Athletico have announced the additions of former Tainted Minds player Jesse "InfrequeNt" Barker and Tyson "pan1K" Missak, replacing Willem "badge" Clarke and Ollie "Dickstacy" Tierney in the active lineup.
Following a crushing defeat to Kings in the grand final of eXTREMESLAND ANZ Regional Finals last weekend, the Australian organisation has decided to bench their AWPer Willem "badge" Clarke and in-game leader Ollie "Dickstacy" Tierney.
Athletico has confirmed they will bring in their recent stand-in Tyson "pan1K" Missak and ex-Tainted Minds AWPer Jesse "InfrequeNt" Barker to fulfil the void, with the latter being released from his contract as Tainted Minds "did not want to hold him back" or "seek any buyout" for his transfer to Athletico.
Contacted by HLTV.org, here is what their coach Peter "PeetyG" Souvlis had to say:
"An exciting new era has begun with two prolific roster changes being made to help Athletico move forward in the quest to being the premier CS:GO roster in the Asian region," he said.
"Dickstacy and badge have been moved out of the roster and onto the bench and with the inclusion of InfrequeNt and pan1K coupled with a few role changes, where flickz will become the in-game leader moving forward."
"We believe this mix of players has what it takes to compete at a high international level. Although the start of a few premium leagues is upon us, we believe these changes will help increase firepower."
The Australians are set to compete in CGPL Spring, ESEA Premier Season 26 Australia and will debut tomorrow in ZEN League Season 2 with the following lineup:
Parting ways with Athletico – Polite way of saying dropped— Ollie Tierney (@DickStacyy) September 13, 2017