Tempo Storm have announced their return to Counter-Strike with an all-European squad headlined by Ricardo "fox" Pacheco and Kevin "HS" Tarn.
The announcement comes after weeks of negotiations between the team and Tempo Storm, who, as HLTV.org reported in early April, were one of the organisations in the running to sign the squad.
Joining the previously reported quartet is Spanish player Aitor "SOKER" Fernández, who was last seen playing for x6tence White and was a teammate of Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran in the Wololos team that attended the WESG Finals, earlier in the year.
HLTV.org knows that the 24-year-old was out of a contract after reaching an agreement with x6tence for his release and that he joins Tempo Storm on a three-month trial. This means that the only player Tempo Storm had to buy out of a contract was Paweł "innocent" Mocek, who announced on Wednesday that he was no longer part of Sprout after a four-month stint with the German organisation.
Contrary to the belief that the team would sign an in-game leader to complete their roster or give the reins to Ricardo "fox" Pacheco, it will be Kevin "HS" Tarn calling the shots - a first for the former PENTA and OpTic player.
"I am very excited to join Tempo Storm because [manager] Hampus, [CEO] Andrey, and I have wanted to work together multiple times in the past, and it never really got finalized until now," HS said in a statement.
"I feel like this roster has players who share a similar mindset, goals, mentality, and attitude – they're extremely easy to work with. This is going to get us far – we will definitely exceed the expectations of the public."
The news marks Tempo Storm's return to Counter-Strike after being out of the scene for some months. The North American organisation, mostly known in the scene for housing the roster that would go on to join Immortals, had recently parted ways with their Brazilian and Swedish squads, featuring up-and-coming talents.
"We've been patiently waiting for the right roster to jump back into CS:GO with," Tempo Storm CEO Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk added. "We came very close to signing many of these players before, and now the opportunity has finally come for us to do so.
"Our players have the right motivation behind competing – they are driven by the desire to win above all else.
"They are chasing results instead of just the highest paychecks. This international roster is a strong contender that our fans will be proud to support."
Tempo Storm have been invited to compete at the Mercedes-Benz CS:GO CUP, a $50,000 competition that will be held from June 9-10 at Altice Arena, in Lisbon, as part of Moche XL ESPORTS.
The team's roster is the following:
Laratz "dracU" Domínguez (coach)
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