New England Whalers set to release team

The roster, which currently resides at No. 31 in the world rankings, will not be re-signed by their organisation due to the "ongoing strain of the global pandemic" on the Whalers' parent company.

New England Whalers are set to part ways with their CS:GO roster, the organisation revealed in a press release on Sunday. The majority owner of the team, Sean Roche, determined in early November that the organisation would be unable to re-sign the team as their parent company, Greenhouse Agency, has been "severely impacted" by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Until it has completed a Series A financing round, New England Whalers will be sidelined, the organisation added.

Since signing with the organisation in January, New England Whalers have enjoyed modest success, placing second in ESEA MDL Season 35 and scoring a 2-0 victory over FURIA in IEM New York North America, a result which saw them move up to 27th in the rankings.

ben1337 and company will begin the search for a new organisation

The release of the roster follows a dismal period for North American Counter-Strike, with 100 Thieves pulling out of the game earlier this year and a recent report from DBLTAP indicating the impending departure of the Chaos organisation.

The team will enter free agency on December 6 and are open to offers from organisations. They hold a spot in ESEA MDL Season 36 and are slated to play in DreamHack Masters Winter North America, their final event under New England Whalers.

The following members are set to enter free agency following the expiry of their contracts:

Canada Jonathan "⁠djay⁠" Dallal
United States Josh "⁠PwnAlone⁠" Pigue
United States Ramal "⁠Rampage⁠" Silva
United States Ben "⁠ben1337⁠" Smith
United States Brendan "⁠Bwills⁠" Williams

United States Joseph "⁠Muenster⁠" Lima (coach)

