Shakezullah replaces alter on Bad News Bears

After standing in for the team in the recent ESEA Spring Cash Cup, the former Triumph in-game leader has officially joined the roster.

Bad News Bears have announced that they have recruited former Singularity and Triumph member Alan "⁠Shakezullah⁠" Hardeman, and simultaneously moved Nick "⁠alter⁠" Jackson to the bench, bringing about an end to his five months as a part of their active roster.

The 23-year-old in-game leader's arrival is a valuable addition to the Bad News Bears lineup, providing additional structure and freeing up Peter "⁠ptr⁠" Gurney from leadership duties. For Shakezullah, the move marks the chance to work with two of North America's most promising upcoming talents, Jonathan "⁠Jonji⁠" Carey and Michael "⁠Swisher⁠" Schmid, and reunites him with his former Triumph teammate Gabe "⁠Spongey⁠" Greiner.

Shakezullah will take up leadership duties on Bad News Bears

alter averaged a team-low 1.04 rating during his time on Bad News Bears, but he played a key part in the roster finding success following its formation in January. Notably, the team qualified for ESL Pro League Season 14 by winning ESEA Premier and won a number of ESEA Cash Cups, results that earned them qualification for the IEM Cologne Play-In via the ESL World Ranking.

More recently, Bad News Bears were eliminated from cs_summit 8 in 7-8th place after falling in narrow fashion to Liquid and EXTREMUM, earning 950 Regional Major Ranking points in the process.

Shakezullah made his first appearance for the lineup shortly after their elimination from the RMR event, playing in ESEA Spring Cash Cup 6, in which they made it to the grand final before falling to GODSENT.

"I'm extremely excited to be joining Bad News Bears," Shakezullah said in a statement to HLTV.org. "They have had tremendous success thus far, and I hope we are able to reach new heights together. Practices have been smooth, and we have a ton of work to do before the Cologne Play-In, as well as EPL. I am ready to get to work though and look forward to what the future will bring."

With Bad News Bears having no events lined up until the IEM Cologne Play-In, which will kick off on July 6, they will have plenty of time to practice with their new fifth player.

Bad News Bears are now:

United States Peter "⁠ptr⁠" Gurney
Canada Jonathan "⁠Jonji⁠" Carey
United States Michael "⁠Swisher⁠" Schmid
United States Gabe "⁠Spongey⁠" Greiner
United States Alan "⁠Shakezullah⁠" Hardeman

United States Nathan "⁠madcow⁠" Retterath (coach)

United States Nick "⁠alter⁠" Jackson (bench)

Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
897
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
United States Gabe 'Spongey' Greiner
Gabe 'Spongey' Greiner
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
572
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.62
United States Michael 'Swisher' Schmid
Michael 'Swisher' Schmid
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
348
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
United States Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
594
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
United States Nick 'alter' Jackson
Nick 'alter' Jackson
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
274
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.72
HYPE Lets go Godzullah
2021-06-01 02:51
21 replies
#3
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Brazil ZerongBr
It was supposed to be my first first aaaaaaaaaaaa
2021-06-01 02:52
8 replies
#9
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
nt :(
2021-06-01 02:55
5 replies
Welcome to valorant Alter!
2021-06-01 02:55
4 replies
#14
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
why you replied to me? also pls no
2021-06-01 02:56
3 replies
bcs i'm a seeker for atention and wanted to be on the top!
2021-06-01 03:00
2 replies
#31
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
nice ! a good way of doing it is spamming f5 in the news page, for maybe some hours
2021-06-01 03:01
1 reply
SIGN THESE GUYS!!! TO THE MOON!
2021-06-01 04:20
it seems it wasnt supposed to be :(
2021-06-01 05:27
#87
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Australia Beard43
You should try the valorant forums, competition is easier there.
2021-06-01 06:46
Never realized how old ptr was
2021-06-01 02:56
8 replies
#18
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New Zealand Chicken_RD
wow, i thought he was 23 at most
2021-06-01 02:57
1 reply
Exactly lol
2021-06-01 02:57
#22
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
wtf +1 he's 31 but looks like 23
2021-06-01 02:57
3 replies
True xD
2021-06-01 02:58
Lol no sleep and mass caffeine will take a toll
2021-06-01 03:16
It's like the Snappi from NA
2021-06-01 15:14
WAIT WHAT 31? N still a virgin damn
2021-06-01 10:27
1 reply
Not common for the average american!
2021-06-01 11:12
Bad New...
2021-06-01 03:01
respect shakezullah he didnt bitch out to shitlorant.
2021-06-01 03:04
#65
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Canada AyyyJayyy
+1
2021-06-01 04:14
#2
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Brazil ZerongBr
Nooo
2021-06-01 02:51
#4
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Maldives nwdwastaken
W
2021-06-01 02:52
#5
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United Kingdom JupiterACE
Who cars? Substandard IGL compared to the rest of the team
2021-06-01 02:53
6 replies
a lot of people
2021-06-01 03:17
#75
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Turkey ZaTaa
I car
2021-06-01 05:01
#79
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Japan ang9r5193
me car
2021-06-01 05:34
#88
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North America Haydog322
better than stan and a bunch of other people. let ptr be a better awper. Maybe faze out ptr because he is old and get a better awp like junior or someone if they get a org
2021-06-01 06:48
1 reply
its ptrs team hes going nowhere lol
2021-06-01 10:19
#103
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Kazakhstan ZhalgasB
I car
2021-06-01 14:35
Big Dub lessgo
2021-06-01 02:53
poor alter
2021-06-01 02:54
#8
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Asia Blitzer
RIP EG
2021-06-01 02:54
1 reply
+1
2021-06-01 02:57
#10
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Canada _penguins
Man I hope Alter gets his power back soon
2021-06-01 02:55
3 replies
#25
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Canada _penguins
In all seriousness I’m really excited to see what Shake can do with the team. Also a huge thanks to Alter, I’m going to miss the deag shots.
2021-06-01 02:58
2 replies
Would fit well in couple of valorant teams, as I dont see him staying in cs, I think it was his last shot in na cs honestly :(
2021-06-01 04:12
BNB TO THE FUCKING MOON! I hope they catch the attention of some orgs
2021-06-01 04:13
finally the -bot +bot
2021-06-01 02:55
"me hen1, me leave tier1 team, me want play with my brother, me brother is tier4, but me dont car" - HEN1 Brazil
2021-06-01 02:55
1 reply
very related and true! +1
2021-06-01 02:57
-bot +bigger bot
2021-06-01 02:56
9 replies
no
2021-06-01 02:57
8 replies
7 replies
#39
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United States burzeus
hes igl , alter wasnt, ptr relieved his igl duties to shakezullah
2021-06-01 03:13
6 replies
true, but still bad fragging stats and 0 achievements as an igl makes me not have that much hope for him
2021-06-01 03:40
5 replies
his achievements are developing talent such as grim and junior to move to the next level
2021-06-01 04:01
4 replies
fair enough, well see what he can get done on bnb, hope he achieves success!
2021-06-01 04:07
Those talents didn’t really work out though
2021-06-01 06:06
1 reply
dude they’re both 20
2021-06-01 16:16
#94
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Japan Peine
Junior lmao
2021-06-01 10:08
#17
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Greece RedWinter
Loba to EG
2021-06-01 02:56
+cynic
2021-06-01 02:57
#28
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United States Phamous3k
NA CS kept ONE!!!
2021-06-01 02:59
He was supposed to replace stanislaw on EG... gg, na cs is over
2021-06-01 03:01
"most promising talents" LUL
2021-06-01 03:01
6 replies
More promising than O DISBANDO
2021-06-01 03:04
5 replies
#38
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Chile cristiaan
+11111
2021-06-01 03:08
xaxaxaxaxa
