but we made it to a point where we couldn’t improve our gameplay anymore. We are all really thankful to Felix and Robin for the awesome times we had. Since we secured the spot in the next CS:GO Major together we will of course share the received sticker money with our former team mates. That’s just fair.
"Coming to our new players: Due to the illness of denis we had already had the chance to play with nex in the Acer A-Split tournament. Kevin (kRYSTAL) and I instantly noticed that he is the kind of player we need to improve the team’s performance.
"In my humble opinion he is currently the strongest German player and also has a great personality. With strux1 we have the wanted top caller in our rows who also fits perfectly into the team personality wise. We are highly motivated for the upcoming year 2015 and hope to get the outstanding team that the German CS:GO scene deserves! Finally I will take the position of the new team captain and am wishing you all a Happy New Year!"
With these changes, PENTA Sports now have: