motm leaves High Coast

The 21-year-old had joined the team on trial only one month ago.

Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy has parted ways with High Coast and announced that he is now a free agent, bringing about an end to a one-month spell with the Ben "⁠ben1337⁠" Smith-led side.

The former Cloud9 entry-fragger began playing with High Coast at the start of March following his benching from Extra Salt but was only officially announced as a trial member towards the end of the month.

During his tenure as a part of the Swedish organisation, motm averaged a 1.12 rating, but the team as a whole continued to play second fiddle to Extra Salt and Bad News Bears. The former emerged as the victors in qualifiers for European events, while the latter recently qualified for ESL Pro League by winning ESEA Premier Season 36.

motm is no longer a part of High Coast

"Our situation is really complicated right now and I'm scrambling to figure things out before the roster deadline for the next season," High Coast coach Joseph "⁠Muenster⁠" Lima explained when contacted by HLTV.org. "Honestly, I'm really unsure about what's going to happen and where things are going to go from here.

"Everyone is free to explore other opportunities if they chose which is what Ian is doing and I wish him luck in his search. He was a great teammate and amazing player and would be a great addition to any roster."

High Coast are not among the teams signed up to compete in the first cs_summit 8 qualifier, set to play out from May 1-2. With the start of the next ESEA Premier season also nearing, ben1337's side will need to resolve their roster uncertainty in short order.

With motm's departure, High Coast have:

United States Josh "⁠PwnAlone⁠" Pigue
United States Ben "⁠ben1337⁠" Smith
United States Brandon "⁠bew⁠" Roberts (loan)
Brazil Rodrigo "⁠RCF⁠" Figueiredo (loan)

United States Joseph "⁠Muenster⁠" Lima (coach)

