NRG bench MarkE, LILMAN steps in
NRG have benched Edgar "MarkE" Jimenez and brought in Rush's Derrick "LILMAN" Boyne, who will step into the team for at least the remainder of ECS Season 3 and ESL Pro League Season 5.
Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado had been part of NRG's active roster since December last year, when the squad underwent an overhaul following the departure of Fatih "gob b" Dayik, Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić, and Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz, who went on to create BIG.
In that time, NRG were unable to qualify for several events, including DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, IEM Katowice, and DreamHack Open stops in Austin and Tours.
LILMAN will try out for NRG in ECS and ESL Pro League
According to a statement from Damian "daps" Steele, his team's attendance at Copenhagen Games last weekend was the final straw, as they finished 5th-8th following a loss to Tricked in the quarter-finals.
"We gave MarKE a shot at the start of the year to see how he could develop as a player on his first Pro League team. While his individual aim is very good, his inexperience in other areas of his game was too great to continue on." daps told HLTV.org.
"We knew our comms were fairly poor online, but our failure at Copenhagen Games was even more of a reality check. A lot of our players relied too heavily on Professor_Chaos communicating for them online and we realized we needed a player with experience and good team attributes to begin improving more. LILMAN has a good competitive mindset and will be our 5th moving on and fill that entry role alongside Brehze."
NRG's roster now is: