ATK announce North America move

The South African roster will head to Canada with the intention of qualifying for ESEA Premier and becoming a top-five team in North America.

On a podcast, ATK have announced their intention to move to North America to continue their development. Daniel "⁠sprayxd⁠" Kogan, the team's coach, told Dust2.us that they plan to arrive in the region in April for ESEA Season 37, or by July for Season 38.

The journey would see the ATK organisation make its second appearance in North America after previously housing the core the Extra Salt lineup in 2019. Rhys "⁠Fadey⁠" Armstrong is the most recognizable name in the South African squad, having played for the organisation's previous team before being replaced in September 2019 following a roster overhaul.

Fadey looks to make a return to North America

ATK have won their last eight domestic events, cementing their place as the clear No. 1 team in the country. sprayxd also told Dust2.us that the players are looking into the possibility of a month-long bootcamp in Europe prior to their move to North America, where they will look to find a team house in Canada.

ATK's roster consists of:

South Africa Josh "⁠bLazE⁠" Saunders
South Africa Gareth "⁠MisteM⁠" Ries
South Africa Rhys "⁠Fadey⁠" Armstrong
South Africa Aaron "⁠SloWye⁠" van der Walt
South Africa Wiljahne "⁠mango⁠" Smith

Israel Daniel "⁠sprayxd⁠" Kogan (coach)