2021-06-01 03:17
#53
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Argentina macrigato
v$m> jonji and swisher together
2021-06-01 03:47
#59
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Brazil Anarchybr
If you actually meant that other than just trying to troll #33 you’re braindead
2021-06-01 04:07
#92
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Poland 2376198
+1
2021-06-01 09:14
There is hope for NA
2021-06-01 03:02
#37
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Chile cristiaan
GL GODZULLAH
2021-06-01 03:07
Rip eg
2021-06-01 03:15
Jonji is an up and coming talent? I like the guy but he’s been in the mdl tier of cs for like 5 years now
2021-06-01 03:15
1 reply
He was super consistent in Chaos when they were peaking, arguably even better then Leaf. The tools are there but he’s never had the opportunity to be the star until now
2021-06-01 03:18
I cant belive jonji is 21, he looks like some demacrated wendys worker. and, ptr its fucking 31 he looks like some 17 frat boy hs. but so cool to see shake in the team he is a great rifler
2021-06-01 03:23
good luck shake n bake
2021-06-01 03:26
#48
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Australia csRIOTgo
Hot Tub stream when...
2021-06-01 03:32
#50
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
This can actually work. GL
2021-06-01 03:43
#51
daps | 
Canada JC_123
glhf GuardiaN
2021-06-01 03:44
yay
2021-06-01 03:44
So easy for Godzullah
2021-06-01 03:50
#55
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Mexico rauni90001
I mean, Jonji had worst stats and it's not like alter didn't perform well enough to play for BNB. Weird move.
2021-06-01 03:50
2 replies
Jonji is entry, it's kinda expected for entries stats to look worse
2021-06-01 05:23
1 reply
#78
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Mexico rauni90001
+1 true.
2021-06-01 05:28
#56
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Brazil MrSatan
we need xeppa and leaf too
2021-06-01 03:59
1 reply
#89
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United States Phamous3k
Lol. Leave a huge org like Cloud9 to be orgless lol.
2021-06-01 06:50
#60
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Brazil Anarchybr
Nice, happy that Godzullah has found a new place. Do BNB have an org or they’re just playing as group for prize moneys? Honest question
2021-06-01 04:09
5 replies
#61
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Canada gatssbyy
They're still looking for an org, but as of now just playing as a group
2021-06-01 04:11
4 replies
#66
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Brazil Anarchybr
That sucks :/ Do you know how they’ll be able to pay their trips to Europe? I made a simple math and found that each player made around $2.5k per month on money prizes since January, based on prize moneys
2021-06-01 04:15
3 replies
#67
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Canada gatssbyy
I may be wrong but I think ESL either pays in full, or helps pay for their travel and accommodation
2021-06-01 04:19
ESL pays for accommodation and travel to their events.
2021-06-01 05:44
1 reply
#102
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Brazil Anarchybr
Didnt knew that! This is cool. Thanks
2021-06-01 14:24
#62
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Albania Hatebox
#BNBtothemoon
2021-06-01 04:11
Cool good luck
2021-06-01 04:36
bad move for the bears...you saw what happened when they played Godsent...we all seen what happened with triumph and him as IGL....
2021-06-01 04:36
#71
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United States xiquo
man I hope this works out.
2021-06-01 04:38
Feel bad for Alter. Man helps them get into pro league and then gets benched. Hope he finds another team.
2021-06-01 04:53
Stolen from EG
2021-06-01 04:54
why would EG not get him dude. wtf
2021-06-01 04:59
2 replies
stan is better than this bot
2021-06-01 05:38
1 reply
Not true, lol. There isn't a word for how inconsistent he is, plus his game sense is SO bad, it's like he is still learning the maps in offline mode against bots. I would put my money on Shakezulla over Stan, ANY DAY.
2021-06-01 12:47
lol this bot
2021-06-01 05:37
#83
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North America kw13
Believe mythic spring cup 2 is their next event, so will be interesting to see if they can hold back the brazilians and prove themselves there
2021-06-01 05:45
Never heard of replaces never heard of on never heard of.
2021-06-01 05:47
bad move, i think with alter they had better chemistry, think with the style they will perform worse
2021-06-01 06:27
#90
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Canada free_ropz
good team
2021-06-01 07:45
#91
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Serbia G2_eGODS
Rip
2021-06-01 09:11
Beautiful announcement
2021-06-01 10:07
#97
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United States Rayduh
So expected
2021-06-01 10:47
bad news bears
2021-06-01 11:25
ok
2021-06-01 13:09
#106
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United Kingdom Xteria
Averaged a low 1.04, gets replaced by average 0.94, nice logic
2021-06-01 21:15
1 reply
One guy is not an IGL, the other has been an IGL for years and you could argue is the only decent IGL in the NA scene
2021-06-03 22:12
#107
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Brazil BRA71LIAN
No, they should replace Shakezullah with leaf and Xeppaa
2021-06-01 21:16
That's actually really interesting, from what I've seen so far in this first cash cup they played, they lacked someone more aggresive I would say, like Jonji is insanely aggresive, one of the most aggresive players in the world, but others are actually quite passive players, and I don't know how it will work out, we will see. GL Guys.
2021-06-01 21:41
expected
2021-06-14 04:43
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