Wardell: "I apologise for these horrible decisions"

Matthew "Wardell" Bowman has spoken out about his decision to leave Rogue and rejoin Ghost Gaming just hours before the team's first match in the ESL Pro League.

The 19-year-old linked up Rogue earlier this month after the team's deal for Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov fell through, only to express his desire to return to Ghost when his new team was about to play its first ESL Pro League match.

That abrupt U-turn has forced Rogue to field Michael "⁠Uber⁠" Stapells as substitute player in the league, in which they currently sit at the foot of the table following back-to-back defeats against OpTic and Complexity.

Wardell explains his sudden Rogue exit

Contacted by HLTV.org, Matthew "⁠WARDELL⁠" Yu explained that his decision to leave Ghost came after a "falling out" with the team and revealed that, just before he was to make his debut with Rogue, he had a change of heart.

"After a falling out with my team I thought it best to part ways," he told HLTV.org. "I did try to fit in and play well with the guys from Rogue, but, for some reason, I could not get my head unwrapped from the previous events that had transpired between the team and myself.

"Rogue knew of my indecisiveness, but we all still continued to play and practice together and I even had somewhat convinced myself that this was where my new home would be.

"That being said, at the same time I knew I had unfinished business and many things to repair with my old team. Ultimately, yes, prior to the night of the match I knew that if I continued with Rogue I would not be happy with myself.

"When a team isolates you because of mistakes you made like my team did, you become hurt and angry and say things that you know you do not mean. I have since apologized to them and they have accepted my apology and welcomed me back, which I am grateful and happy about.

"What I am not happy about is those I had to disappoint and let down knowing my career would take a blow doing this.

"It was never intentional or for any spying reasons. I had not even had my old team on my friends list etc. I just felt in my gut I was making the wrong choice again and wanted to stop myself from continuing on a path I knew I should not be on, with a team that deserves better then I can give them at this time."

WARDELL goes on to apologise to Rogue and their players for the recent events, and vows to work hard to rebuild his tarnished reputation.

"I want to apologize to the owners of Rogue Gaming and their players for the ultimate crap move," he added. "It was never intentional, I still wanted to play that night and we looked for loopholes within the rules and everything.

"But, like mentioned, if I did I would have to finish the season with Rogue, and I knew that would not work for them or myself. 

"No, I never signed with Rogue and yes, I had intentions of doing so. Yes, I was still signed with Ghost and no, Ghost never released or signed a termination agreement for my contract.

"I truly apologize for these recent horrible decisions I have had to make that has had a negative impact on Rogue and on my reputation.

"I will do nothing but work hard to win and show my team, my community and my organisation that I am better than my past choices.

"I will not let those things that have happened as of late define my future in CSGO, meaning I will have to prove to you all that I have been misrepresenting myself lately."

Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
609
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1006
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Canada Michael 'Uber' Stapells
Michael 'Uber' Stapells
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
395
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
It's okay
2017-08-26 11:58
1
2017-08-26 11:58
#36
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United Kingdom Tendies
Dw mr wardell
2017-08-26 12:36
I agree
2017-08-26 11:59
+1
2017-08-26 12:16
#46
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Germany b1azed
Why u r 2?
2017-08-26 13:00
#47
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Germany b1azed
Where is 1?
2017-08-26 13:01
#1 was a comment saying "k", therefore getting deleted. Mine was a comment with actual text, not one where i just wrote "k" or something and then edited it, which the admins would've deleted
2017-08-26 13:02
#50
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Germany b1azed
Thx
2017-08-26 13:03
xd
2017-08-26 17:26
#135
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United States 0dragoon0
-1 Wardell can shove the whole Ghost gaming house up his ass hole
2017-08-27 03:58
+1
2017-08-28 08:12
+1
2017-08-28 12:29
It's ok man
2017-08-26 11:58
#4
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Germany _cief_
k
2017-08-26 11:58
#54
nex | 
Germany Xirif
Nt
2017-08-26 13:23
#5
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Turkey nonstopg0_0
Ok
2017-08-26 11:58
cmonBruh TriHard
2017-08-26 11:58
rip hiko career
2017-08-26 11:58
as if hes anywhere near good enough or has been for years, lol.
2017-08-26 12:37
#134
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New Zealand Keah_Mow
And what ESL Pro League team do you play for? lol
2017-08-27 03:43
I don't think that he is wasing his life to be pro CS player and he probably will do something different in his life. And he is right, look where hiko is now
2017-08-27 09:25
k
2017-08-26 11:58
We accept your apology
2017-08-26 11:58
Id normally get annoyed by ppl saying things for other ppl without knowing if they agree or no, but your name is too good for me to get mad at you :3
2017-08-27 08:40
wew lad
2017-08-27 11:06
#12
malta | 
Malta vfXy0
Kk
2017-08-26 11:59
#13
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United Kingdom CumboS
He screwed over Hiko :/
2017-08-26 11:59
#29
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United Kingdom MFDOOM
Hiko screwed himsef over
2017-08-26 12:20
He gives a shit about that fat fuck
2017-08-26 14:02
Maybe but I feel if hiko hadn't started shitting his pants and just tried and showed why he could still be a top player he wouldn't be playing with a team like rouge or players like wardell
2017-08-27 02:05
#15
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Canada josef733
Shit happens. Just get back into it, things will improve.
2017-08-26 12:00
We forgive you for leaving a no name team and been a no name player. May your no name career carry on
2017-08-26 12:00
+1 wtf hahaha
2017-08-26 12:25
Savage but true as fuck lul
2017-08-26 12:27
#32
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Latvia De1Co
Sucks that you dont know how good Wardell actually is! Sweden in 2017 xD
2017-08-26 12:29
Lol
2017-08-26 13:01
#51
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Korea xtkjdtr01
YES WERI GOOD XDDDDD TOP 1 IN TIER 100 NA TEAM XDDDDD X-DDDDD LOL XDXDXD
2017-08-26 13:04
#55
nex | 
Germany Xirif
I feel sorry for your autism
2017-08-26 13:24
#93
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Korea xtkjdtr01
But u shouldnt
2017-08-26 16:46
FaZe is pretty good thanks :)
2017-08-26 13:54
Frodo Swaggins*
2017-08-28 04:34
Seeing how European refugees just destroyed both mentioned teams.. lol.
2017-08-27 00:32
Wardell is GOD
2017-08-26 12:38
T3 player God Pick one
2017-08-26 13:56
T3 player
2017-08-26 14:03
GOD
2017-08-26 16:35
#70
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Brazil PlKACHU
+1 xD
2017-08-26 14:26
Keep in mind that every pro player is basically PRO, which means he's already among the best.. Moreover he's surely going to get better over the years, keep in mind that some players such as NiKo or magisk weren't famous at all a few years ago
2017-08-26 14:38
Keep in mind that every pro player is basically PRO, which means he's already among the best.. Moreover he's surely going to get better over the years, keep in mind that some players such as NiKo or magisk weren't famous at all a few years ago
2017-08-26 14:38
Keep in mind that every pro player is basically PRO, which means he's already among the best.. Moreover he's surely going to get better over the years, keep in mind that some players such as NiKo or magisk weren't famous at all a few years ago
