Tainted Minds acquire Athletico

Tainted Minds, one of Australia's well-known esports organisation re-enters the Counter-Strike scene with the acquisition of the Athletico squad.

Throughout the year, Athletico have been making waves in the Oceanic region winning EB Expo Sydney LAN finals and the first two editions of the ESL Australia & NZ Championship.

The team made their first international debut at StarLadder i-League Season 2 China Finals in August, securing fourth place at the tournament. At the same event, they were able to take a map off the Korean team, MVP Project and the Chinese powerhouse, TYLOO.


The team had a successful year with Athletico

Stuart "sonic" Rayner and company continued securing more opportunities at several international events, including a 5th-8th placing at the IeSF World Championship, 7th-8th finish in the WESG Asia-Pacific Regional Finals and a 5th-6th position at the recent PGL Asian Minor in Malaysia.

The time has come for them to part ways with the Athletico banner, as they sign with Tainted Minds for 2017. Their new organisation houses some of the region's best from other titles such as Call of Duty and League of Legends. This news came two weeks later after Immunity signed two new players.

In the announcement, here is what their captain, sonic had to say on the change:

"As a team we're extremely excited to be playing under the Tainted Minds banner in 2017. Looking to continue building off of what was an incredible second half of 2016 for our team, which included both our first National and International events. We look forward to working in partnership with Tainted Minds, an organisation well regarded for their professionalism and support for players, as we continue on our development as a team."

The Australian team's first event under Tainted Minds will be at the Mountain Dew League Global Challenge LAN from Janurary 5-8 in 2017, after winning their region's Premier division recently. 

Tainted Mind's lineup now have the following:

Australia Stuart "sonic" Rayner
Australia Connor "chuch" Morgan
Australia Travis "wizard" Richardson
Australia Jesse "InfrequeNt" Barker
Australia Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas 

Australia Travis 'wizard' Richardson
Travis 'wizard' Richardson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
260
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Australia Connor 'chuch' Morgan
Connor 'chuch' Morgan
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
305
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Australia Stuart 'sonic' Rayner
Stuart 'sonic' Rayner
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
210
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Australia Jesse 'InfrequeNt' Barker
Jesse 'InfrequeNt' Barker
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
467
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Australia Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
691
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.16
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2016-12-15 10:56
#28
pronax | 
Russia ShaDyTH 
EZ GODSENT
2016-12-15 12:12
exfuckingactly
2016-12-15 13:05
n1
2016-12-15 10:56
who
2016-12-15 10:56
nice. gl
2016-12-15 10:57
#6
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Australia CKS 
congrats :D
2016-12-15 10:57
#7
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
excpected
2016-12-15 10:57
frist
2016-12-15 10:56
#9
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
Expected
2016-12-15 10:57
#10
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Turkey Shanon 
TM top 2 in nz
2016-12-15 10:57
Lets see what they got! Results will speak :)
2016-12-15 10:57
#13
walle | 
Australia sini_ 
gl hf
2016-12-15 10:58
Koo
2016-12-15 11:06
taint
2016-12-15 11:09
who
2016-12-15 11:12
nt but kangaroos can't qualify 2 team for majors
2016-12-15 11:15
#18
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Taiwan SCVready 
nice!
2016-12-15 11:23
19
2016-12-15 11:42
Should have stayed with Athletico smh
2016-12-15 11:45
anything without peetyG is better
2016-12-15 11:51
#22
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World smash143 
Whats wrong with peetyG? Athletico seemed like a good org
2016-12-15 11:51
they're gonna get fucked with tainted... should have stayed with ath, peetyg knows how to run an org, is a respected and well known OCE csgo personality/ex pro... they get more publicity with the influence of peet. now they're fucked. as peet said, they'll get poached and fucked over eventually by tainted. it always happens.
2016-12-15 11:59
lol i'm not suprised they left a org run by peetyG xD most toxic cunt ever
2016-12-15 12:12
he was toxic as fuck when he was a player. he has his twitter arguments (and some moments of sheer stupidity) but hes cleaned up his act. however he hasnt cleaned up his weight haha rip peetyBiceps
2016-12-15 12:13
#41
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Australia yourwombat 
tainted have a LoL team which means tainted have a lot more $$$$
2016-12-15 14:10
Although he was toxic, salty etc as a player, he has gotten better and he definitely knows how to run an org. He put a lot of effort into what they are today, and they left him. Not sure why, but I would have preferred to stay in athletico - better publicity, knowledge of the scene etc.
2016-12-15 12:18
#39
lew | 
Australia Smrfy 
+1
2016-12-15 13:46
#42
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Australia yourwombat 
tainted minds have the $$$, thats why
2016-12-15 14:11
You rephrased my paragraph, but yes, I agree with your points. I'll try and find the photo of spunjs convo with peet about the players leaving. Wouldn't mind if chiefs moved to athletico. winterfox players wont, so i can only rly see parallax, exile5 or chiefs players moving to ath.
2016-12-16 00:54
Didn't +V move to athletico?
2016-12-17 05:13
yeah I just saw that
2016-12-17 07:48
#37
Australia yk12 
they're on salary now
2016-12-15 13:23
#44
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Brazil DileBani 
Some time ago Tainted got an investor to back them up business-wise, so money isn't a problem for that org anymore
2016-12-15 15:51
That organisation have so good name
2016-12-15 11:57
real > athletico
2016-12-15 12:00
#26
trippy | 
Australia zurk^ 
i love alpha sydney
2016-12-15 12:09
gl
2016-12-15 12:19
#32
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Australia aucs 
gl boys
2016-12-15 12:20
nt shit scene
2016-12-15 12:33
PeetyG once again fucked over by the Aussie scene. He may have been toxic as a player, but he did heaps for Athletico as an org. Tainted may be well known, but not necessarily for the right reasons
2016-12-15 12:55
#40
lew | 
Australia Smrfy 
This team grew soooo much under peety, I hope Tainted treats these guys reaaaally fucking well.
2016-12-15 13:51
#38
BeeTee | 
Australia xenonau 
:( gonna miss you boys, i loved watching athletico play
2016-12-15 13:28
#43
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Germany elseen 
now you gonna love watching tainted minds :D
2016-12-15 14:13
#45
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
gl boys!
2016-12-15 15:52
people acting as if them joining tainted is a travesty lol. the guys that run tainted are super cool, down to earth people and i can guarantee they'll be treated as well as they deserve. plus $$$ is always good too
2016-12-15 17:57
Too early to tell, but we'll see.
2016-12-16 00:55
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