valens leaves compLexity

North American team compLexity part ways with Soham 'valens' Chowdhury following the player's own decision to step down from the roster.

compLexity cut a tormented picture in the past few weeks when, following a moderately strong showing at the iBUYPOWER Cup (overtime against Liquid, defeating Conquest), Kory "⁠SEMPHIS⁠" Friesen and his crew were unceremoniously knocked out of the RGN Pro Series group stage by Method.

It was also no secret that one of compLexity's players was struggling in an individual sense to make an impact on the game, as Soham "⁠valens⁠" Chowdhury's recent event showings attest.


valens steps down from coL's active lineup

The player informed compLexity that he was failing to reach his own expectations as a CS:GO player and would return to a focus on his career as a software engineer at Google, and would thus step down.

compLexity owner Jason Lake released a statement on valens's decision:

"We’d like to thank Soham for his hard work and contributions to the squad...He is a fantastic person and it has been a pleasure working with him," Lake said.

The team's remaining roster is now:

Canada Kory "⁠SEMPHIS⁠" Friesen
United States Daniel "⁠roca⁠" Gustaferri
United States Timothy "⁠autimatic⁠" Ta
United States Joshua "⁠sancz⁠" Ballenger

valens has also indicated that he may return to the scene in the role of analyst or coach in the future.

compLexity will now head into the new year in a similar situation to that of other North American teams such as Cloud9 and Method with a hunt for a fifth permanent player looming on the horizon.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

United States Soham 'valens' Chowdhury
Soham 'valens' Chowdhury
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.78
Maps played:
152
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.70
Canada Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
308
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
United States Joshua 'sancz' Ballenger
Joshua 'sancz' Ballenger
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
152
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
152
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
United States Daniel 'roca' Gustaferri
Daniel 'roca' Gustaferri
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
172
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
finally
2015-11-28 04:49
9 replies
good for em
2015-11-28 06:07
4 replies
:(
2015-11-28 08:05
2 replies
firepower not changed
2015-11-28 13:37
1 reply
+hades
2015-11-28 14:54
Shocker, Indian guy is a programmer at Google. You can't tell me stereotypes aren't true to some extent.
2015-11-29 14:38
how old is he?
2015-11-28 12:19
1 reply
13
2015-11-28 12:28
#161
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Sweden AdinsX
Who cares about t5 USA team anyways
2015-11-28 12:28
:(
2015-11-29 21:40
expected
2015-11-28 04:49
5 replies
Finally he is gone! Dont play again valens. This kind of undedicated to the game bad players don't deserve to play this game.
2015-11-28 08:37
4 replies
That makes a lot of us undeserving of playing "this game"
2015-11-28 10:15
2 replies
Nope just scrubs like valens, overdrive from 1.6 can't think of others right now Think about it the opportunity to play against the best players and teams in the world during competitions and also getting paid doing it this is why people like valens or overdrive are a disgrace
2015-11-28 10:23
1 reply
you forgot Ocean my friend,also probably frieberg-the valens of t1.
2015-11-28 17:10
Rip englando
2015-11-29 14:33
RiP
2015-11-28 04:49
13 replies
this motha fucka got a job at google making shit done why rip
2015-11-28 04:54
12 replies
RiP coL, all aim no brain
2015-11-28 05:05
11 replies
no aim no brain :| rip col, a team that once held a great legacy
2015-11-28 05:08
10 replies
in a 5v5 aim_map match, say they add koosta/ryx/stewie2k, col would beat probably everyone in NA badly besides Liquid and C9. And with them they'd go toe-to-toe. Too bad that's not good enough to be good at actual CS.
2015-11-28 05:27
9 replies
agreed +koosta would be really cool to see.sadly, its not gonna happen :(
2015-11-28 14:31
8 replies
Semphis is a beast, why would they add another awper?
2015-11-28 18:03
7 replies
semphis is not awping as much as koosta.koosta is a full on dedicated awper, SEMPHIS isn't.
2015-11-28 23:05
6 replies
Not to mention koosta is a way better awper than semphis. Especially in terms of reaction speed.
2015-11-29 14:35
5 replies
indeed!
2015-11-29 17:39
I totally agree that koosta is a better AWPer, but not a better player overall. I think Semphis is a good enough AWP player on an NA scale, with above average pistol skills, and good rifling. I think another fragger on the level of roca would benefit the team more than a dedicated awper who would get to use his awp less because of Semphis-forcebuys anyways.
2015-11-29 22:53
3 replies
Koosta is also a much better pistol player. I would say they are about even on rifling at this point but if you gave koosta a better team and better opponents he would also most likely improve.
2015-12-03 20:38
2 replies
Better pistol player? Even rifling? Disagreed tbh, I might be wrong but Semphis just always seemed like a solid player to me, while koosta is one of those young hyped awpers who can play good against tier x teams.
2015-12-04 16:47
1 reply
I'm not saying he's god tier or anything but he could easily be the best player on a team like complexity along with roca. Koosta is really good with pistols as most good awpers are but he's also a solid aimer with rifles. He's like a slightly worse version of Niko before he went to a tier 1 team. Semphis was always pretty mediocre also. There are several reasons why he was the only guy to get kicked from the recent cloud 9 rosters. His performance being one of the biggest factors.
2015-12-04 17:07
Finally.
2015-11-28 04:49
finally #2
2015-11-28 04:49
+seangares Kappa/NoKappa?
2015-11-28 04:49
1 reply
sry im arents good on math
2015-11-28 04:53
About time lol. He doesn't call anymore for coL so he really didn't have much of a purpose since he can't frag that well.
2015-11-28 04:50
#8
gas | 
Korea ka1ske
SO CUTE FACE XDD
2015-11-28 04:50
3 replies
