Post-Major shuffle overview: Which teams are shopping and who is available?
The post-Major craziness with confirmed and rumored roster changes is well underway, so we have decided to list everything that has been announced and reported thus far and put together all of the available players in our post-Major shuffle overview.
With the end of every Major tournament comes the inevitable roster shuffle chaos, in which the teams who could not put up the results they wished for look to change lineups, while the free agents and benched players take advantage of the increased number of opportunities and search for a new home.
This time is no different, and perhaps it actually gets even crazier than usual because of the StarLadder Major's timing immediately after the player break, a period in which teams would normally try to adjust lineups but now were unable to if they participated in the main part of the Major cycle. That is why we have decided to make things a little easier to keep up with by putting together every piece of information available, including changes that have already been announced as well as reports from various parties such as HLTV.org, Dexerto and 1pv.
Let's start with the changes that are officially confirmed by organizations, beginning with the teams who have already completed their lineups before getting into the ones that are still looking for replacements.
ENCE complete Aleksib-suNny switch
Although not specifically a result of what happened at the Major, it's worth noting that ENCE have completed the change they had announced ahead of the Berlin event, as Miikka "suNny" Kemppi takes Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen's place in the lineup, putting Aleksi "allu" Jalli as the new in-game leader of the Finnish side.
MIBR bring kNgV- aboard
Similarly, MIBR already had their minds made up about changes long before the StarLadder Major, the last tournament where the Brazilian side had to use Wilton "zews" Prado following the benching of Marcelo "coldzera" David. After their journey in Germany came to an end in the New Legends stage, they revealed the long-awaited addition of Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe, who had finally managed to secure a P-1 visa.
TYLOO swap out Attacker for Danking
A change that has perhaps gone a bit under the radar because it was announced during the playoffs was made by TYLOO, who switched out YuanZhang "Attacker" Sheng for Zhenghao "Danking" Lv, a former BTRG.IMBA member who had spent the last three months as a backup player for China's No. 1 team.
Zeus set to retire
Natus Vincere will be one-man short following BLAST Pro Series Moscow after the only remaining member of the original squad from 2010, Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko, decided to hang up his mouse. The move had been anticipated for a while, as in 2018 the 31-year-old had revealed his plans to retire the following year, which was further supported by the fact that Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov's addition in the middle of 2019 gave Na`Vi a clear path towards a new leadership. Although it appears players from AVANGAR are a no-go after the surprising Major final appearance, the CIS giants still have relative freedom as they could be looking into a young AWPer like Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov or a seasoned one such as Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács (rumored to be out of FaZe) or simply a rifler, depending on if they want to keep Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev in his current role or move him into a more hybrid position.
Vitality bench NBK-
During the Major's grand final Vitality moved Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt to the bench following ongoing tensions within the team caused by differences in ideologies between the leaders. The 25-year-old has since stated that he plans to go international, while rumors link two of his former teammates, Richard "shox" Papillon and Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey, with the French lineup.
fnatic to rebuild without twist and Xizt
The Swedish team were among the first to bring about the shuffle after missing out on a spot at the Major after a disappointing Europe Minor exit, with Simon "twist" Eliasson and Richard "Xizt" Landström stepping out of the active lineup and Andreas "Samuelsson" Samuelsson replacing Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson as the coach while fnatic enter "a new phase". Outside of Jesper "JW" Wecksell debunking reports of negotiations with Adam "friberg" Friberg, there hasn't been much talk about which direction the team wants to take, but at least we can be fairly certain they are looking for an in-game leader, which mainly points to two former members of the organization, Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Maikil "Golden" Selim.
GeT_RiGhT expected to exit NiP soon
While we're on the subject of Swedish Counter-Strike, for the last three months we have been waiting to find out what Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund's future will be after NiP put out a rather vague announcement about moving the veteran out of an active player role when they find a suitable long-term replacement. Meanwhile, the team used Golden for the StarLadder Major instead of Nicolas "Plopski" Gonzalez Zamora in what might have been a trial, but they appear to have parted ways with the in-game leader again as GeT_RiGhT's time in the squad was extended for the upcoming BLAST Pro Series Moscow and V4 Future Sports Festival. Needless to say, things still appear undecided in the NiP camp. Just like in fnatic, an in-game leader would be the most sensible addition — a somewhat rare commodity in the country outside of the usual suspects — as NiP have encountered issues with that role throughout the past year, but an AWPer is just as likely given that they've had no dedicated sniper since William "draken" Sundin.
