Triumph bench cxzi; look to cynic - Report

The Premier team are making a change to their roster two months into the season.

Triumph have benched Danny "⁠cxzi⁠" Strzelczyk and are set to add Recon 5 member David "⁠cynic⁠" Polster to fill the gap, HLTV.org has learned.

According to sources close to the team, the change was made due to issues both inside and outside of the game. cxzi has been a part of the team since joining alongside Austin "⁠Cooper⁠" Abadir and Wesley "⁠viz⁠" Harris in January.

cynic is set to take cxzi's place on Triumph

Since the formation of their current roster, Triumph have struggled to consistently post results - they currently hold a 3-0 record in ESEA Premier Season 36 but were eliminated in last place in DreamHack Open January, and have failed to win a single ESEA Cash Cup, often exiting the tournament before the top-four stage.

cynic has been a stand-out performer for Recon 5 in recent events, averaging a 1.27 rating over 35 maps since the start of the year. He was named as a player to keep an eye on by former Chaos coach Matthew "⁠mCe⁠" Elmore in an interview in January, and previously played alongside both Brendan "⁠Bwills⁠" Williams and viz on Levitate and Positive Vibes Only.

Triumph will make their debut with cynic in short order as they are set to take on Rebirth in ESEA Premier at 03:00 on Wednesday.

With the change, Triumph's roster will look as follows:

United States Alan "⁠Shakezullah⁠" Hardeman
United States Brendan "⁠Bwills⁠" Williams
United States Austin "⁠Cooper⁠" Abadir
United States Wesley "⁠viz⁠" Harris
United States David "⁠cynic⁠" Polster

Brazil Marcos "⁠tacitus⁠" Castilho (coach)

United States Danny "⁠cxzi⁠" Strzelczyk (benched)