Expected from ladyboy
2015-11-28 04:58
2 replies
Well done evil Poland
2015-11-28 10:28
1 reply
Well done, top-left Australia.
2015-11-29 14:36
about time, he sucks
2015-11-28 04:50
nothing of value was lost
2015-11-28 04:50
c9 valens
2015-11-28 04:51
"Software Engineer at Google" Good choice, this move would make him more money than playing CS:GO anyway
2015-11-28 04:51
7 replies
"a man could have a job gathering supple coin but live a tedious mouse-like life or he could have his time for glory, even if via digital competition, and set aside lucre for a brief moment and then there's joelz" a poem by stich
2015-11-28 04:55
4 replies
i aren't think that xd
2015-11-28 05:01
#30
gas | 
Korea ka1ske
jOELZ the only guy that can does both
2015-11-28 05:01
google benefits are no joke dude, he is an american and americans need health and dental insurance
2015-11-28 05:46
1 reply
yeah I know I need them too!
2015-11-28 05:48
lol i just go back to google now cya boys
2015-11-28 05:29
he also used to work for tesla and also hold good amount of shares in tesla. I think he paid for his stay in complexity
2015-11-28 17:12
+c9
2015-11-28 04:51
can't say this won't make coL stronger in the future, but GL to him!
2015-11-28 04:52
3 replies
didnt they always play 4v5? isnt he like hunden or gob?
2015-11-28 04:54
2 replies
Thats what the guy said; replacing him will benefit the team
2015-11-28 05:46
comparing valen or hunden to a cs legend like gob delete ur account, ty
2015-11-28 17:30
THE MAN, THE LEGEND.
2015-11-28 04:53
"and would return to a focus on his career as a software engineer at Google" holy moly
2015-11-28 04:55
1 reply
#48
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United States Doctor1597
No wonder he didnt put up amazing performances. This shit was a hobby to him.
2015-11-28 05:28
UNACCEPTABLE
2015-11-28 04:55
1 reply
hahahah rofl
2015-11-28 06:42
rofl
2015-11-28 04:56
Respect bro, ignore the haters with superiority complex.
2015-11-28 04:56
+cr0tex
2015-11-28 04:56
1 reply
#26
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World ZMDR
+1
2015-11-28 04:58
+Witmer/Koosta They need a decent dedicated awper
2015-11-28 05:00
7 replies
#81
dupreeh | 
Georgia tvd
I thought Sem is awping, isn't he?
2015-11-28 06:37
3 replies
emphasis on "decent"
2015-11-28 07:58
2 replies
can't say he's bad. I mean he's not guardian, but still he's alright imo
2015-11-28 09:01
1 reply
Cory should frag for the team. He'd have more impact when he's rifles.
2015-11-28 11:15
witmer lol
2015-11-28 09:30
Lol why would koosta go to CL? He's in the right team atm
2015-11-28 14:57
1 reply
For money
2015-11-28 17:14
who playing for who ??
2015-11-28 05:04
Rip cr0t3x
2015-11-28 05:04
+arya
2015-11-28 05:07
People finally realize CS GO is a shooting game . Bot Sean , Bot Pronax , Bot Valens all gone ; waiting desperately for Bot Gob and Bot Zeus to answer the call.
2015-11-28 05:11
6 replies
Zeus is really clutch player though. So many 1vX situations that he wins for Na'Vi in crucial times.
2015-11-28 05:54
3 replies
Hehe except in that one where he stood in a Molly in a 1v1 against Jdm at cluj
2015-11-28 18:23
2 replies
They still made it to the finals though
2015-11-28 21:41
1 reply
True
2015-11-28 22:49
Ex6 too
2015-11-28 07:07
1 reply
+1
2015-11-28 07:25
If Complexity have any sense, they'll try and get Koosta to commit to a contract before C9 starts dangling the promise of their last spot to the entire scene..
2015-11-28 05:11
2 replies
judging by how NiP are playing. Get right might actually still come to c9.
2015-11-28 06:54
1 reply
True, but that's not gonna stop every player in the US from trying to use the open c9 seat to drive up their value.
2015-11-28 22:47
#43
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up
Well if he works at Google at least he'll be making $200-300k/yr. Probably over 10x his coL salary
2015-11-28 05:17
1 reply
100k is a more realistic number, probably around 60-70K cuz he started in october
2015-11-28 07:18
rip na hunden
2015-11-28 05:17
I can't believe. I hope Ocean KKona will stay at least. Really hard hit to NA scene.
2015-11-28 05:20
+stanislaw ez t2
2015-11-28 05:22
lol, the man is a google engineer, fuck cs
2015-11-28 05:32
hes ugly
2015-11-28 05:32
HIT COL WITH THE BIG O KKona KKona O C E A N
2015-11-28 05:35
gl valens, stack that paper brother. it's the right choice.
2015-11-28 05:36
soham is indian name, so he is indian born murican
2015-11-28 05:38
8 replies
or he is a murican born with indian heritage?
2015-11-28 06:49
7 replies
