emagine leaves Winterfox

Chris "emagine" Rowlands reveals his departure from the Aussie-Kiwi mixture, Winterfox.

After officially replacing Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong with Razmik "⁠RaZ⁠" Bastadjan in February, which the Oceanic roster hoped their new AWPer would make them better in the long-run but the experiment has proved to be unsuccessful. Chris "⁠emagine⁠" Rowlands and crew have not attended an offline event since September last year at Northern Arena 2016 - Toronto (with dexter).

The team's struggle to produce significant results continues as they fail to qualify for ECS Season 3 following an 8th place in the development league, and getting eliminated early in the Round of 16 of StarLadder i-League S3 North America qualifier.


Known for his time in Immunity, emagine departs Winterfox

Therefore, the line-up could only focus on competing in ESL Pro League S5. To make matters worse, the players were stuck in Oceania after the break and could not return back to their gaming house in Vegas, to finish off the remainder of their matches due to visa issues.

The players had no choice but to play from home at a ping disadvantage, and are currently standing in 13th place with a 2-18 W-L record. Ryan "⁠zewsy⁠" Palmer and co. still have to face OpTic, SK and ex-Selfless to finish off the season.

emagine reached out to HLTV.org to announce his departure:

"After exploring my options I have decided to leave Winterfox. It became apparent the dynamics in the team were clearly not conducive to our success. I wish my former teammates good luck in the future."

"I would also like to thank Brian (Owner of Winterfox) for the opportunity and support during our time with the organization."

"For now I will be weighing my options, interested parties can reach me at emagineCSGO@gmail.com"

With signs of further changes to come, there is no confirmation on who the remaining players will use to stand-in for EPL and currently leaves Winterfox with the following:

New Zealand Ryan "⁠zewsy⁠" Palmer
New Zealand Razmik "⁠RaZ⁠" Bastadjan
New Zealand Chris "⁠ofnu⁠" Hanley
Australia Mike "⁠ap0c⁠" Aliferis 

