sonic departs Tainted Minds

Stuart "sonic" Rayner announced his departure from the Tainted Minds roster.

After dominating the Australian scene during the second half of 2016 under the former Athletico brand, Stuart "sonic" Rayner and co. went on to represent Tainted Minds at the ESEA Season 23 Global Challenge LAN in January, and achieved a top four placing.

Soon came the additions of former Winterfox player Christopher "dexter" Nong and veteran coach Fergus "ferg" Stephenson, who replaced Travis "wizard" Richardson due to his decision to step down and one of his reasons being that he was not willing to move into a gaming house.


sonic part ways with his crew

Following these roster changes, Tainted Minds failed to reproduce the same success and results they had previously. These include losses to domestic rivals - Chiefs, Immunity and Dark Sided - which prevented Tainted Minds from securing spots to any upcoming offline events such as IEM Sydney, ZEN League S1 Finals, ESEA S24 Global Challenge LAN and the Asia Minor for PGL Major Krakow.

Although they were able to maintain high placings in the online season, former in-game leader sonic revealed today his decision to leave on TwitLonger. He will be taking a break from the competitive scene indefinitely. 

Tainted Minds are now left with the following:

Australia Christopher "dexter" Nong
Australia Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas
Australia Jesse "InfrequeNt" Barker
Australia Connor "chuch" Morgan 

Australia Fergus "ferg" Stephenson (coach)

