100 Thieves to leave CS
The North American organisation is pulling out of the scene just 12 months after signing the Australian roster from Renegades.
100 Thieves have decided to withdraw from Counter-Strike, sources with knowledge of the situation have told HLTV.org. The decision, which should be announced soon, comes amid star player Justin "jks" Savage's seemingly imminent transfer to Complexity.
The North American organisation entered CS in late 2017 with the signing of a Brazilian roster featuring Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles, Henrique "HEN1" Teles and Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe, the core of the Immortals lineup that had reached the PGL Major Krakow final earlier that year. The team ended up missing ELEAGUE Major Boston due to immigration issues, with kNgV- and then the rest of the lineup being released without even making a tournament appearance for the organisation.
100 Thieves returned to the game only in October 2019 with the signing of Renegades' lineup, which was coming off a historical semi-final run at the StarLadder Major. The Australian team carried their form to the new organisation, reaching their first-ever Big Event final at IEM Beijing and peaking at No.5 in the world rankings.
However, 100 Thieves have struggled for form in 2020, especially since the pandemic struck in March. They have been outside the top 10 in the rankings for the last five months, straying from 100 Thieves owner Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag's plans to build a "championship-caliber team".
The imminent departure of jks, who was named the 15th best player of 2019 and has been 100 Thieves' top performer in 2020 with an average rating of 1.16, appeared to be the final nail in the coffin for a team already in dire straits. The squad has been without a coach for the last two weeks after Chet "Chet" Singh decided to leave CS to continue his career in NRG's VALORANT division alongside Damian "daps" Steele and Sam "s0m" Oh.
It is still unclear what will happen with 100 Thieves' spots in ESL Pro League and BLAST Premier, two tournaments with which the organisation is partnered, and with the team, who are currently competing in IEM New York, in the aftermath of jks' exit. According to a recent report from DBLTAP, Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad "has received a number of offers" but no transfer has been agreed.