United States Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue
Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
602
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
United States Ben 'ben1337' Smith
Ben 'ben1337' Smith
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
623
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
Brazil Rodrigo 'RCF' Figueiredo
Rodrigo 'RCF' Figueiredo
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
United States Brandon 'bew' Roberts
Brandon 'bew' Roberts
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
376
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
United States Ian 'motm' Hardy
Ian 'motm' Hardy
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
707
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
#1
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United Kingdom ulan
motm to astralis
2021-04-25 00:13
13 replies
#6
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Italy steven513
+1 young talent
2021-04-25 00:14
#11
daps | 
Canada JC_123
+1 obvious replacement, truly the next Dev1ce
2021-04-25 00:15
#12
ropz | 
India icle
+1111
2021-04-25 00:15
#49
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Brazil finexys_
+1 #WeAreLibety #somosMIBR
2021-04-25 01:04
#61
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Chile cristiaan
+1
2021-04-25 01:29
#68
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1
2021-04-25 02:09
WHO?!?
2021-04-25 06:14
#94
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Russia Voldarck
To Valulrant
2021-04-25 06:57
5 replies
#103
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Australia poppyxox
christ
2021-04-25 12:07
Christ
2021-04-25 12:24
Jesus
2021-04-25 14:17
1 reply
Christ
2021-04-25 15:51
holy spirit
2021-04-26 00:08
pain
2021-04-25 00:13
3 replies
Why would motm play for Brazilians?
2021-04-25 00:37
2 replies
why not?
2021-04-25 01:17
#120
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Chile cap_
True, would be a downgrade for paiN XDXD
2021-04-26 05:24
#4
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Finland Doto_top1
welcome to valorant
2021-04-25 00:13
Valorant time
2021-04-25 00:13
9 replies
He doesnt like valorant, i asked him on stream once
2021-04-25 00:53
8 replies
i think many NA players that quit CSGO to play Valorant doesnt like that game. But they had no other options
2021-04-25 00:59
5 replies
They had plenty of options. They could stay and actually try to develop the scene or pussy out and go to another game. Their choice, their hole, they dug it, they can lay in it.
2021-04-25 01:46
4 replies
if it was that easy no one wouldve moved
2021-04-25 04:31
1 reply
+11
2021-04-25 17:31
Not really. That ain't irl full time job mens)) (although , its hard to find even a normal job nowadays) but playing video games for a living. Orgs nowadays with all the bs going on such as lockdowns and whatnot are not willing to invest in no name teams.
2021-04-25 07:12
Once he realize there's no paycheck theres no choice
2021-04-25 04:59
Floppy didn't either
2021-04-25 17:38
L
2021-04-25 00:14
who??
2021-04-25 00:14
another NA player to vaLULrant
2021-04-25 00:14
3 replies
ian has said he does not enjoy valorant, so i doubt it
2021-04-25 00:52
2 replies
#59
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Germany Nachofish
#45 money talks esp. when u wanna make a full time career for a little while
2021-04-25 01:27
#67
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United Kingdom dmsum
Floppy tweeted about hating valorant all the time and look where he is now
2021-04-25 01:56
next will be cooper
2021-04-25 00:15
1 reply
i hope so, stealing paychecks
2021-04-26 01:57
ez4VALORANT
2021-04-25 00:15
Who cares
2021-04-25 00:15
#15
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United States 3manu3l
kool
2021-04-25 00:16
#16
Rapper | 
United States E_40
vaLULrant calling
2021-04-25 00:16
@ morons saying "valorant incoming" he hates valorant and has no plans to leave cs last I checked
2021-04-25 00:18
6 replies
so did Floppy and Ethan lol
2021-04-25 00:23
5 replies
#24
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Spain Tool40
+1
2021-04-25 00:25
+1 lol
2021-04-25 00:31
That is true, money talks a lot but motm is different. I feel like he would have already switched if he really wanted too but I think he is dedicated to CS.
2021-04-25 00:32
#69
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1
2021-04-25 02:11
he doesnt seem like the type to move to valulrant tbh
2021-04-25 04:31
Rip high coast
2021-04-25 00:19
Who could he join ?
2021-04-25 00:19
who leaves what?
2021-04-25 00:20
1 reply
+1
2021-04-25 00:21
almost as exciting as device article
2021-04-25 00:23
3 replies
astralis +motm
2021-04-25 00:53
#41
JUGi | 
Finland Khroni
Tbf it's pretty hard to top that article it's probably top1 if not top3 most commented articles already
2021-04-25 00:53
1 reply
yup it's just funny to compare the articles
2021-04-25 01:02
expected
2021-04-25 00:36
who?
2021-04-25 00:41
#33
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Brazil Elakk
I like him :(
2021-04-25 00:42
Bad News Bears
2021-04-25 00:47
2 replies
-Alter ?
2021-04-25 00:49
1 reply
alter is a great part of that roster though, he doesn't have the experience but he contributes a lot. even top fragged the last map against triumph for premier playoffs
2021-04-25 09:03
He is joining Liquid
2021-04-25 00:53
motm Astralis
2021-04-25 00:54
Triumph: -viz +motm heard it here first
2021-04-25 01:04
1 reply
#55
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United States EDBX
I hope that is what's going to happen
2021-04-25 01:17
#51
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Russia mshkoda
Ok ty
2021-04-25 01:07
irrelevant before, irrelevant now
2021-04-25 01:14
1 reply
#60
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Germany Nachofish
okay thx for letting us know
2021-04-25 01:28
buddy sucks
2021-04-25 01:15
who leaves what ?
2021-04-25 01:24
#58
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Brazil Karlogaria
Irrelevant NA team/player news you hear everyday
2021-04-25 01:26
2 replies
#62
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Germany Nachofish
just the other day I saw something about some brazilian team on here furio something its getting ridiculous at this point
2021-04-25 01:30
1 reply
#75
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Brazil Karlogaria
This Furious team is some latino team, not brazilian, "namibian" ...
2021-04-25 02:58
gl
2021-04-25 01:48
Ex Cloud 9 = Valorant
2021-04-25 01:52
#70
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Albania aplasa
valorant needs you
2021-04-25 02:16
#72
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Argentina BlanKsT
hope he finds a good team, NA scene needs to grow
2021-04-25 02:31
#73
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Denmark Vespurr
He deserved a spot on a top team :)
2021-04-25 02:49
:( you will get somewhere soon hopefully triumph
2021-04-25 03:13
#77
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Lebanon Dogman69
this org will disband, they ran out of money. Already disbanded their dota 2 team
2021-04-25 03:16
#78
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Australia csRIOTgo
OMG VaLULrant LUL
2021-04-25 03:20
wow this is more shocking than device news!
2021-04-25 03:21
#80
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Portugal H3NR
Expected tbh, RCF is next. Too much talent to waste. Also, Ian won't switch for Valorant, at least not for now. Probably will end up only streaming for a while.
2021-04-25 03:50
Why though? lol. Literally a decent team for him, lol. So he is either: 1) Switching to Valorant Or 2) Dont know what he is doing and will end up on some T4 NA team and ruin his career. EG, Liquid, Triumph, BNB etc wont sign him tbh.
2021-04-25 03:53
1 reply
triumph will probably replace bwills or viz
2021-04-25 04:32
Motm’s a really good player I really hope he joins Triumph or BNB, he’d be a huge bonus to either of those teams
2021-04-25 04:34
who leaves who
2021-04-25 04:47
This dude loves that 3 month contract lmao
2021-04-25 05:23
who
2021-04-25 05:25
who? from where?
2021-04-25 06:22
Why not just add Djay back?
2021-04-25 06:48
ok VaLULrant
2021-04-25 08:23
motm must be looking at ES rn in EU like “yeah that should have been me” LUL
2021-04-25 09:01
#101
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United States B0b3rT
Fuck what the hell
2021-04-25 10:35
#102
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Poland SebL
Well I feel like he can be a world class player, I think he will get an opportunity to play in some bigger team, I think he deserves it, he looked really insane lately. However I'm surprised that he left High Coast, I felt like this roster had great future with him. Anyway GL motm.
2021-04-25 11:17
GL motm
2021-04-25 13:17
Go go extrasalt Instead of fang
2021-04-25 13:46
NA scene lul
2021-04-25 17:45
Be ready for Valorant move
2021-04-25 18:19
Na is dead
2021-04-25 18:54
Award to the team with the worst nicknames ever goes to...
2021-04-25 19:51
Valorant it is
2021-04-25 20:06
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