United States David 'cynic' Polster
David 'cynic' Polster
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
273
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
United States Matthew 'mCe' Elmore
Matthew 'mCe' Elmore
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
249
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.72
United States Brendan 'Bwills' Williams
Brendan 'Bwills' Williams
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
415
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
United States Wesley 'viz' Harris
Wesley 'viz' Harris
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
93
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
United States Danny 'cxzi' Strzelczyk
Danny 'cxzi' Strzelczyk
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
190
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
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United States Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
503
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
United States Austin 'Cooper' Abadir
Austin 'Cooper' Abadir
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
628
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
#1
FaNg | 
United States NA_KEKW
Cynic is a fine replacement, but RIP Mr. walnut
2021-03-03 11:06
9 replies
wasted opportunity to kick cooper
2021-03-03 11:07
7 replies
^ this is not it
2021-03-03 11:14
xd imagine kicking the best player of your team
2021-03-03 11:15
5 replies
#44
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CIS Fr33quency
Litter >>> trash >>>> burning trash pile >>> khrystal >> OCEAN >>>>>>>>>> Cooper
2021-03-03 12:04
4 replies
#59
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United States GameZ_iwnl
khrystal retired in like 2018, youre looking for krystal
2021-03-03 12:56
Oof
2021-03-03 14:31
Wrong, just plain wrong.
2021-03-03 18:28
How brain dead can one person be.
2021-03-04 05:13
#95
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
"a peanut isn't a nut it's a ___ walnut"
2021-03-03 15:39
Thank god not kobruh
2021-03-03 11:03
3 replies
imagine the kobruh fan if it was kobruh
2021-03-03 11:08
2 replies
the kobruh fan is kobruh himself, pretty sure
2021-03-03 14:18
1 reply
#119
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Japan imustat
im his gf nt
2021-03-03 21:54
#4
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Europe xanax_user
Sick
2021-03-03 11:03
Did he just survive 2 months and that was it?
2021-03-03 11:03
cya future of na
2021-03-03 11:04
#9
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Who's this cynic guy and why is he so much being talked about? Also, Cxzi still toxic as everyone has always suggested?
2021-03-03 11:04
15 replies
#36
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Brazil rav1k
If I’m not mistaken, someone in the 2020’s top 20 took him for the future
2021-03-03 11:43
6 replies
#43
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Oh really? That's interesting.
2021-03-03 12:03
4 replies
#47
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Brazil rav1k
Worth check it out who was. I don’t guarantee but also im pretty sure. Never saw his name until recently. And it does ring a bell
2021-03-03 12:25
3 replies
#61
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Pakistan LoOuU2
well #52 says Brehze , i too can vividly recall someone mentioning him in their prospect statement. Anyway i started hearing his name like 2-3 days ago in the forum posts and such and today we get this news.
2021-03-03 13:06
2 replies
#88
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Brazil rav1k
lets see if he can make a comeback. I like new talents. Keeps the game going
2021-03-03 15:20
1 reply
#91
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Pakistan LoOuU2
yes!
2021-03-03 15:28
Yes, Brehze.
2021-03-03 12:43
#86
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United States Cesperus
Yeah, was watching a copper stream a few weeks ago and Cxzi was being toxic, not even like a joking toxic, just an asshole an unaware toxic.
2021-03-03 15:11
5 replies
#92
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Pakistan LoOuU2
yea i have heard from a few other pros and NA scene followers who have termed him to be a toxic teammate , guess he still hasnt changed.
2021-03-03 15:29
4 replies
Not surprised he's out the door. Toxic pros end up in a revolving door of teams for their whole career
2021-03-03 17:44
3 replies
#109
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Pakistan LoOuU2
True. The toxic behavior of Smooya is still having him waste his prime days in T2 scene and even though he has changed now, still needs to grind to the top. And we all saw how Woxic in C9 turned out.
2021-03-03 17:49
2 replies
Agreed. It took s1mple years to get away from his tag of being toxic, despite him being the best around. It's probably 10x as hard for lower rated pros to shake off any reputations about them
2021-03-03 17:58
1 reply
#111
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Very true! Hopefully the guy learns quickly
2021-03-03 18:06
i think his old name was sneaky, he name changed, he always had some decent stats in MDL
2021-03-03 15:16
1 reply
#93
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Pakistan LoOuU2
ah i see , TY Mr.Jap
2021-03-03 15:31
Wtf unexpected
2021-03-03 11:08
#19
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Croatia lucubista
questionable cxzi>Bwills/viz , but cynic is amazing player GL
2021-03-03 11:11
1 reply
Sounds like cxzi was being really toxic, which is why they benched him.
2021-03-03 17:49
+Kobruh
2021-03-03 11:22
expected
2021-03-03 11:31
why not viz LOL
2021-03-03 11:39
2 replies