i dont think so , he should have a murican name if that happnened,i suspet many pros r indians, FNS have also a indianish nae, but i dont think he never told anyone, and i feel shazam is also some pakistani or indian coz Khan is indian name
2015-11-28 07:47
6 replies
Valens and fns both Indian( Gujarati )
2015-11-28 08:10
5 replies
kahan se pta chala
2015-11-28 09:00
4 replies
Dono ki gujju surnames
2015-11-28 09:51
3 replies
Soham is Bengali
2015-11-28 10:37
2 replies
Bhai chowdhury's bengali me aate hai kya?
2015-11-28 14:29
1 reply
yea, he's my brother ;)
2015-11-29 09:38
Close the door when leave, its cold out there!
2015-11-28 05:39
hltv lowlife kids flaming a fella who is doing really good for himself in life and from what I'm reading a really nice guy, hltv lowlifes are pathetic. But good luck Valens hope to see yah soon in the scene
2015-11-28 05:42
why csgo when you're in google
2015-11-28 05:42
3 replies
because google is a job and csgo is a hobby?
2015-11-28 09:33
2 replies
a hobby that became a job xd
2015-11-28 09:42
A hobby that gives shit prize pools, and this dude's team wouldn't get near a major anyway
2015-11-28 18:23
valens to c9 Kappa
2015-11-28 05:42
coL.fRoD... the return
2015-11-28 05:53
1 reply
pretty please
2015-11-28 05:54
finally noob left coL. +ptr please :) or +sg@res
2015-11-28 05:54
2 replies
sg@res retired and coL would be a massive downgrade for him anyway xD
2015-11-28 05:55
1 reply
#148
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Norway HazelOrb
sean stepped down from C9, he didn't retire from the scene as a whole
2015-11-28 11:20
oh shit Lord Valens NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Best NA player by far RIP
2015-11-28 05:54
time for sean?
2015-11-28 05:54
#70
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United States ViKaLiBuR
valens to C9?
2015-11-28 05:56
1 reply
Maybe
2015-11-28 06:17
Best of luck Valens <3
2015-11-28 05:58
#72
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Algeria FATALSki
Rating 0.78 Kappa
2015-11-28 06:03
Talked a lot of trash about him but still best of luck in the future
2015-11-28 06:08
for those impressed by his job it probably doesn't make that much money...working at google gives you a really nice workplace environment and the ability to say you work at google, but you could make more money running your own business or being in a higher up position in another company
2015-11-28 06:09
4 replies
lol please keep talking like you actually know you've probably never made more than 30k annually
2015-11-28 06:24
lol, you're obviously some kid who knows nothing of the work force. It literally says "Software engineer" at google, most software engineers already make 3 figure salaries, now include that to working for google
2015-11-28 06:48
2 replies
Hs a data scientist which pays slightly less. But still In 6 figures.
2015-11-28 07:17
I meant not that much money in comparison to the amount of money he could be making. He most likely makes three figures. I understand how my comment was misleading.
2015-11-28 16:59
who does he think he is?, trying to make a living and shit, jk gl in the future
2015-11-28 06:12
cloud 9 confirmed
2015-11-28 06:18
1 reply
did you read? said he is stepping down so he can focus on career.
2015-11-28 06:55
is he 40 years old?
2015-11-28 06:35
k.
2015-11-28 06:58
Nihilum was fine until they brought in hiko and semphis. Still, valens needs to hit the fucking DMs, even if the original team never got disbanded.
2015-11-28 07:17
Good for coL tbh since he wasn't even calling all by himself. ryx in I guess?
2015-11-28 07:30
guys i am so drunk right now lmfao x---D what are your thinks on this matter? kind regards, -- expected (p.s. xDDDDD)
2015-11-28 07:50
sgares gogo
2015-11-28 07:52
1 reply
yes, he left C9 to join coL
2015-11-28 07:53
Who can be stupid enough to pursue a CS full time professional career when you have a college degree?
2015-11-28 07:59
3 replies
maybe you love CS and don't want to work 9-5 your entire life? Not to mention CS is growing as an esport.
2015-11-28 08:17
2 replies
CS will never be a suitable career path, not due to lack of money support, but because of the extremely limited accessibility (only very few people who make friends with existing top players will ever get a small chance) Only school dropouts who plan to live on parents money for 30 years or 16- years old believe that CS career naive dream. If you love CS, then take it as a hobby and play it on weekends with friends to have fun. Just dont be stupid and waste 8+ hours per day thinking you will get somewhere.
2015-11-28 08:51
1 reply