South Africa Wiljahne 'mango' Smith
Wiljahne 'mango' Smith
Age:
17
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
21
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.72
South Africa Rhys 'Fadey' Armstrong
Rhys 'Fadey' Armstrong
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
476
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.73
South Africa Josh 'bLazE' Saunders
Josh 'bLazE' Saunders
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
88
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
South Africa Aaron 'SloWye' van der Walt
Aaron 'SloWye' van der Walt
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
59
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
South Africa Gareth 'MisteM' Ries
Gareth 'MisteM' Ries
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
85
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
nice
2021-01-10 23:31
20 replies
probly top 5 NA soon bcs theres literally no competition lol
2021-01-10 23:33
6 replies
They are already like top 3
2021-01-10 23:35
1 reply
who????
2021-01-11 04:48
Better than EG already
2021-01-11 00:14
3 replies
#53
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Estonia simondoggo
-1
2021-01-11 02:06
mango(d)
2021-01-11 02:14
-1
2021-01-11 11:32
Fadey... Haven't heard that name in a long time
2021-01-10 23:51
3 replies
#106
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South Africa Graug_RSA
yeah. He...faded away Ba dum Tssss
2021-01-12 09:17
1 reply
lol
2021-01-12 20:01
he been raping me in MM. Take him away so i can actually rank up
2021-01-12 14:24
Wait, mango is just 16 years old and he would move to NA?
2021-01-10 23:57
8 replies
ikr but if I was from south afrika id dipp too
2021-01-11 00:06
#43
JW | 
Ireland Sodaking
no offense but compared to Canada South Africa is a shithole infact compared to most countries South Africa is a Shithole anyone who can leave strongly advise it
2021-01-11 00:47
5 replies
born and raised in Johannesburg and moved to cali. can +1 this lol
2021-01-11 00:58
#51
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Slovakia Daev0n
I mean Canada is the best country to live in in America.
2021-01-11 01:39
3 replies
#81
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Denmark KING_VITO
+1 true, but u mean North America right?
2021-01-11 08:40
2 replies
north and south
2021-01-11 11:32
#108
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Slovakia Daev0n
Which south American country is better?
2021-01-12 15:21
Ye, his parents are pretty supportive of the move and he's been performing at a top level in local cs for a while now. He's really good and on this roster he can shine.
2021-01-11 11:24
#2
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Brazil ramiiressss
nice
2021-01-10 23:31
#3
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Portugal dracø
free farm
2021-01-10 23:31
#4
sausol | 
Switzerland x676
nice
2021-01-10 23:31
nice
2021-01-10 23:31
good for them
2021-01-10 23:31
na saved?
2021-01-10 23:32
gl
2021-01-10 23:32
#10
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Poland Spanksss
again
2021-01-10 23:32
#11
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Finland Cucumber))
let's go
2021-01-10 23:32
#12
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Belarus JackpOT23
nice
2021-01-10 23:32
Nice move, no good teams left in NA anymore.
2021-01-10 23:33
#15
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Poland Roxin
Gl
2021-01-10 23:34
#17
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Japan Peine
Top 4 NA already
2021-01-10 23:35
Good luck ATK! I like ATK
2021-01-10 23:36
Alright, gl to the South Africans !
2021-01-10 23:37
Why? lmao. Just go to EU. I mean, Canada > USA, so i guess its alright.
2021-01-10 23:39
3 replies
They have to actually look like they can beat someone...
2021-01-10 23:43
2 replies
This team would probably do OK in EU, but against T5-T4 teams obviously.
2021-01-10 23:44
1 reply
which means they would 2k$ cashcups in eu, in na they have good chances to qualify for mdl or even pro league
2021-01-11 01:22
#21
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Poland smutnyyy
GL
2021-01-10 23:43
Where is lustedsilli?
2021-01-10 23:44
Cool, I wonder where in Canada they'll stay
2021-01-10 23:48
1 reply
almost definitely Toronto area. roughly 80-120 ping to EU west, and quebec and the maritimes aren't really great options for non-Canadians
2021-01-11 01:06
#26
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Hungary Pitsa31
They are already top 5 after they move there
2021-01-10 23:49
Can’t believe mango stopped playing smash brother and went pro in cs, crazy
2021-01-10 23:53
Should have done it earlier
2021-01-10 23:54
#31
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Hungary szia
Best of luck to them
2021-01-11 00:02
#32
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South Africa Ston3Cold
Nice one, let's go ATK! Local is lekker :D
2021-01-11 00:02
6 replies
What?
2021-01-11 00:06
4 replies
#74
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South Africa Ston3Cold
It's just an expression we use in SA sometimes which means we're proud of fellow South Africans for doing something good for our country.
2021-01-11 07:30
3 replies
Its a weird usage of the word lekker
2021-01-11 07:39
2 replies
#77
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South Africa Ston3Cold
True, I won't argue about that.
2021-01-11 07:50
1 reply
Lekker broeeeerrrrrrrr
2021-01-11 07:50
dit is baie mooi ez for atk
2021-01-11 10:06
NA saved!
2021-01-11 00:06
nice
2021-01-11 00:08
fadey is back poggers
2021-01-11 00:16
Cool to see some SA talent finally get some exposure
2021-01-11 00:20
Welcome back SA.
2021-01-11 00:30
#41
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United States caliprep
Damn, they should have relocated to EU..Not Na.
2021-01-11 00:36
1 reply
#61
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United States stotte
Plenty of easy spots to take in NA. Then they can win all of the ez money that closed qualifiers and MDL tournaments give you to self fund the trip
2021-01-11 02:59
#42
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United States B0b3rT
Very good for atk and na cs
2021-01-11 00:44
deja vu
2021-01-11 00:56
HAHAHAH Fadey Oh shit, here we go again
2021-01-11 01:15
#48
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Saudi Arabia Xpicyy
NA cs in a nutshell
2021-01-11 01:17
#50
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France cedd
0.96 and 0.97 rated players in SA lul gl
2021-01-11 01:33
2 replies
#60
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United States stotte
1.05 in NA
2021-01-11 02:58
#79
shox | 
Italy DaDoar
i think its some kinda error, if you actually press on the profile youll see Fadey got a 1.40 rating and in general they all have very dominant stats(against SA that is but still)
2021-01-11 08:05
21 year old coach xD ok(?)
2021-01-11 01:43
2 replies
#55
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Estonia whosmans
that seems like a pretty average age tbh
2021-01-11 02:11
1 reply
for a coach? what experience does he have..
2021-01-11 15:30
#54
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African Union axemin
Future c9 roster
2021-01-11 02:07
very true as you can see im the coach :) And this team sucks
2021-01-11 02:26
nice
2021-01-11 02:26
#59
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Canada firtlast
again????
2021-01-11 02:38
should have moved to EU lmao
2021-01-11 03:31
Hype
2021-01-11 03:41
NA cs lul, ez top1 for ATK
2021-01-11 05:05
#66
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Australia Rezonact
cool.
2021-01-11 05:19
#67
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Brazil theWhK
niceeeeee
2021-01-11 06:04
#68
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Chile nachooww
GL
2021-01-11 06:05
#69
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Asia Blitzer
na? go to eu ffs
2021-01-11 06:06
#70
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Other fs1992
ok
2021-01-11 06:20
#71
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Sweden DEFENSE!
They are absolutely dominating the South African scene. So this is a great move for them.
2021-01-11 06:24
#72
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Russia Jet1k
gl
2021-01-11 07:09
Bravado 2.0
2021-01-11 07:29
Yo les noobs, -Fadey -Slowye +Adaro +Zipzip Then they could easily qualify for Pro League.
2021-01-11 07:45
Good luck boois
2021-01-11 08:15
nice gl
2021-01-11 09:20
NA dead bois, also more expensive, go to Europe ofc.
2021-01-11 09:35
Make SA cs great again
2021-01-11 10:09
cringe asf
2021-01-11 10:15
ATK he is the North American player but the Titan he is the French stars
2021-01-11 10:20
This will end up the same as previously. Another wannabe team failing... Money well spend
2021-01-11 11:30
where have i seen this before..
2021-01-11 11:38
heccctic
2021-01-11 11:39
#94
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Russia Praeter
i'm sure they can reach even top1 NA
2021-01-11 11:56
#95
k1to | 
Austria eights
What a good move. Thb me and my gold nova friends might consider the same thing to be a top 5 NA team.
2021-01-11 12:32
tbh prob the same amount of competition in Africa now as in NA lol
2021-01-11 13:03
Fadey is sick they should have just took him on the salty team instead of that other guy
2021-01-11 13:32
#98
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South Africa @FyreCS
Yes! Go my scene! Mango has a chance!
2021-01-11 13:51
Top5 NA should pretty easy. I'm pretty sure NA doesnt have 5 teams.
2021-01-11 14:19
They looked insane honestly. In NA they can reach TOP 30 I think.
2021-01-11 15:03
Cool!
2021-01-11 15:30
Welcome to the greatest country in the world!
2021-01-11 15:52
Much better than Extra Salt roster.... better RSA players in this team!
2021-01-11 16:26
expected
2021-01-11 20:27
nice
2021-01-13 00:48
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