Official: steel steps down from Chaos roster
The 30-year-old Canadian has stepped down from Chaos' lineup and will be transitioning to a content creator role focused on Valorant within the organization.
Shortly after breaking into the top 20 of the world ranking for the first time, following a 3-4th place finish in ESL One Cologne 2020 North America, Chaos say farewell to their veteran in-game leader Joshua "steel" Nissan, who leaves the team as he "takes time to figure out what is next for him in his competitive career." According to the earlier reports, steel is entertaining the option to to retire from Counter-Strike and move to VALORANT.
Stepping into his shoes and taking over the in-game leading resposibilities for Chaos will be Anthony "vanity" Malaspina, while further announcements regarding the CS:GO roster will be announced tomorrow, with Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado reportedly joining the team.
Despite his lifetime ban from Valve-sponsored events, which came as a result of his involvement in the 2014 iBUYPOWER matchfixing scandal, steel returned to competing in CS:GO when he was cleared to compete in ESL and DreamHack events, reforming Torqued in 2017 before leading teams such as Ghost and Chaos.
The only one of the banned players (Keven "AZK" Lariviere, Sam "DaZeD" Marine, Braxton "swag" Pierce) to successfully revive his Counter-Strike career, steel managed to break into the top 20 with both of his last two teams, all while posting impressive numbers for an in-game leader, averaging a 1.09 rating since 2017.
While he was unable to make a deep run in a big event or lift a LAN trophy after returning to competition, leading two different groups of players so high into the rankings has been "a different type of reward," steel said in a recent interview with HLTV.org, but admitted that "it's just a matter of when" the team decide to replace him due to his Valve-sponsored events ban.
"In time I hope that in time I can be remembered for what I've given to the community and not what I've taken from it", the Canadian wrote after the IBUYPOWER scandal was uncovered in 2015. While the matchfixing incident will forever be a stain on his career, his work over the last three year saw him add to his legacy and become recognized as a key figure in North American Counter-Strike, having played a part in developing the next generation of players in the region.
Matthew "mCe" Elmore (coach)