I'm not fully disagreeing with you, but I think you have a skewed perception of these pros. Most of them became pro because they played in their free time and just happened to be extremely good at it, not because they dropped out of school and actively decided they wanted to fulfill some esport pipedream. And many pros actually do have degrees or are in school. What's wrong with having a degree and doing what you truly love for 5-10 years first, then starting your career later? No need to judge people for that. I personally played online poker professionally before starting my career later after it became illegal in my country.
2015-11-28 16:28
finally hopefully this move isnt coming too late. Last series i saw them play a week or two ago he was making retarded mistakes constantly.
2015-11-28 07:59
#104
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Norway Breivik
bot valens left from cL ? finally...
2015-11-28 08:02
whO?
2015-11-28 08:02
Valens was the least toxic player on that team. autimatic, sancz, and semphis are all literally cancer.
2015-11-28 08:05
1 reply
no but anyway, if your idea of building a good team is having the least toxic players then GL valens is not good enough for ESEA main even.
2015-11-28 08:11
#109
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France Kanti
oh noes
2015-11-28 08:10
Oh god please not semphis back to c9.
2015-11-28 08:15
1 reply
no? why would this suggest that he's on his way back to C9? semphis is a AWPer these days anyway and he's much better that way, so he would be useless on C9.
2015-11-28 08:15
i dont know, kid was a good igl. mby the best one in murica...
2015-11-28 08:24
OH MY GOD WHO THE HELL CARES
2015-11-28 08:31
YESSSSSSSSSSS C9 valens inc
2015-11-28 08:56
+koosta
2015-11-28 08:57
Valens was the worst player on every team he was on. Thank Christ he is finally off an otherwise decent NA team.
2015-11-28 09:07
who cares
2015-11-28 09:19
nice
2015-11-28 09:27
That's why you don't hire leftovers for a legendary team.
2015-11-28 09:29
2015-11-28 09:37
#134
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Reunion ramowarr
finally
2015-11-28 09:41
c9 valens
2015-11-28 09:44
botlexity
2015-11-28 09:53
says he leaves for a job @ google, dont think they get paid that bad over there.. and then says "he may return to the scene in the role of analyst or coach in the future." in case he will find his job @ google too boring. unstable ppl all the way :E
2015-11-28 10:40
RIP CSGOD c9 valens?
2015-11-28 10:42
Well no loss anyway, check them stats hunden v.2
2015-11-28 11:13
valens to c9 x d
2015-11-28 11:20
jeez, I don`t even know why he was in the lineup tbh. Such a bad pro player.
2015-11-28 11:29
#155
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Europe t.o.p
gl in the future
2015-11-28 11:43
#157
NEO | 
Poland cm[G]
expected
2015-11-28 12:00
did u have to throw him under the bus posting his event stats like that? how rude
2015-11-28 12:16
Wow he has two dream jobs that we all want. Hope he'll inspire you all.
2015-11-28 12:31
#164
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Poland zetq
finally
2015-11-28 12:51
gl valens)
2015-11-28 13:59
+ seangares. valens is just gone he blows.
2015-11-28 14:39
Good now coL and be in the top 5 na teams.
2015-11-28 14:56
finally
2015-11-28 16:08
the NA Hunden
2015-11-28 16:57
valens works for google so he gives 0 fucks
2015-11-28 17:12
DALADNO C9?
2015-11-28 17:25
engineer at google damnnnn
2015-11-28 17:48
Perhaps the most selfless player in all of North America. Smart guy, but his selflessness always jeopardized his own statistical output. Completely a "team-first" guy and very sacrificial. At times too selfless, would often sacrifice himself in very hairy situations trusting his teammates to get trades that would open up bombsites, otherwise he was constantly setting up his teammates and always dropping rifles for his teammates so he could go with a pistol or dropping them an upgraded pistol. If he had, say, Tarik or nitr0's aim and the confidence that comes with it he would be a really fantastic player. Guy has a masters in electrical engineering from Stanford last I checked. Smart guy; logical as well.
2015-11-28 18:16
1 reply
I think the guy had his fun with CS, i think life hit him and he decided to deal with his career. Seems good for him. [*]
2015-11-30 07:02
sgares inc
2015-11-28 20:49
fucking indian
2015-11-29 01:17
He was good :(
2015-11-29 04:22
#215
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Canada Xyp3x
C9 valens inc
2015-12-03 02:14
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