United States Ben 'ben1337' Smith
Ben 'ben1337' Smith
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
536
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue
Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
515
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Ramal 'Rampage' Silva
Ramal 'Rampage' Silva
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
232
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Canada Jonathan 'djay' Dallal
Jonathan 'djay' Dallal
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
503
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United States Brendan 'Bwills' Williams
Brendan 'Bwills' Williams
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
391
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Joseph 'Muenster' Lima
Joseph 'Muenster' Lima
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.72
Maps played:
9
KPR:
0.48
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.13
#1
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Canada firtlast
b0bert where u at?
2020-11-22 23:34
16 replies
NA CS KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-11-22 23:37
1 reply
#23
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Brazil ZerongBr
Optic coming back Pog
2020-11-22 23:41
Now -bot2k
2020-11-22 23:38
#26
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United States B0b3rT
Bro... what do I do
2020-11-22 23:42
12 replies
mens((
2020-11-22 23:50
#36
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Canada firtlast
change your flair to whatever org they get picked up by next, pretty simple
2020-11-22 23:59
6 replies
#44
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Portugal BraZGod
IF they get picked up, sorry B0b3rt
2020-11-23 00:23
5 replies
#63
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United States B0b3rT
If? Cmon man
2020-11-23 01:21
1 reply
#91
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Portugal BraZGod
sorry mens(
2020-11-23 10:11
#67
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Canada firtlast
can we ask sAw to make an NA division called sAw Toddyinhos and pick up ex-whalers
2020-11-23 02:03
2 replies
#90
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Portugal BraZGod
yes mens)) nice idea , i'll call them ))
2020-11-23 10:11
1 reply
You very nice, mens
2020-11-23 22:01
sadge(
2020-11-23 00:19
#57
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Brazil KingDavi
Rip mens))
2020-11-23 00:54
Rip to the best team in cs :(
2020-11-23 02:25
#80
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India Bobbobob
f
2020-11-23 06:26
please investors come to csgo
2020-11-22 23:34
3 replies
they are in CSGO, but they don't go to NA because it's a dead scene for CS there
2020-11-23 00:13
1 reply
it is a shame, FPX and Guild could get Chaos and New England Whalers respectively
2020-11-23 00:27
Yes please come.... especially Vox Eminor!! I see they made a little bit of a rumble a little while back
2020-11-23 12:01
#3
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Brazil corning
F NA CS
2020-11-22 23:34
2 replies
F
2020-11-22 23:34
#50
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China HEIDASHUAi
F
2020-11-23 00:34
Really sad to see for NA scene
2020-11-22 23:35
not expected
2020-11-22 23:35
#8
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CIS Arztyy
F
2020-11-22 23:35
Solid tier 9 team
2020-11-22 23:35
#10
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Germany I_car
NA doing NA things
2020-11-22 23:36
3 replies
You don't car about this one mens?? Sad!((
2020-11-22 23:37
2 replies
#17
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Germany I_car
I car and it's sad!
2020-11-22 23:37
1 reply
+1 Indeed! I_car very good HLTV.org user!
2020-11-23 00:20
sad no pwnalone top 1 2021
2020-11-22 23:36
1 reply
pwnalone top 1 2022 trust me
2020-11-24 23:34
#14
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Australia ShadOwO
EZ4COMPLEXITY
2020-11-22 23:37
NA will kill NA scene like in CSSOURCE. bad move again. In future they will need years to compare with europe like happened with 1.6 vs source. Valorant is a dead game, csgo is breaking all records now.
2020-11-22 23:37
14 replies
#37
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United States Phamous3k
I mean... Valorant is literally growing in a pandemic and NA CS is all but dead & moved to Val... It's less of Val being a dead game, and more so Valve's hand-off approach has it's flaws. Works amazing in EU if investors, organizations and players support and build the scene from the ground up.. Just saying... I get the obvious answer is "Val dead, val fan boy, trash game" etc. But it's much deeper than that.
2020-11-23 00:02
13 replies
valorant is indeed a trash game, just wait until it dies like apex, fortnite, pubg and all the shit wich came out the recent years. Also noone is watching VALORANT meanwhile everyone is at home during a pandemic and the viewernumbers are shit
2020-11-23 00:46
8 replies
#56
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United States Phamous3k
I mean look... Believe whatever you like... And when it comes to esports battle royale games just aren't the easiest to watch. Lot of times viewers attach to the content creators... These are casual games for the most part. Anyways, not going to convince you but, people been saying Val was going to die back in April... There's a pandemic and orgs & players are still heavily investing. But hey, look at CSGO numbers during a tournament and say "SEE, CS IS better!!". Not going to stop anything with Riot. Once LANs and a league system get involved mixed with Riot marketing I mean... It'll stick around for many years... But hey, think it'll die soon cuz CSGO better lol. I personally enjoy both... See 0 reason to choose.
2020-11-23 00:53
6 replies
+1 both games can coexist like LOL and Dota 2 and i think by valorant existing it'll benefit the CSGO players itself by the competition, just be thankful both games exist and play what you enjoy, and don't judge other people for not playing what you enjoy
2020-11-23 06:35
5 replies
Dota 2 > LOL same with CSGO > Valorant. But RIOT is far better than Valve in handling their esports sccene.
2020-11-23 06:53
4 replies
dota 2 > LoL or CSGO > Valorant is relative, that's your opinion, although i also have the same opinion as you, but not everyone agrees with that , Riot has a bigger influence in the asian scene, that's why LoL became the most popular esports in 2019
2020-11-23 08:23
3 replies
Riot run things better than valve "IDC attitude". LOL tournaments are thriving without betting site sponsors while dota 2/csgo tournaments is only surviving by promoting shitty betting site sponsors.
2020-11-23 10:58
2 replies
How does Riot run things better than Valve for tournaments? Don't follow Dota so I can't comment on that but CS tourneys do perfectly fine and are always popular with or without betting. I don't even take chances with betting because I've gambled before and have always lost haha.
2020-11-24 23:31
1 reply
- They handle with cheaters better. - Advertising and Marketing - When was the last time you've seen any dota 2 or csgo promotion. While Riot spends a lot of money in marketing. - Betting sponsors - Riot made a restriction on gambling sponsors and follow through with it. - Community relations - Valve rarely communicates, while riot youtube.com/watch?v=EauwHZ0M81s - Healthier esports scene - Riot pays base salary to their players. While in csgo/dota you either make it to a top 10 team or you can barely survive the pro scene. Only downside with riot is that their esports is controlled by 1 company.
2020-11-25 05:27
Even though I play both games CS to me is more fun to watch.
2020-11-24 10:25
Respect your opinion my guy but I'm sorry Valorant isn't going anywhere. All the generated hype from the game is gone. The game is pretty much dead. I grinded the first season but the broken characters and abilities are super annoying. I've seen videos of the new characters like Skye (think that is her name) where she is completely broken. The maps suck, each corner is like 6 feet deep and you can't clear anything without being exposed by 10 different angles. The movement feels like you're walking on mud 24/7 (you also don't even have to counterstrafe). The awp is broken. You wait until like the final 25 seconds of a round for anything to happen. It's just a super boring game and it is boring to play and watch (plus it is hard to follow). It is sad to see some NA players choose valorant over CS. Some of them I understand because they want a fresh start. But certain players like Skadoole, s0m, steel, and others I feel like could have had successful CS careers (excluding Skadoole cause he was already successful but I feel like he could still be a top awper). I feel like they will at some point come back to CS. Majority of the Valorant "pro" scene is just tier 2 or tier 3 NA pros or wannabe pros. I gave it a year before it died so we will see. CSGO is just superior in every way from the skill, movement, community, guns, utility, maps, list goes on. Sorry for the rant lol
2020-11-23 01:39
1 reply
#97
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United States Phamous3k
No offense but, come on guys lol. Just use paragraphs. I didn’t read it but look, if your argument is dead game that’s cool lol. Like I said I’m not convincing people I just know once LANs, & league starts it’ll take off. Plus the game isn’t even released in China. But hey, feel as you will.
2020-11-23 16:32
#88
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Finland kalza1
literally every game grew in the pandemic because people are at home :D
2020-11-23 08:45
1 reply
#98
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United States Phamous3k
As far as people playing games sure... When it comes to esports everyone took a hit. Overwatch, Siege, Fortnite, Dota2 etc. I know I know “dead games” I get that vague argument lol. But those titles had hugeee plans and had no growth in there esports. Val is a new ip and had growth in there esport scene during the pandemic. I can tell you how Siege lost tons of org support, or Dota cancelling TI and dwindling playerbase or Overwatch which... Wow. Lol. Not even sure what they can do. And of course Fortnite pretty much cancelled everything. So yes, people have been playing more games but that doesn’t mean the esport scene was thriving as well.
2020-11-23 16:41
RIP this team was actually pretty good, Best of luck to the New England Whalers! I hope their and boobie's career will be good! F for NA CS
2020-11-22 23:38
#21
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United Kingdom Keyed_
NA CS GONNA BE NO CS VERY SOON
2020-11-22 23:38
New England Whalers dead, Chaos dead, Triumph next?
2020-11-22 23:40
3 replies
Probably? They lost their star rifler Grim, now they're going to lose their star AWPer junior to FURIA.
2020-11-22 23:42
2 replies
but them selling their good players = funding they're like the copenhagen flames of NA
2020-11-22 23:58
1 reply
They are like 19 other teams in BundesLiga
2020-11-23 00:41
