FlipSid3 Tactics will complete their roster with the addition of Aleksandr "Shara" Gordeev, HLTV.org has learned.
The former KerchNET member had been tipped to join FlipSid3 on a permanent basis after playing for the team as a substitute on several occasions over the last couple of months.
A source close to FlipSid3 has told HLTV.org that, while Oleksandr "Shara" Hordieyev has already promised to join the North American organisation, he will not do so until January 1 as the player wants to wait until his current team, Spray'n'pray, has found a replacement for him before completing a move.
He will step into the shoes of Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, who stepped down from FlipSid3's active lineup in July following a public outburst at his teammates in the wake of the side's semi-final defeat against Na`Vi at ESWC Montreal.
FlipSid3 bring in a new player
With a squad depleted to four players, FlipSid3 continued to field Vadim "DavCost" Vasilyev - who had already played for the team at ESL One Katowice and in the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 due to s1mple's ban - as a substitute, but the Russian's long-term future on the roster was always unclear.
The possibility of DavCost signing for FlipSid3 was ruled out earlier in the week as the 19-year-old agreed to join Team YP. Initially, s1mple appeared to be the close to reclaiming his spot, but the team signed Shara, who played alongside Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk in A-Gaming back in 2013.
FlipSid3's first event with the new lineup will be the offline qualifier for the MLG Major Championship, on February 26-28, where the team will try to secure a fourth consecutive major appearance.
With Shara's arrival, FlipSid3 now have: