Movistar Riders bench steel, release shokz

The Spanish organization is making roster changes after a rocky first half of 2021.

Movistar Riders announced that they are parting ways with Kristjan "⁠shokz⁠" Jakobson, who joined the team in the 2020 off-season, and moving longtime in-game leader Lucas "⁠steel⁠" Lopes to the bench.

The Brazilian player's contract is set to run until the end of the year, but the Madrid-based organization is open to hearing offers from other teams interested in the 27-year-old's services.

steel has been moved to the bench after nearly two years in Riders

The two changes in Movistar Riders come after a rocky season that ended with qualification to the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown after playoff victories against SAW and OFFSET in the Iberian qualifier, but had more lows than highs over all.

The European team initially started off 2021 with the high-profile signing of Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield and hit an all-time high in the team ranking during the honeymoon period, landing the 22nd place, but after the ascent they plummeted to a year-low 66th place in early July — a trend they bucked to return to No. 47 by the end of the season.

The dip in the rankings came following a last place finish at ESL National Championship Global Playoffs Spring, 7-8th place at REPUBLEAGUE TIPOS Season 1, and 11-12th place in ESEA Premier Season 37 Europe, where they narrowly missed relegations with a victory over SAW in the 11th-place decider match.

Movistar Riders are now down to two longtime members, Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet and Alejandro "⁠mopoz⁠" Fernández-Quejo Cano, as well as their latest signing and most productive player in the rating department, AWPer smooya.

Coach Galder "⁠bladE⁠" Barcena and the team's technical staff will now be tasked with finding two replacement players ahead of the second half of 2021, including the particularly arduous undertaking of replacing the outgoing IGL of nearly two years.

Movistar Riders is now:

Spain Alejandro "⁠mopoz⁠" Fernández-Quejo Cano
Spain Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet
United Kingdom Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield

Spain Galder "⁠bladE⁠" Barcena (coach)

Brazil Lucas "⁠steel⁠" Lopes (benched)