2017-08-26 14:38
#80
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Netherlands JUNG13
Keep in mind that every pro player is basically PRO, which means he's already among the best.. Moreover he's surely going to get better over the years, keep in mind that some players such as NiKo or magisk weren't famous at all a few years ago
2017-08-26 15:00
what the fuck lol
2017-08-26 12:00
at first i felt frustrated by these decision, but then i thought to myself, wardell is his own human being, i must respect his decisions like i respekt wOoman.. good muck in your future and may god be with you
2017-08-26 12:00
#78
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Sweden Trkmag
+1 good post I agree
2017-08-26 14:51
who?
2017-08-26 12:01
#20
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World bright10
thank you for your contribution to the NA scene
2017-08-26 12:01
thank you for your contribution to the NA scene
2017-08-26 17:52
ThAnK yOu FoR yOuR CoNtRiBuTiON tO ThE NA ScEnE
2017-08-27 01:10
There is no na scene
2017-08-27 02:46
Hiko is so unlucky...
2017-08-26 12:05
Apology accepted
2017-08-26 12:05
goodluck hiko will eat u
2017-08-26 12:11
#25
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Latvia cr00ked
oh cmon, bro... Hiko might do something bad to himself
2017-08-26 12:13
Who cares about this guy xd
2017-08-26 12:14
#27
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Australia Excelerate
yet here we are
2017-08-26 12:15
Me.
2017-08-26 12:46
#58
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Indonesia lather
me
2017-08-26 13:29
Me
2017-08-26 13:45
Not me
2017-08-26 14:03
Not me just wanted to see the excuse, just another t6 player that will be forgotten
2017-08-26 15:27
#120
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Canada Gumpypoo
Me
2017-08-26 23:15
just NA things <3
2017-08-26 12:30
This comment section is suspiciously not toxic today... What is this? Today I won't be a retard day?
2017-08-26 12:32
#56
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Germany Xirif
I think everyday is a I'm a retard day for you
2017-08-26 13:26
It's white vs black day.
2017-08-26 19:38
Maybe people took their meds today
2017-08-27 02:06
hmm rogue is a better team though? with prob more money however thats fair enough to the guy!
2017-08-26 12:36
#40
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Italy 1nf3rn4L
Wardell is the new S1mple
2017-08-26 12:45
We can understand, but we cannot forgive. Wardell will be a new regular in the top 10 2faced csgo pros.
2017-08-26 12:49
#52
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India Gandhii4
wardell 2faced t.. .oh shit i already forgot who this guy is, and i dont want to scroll up find out
2017-08-26 13:08
#43
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Sweden fanofH
wish same could happen whith Red Reserve
2017-08-26 12:53
K I N D
2017-08-26 12:52
t5 idiot who cares
2017-08-26 12:54
So Clg red is t9999999?
2017-08-27 02:07
HA HA HA HA HA xddddddddddddddddddd +1
2017-08-27 04:53
who
2017-08-26 13:19
#57
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France potatomato
I forgive you my son.
2017-08-26 13:27
beta af
2017-08-26 13:31
who cares na cs ?
2017-08-26 13:36
#68
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Romania Tise
Eh, not like he'll ever succeed anything above T5 CS anyways.
2017-08-26 14:18
#69
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Spain Silber_
Chigga has no balls to move on
2017-08-26 14:24
Sssssnake.
2017-08-26 14:32
It's understandable, tbh. I wish he had given them a chance, but only he knows what's best for him, so...
2017-08-26 14:35
wardell will be in a top3 NA team in Q1 2018
2017-08-26 14:36
Think so too
2017-08-26 15:13
unproofesional
2017-08-26 14:48
#81
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Kazakhstan Duka
NA CS btw
2017-08-26 15:10
#82
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Philippines itchybells
Well to be honest this pro gaming or csgo is not for you.. this is not a drama , pro scene always doing a shuffle if you act like a kid like what you are doing ! its like you dont want to leave your team because you will miss them? omg . if you cant counter your feelings dont play counter strike. you must be thankful someone pick you.. Yes you are happy the question is . is your management happy when your always lose? IDIOT player .
2017-08-26 15:12
lol
2017-08-26 20:43
lol sorry this fucking awper got me triggerd lmao
2017-08-26 20:45
Shitty thing to do, but a 19 year old brain is full of poor decisions.
2017-08-26 15:17
