Extra Salt bench motm; look to MarKE

The former Chaos rifler will make his debut for Extra Salt against Rise at 03:00 .

Extra Salt have benched Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy from their starting roster and are set to utilise Edgar "⁠MarKE⁠" Maldonado in his place, HLTV.org has confirmed.

The former Chaos member has been on the sidelines since the team disbanded at the start of the year, with two members switching to VALORANT, Erick "⁠Xeppaa⁠" Bach making his way to Cloud9, and Jonathan "⁠Jonji⁠" Carey creating a new roster with Bad News Bears.

MarKE will replace motm on Extra Salt

motm has averaged a 1.08 rating for Extra Salt, often being the team's hard entry into sites on the T side while seeking out information with aggressive pushes on the defense. The roster kicked off the year by qualifying for DreamHack Open January, where they were surprisingly eliminated in third place following a pair of losses to Rebirth.

MarKE put up similar numbers for Chaos, averaging a 1.07 rating in his three months with the team, albeit against stiffer competition including the likes of Evil Geniuses and Liquid. HLTV.org knows he has been practicing with the team for a few days, although he has yet to sign with the organisation.

The 22-year-old is set to make his debut against Rise at 03:00 in ESEA Premier Season 36, where Extra Salt currently lead Group A alongside Bad News Bears with a 3-0 record.

Extra Salt's roster now looks as follows:

South Africa Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou
South Africa Aran "⁠Sonic⁠" Groesbeek
United States Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm
Canada Justin "⁠FaNg⁠" Coakley
Mexico Edgar "⁠MarKE⁠" Maldonado

South Africa Tiaan "⁠T.c⁠" Coertzen (coach)

United States Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy (benched)