Australia Mike 'ap0c' Aliferis
Mike 'ap0c' Aliferis
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
698
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Australia Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
749
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
New Zealand Razmik 'RaZ' Bastadjan
Razmik 'RaZ' Bastadjan
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
289
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
744
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
New Zealand Ryan 'zewsy' Palmer
Ryan 'zewsy' Palmer
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
618
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
New Zealand Chris 'ofnu' Hanley
Chris 'ofnu' Hanley
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
819
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
#2
mason | 
Tunisia mason~
n1
2017-04-26 06:07
Ahaha atter gets another chance
2017-04-26 13:30
inb4 Gratisfaction signed, go mr memelord you can do it!
2017-04-26 14:30
why is gratisfaction a memelord?
2017-04-26 17:11
because I know him, and he is.
2017-04-27 14:37
expected
2017-04-26 06:07
#5
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Venezuela CACHi
ez
2017-04-26 06:07
expected from team hopping kangaroo
2017-04-26 06:07
#10
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Australia jobione
It's a NZ team. Team kiwi
2017-04-26 06:09
#25
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New Zealand fuckislam
but hes aussie
2017-04-26 06:45
#47
lew | 
Australia Smrfy
This is like the second team he has played for in two years. That's like an Australian record.
2017-04-26 10:42
#9
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United States ViKaLiBuR
Expected
2017-04-26 06:09
Worst team in NA
2017-04-26 06:18
This was a failed project but I give props to winterfox for at least thinking outside the box. emag should join back up with yam and do something.
2017-04-26 06:21
#48
lew | 
Australia Smrfy
The original rendition of WFX with dex, apoc, ofnu, zewsy and emag had some honeymoon success. Personality clashes (@dexter), combined with lack of continued support from the org, as well as RaZ's abysmal performance when he was meant to be a star, were their ultimate downfall.
2017-04-26 10:44
I think it failed because they werent a team prior to WFX picking them up so there was no indication of how good they were and there was some level of expectation about them to improve. WFX probably saw the success that iM had (winning a bo3 on LAN vs Liquid) and figured this was the merging of some of the iM players (emag/zewsy) and the best players from the No.3 AU team and hoped for similar success. Teams are funny though.. even if you put the sickest players together sometimes they just dont work out and other teams who dont have as good players can have more success just because its the right mix of player styles or they have good team chemistry.
2017-04-27 00:10
#21
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New Zealand tyfnz
The rest of the Winterfox line-up (except for RaZ) already registered for the OCE Krakow qualifier under a different org, so rip.
2017-04-26 06:23
#23
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Asia 42gami
seems like james is part of team that yam and rest of the winterfox team but who is the replacement of james is it emagine? or raz?
2017-04-26 06:40
#26
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New Zealand fuckislam
source? sounds interesting
2017-04-26 06:46
#51
lew | 
Australia Smrfy
busta? wtf.
2017-04-26 10:46
Probably a sub right?
2017-04-26 15:08
So many Tier4 AU/Kiwi teams not succeeding. It's sad really considering the talent is there to make another Top20 mix but no one believes it. :(
2017-04-26 06:31
just wish zewsy and raz preformed better in NA :~(
2017-04-26 07:53
#50
lew | 
Australia Smrfy
RaZ caked soooo fucking hard. Sorry kiwi man but I wish they kept Dexter on.
2017-04-26 10:46
hes actually a good pickup for an na team looking for reliable fragger. He older and more mature so he can fit into a team situation really well.
2017-04-26 06:40
#32
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Australia spraynpray
Also one guaranteed ace per nationals isn't so bad.
2017-04-26 08:33
I thought it was one big clutch per nationals?
2017-04-26 21:19
emagine and zewsy were the 2 ''better'' players for winterfox, hope emagine joins chiefs or tainted minds! maybe even an NA team may be interested
2017-04-26 07:15
Noone is interested bro
2017-04-26 09:13
emagine is good enough to play for teams like complexity, selfless and rush for sure
2017-04-26 14:41
ez 4 raz
2017-04-26 09:17
#40
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Australia aucs
sostronk.com/team/Chiefs Looks like emagine will be playing in place of tucks for the pgl minor qual (tucks vac ban cant attend majors).
2017-04-26 09:22
#49
lew | 
Australia Smrfy
This is one of the better outcomes for this shitty situation.
2017-04-26 10:45
It's finally happening...
2017-04-26 10:48
"For now I will be weighing my options, interested parties can reach me at emagineCSGO@gmail.com" Hahaha like anyone is going to email him
2017-04-26 13:29
you're retarded, he is better than any UK player
2017-04-26 15:14
Unexpected. Didn't even know Winterfox still had a team.
2017-04-26 13:56
#62
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Switzerland crustclot
who?
2017-04-26 14:46
GL emagine
2017-04-26 14:51
emagine imagine leaving
2017-04-26 15:21
good choice such a cancerous team
2017-04-26 15:35
How do you know they're cancerous lmao
2017-04-27 03:58
"For now I will be weighing my options, interested parties can reach me at emagineCSGO@gmail.com"
2017-04-26 15:42
Isn't this org not paying them? how fucking dumb can you get?
2017-04-26 16:17
The biggest detriment to their success was seeing around Moku's beard.
2017-04-26 16:30
#75
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Malaysia phyzell
well those who sacrificed their post to enable a great team blend with a new blood (chemistry) is the real legend. Top tier teams only recruit the best so there are no weakers.
2017-04-26 16:42
Please explain AU scene to me. What tier is it? Why arent there even top30 team in there?
2017-04-26 16:52
The only redeeming factor of the team was Zewsy and Emagine anyway.
2017-04-26 20:26
OMG what a disaster, how cs go scene will react and survive with such tragedy?
2017-04-26 22:15
#87
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Finland Smoonah
LUL he just played with these baddies too EleGiggle is zewsy Zews or just some fake nerd?
2017-04-26 23:41
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