HellRaisers with a fresh start
The most drastic move of all came from HellRaisers, whose entire lineup has been benched as the organization evaluates the options during the transfer period. With Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný, Issa "ISSAA" Murad, Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran, and Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas all stating they are looking for new challenges, it appears we will see a completely new HR possibly based around Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow again when it's all over.
Complexity release Rickeh as they look to "build a juggernaut"
Complexity's early elimination at the StarLadder Major resulted in the organization searching for possible replacements, with CEO Jason Lake urging tier-one players looking for a fresh start to contact him. The first player to go was Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland, who had said on his stream that the team was considering adding Filip "NEO" Kubski and kioShiMa, a claim that has since been denied by Lake.
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Grayhound to fill erkaSt's shoes
Back in August it came to light that Erdenetsogt "erkaSt" Gantulga had been unsuccessful in obtaining a visa to live in Australia and that his last tournament with Grayhound would be the StarLadder Major. Now that the competition is over, the Mongolian has linked up with compatriots like Batbayar "kabal" Bat-Enkh and Gan-Erdene "dobu" Batbold in AUGUST, while the Aussie side scout for a new star, with the most obvious candidate being Joshua "INS" Potter, who parted ways with ORDER last month. In the meantime, the organization also said goodbye to their coach, Neil "NeiL_M" Murphy.
We move on to the teams that have yet to officially announce changes but are widely expected to do so following reports from HLTV.org, Dexerto and 1pv.
FaZe in process of replacing GuardiaN and NEO
FaZe's roster has been a point of discussion for the entire 2019, as the European side have been struggling with lineup stability, unable to find a proper in-game leader before adding NEO in May. With that project going awry as results have failed to improve in a significant manner, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's team is now looking to replace their most seasoned individuals, the Polish veteran and GuardiaN. Judging by various leaks, coldzera is a huge candidate and one of the fan favorites to join his first international squad and Aleksib is another, which would make sense due to the lack of an in-game leader outside of the Bosnian superstar. The team has also been seen practicing with Latvian up-and-comer Helvijs "broky" Saukants, who recently left ex-Epsilon.
G2 to go international with CR4ZY stars
A New Legends stage exit saw rumors spread about G2's plans of going international, with shox and Lucas "Lucky" Chastang reported to be on their way out of the team to make room for CR4ZY's star duo, Nemanja "nexa" Isaković and Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač. Those rumors were further fueled by a Tweet from CR4ZY's CEO, Antonio Meic, who criticized G2 founder Carlos "ocelote" Rodriguez for attempting to poach his players. Such a move would likely threaten the future of the Serbian-Lithuanian-Finnish squad, who made waves in Berlin with the red-hot duo at the helm in the first two stages.
Notable available players
We have already gone over the reported additions and some of the sensible choices for the aforementioned teams, but feel free to theorize who else could be a part of this ongoing shuffle out of the notable free agents and currently benched players:
Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey
Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
Adam "friberg" Friberg
William "draken" Sundin
Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun
Fredrik "freddieb" Buö
Alfred "RuStY" Karlsson
Andreas "MODDII" Fridh
Niels-Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen
Ismail "refrezh" Ali
Casper "cadiaN" Møller
Paweł "byali" Bieliński
Sabit "mirbit" Coktasar
Denis "seized" Kostin
Dmitriy "Dima" Bandurka
Alexander "scoobyxie" Marynych
Igor "crush" Shevchenko
Aurimas "Kvik" Kvakšys
Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz
Viktor "v1c7oR" Dyankov
Joshua "steel" Nissan
Josh "jdm64" Marzano
Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt (Vitality)
Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen (ENCE)
Marcelo "coldzera" David (MIBR)
Henrique "HEN1" Teles (Luminosity)
Simon "twist" Eliasson (fnatic)
Richard "Xizt" Landström (fnatic)
Maikil "Golden" Selim (Cloud9)
Daniel "mertz" Mertz (Heroic)
Georgi "SHiPZ" Grigorov (Windigo)
Yanko "blocker" Panov (Windigo)
Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow (HellRaisers)
Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran (HellRaisers)
Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný (HellRaisers)
Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas (HellRaisers)
Issa "ISSAA" Murad (HellRaisers)
Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov (HellRaisers)
Rustem "mou" Telepov (Gambit)
Dmitry "dimasick" Matvienko (Gambit)
Nikolay "mir" Bityukov (Gambit)
Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov (Gambit)
Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans (GamerLegion)
Dmitriy "jR" Chervak (Vega Squadron)
Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev (Natus Vincere)
William "RUSH" Wierzba (Cloud9)
Matthew "WARDELL" Yu (Ghost)
YuanZhang "Attacker" Sheng (TYLOO)