#24
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United States B0b3rT
NO WHY BRO WTF! I’m genuinely so upset... I’m gonna cry
2020-11-22 23:41
6 replies
Be strong B0BErT😔
2020-11-22 23:45
We love you Bobert :(
2020-11-22 23:48
You know that they will probably just be picked up by another org and play all together again right? That's how it works in NA. 1 Team assembled 2 Go through a good phase 3 With time end up going back to become a regular Tier 2/3 NA team 4 End up disbaning or getting released by their org 5 Get picked up by another org, or just "create" one themselves 6 Start losing games 7 Go back to Tier 3/4 8 Disban 9 Then all the players just go different NA teams And it all comes back to point 1 and so on.....
2020-11-23 00:24
1 reply
#46
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United States B0b3rT
That’s a little existential and not very positive but I see what you’re saying
2020-11-23 00:26
#68
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Canada firtlast
a true Whaler knows that when times are toughest, you just gotta keep a smile on your face and keep trucking on
2020-11-23 02:04
1 reply
#77
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United States B0b3rT
Big +1 Diego said he’s trying to get the roster back ASAP and I gotta believe, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t
2020-11-23 05:48
RIP NA SCENE
2020-11-22 23:44
NA CS so dead holy shit... EG and Liquid dying, Chaos releasing team, New England releasing team, Triumph losing their star players... F
2020-11-22 23:46
6 replies
#59
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United States stotte
I just went on steamdb to look at the playerbase in NA. Across all three servers, it combines to 20k total. San Andreas Multiplayer mod has the same amount of players LOL sa-mp.com/download.php
2020-11-23 01:04
2 replies
Where did you find that stat? I'm looking for region base for NA and I can't find anything. It only shows me today's peak, the peak for the month, etc. NA Cs isn't dead though, the pro scene may be a little rocky atm but the game itself and community in NA is still poppin.
2020-11-24 22:30
1 reply
#110
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United States stotte
steamdb.info iirc. I downloaded the xlsl file
2020-11-25 03:53
Wtf? Is CHAOS releasing their players ?
2020-11-23 02:25
2 replies
Kinda sad, especially the timing with their recent win but it's literally just the state of NA CS. This scene is so dead... dbltap.com/posts/sources-chaos-esports-c..
2020-11-23 05:01
1 reply
man the problem is americans dont give a fuck to CS so they dont have enough views on NA torneys to justify the investment....
2020-11-26 01:31
rip na scene one more time.. 2020 is shit
2020-11-22 23:52
#33
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United States Phamous3k
Lol. Ok, Valve. Just eliminate NA... We have moved on. Lol.
2020-11-22 23:52
1 reply
Yes, Valve is definitely the issue
2020-11-23 00:40
i thought that's just a random stack, not an organisation lol
2020-11-22 23:54
Next News from NA will be: "GEN.G set to settle their CSGO team in EU"
2020-11-23 00:16
2 replies
#49
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1
2020-11-23 00:34
I think they are going to also announce Chaos dropping their team, it's in this article after all
2020-11-23 00:40
na died sad
2020-11-23 00:23
1 reply
Wouldn't say NA cs is dead. it's not but it is sad that players who are putting in work who are actually decent teams get dropped for no reason. The problem with NA cs is that players get egos. The "pro" scene in valorant are majority t2 or t3 na cs pros or wannabe pros looking for the paycheck. Which in a way is fine, but some of them switched to a game that is dead already and feel Like they will regret it in the future.
2020-11-23 01:45
another cs team in NA, this is so sad
2020-11-23 00:32
who releases what? OMEGALUL
2020-11-23 00:52
#58
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Brazil KingDavi
F
2020-11-23 00:55
#60
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United States TopBaiter
If junior to FURIA, hope PwnAlone to Triumph happens
2020-11-23 01:06
RIP NA CS
2020-11-23 02:31
unfortunate
2020-11-23 02:43
#75
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Hungary szia
NA CS is in such a bad state
2020-11-23 03:35
#78
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Finland 5way
EZ
2020-11-23 06:17
By the end of 2020, NA CS probably would be buried. Sad, GG.
2020-11-23 06:26
rip na cs
2020-11-23 07:48
RIP NA CS
2020-11-23 08:07
NA CS really............ And reports of Chaos also release? NA CS lmao
2020-11-23 08:12
This is sad
2020-11-23 08:51
#92
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Poland SebL
Sad, they were showing some potential, with small changes they could be TOP 30 team. Maybe some org. will pick them up.
2020-11-23 10:38
Hope they stick together as Bens Anime Team 2.0: Electric weeaboo :()
2020-11-23 12:04
sad day for NACS
2020-11-23 14:51
#99
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Brazil NegoNey
New England Whalers CEO said that this is not an exit from Counter:Strike, but in moment is impracticable having a NA team.
2020-11-23 16:49
sad for NA
2020-11-23 18:40
they got dropped because they always CHOKE in playoffs...
2020-11-23 18:40
rip NA
2020-11-23 19:20
#104
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Europe skrekc
Pwnalone to top 20 team now please!
2020-11-24 00:07
Very sad
2020-11-24 05:21
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