United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
741
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
724
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado
Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
651
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
706
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
United States Ian 'motm' Hardy
Ian 'motm' Hardy
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
644
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
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Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
826
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Canada Justin 'FaNg' Coakley
Justin 'FaNg' Coakley
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
292
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
United States Erick 'Xeppaa' Bach
Erick 'Xeppaa' Bach
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
341
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
lol
2021-02-24 01:36
30 replies
#9
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United States ShawnM
FINALLY Pog
2021-02-24 01:36
2 replies
LMAO
2021-02-24 01:37
1 reply
mexico 1 major usa 0
2021-02-24 01:48
osee ruined his career for this
2021-02-24 01:37
25 replies
I don’t think his career is ruined, he’s 21 and all that he did was reject an offer from a top 20 team to stay with a (almost) top 30 team
2021-02-24 01:55
22 replies
Should’ve switched when i got the chance, this game Will unfortunately be dead before he get’s another chance.
2021-02-24 02:10
3 replies
#51
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France WatZuki
And you guys keep repeating those kind of things since 3 years, i'm starting to get bored there
2021-02-24 02:16
1 reply
+1 Dying scene** (NA), CSGO somehow seems to be growing (prize pools, tournament's production, updates, etc...)
2021-02-24 12:25
i?
2021-02-24 07:25
Which team did he reject?
2021-02-24 03:16
11 replies
C9
2021-02-24 03:19
10 replies
Wait, he was plan A instead of floppy?
2021-02-24 03:19
9 replies
no instead of woxic first i think? not sure
2021-02-24 03:30
4 replies
Daamn, rejecting C9 offer is probably worse decision than Kjaerbieber's
2021-02-24 03:32
2 replies
u sure?
2021-02-24 07:26
#96
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Denmark KING_VITO
Not worse though, but damn he should’ve done the roster change
2021-02-24 08:13
i think they initially asked motm and floppy to stay and when motm disagreed they searched for a new AWPer and decided for woxic
2021-02-24 09:59
henryG wanted to keep both
2021-02-24 03:31
1 reply
Stupid decision by oSee but then again what does henryG knows, right?
2021-02-24 03:37
He said that wanted to keep playing with his friend floppy and rejected the offer. Some days after that, floppy accepted the offer kkkkkkk hltv.org/news/30290/osee-on-rejecting-of.. hltv.org/news/30366/floppy-to-stay-on-wi..
2021-02-24 05:19
1 reply
because floppy is goated
2021-02-24 23:28
top 30? beating teams rebirth that are not even top 100? yeah top 50 max, they would get destroyed by teams like Copenhagen Flames and Lyngby Vikings and Nexus other T3-4 teams I can't think of.
2021-02-24 14:20
5 replies
They’re number 32 in the rankings rn
2021-02-24 14:22
4 replies
yeah rankings are based off points, they are farming points in NA, but how I actually think they are, they are top 50
2021-02-24 14:23
3 replies
Yes the ^name^ ranking system is so good and much more accurate than the hltv ranking system This team who’s core was top 16 last year is obviously top 50 at best
2021-02-24 14:25
2 replies
youtube.com/watch?v=mpClBeQWYZ8 Monkey explanation: Monkey beat up small monkey, but small monkey is bad. But Monkey loses to big monkey, but Big monkey bad, so Monkey is bad.
2021-02-24 14:32
1 reply
they were consistently top 30 for almost an entire year, while playing against European competition, only dropping out of top 30 when their org dropped them and they lost a player and stopped playing events. they are also undefeated in mdl, which is the step directly below pro league, odds are they are going to win mdl and go back to pro league. How the fuck do you think they are worse than Copenhagen flames?
2021-02-24 16:07
TRUTH, Osee would have been better fit with C9 than Floppy
2021-02-24 02:08
I don't think so, if they win MDL they'll qualify for EPL and he'll be able to show him to better teams there.
2021-02-24 07:17
#19
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Indonesia lumayan
man of the bench
2021-02-24 01:44
Questionable move
2021-02-24 01:36
7 replies
#42
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United States NICK788
I agree I thought it should have been fang being benched instead of motm. +1
2021-02-24 02:00
6 replies
Haven’t seen fang play yet, but i take it as he sucks? :)
2021-02-24 02:11
4 replies
#52
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United States Swadplan
from the "eye test" I don't think he's ever going to really progress that far as a player. I think he has potential as a T2 NA player, but considering motm actually has LAN experience (and plays hard entry) i'd rather he was active.
2021-02-24 02:17
3 replies
Was motm really the problem? Don't know about his gameplay style within the team but he was putting good stats. And they trade an entry fragger for another one with similar stats. Apart from oSee, everybody else was really struggling there, thats a very questionable move.
2021-02-24 03:24
2 replies
#79
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United States Swadplan
I dont think he is the problem at all. I think that JT's complete inadequacy at fragging outweighs his stratcalling, and FaNg has been a disappointment.
2021-02-24 03:38
1 reply
I agree!
2021-02-24 03:42
I don’t think fang should have been benched but benching motm was not the play of eg or someone picks him up as a sixth I think he can do great things for them
2021-02-24 14:17
#3
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United States Swisher
D: not like this
2021-02-24 01:36
1 reply
Cmon win so tournaments to get a chance yo play in EU, u guys have alot of potential
2021-02-24 11:34
Doesn't make sense.
2021-02-24 01:36
4 replies
It makes total sense, Marke is 10 times better, no doubt about It.
2021-02-24 02:36
3 replies
motm was alright and taking him out could mess with the chemistry as well as possibly even be a downgrade. imo it wasn't worth the risk.
2021-02-24 03:32
2 replies
getting marke = hell yeah! benching motm = hell no also since they both played entry fragger i guess this wont work that much, its just gonna mess with the chemistry
2021-02-24 06:46
1 reply
The risk was that motm was a solid or even above average entry fragger who had great team chemistry. marke in the past has shown himself to be a good entry fragger but could fuck with the chemistry, and there is a good chance that he won't even be as good as motm.
2021-02-24 06:51
cute
2021-02-24 01:36
good choice
2021-02-24 01:36
#7
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United Kingdom OneBinG_
Unexpected
2021-02-24 01:36
#8
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Asia Blitzer
LOOL
2021-02-24 01:36
If you're adding Marke just have him IGL and kick JT? wtf?
2021-02-24 01:37
5 replies
Difference between a pug IGL and an actual IGL
2021-02-24 01:38
4 replies