Viz is playing all of the shit roles and is actually improving quite quickly at them
2021-03-03 14:34
1 reply
+1
2021-03-04 02:34
Valorant inc.
2021-03-03 11:39
Tier 46 (coming from No scene)
2021-03-03 11:50
damn
2021-03-03 11:52
U lost ur chances. (Gen.g, triumph) . Now time to go to valorant
2021-03-03 11:54
triumph making a roster change every month
2021-03-03 11:55
#42
Rapper | 
United States E_40
R.I.P. Kobruh fans stay mad
2021-03-03 11:59
5 replies
Why would triumph add kobruh when they already have cooper
2021-03-03 15:59
3 replies
#121
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Japan imustat
+1 why would koby downgrade
2021-03-03 21:55
2 replies
why did you change from japanese flag?
2021-03-03 22:00
1 reply
#123
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Japan imustat
am from wales 😎😎😎😎😎
2021-03-03 22:04
#120
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Japan imustat
0/8
2021-03-03 21:54
#45
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Poland Pete229
cynic is a GOD
2021-03-03 12:07
#46
tomo | 
Australia nexar1
CYNIC TRUE GOAT OF COUNTER STRIKE
2021-03-03 12:08
#49
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Philippines B3nk4i
Cxzi to valorant
2021-03-03 12:31
1 reply
#78
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Poland Pete229
any information?
2021-03-03 14:49
#53
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Portugal beatje
Why not viz
2021-03-03 12:43
Wait but this guy cxzi wasnt on the radar to be a great top cs player? Been lately so confused with NA.
2021-03-03 12:47
Ez for sneaky!
2021-03-03 12:50
#56
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Japan Peine
US flag in news. For once it's not a switch to Valorant
2021-03-03 12:50
did he change nickname? because I remember this photo but with different nick XD
2021-03-03 12:53
1 reply
I think it was sneaky
2021-03-03 13:12
#63
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Chile cristiaan
cool
2021-03-03 13:15
#64
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Turkey RENNNDER
rip cizzx
2021-03-03 13:28
#66
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Canada _penguins
Cxzi to EG
2021-03-03 13:30
GL SNEAKY MY FAVORITE PLAYER
2021-03-03 13:54
Nooo not Danwoo :(( Cynic is a nuts player tho, so this could be a good move
2021-03-03 14:08
Wait, what ?? Didn't he recently join them ?? And wasn't he said to be a good upcoming player? Haven't watch their matches recently, so can anyone update me on this situation?
2021-03-03 14:08
2 replies
He seems like a pretty decent player yeah, but known to be quite toxic. Look at what even HLTV wrote about him when he joined geng lol. " Cxzi gained notoriety in North America through his performance in FPL and Rank S in 2019, although he also drew the ire of Joshua "⁠steel⁠" Nissan and other notable players due to a lack of experience in a team environment and his attitude towards the game."
2021-03-03 15:20
1 reply
Hmm that seems reasonable, cuz his potential seems to be high but if he can't fit in a team environment then he needs to improve himself. And even at the top of the article, it states that the reasons are inside and outside the server indicating maybe his unhealthy behaviour. Edit: On his Twitter, he is indicating switching to Valorant so RIP I guess.
2021-03-03 19:20
#71
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Poland dawido0305
RIP Strzelczyk
2021-03-03 14:13
1 reply
expected kick of polack
2021-03-03 22:58
WP you kicked one of the most talented NA players
2021-03-03 14:29
3 replies
#80
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Poland Pete229
cynic is also very talented
2021-03-03 14:50
#113
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United Kingdom stator
for an even more talented NA player!
2021-03-03 18:23
1 reply
I dont hear about him but we will see
2021-03-04 09:46
#77
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United States Evotion_
Save cooper
2021-03-03 14:41
1 reply
+1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1
2021-03-03 14:50
cynic god ez
2021-03-03 16:03
#100
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Canada J47
did cynic go by a different alias, or did someone just still his profile picture lmao
2021-03-03 16:35
2 replies
Sneaky
2021-03-03 17:01
1 reply
#126
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Canada J47
Tyty that was it!
2021-03-03 23:57
#103
rain | 
Norway apx-
Nice, never heard of but probably top5 in NA
2021-03-03 17:10
this is definitely not news. triumph = esea internediate eu
2021-03-03 17:27
save cooper
2021-03-03 17:39
Why not pick god wrath
2021-03-03 17:41
1 reply
both are good replacements but I assume wrath is doing college rn
2021-03-03 21:05
LOL....like i have been saying...triumph is trash....cooper went 9 rounds recently with out a kill....their coach doesnt know a thing....viz was 9 times out of 10 the bottom fragger and from what i hear czxi always thought he was better than he really was....
2021-03-03 18:13
nice, i like this change, cynic is a great player he can even igl if triumph want to kick shake for his poor fragging
2021-03-03 18:43
#117
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Brazil Gunzel
Who bench Who and look to Who. Wtf hltv
2021-03-03 20:44
cxzi is a good player, has to be because of his personality, honestly cooper is the weak link to triumph right now
2021-03-04 02:29
F
2021-03-04 04:21
#131
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Poland SebL
Weird, cxzi seems really good. cynic isn't worse, but this change is still pretty weird. They should remove someone else, not cxzi imo. But GL to them anyway.
2021-03-04 07:52
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