wardell bails so hiko has to field a player that has gotten around 30 frags in 4 games expected unfortunately
2017-08-26 15:32
We know that team is not at your level wardell its ok
2017-08-26 15:37
the team he went to is worse and the best thing you can do as a upcoming talent is leave your career in the hands of a player like hiko or semphis, you saw what they have done and made players huge like twistzz. hiko found wrath aswell this team could be actually pretty good if wrath is as nutty as hes thought to be
2017-08-26 16:36
Apology accepted
2017-08-26 16:06
why the best na awper gotta play for shit teams fucking -ska +wardaddy ez top1
2017-08-26 16:18
Sick, nice to see a player with integrity like this. I hope to see Wardell go hard with Ghost again soon.
2017-08-26 16:27
no one cares
2017-08-26 17:02
kid sounds emo
2017-08-26 17:19
yes aporogise
2017-08-26 17:24
#99
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Belgium MaximeL
P R O F E S S I O N A L C O U N T E R S T R I K E
2017-08-26 17:27
#100
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Australia closet
u are forgiven my friend
2017-08-26 17:33
ghost was the better choice for everyone. I think the community accepts the apology
2017-08-26 17:36
I forgive you Wardell :)
2017-08-26 18:10
Man he takes this way too seriously. What's the apology even for in the first place?
2017-08-26 18:15
He started practicing with rogue and basically became a member unofficially but then almost right before rogue's first EPL match he was a no show and bailed on rouge so he could go back to his old team. He has now basically screwed over hiko and his team who have to use a substitute who is pure shit which basically guarantees they will get fucked this pro league season
2017-08-27 02:10
He did screw over hiko, cause now they have to play with uber LMFAO. But he did apologize and hopefully this will pass
2017-08-26 18:26
Not like it matters anyway, both of these teams are low tier
2017-08-26 19:23
He did the right thing that he made a statement and apologized ;)
2017-08-26 19:49
#109
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United Kingdom CumboS
I'm sure Hitler said the same thing.
2017-08-26 20:06
Hitler didn't know about Holocaust, so he doesn't have anything to apologize for, that's what I heard at least. ;/
2017-08-26 20:11
thank god bye zqk
2017-08-26 20:08
#112
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Canada JohnVAC
Poor Hiko
2017-08-26 20:32
the kid cant honor a contract .. time to grow up
2017-08-26 20:58
But he didn't sign a contract with rogue in fact the article says he was still signed to ghost when he agreed to play for rouge. Yeah it was a shitty thing to do but he really only practiced with them he never signed a contract
2017-08-27 02:12
NA scene lul what a joke
2017-08-26 21:18
Goodguywardell. love this guy, best of luck anywhere he goes
2017-08-26 21:38
Goodwell --> GGYWLL
2017-08-27 02:49
goodwell=Godwell?
2017-08-27 03:42
csgo becoming too political.
2017-08-26 22:10
#121
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Canada Sipr
Now rogue is shit
2017-08-27 00:02
#124
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North America MootK
*apologize
2017-08-27 01:37
*Apolaaaaaaaaaa
2017-08-27 02:48
#138
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Malaysia phyzell
Apologetic is not in CS dictionary. The game itself is more horrible than Mortal Kombat.
2017-08-27 09:21
Still pretty screwed up, but you gotta do what's right for you. However, you had gave verbal commitment to Rogue to be a player on their squad. It was a screwed up situation from the beginning I guess. Good luck Wardell.
2017-08-27 10:35
lol hiko screwed again
2017-08-27 11:34
#143
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Australia Not_One
Nothing wrong with deciding you don't want to play with a team, but doing so with the timing he did and in that way is shitty af. The rest of the players on Rogue deserve better than that and I hope this remains a black mark on this dudes career. Shitty behaviour, and he comes across as just self-serving trying to mask it as confusion and indecisiveness.
2017-08-27 11:37
who the fuck even is this retard kid
2017-08-27 15:03
This really fucks Rogue in the short term, but is probably better in the long run if his heart wasn't really it and they had to play with him for the rest of the season. Still, this shit is immature as fuck from Wardell. Instead of initially trying to work out the problems, he gives up on the team just to regret it and go back on his decision less than a month later. At least he'll learn from the experience.
2017-08-28 00:04
Jebaited
2017-09-06 00:11
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