Personally I just dont ever see this roster doing anything notable with JT. You can make the "hes an actual IGL" argument all you want but he hasn't accomplished anything. Maybe Marke IGL isnt the best idea to be fair lol, but I think they need an IGL better than JT
2021-02-24 01:49
3 replies
Apart from oSee they need better individuals, JT is fine ddoing his role, Need more out of your heavy hitters
2021-02-24 01:57
2 replies
tbh sonic has always been an issue just because of how incredibly underwhelming he always was on the awp, like osee was 100% a better awp
2021-02-24 04:54
1 reply
Sonic is dog shit imo, I can’t believe that this roster stayed together thinking they would make it. Only oSee will be a successful player if he wants to be. I think motm could be a good entry for some t2 teams but idk if his skill could transition to the highest level.
2021-02-24 05:41
whoa.
2021-02-24 01:38
#15
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New Zealand Iuca5
unexpected bench wtf
2021-02-24 01:38
México cs > United States cs
2021-02-24 01:39
watch this roster go to valorant in 1 month
2021-02-24 01:41
1 reply
#34
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Indonesia LosD
i go with 3 month.
2021-02-24 01:54
#18
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Brazil Karlogaria
Just your monthly NA shuffle
2021-02-24 01:42
why is marke even playing anymore
2021-02-24 01:44
4 replies
#33
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Italy ROMAG
because he is not pussy like burger that go to valorant
2021-02-24 01:52
3 replies
+1 Marke best italian player
2021-02-24 02:21
2 replies
#57
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Argentina fxzo
+1
2021-02-24 02:27
#107
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Italy ROMAG
he is the Italian super star
2021-02-24 11:39
lul, tier 50 na team
2021-02-24 01:45
FINALLY
2021-02-24 01:45
wtf markE is good and all but, motm was great, what the hell is this??
2021-02-24 01:46
1 reply
motm is far from great. he is doing great in NA MDL.
2021-02-24 02:12
NOOO HE WAS MY FAVORITE PLAYER ON THE TEAM :(((((((((
2021-02-24 01:47
2 replies
I am a big fan of markE tho so I'm conflicted
2021-02-24 01:47
1 reply
#48
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Chile cristiaan
hahahahaah
2021-02-24 02:11
#25
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Russia ErleN_
who?
2021-02-24 01:47
why kick motm before fang?
2021-02-24 01:48
valorant players
2021-02-24 01:49
#31
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Europe Cirros_V2
good
2021-02-24 01:51
interesting
2021-02-24 01:51
finally lol
2021-02-24 01:54
#37
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New Zealand klonopin
MOTM sounded like he was going to kill himself on stream last night so makes sense now
2021-02-24 01:56
3 replies
clip?
2021-02-24 04:51
2 replies
#98
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Russia xtkjdtr001
Clip of what?
2021-02-24 08:26
1 reply
if he actually sounded depressed
2021-02-24 18:07
JT still on team rofl. Worst "pro" in the world
2021-02-24 01:58
Ok 👍
2021-02-24 01:58
THEY TOOK HIS JERB motm to mcdonalds
2021-02-24 02:00
1 reply
HAHaHahaHahHah
2021-02-24 15:28
MALDONADO
2021-02-24 02:03
#47
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Chile cristiaan
GOD MARKE
2021-02-24 02:11
#50
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United States EDBX
Marke can only make this roster better but was motm really the one to bench?
2021-02-24 02:14
#53
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Israel geturlolon
cringe
2021-02-24 02:21
#55
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United States drac0z
gl to my na brothers B)
2021-02-24 02:24
#56
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Russia Slavaa
good roster
2021-02-24 02:24
#58
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Estonia Eduzera
F I am hardy
2021-02-24 02:30
LETS GOOOOOOOO
2021-02-24 02:30
#60
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Mexico PS5
i havent seen a mexico flag post in ages
2021-02-24 02:30
I'm happy for Marke, He is a good player and I'm glad he gets a chance to play again in a team. Good luck buddy.
2021-02-24 02:37
#63
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Portugal H3NR
(Oh my God, Man of the Match,) that's ridiculous.
2021-02-24 02:37
#64
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United States Festive_
JT confirmed it's a 6 man roster. might want to edit the article
2021-02-24 02:55
3 replies
#99
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United States MIKEYB^v^
Where did you see that?
2021-02-24 08:32
1 reply
#111
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United States Festive_
ESL CSGO stream from JT himself before the match yesterday
2021-02-24 13:24
Honestly not a bad idea. Motm and Marke are both good.
2021-02-24 23:20
motm is actually a good player. If you want to add marke then kick fang or kick jt and have marke call.
2021-02-24 03:07
who bench who
2021-02-24 03:20
upgrade tbh, marke is underrated
2021-02-24 03:24
#72
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Denmark BrazmalDik
African backstabbing american... Cliche
2021-02-24 03:28
Motm will go to valorant lol xd
2021-02-24 03:29
Solid tier 3 team
2021-02-24 03:46
#82
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Australia zi8gzag
world flag inc
2021-02-24 04:02
2 replies
It will still be north american flag because mexico is in north america
2021-02-24 14:24
1 reply
true, will in change from the us/ca one tho
2021-02-26 01:30
0/8
2021-02-24 04:28
Ok, I looked to Marke... what now?
2021-02-24 04:31
such a stupid move.. we all saw what this guys are capable of.. fang doesnt belong here, and jt needs to be replaced. motm, sonic and osee are great players, jt always ruined it for them.
2021-02-24 06:15
2 replies
jt is the igl
2021-02-24 13:00
1 reply
yea no shit xD i know what i said and i stand behind it. if u can read, he have such great players with very high individual skills, and he fails to use them properly. they need a fresh igl
2021-02-24 14:49
#95
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Malaysia AtPdTrZ
actually a firepower upgrade but not much more
2021-02-24 07:57
Italian cs ready to conquer the world
2021-02-24 08:13
#100
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Poland SebL
Why? He semt pretty good actually. This won't change anything in the results or anything, but honestly roster looks good. GL to them.
2021-02-24 08:50
#102
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Hungary szia
MarKE is the fejtz of NA
2021-02-24 09:45
#103
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Serbia LtN))
lol
2021-02-24 09:48
Another pointless team.
2021-02-24 10:10
Isn't marke that guy who steel accused of cheating?
2021-02-24 12:23
G00d MarKE !!!
2021-02-24 14:24
#121
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Bosnia and Herzegovina StigmaKG
We love u MarKE!!! Good Luck Bro!
2021-02-24 15:05
God MarKE, I am so happy he doesn't have to switch to VaLULrant because his talent deserves to be here.
2021-02-24 15:14
Those damn Latinos taking our jobs
2021-02-24 15:26
#127
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North America 007DBR9
motm to mythic 6 man ez game
2021-02-24 19:22
why in gods name would you bench dunkey? he has 6,6 million youtube subscribers and the world record on bowsers big bean burrito
2021-02-24 22:03
#131
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Philippines sijibats
Botm
2021-02-25 07:00
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