Riot Squad part ways with team

Riot Squad and their CS:GO team have gone their separate ways, the organisation has announced.

In a TwitLonger post, the organisation explained that recent changes to the ESL Pro League qualification structure and the team's failure to qualify for the league through the previous season's MDL grand finals contributed towards a decision to "take a break and regroup on the sidelines."

Riot Squad entered CS:GO in June 2019 with the signing of Bad News Bears, a team that was, at the time, captained by Josh "shinobi" Abastado. After failing to advance past the quarter-final playoff round in ESEA NA MDL S31, the team made adjustments to their roster by signing Pujan "FNS" Mehta and Jonathan "Jonji" Carey.

Riot Squad were unable to earn promotion to ESL Pro League

That iteration of Riot Squad managed to qualify for the MSI MGA 2019 Finals, where they were eliminated in last place following narrow losses to ex-Epsilon and ViCi, as well as achieve a grand finals berth in ESEA NA MDL S32. Despite having defeated INTZ in the online portion of the double-elimination MDL playoffs, Riot Squad were unable to repeat the result against the Brazilians in the offline grand finals, resulting in them missing out on direct promotion to the ESL Pro League.

A runner-up finish to forZe at ESEA MDL Global Challenge S32 was quickly soured after changes to the structure of ESL Pro League removed Relegation for EPL Season 11, leaving Riot Squad facing another season of MDL. Not longer after, FNS announced his departure from the team, with the roster since having added Michael "Grim" Wince to fill the gap.

Despite the release, Peter "ptr" Gurney and company have chosen to stick together, and will compete under the Bad News Bears tag as they prepare for the upcoming FLASHPOINT NA closed qualifier.

Bad News Bears are:

United States Peter "ptr" Gurney
United States Mitch "mitch" Semago
Canada Jonathan "Jonji" Carey
United States Austin "crashies" Roberts
United States Michael "Grim" Wince

United States Josh 'shinobi' Abastado
Josh 'shinobi' Abastado
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.82
Maps played:
330
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
29
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
922
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Mitch 'mitch' Semago
Mitch 'mitch' Semago
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
743
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
466
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
574
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
909
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Austin 'crashies' Roberts
Austin 'crashies' Roberts
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
295
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
KEKW
2020-02-13 04:57
Just another piece to FNS' master plan
2020-02-13 04:58
#8
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United States RULE34TRACER 
he’s on to destroying Wardell’s career next
2020-02-13 05:05
#17
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Australia MercAm 
Probably!
2020-02-13 07:33
"career"....hes a great content creator, i dont know about his dedication to improving as a teammate, teamplay etc
2020-02-13 09:03
#37
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Poland rude_wredne 
he is not even that great as content creator. People watch him because he is supposedly NA#1 awper.
2020-02-13 14:22
#38
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Australia sen7ry 
Self proclaimed?
2020-02-13 14:27
#42
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Poland rude_wredne 
his stream title is almost always "#1 NA AWP" so ye, he thinks highly of himself but also i saw a lot of comments on hltv about him being the best awper in NA so i dont know anymore.
2020-02-13 15:06
Mb he is in terms of raw aim...but hasnt had the chance to prove/ hasnt proven himself yet i would say
2020-02-14 15:30
If that's true how upsetting
2020-02-13 20:31
Saw them at ESL One New York seemed like nice guys. :( sad
2020-02-13 04:59
#4
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Australia Boostral 
Lol
2020-02-13 05:00
#5
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India Wise_Indian 
No FNS No Win
2020-02-13 05:01
Expected from riot games
2020-02-13 05:03
Lmfao
2020-02-13 05:21
hahaha :)
2020-02-13 09:11
#44
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France LeDiplomate 
Expected from lawsuit.
2020-02-13 16:27
#7
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United States RULE34TRACER 
FNS kills another team
2020-02-13 05:04
Who
2020-02-13 05:07
finally
2020-02-13 05:08
FeelsBadMan for crashies, such a potential wasted
2020-02-13 05:26
#41
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United States D0xx 
He will get picked up by someone soon
2020-02-13 14:59
#13
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Finland J3bediah 
FNS playing 5D chess
2020-02-13 05:56
#14
Luken | 
Argentina turu21 
Tsm?
2020-02-13 05:58
#15
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Canada m1keyJ 
that sucks.. I remember them from 1.3
2020-02-13 06:51
#16
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African Union mikecool 
RIOT
2020-02-13 07:08
they probably got sued by Riot Games
2020-02-13 07:36
They did lmao
2020-02-13 14:09
#19
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Estonia qoznyyy 
lol i thought they were just random mix not an org
2020-02-13 08:17
#22
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Bulgaria Ramky 
wait... who?
2020-02-13 09:26
#23
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Europe H1P_STER 
lol they invited to closed major qual
2020-02-13 09:41
#24
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Poland CptCooKiee 
Let's sign ex-vp team
2020-02-13 10:17
This team had potential.
2020-02-13 10:38
Once again the weekly irrelevant NA team "news". And, as always FNS' name is in it
2020-02-13 10:43
It wouldn’t be normal if FNS didn’t killed another team yet again, what a mastermind
2020-02-13 11:12
#28
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United States stotte 
You didn't even know Riot Squad existed until today didn't you?
2020-02-13 12:13
I actually did knew them. DAVEY is part of the team and I'm subscribed to his channel. Besides they played against mibr a couple of weeks ago.
2020-02-13 13:32
#46
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United States stotte 
No DAVEY is not a part of Riot Squad. He never was. You're thinking of Peekers Advantage. Proof that all the FNS haters know nothing about FNS, they only think about what happened on Cloud9
2020-02-13 17:35
Oh yeah, my bad on the DAVEY thing, I really mixed things up. But still, I was familiar with Riot Squad as they played against mibr. Also, I don't hate the damn dude, I'm just memeing.
2020-02-13 18:13
#48
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United States stotte 
Ok sorry. I turn into a little bitch when people talk about FNS
2020-02-13 18:33
no biggie ;)
2020-02-13 20:34
chaos should kick bot ben and grt crashies
2020-02-13 12:14
#40
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United States D0xx 
that would be amazing
2020-02-13 14:58
#30
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United States stotte 
To all of the idiots who blame FNS, I beg you to tell me one achievement these NA MDL bots had before he made them good? They were SHIT without FNS, they couldn't beat EU Open teams without FNS. Then FNS comes and they are the first NA team in Global Challenge history to make LAN finals. What. Achievements. Do. They. Have. Without. Him? There. Is. More. To. The. Game. Than. The. Fucking. Scoreboard.
2020-02-13 12:15
#31
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United States sorcrcrc 
F
2020-02-13 12:36
the pro league changes are going to kill the semipro scene
2020-02-13 12:55
#35
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
Im still waiting for ptr to be more than onliner..
2020-02-13 13:42
#39
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United States D0xx 
well my day is destroyed, Bad News Bears for life
2020-02-13 14:29
#43
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United Kingdom TC10 
Finessed
2020-02-13 15:20
#45
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France LeDiplomate 
Expected from lawsuit.
2020-02-13 16:28
#51
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United States @FyreCS 
Sad that Crashies will waste his talent on this roster
2020-02-13 22:32
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