eXtatus lineup part ways with organization
eXtatus have parted ways with their lineup, the organization has announced on its website.
The two sides came to a mutual decision to split up after the organization lost its general sponsor, Alza — who helped the team become professional in April 2017 —, in June and couldn't find the funds necessary to extend the lineup's full-time contracts.
The core of the team, Patrik "DEV7L" Stuchlík, Jindřich "ZEDKO" Chyba, and David "frozen" Čerňanský, had been part of eXtatus since May 2016 before the remaining two players joined towards the end of that year.
In their time with the Czech organization, frozen & co. won several local tournaments as well as Cross Border Esport in September last year, and placed second at ESEA MDL Season 26 Europe Finals in January 2018.
However, eXtatus's results faltered this year, as they dropped out of MDL in Season 27 — where they had to play without frozen due to a new age restriction rule — and continue to fall in the ranking, as they're now sitting near the 100th place; their lowest point since January 2017.
The lineup is now looking for a new organization to represent:
"Unfortunately, our professional opportunity in a Czech-Slovakian organization has come to an end. Being contracted for one year, we were able to show ourselves in international waters and prove that we have potential.
"In a relatively short time, we managed to hop into the top 30 rankings with our appearances at the Boston Minor, CBE 2017 and ESEA Global Challenge.
"Even though our current results went downhill, we are hungry more than ever to compete under a new organisation, which will be our new home. If anyone is interested, please contact us at email@example.com."
"The most successful and fun period of eXtatus comes to an end after nearly three years. 15 months ago, eXtatus became the first modern fully professional team in Czech Republic and Slovakia.
"However, we didn't extend contracts with our general partner, thanks to whom we became professionals last year. Despite great effort, we couldn't secure enough funds to continue working as a professional organization, so we have to say goodbye to our Counter-Strike team.
"This team does not meet its end, they will continue to fight for its place on the professional scene and I firmly believe that they will find a new home and continue to represent Czech Republic and Slovakia on the international Counter-Strike scene.
"I'd like to continue working with the team as they search for a new professional organization. In case someone is interested, we can offer our services in management of the team as well as content creation."
- Jan "Barny" Barnet, CEO and owner of eXtatus
The former eXtatus lineup, who are now on the market, is:
Michal "KETUBOR" Csontoš (coach)