Just a few days after failing to make it to the European Minor, HellRaisers opted for a player change. Patrik "Zero" Žúdel will be stepping down from the active roster, with Kristjan "FejtZ" Allsaar set to take his place.
Another long-serving member of HellRaisers found himself on the chopping block following a tough blow his team received in the European Minor Closed Qualifier, where, after a win against PRIDE, HellRaisers went out with a 1-3 score—losing to Space Soldiers, AGO and Binary Dragons.
After the departure of Martin "STYKO" Styk and Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk being placed on the transfer list, it is Patrik "Zero" Žúdel, the 19-year-old Slovakian, that will become an inactive member of HellRaisers. The fact that the Slovakian was statistically the worst player on his team in the four Closed Qualifier maps they played—averaging a mere 0.81 rating—surely played into the decision.
"After failing in too many qualifiers, it seemed like something needed to change, and that became me. As CS is a game of confidence, my confidence was decreasing exponentially for the past month and that affected my game a lot. There are multiple reasons for it - small changes in roles, graduation year of school and more personal things, but it feels like a reset will help me a lot. I will probably add a longer comment on Twitter in the future. Thanks for all the support and kind words and I wish the current roster good luck!"
"The team has had a tight schedule with lots of games over the last two months. We tried many things differently, adapted game roles and tried to understand what we could achieve with this roster. Some things worked, some didn't."
"The results of the last games made us think about some stuff and, after a long discussion, it was decided to let ZeRo take a rest in order for both parties to rethink about game stuff. At the moment we're trying FejtZ in Zero's role and he'll play the next official matches with us."
Coming in the squad is Kristjan "FejtZ" Allsaar, who recently returned from his Chinese foray during which he played for UYA and 5POWER. The Estonian will have his debut today, when HellRaisers will take on Astralis in EPL.
HellRaisers, who are currently 17th in our ranking and have a 8-8 score in ESL Pro League, now have the following roster:
Ivan "Johnta" Shevcov (coach)
Patrik "Zero" Žúdel (inactive)
Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk (inactive / on loan)