NeiL_M leaves c0ntact

The Irish coach is searching for a new team after over a year with the former CR4ZY lineup.

Neil "⁠NeiL_M⁠" Murphy is on the lookout for a new team following the end of his c0ntact deal, the Irish coach announced on Thursday. He had been a part of the team since October 2019, moving over to c0ntact months later as the roster was signed by the North American organisation from CR4ZY.

NeiL_M joined the team at a difficult time, following the departures of highly-rated duo Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković and Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač to G2, reuniting with Rokas "⁠EspiranTo⁠" Milasauskas, whom he had previously coached in Imperial. He helped the team to win the DreamHack Open event in Rotterdam and to reach the playoffs at the following stops in Atlanta, Jönköping and Sevilla before the transfer to c0ntact in January 2020.

NeiL_M is the latest member to depart c0ntact

The team could not reach the same heights under the new organisation and spent most of the year outside the top 30. In addition to the two Flashpoint seasons, c0ntact also competed in ESL One: Road to Rio and DreamHack Masters Winter, finishing 15th-16th and 13th-16th.

The announcement raises further questions about c0ntact's immediate future in the Counter-Strike scene. One of Flashpoint's founding members, the North American organisation announced last month that it was evaluating its options for 2021 and made all players available for transfer.

Rigon "⁠rigoN⁠" Gashi, Otto "⁠ottoNd⁠" Sihvo and EspiranTo have all since departed c0ntact, who currently have only two players, Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer and Lotan "⁠Spinx⁠" Giladi. The pair have been heavily linked with ENCE, who are reportedly putting together a six-man international lineup.

Ireland Neil 'NeiL_M' Murphy
Neil 'NeiL_M' Murphy
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.73
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.72
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1023
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
820
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Switzerland Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
152
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.74
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1268
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Israel Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
130
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
829
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Best of luck in your next team!
2021-01-21 12:33
Unexpected
2021-01-21 12:33
expected
2021-01-21 12:33
Whats going to be new contact roster?
2021-01-21 12:34
13 replies
#23
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United Kingdom tomtom94
Serious answer: c0ntact will bail on CS and not pick up a new roster Less serious answer: maybe they pick up Flusha/sunny/autimatic
2021-01-21 12:48
6 replies
But they are in flashpoint...
2021-01-21 13:10
5 replies
#38
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United Kingdom tomtom94
So are Gen.G and Envy Some of the Flashpoint teams are not really committed to CS, they just wanted a quick route to the top and now they realise they won't get one, they are having second thoughts
2021-01-21 13:18
4 replies
Isnt geng looking for a new team? And envy when “the right opportunity comes along” which sounds like they are still Looking for a team
2021-01-21 13:20
#43
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Slovakia xaboff
They bought in with a 2M fee tho...
2021-01-21 13:22
2 replies
#56
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United Kingdom tomtom94
Same as with C9 dropping woxic and eating the substantial transfer fee, at least if they get out now they won't be burning money in the future.
2021-01-21 14:49
1 reply
#57
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Slovakia xaboff
Yea but what I meant, they bought in, and they probably have a contract to remain there for some while
2021-01-21 14:58
#24
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Slovakia xaboff
I think flusha's trio or the best NA F/A team (ex-chaos maybe)
2021-01-21 12:49
5 replies
#37
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Netherlands HeaX16
vanity is already in valorant, and some of the others got better indivudual offers, ex-chaos doesnt exist anymore
2021-01-21 13:12
4 replies
#39
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United Kingdom tomtom94
Jonji's new lineup still counts as "ex-Chaos" though without the top 20 slot and RMR points it's a less attractive proposition for orgs
2021-01-21 13:16
#40
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Slovakia xaboff
Ik it doesn't exist per se, but for esea premier, there's a roster listed frox ex-chaos with jonji, ptr, swisher, spongey, alter and mce as coach, which I believe are the best NA F/As rn Edit: apparently they go by Bad News Bears now
2021-01-21 13:23
2 replies
#45
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Netherlands HeaX16
yeah i guess you could say so, but i dont see contact even going into cs anymore, they will prob bail
2021-01-21 13:23
1 reply
#46
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Slovakia xaboff
What about Flashpoint?
2021-01-21 13:26
#6
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Australia Kuunto
Mans gonna go back coaching Renegades/ the old Grayhound gaming team
2021-01-21 12:34
#7
gabs | 
Norway JKR01
Who
2021-01-21 12:34
He can try his strength in FaZe, but Idk
2021-01-21 12:34
The most hype coach ever
2021-01-21 12:34
#12
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Pakistan LoOuU2
GL in future endeavours.
2021-01-21 12:35
Wonder what's his expression when he got the news
2021-01-21 12:38
#14
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Denmark HurtigeHH
Hello im NEIL_M, hello NEIL_M we are cloud9
2021-01-21 12:38
1 reply
Facepalm.. u didnt already know that elmapuddy is going to be cloud9 coach?
2021-01-21 13:07
neil_m build new team with flusha auti sunny update coming shortly :)
2021-01-21 12:39
Come to FaZe
2021-01-21 12:40
4 replies
+1
2021-01-21 12:55
+1
2021-01-21 12:58
+1
2021-01-21 13:09
please no
2021-01-21 13:22
Haven't seen Ireland flag on hltv news lol
2021-01-21 12:41
2 replies
All submitted to khabib "degster" nurmagomedov already.
2021-01-21 12:46
me too
2021-01-23 12:59
-> ENCE
2021-01-21 12:43
1 reply
sAw is already their coach? Whats up with these clueless people on this thread.
2021-01-21 13:09
finally going to a good team to show irish are the smartest
2021-01-21 12:45
2 replies
yeah you've been doing the opposite of that so hopefully he puts some respecc on that flag
2021-01-21 13:23
1 reply
cry is free
2021-01-21 13:26
good luck Neil
2021-01-21 12:47
#25
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United Kingdom tomtom94
Seems like he has a new team lined up - wonder where that is? Who's looking for coaches atm?
2021-01-21 12:49
1 reply
faze
2021-01-21 12:54
Just disband before everybody's gone
2021-01-21 12:50
I'm actually glad they're leaving that sinking ship, what a disaster
2021-01-21 13:04
Neil_m to NG :)
2021-01-21 13:10
Imagine a team with Coldzera, Karrigan and Neil M. The amount of "NICEEEE" and hype would be insane.
2021-01-21 13:45
#52
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Poland SebL
Will probably coach some lower tier team, he is good for that I guess.
2021-01-21 13:52
LOLOLOL
2021-01-21 14:20
#54
Bymas | 
Lithuania a2kas
who will pick Espiranto?
2021-01-21 14:29
Free Forsaken He Was Only 23
2021-01-21 15:37
#59
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Canada J47
in memory of NeiL_M --- clips.twitch.tv/BrainySourTrollSoBayed please stay in the CS scene!
2021-01-21 16:14
2 replies
#63
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Canada GGNORE33
For what? hyping only?
2021-01-21 19:15
1 reply
#65
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Canada J47
so long as he doesn't coach fnatic we good, but yes
2021-01-21 22:23
RIP
2021-01-21 17:40
expected
2021-01-21 19:13
#62
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Canada GGNORE33
Who cares about this paycheck receiver? He's not even a coach, sorry he is maybe a twitter coach or? Video coach? Some hype manager more likely.
2021-01-21 19:14
First time I watched CS is the match between Cr4zy (which is contact right now and still have ne xa and hunter) with Avangar. Neil_M super fucking hype and fun coach to watch. Really respect and hope he got a new team to coach
2021-01-21 19:22
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