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 Fergus 'ferg' Stephenson
Fergus 'ferg' Stephenson
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.77
Maps played:
89
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.17
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:
25
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 Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
646
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Australia Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
705
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.16
expected
2017-05-10 12:25
#6
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Turkey Mustafa- 
ez for sonic 0.92 rating very good btw
2017-05-10 12:26
+1 african Sonic better
2017-05-10 23:20
i99
2017-05-10 12:25
#2
cajunb | 
CIS spk13 
lel
2017-05-10 12:25
#3
dennis | 
African Union okkkkkk 
:(
2017-05-10 12:25
lel
2017-05-10 12:25
#8
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Indonesia DezfanzeR 
RIP xD <3
2017-05-10 12:25
Perfect time for them to sign some of the ex-WFX players such as emagine, Zewsy or ofnu.
2017-05-10 12:26
#11
Laz | 
Japan Neion4ty7 
+ an ex winterfox player?
2017-05-10 12:26
#32
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Australia aucs 
ofnu from wfx has been playing with them
2017-05-10 13:14
Lul
2017-05-10 12:28
#14
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Poland sakkeustnp 
Tier 14 drama
2017-05-10 12:28
Cool
2017-05-10 12:28
#16
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
NOOOOOOOOO :(
2017-05-10 12:29
sonic smashing now
2017-05-10 12:37
GOTTA GO FASTER
2017-05-10 12:46
infrequent has to go too imo. he hasnt done anything as the main awper for this team past couple months.
2017-05-10 13:00
Infrequent hasn't been great, but chuch is the teams next weak link. As a rifler, he's also a lot easier to replace than Infrequent.
2017-05-10 13:05
#70
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Mongolia IBgn 
They chose to keep chuch over erkaSt LUL
2017-05-11 00:47
I dunno if thats what happened or if erkaSt was just given a better offer by Immunity
2017-05-11 07:24
#30
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New Zealand tyfnz 
+ofnu inc?
2017-05-10 13:06
Where the option to hide tier1289763 news @?? I can already hide them noob matches, why do i still need to fucking see these news abut shitters?
2017-05-10 13:21
It is the one that says 'Do not click if not interested'.
2017-05-10 13:31
Wow, so much smart in you! Motherfucker i aint clicking on em tier218476 matches either, why the fuck give the option to hide those then, if u cant fucking string up a peace of code to give us the same option on them news? Just sayin, ur argument is fucking pointless.
2017-05-10 13:34
Shut
2017-05-10 13:49
#44
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Turkey Mustafa- 
You might be new in HLTV redditor
2017-05-10 13:55
First of all, take it easy. My argument is on point as there is no need to add any additional code when this is a news/coverage site about the CS scene even if you consider some of them about 'tier whatever' teams. Especially since every news piece is as important as any other and if it weren't it wouldn't be featured. Ultimately, as said, it is up to you to choose what news you read and what matches you watch and/or comment on. Doing so to complain as if someone else forced you to do it is indeed 'fucking pointless'.
2017-05-10 13:57
I am taking it easy mate! But it's annoying to have the site filled with news, many dont give 2 shits about! Especially, when u guys add that additional code to hide them lower tier matches from hot matches. Why add that additional code for the matches, if u wont do it for the news? And on the subject of news, daymn..Took you guys a month to cover betting scandals, as u were making moneyz from add's on betting sites..Saying its not relevant to cs scene was utter BS! But in the meantime u digg up news of nonamers, hey dat betting shit was way more worth reportin on dan this crap.. Edt: Dont get me wrong. Awesome to have alot of content, but hey it would be even more awesome to have the same option as we do on "hot matches" dat all.
2017-05-10 14:15
Edt: Dont get me wrong. Awesome to have alot of content, but hey it would be even more awesome to have the same option as we do on "hot matches" dat all. #35
2017-05-10 14:24
expected, fuck it then. have a nice day :)
2017-05-10 14:25
#62
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Sweden Madrigals1 
add tags and black list for tags, so that we could ignore news about Volvo updates, about UK-AU scene.
2017-05-10 18:51
didnt u read what the man said? No need for any more code bruh, geez learn to read!
2017-05-10 19:09
#65
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Sweden Madrigals1 
No need for any more code, but need for useless news, geez
2017-05-10 19:58
+1
2017-05-10 20:47
I just simply do not understand why you clicked on the useless news to begin with AND managed to scroll your way all the way down through these comments. Why not just not click on the post?
2017-05-11 07:28
#77
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
That would require a functioning brain... A rarity on HLTV, as I'm sure you're aware from all the brainless trolls you've replied to friend.
2017-05-13 08:36
+1 stop with the virtus.aids news
2017-05-13 08:44
#34
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Pakistan perth 
I remember when Athletico were best in AU now look at them :(
2017-05-10 13:21
#37
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
Sonic to Astralis in place of Zonic!
2017-05-10 13:34
#38
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Croatia mds818 
coaching female australian team>that grill got 1k hours -.-
2017-05-10 13:44
#69
lew | 
Australia Smrfy 
Female scene cucks once again
2017-05-10 23:43
full time coach female australian team? WTF how can you full time coach au female teams (i never seen an au female team)
2017-05-10 13:49
@flamez Still no HLTV article regarding the disbandment of AVANT GARDE? They're technically one of Australia's better teams. twitlonger.com/show/n_1sprvvq
2017-05-10 13:51
wtf is happening to the aus scene o.o
2017-05-10 13:59
Chiefs knocking North out has probably inspired certain players to put shit aside and actually work to become a good team. Thats either causing internal issues or just causing team shuffles, we'll see. Thats just a guess tho
2017-05-10 14:01
Mario was always the best, anyway.
2017-05-10 14:41
During this period of inactivity, he will be coaching a female Australian team. LUL
2017-05-10 15:46
gotta go fast
2017-05-10 16:27
#61
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
gotta go fast also, 0.92 in AU lul
2017-05-10 17:29
Hopefully with this, WFX disbandment and AG players being free agents we can reform a team that can get real results like VOX/RNG in 2015, where AU could qualify for majors.
2017-05-10 23:17
#74
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Spain JasonRacism 
Renegades will always be better tbh
2017-05-11 07:31
#71
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New Zealand dellzie 
For anybody that doesn't know ofnu will be replacing sonic
2017-05-11 03:53
#75
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Spain JasonRacism 
Hopefully Emagine or Zewsy replaces Chuch
2017-05-11 07:32
#76
s1mple | 
Bulgaria Critias 
who?
2017-05-12 14:02
#79
flusha | 
Germany sanos 
the blue hedgehog
2017-05-13 08:45
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