K23 tag makes return as Syman undergo rebranding
K23 is synonymous with Kazakhstan in Counter-Strike, and the organization with Kazakh roots formerly known as Syman have brought the K23 tag back to action with their current roster, which features a trio of players from the Central Asian country.
K23 dates back to 2004 and has been home to different rosters through the years, but it was in 2005 that their most notorious result came, a second-place dark horse finish at WCG 2005 in Singapore, which was played on CS:Source. That lineup included some of Kazakhstan’s most storied names, including Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev, Alexander "BeAst" Yakovlev, and the current K23 coach, Aset "Solaar" Sembiyev.
Since the release of Global Offensive, K23 has been home to various Kazakh mix-teams reviving the tag to play competitions that lock members to a single country, with some notable results being qualification for the WESG 2016 and 2018 World Finals.
Syman have now brought the K23 tag back not long after returning to a Kazakh core, which they did in June by adding kade0, who joined Sanzhar "neaLaN" Iskhakov and Rustem "mou" Telepov—the latter having played for K23 in both CS 1.6 and CS:GO. The team, which hasn't suffered any changes during the rebranding process, is rounded out by 19-year-olds David "n0rb3r7" Danielyan and Nicolas "Keoz" Dgus.
K23 are currently waiting for a rival in the FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Qualifier Group A final, which they reached after beating Secret, Giants and Movistar Riders, and are fighting for a spot in IEM New York through the CIS qualifier.
Aset "Solaar" Sembiyev (coach)