Spain Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1107
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1416
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
737
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
Estonia Kristjan 'shokz' Jakobson
Kristjan 'shokz' Jakobson
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
401
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
#1
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United States GiantDays
Rough
2021-07-31 15:01
3 replies
Finally!
2021-07-31 15:54
Ez 4 Smooya
2021-07-31 17:11
1 reply
Smooya snake in the grass
2021-08-01 19:10
#2
flusha | 
Spain IMV_
Expected! They weren't paid on esea.
2021-07-31 15:01
#3
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India aR__
smooya top 20 2022
2021-07-31 15:01
+ who?
2021-07-31 15:01
16 replies
also rip nickname twins shox and steel
2021-07-31 15:02
8 replies
they could have had steel, shox and denis since he is benched in sprout. What a shame:c
2021-07-31 15:04
6 replies
yes, they would have 4 nickname twins with alex too, would have been cool themed team lol
2021-07-31 15:07
5 replies
They can now have ALEX, alex, denis, dennis and shox and then have shokz as their 6th
2021-07-31 15:08
4 replies
lols even their coach bladE
2021-07-31 15:50
1 reply
Spaniards be nickname thiefs
2021-07-31 18:52
#142
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Portugal DioniZio
add in there adreN and AdreN
2021-07-31 19:56
You are a person of high culture. +1
2021-07-31 19:59
steel is better than NA steel.
2021-08-01 20:37
+mezii +ALEX
2021-07-31 15:05
3 replies
two alex on team
2021-07-31 15:06
1 reply
Casting movi riders matches will be a NIGHTMARE lol
2021-07-31 19:26
#191
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Portugal skiLfuI
is this bait? Why wouldnt they add sunpayus and sausol
2021-08-11 21:14
#37
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Slovakia Daev0n
+MSL
2021-07-31 15:16
2 replies
MSL doesnt want to join any team if he isnt the awper
2021-07-31 18:12
1 reply
Well the team is going to be shit then
2021-08-02 11:38
necessary changes!! nice move by Riders
2021-07-31 15:02
i thought it was camel riders. Disappointed
2021-07-31 15:02
LETS GO, full spanish team again
2021-07-31 15:02
13 replies
Well known Spanish player smooya
2021-07-31 15:04
12 replies
kick smooya
2021-07-31 15:11
3 replies
Smooya is this team
2021-07-31 15:15
1 reply
#173
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United States h4gg4rd
+1 he actually needs to get picked up by a tier 1 team.
2021-08-01 08:35
Negative iq
2021-07-31 16:21
Yes he is from Gibraltar
2021-07-31 15:50
6 replies
Gibraltar =/= Spain, it’s basically British Guantanamo
2021-07-31 16:53
5 replies
Gibraltar je Španija
2021-07-31 16:55
1 reply
+1
2021-07-31 18:52
#133
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Spain Nepomu
Gibraltar Spanish
2021-07-31 19:30
1 reply
#177
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Spain c0rde
+2
2021-08-01 15:58
GIBRALTAR ESPAÑOL
2021-08-01 20:40
#187
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Austria Ostmark
he's joining col
2021-08-02 09:34
#9
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Europe robo1234
Were these guys not good at riding movie stars or what?
2021-07-31 15:02
2 replies
probably smooya stays so he is chad confirmed
2021-07-31 15:21
1 reply
gay Chad maybe if he rides on movie stars
2021-08-01 16:23
wtf smooya doesnt like brazilians?!?!??!
2021-07-31 15:03
7 replies
someone likes?
2021-07-31 17:53
Smooya racista
2021-07-31 19:31
1 reply
+1
2021-08-01 20:40
no one does
2021-07-31 22:11
3 replies
Bro it was your colony they are based on your roots lol
2021-07-31 23:40
2 replies
they are independent for like 300 years, we have nothing to do with them anymore
2021-08-01 15:54
1 reply
lingua
2021-08-01 20:41
interesting who joins.... guess steel had to go and shokz can be replaced but he was average tbh.
2021-07-31 15:03
#12
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxyownz
shokz > frankie
2021-07-31 15:03
msl’s team? 👀
2021-07-31 15:03
1 reply
no
2021-07-31 15:05
deathz y sausol
2021-07-31 15:03
4 replies
Would be a huge upgrade!
2021-07-31 15:27
Deathzz is trash and sausol is good af but I doubt he would live ML
2021-07-31 15:56
need 1 igl.
2021-07-31 17:05
1 reply
Deathzz has been igling and Alex did It in the past, but yes they should sign a dedicated igl
2021-07-31 18:15
Cold, fer, steel, zews +2
2021-07-31 15:04
20 replies
yepz and f4stzin
2021-07-31 15:05
foxxx
2021-07-31 15:13
8 replies
fox is old now lol
2021-07-31 16:42
7 replies
no one cares , age is just a number
2021-07-31 17:17
6 replies
+1
2021-07-31 19:26
I know, right? Yesterday i was in a restaurant with my girlfriend and people started yelling at me, saying i'm a pedophile because i'm 37 and she is 19. It was terrible, totally destroyed our 10 years aniversary
2021-07-31 19:36
4 replies
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-07-31 20:03
#148
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Spain Otanno
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXD
2021-07-31 20:58
#161
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
lmao wtf
2021-07-31 23:41
ahahhhahahahahahhahahahahhhahhahahahahahahahhahaha
2021-08-01 03:27
Cold said he would never play again with steel or boltz
2021-07-31 16:03
7 replies
#80
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Sweden BLVR
source?
2021-07-31 16:30
1 reply
2021-07-31 21:32
But steel is benched
2021-07-31 17:17
cold is trash talker. steel is the best brazilian IGL available. They're old enough to pass through this.
2021-07-31 21:11
2 replies
steel should join mibr intead of yel, boltz really likes steel and yel isnt even awping anymore so there is no reason to keep him
2021-07-31 21:44
1 reply
#179
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Brazil wololo10
I like this one
2021-08-01 18:13
#99
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Brazil Z1DAN
saffee biguzera steel fer f4stziN /ell and zews nekiz to mibr replaces shz
2021-07-31 17:02
Best idea
2021-07-31 22:01
+alex +mezii ez lmao
2021-07-31 15:05
#21
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Spain Nepomu
Finally lol I’m so happy
2021-07-31 15:05
1 reply
+1000000
2021-07-31 15:14
expected
2021-07-31 15:08
GL steelenda
2021-07-31 15:10
steel left ibp for this? to get benched in movistar foking riders? nonsense(
2021-07-31 15:11
5 replies
If ur not trolling its not the same Steel
2021-07-31 15:15
1 reply
HE'S JUST A FUCKING MANAGER!!!!!!!!!!
2021-07-31 15:31
+1
2021-07-31 15:22
Blade left NaVi for this??
2021-07-31 15:34
#162
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1 very dumb choice from steel
2021-07-31 23:45
Madre mia
2021-07-31 15:13
Disband and Smoooooya G2 lets go
2021-07-31 15:15
1 reply
Smooooooya to FNC EZ FIX
2021-07-31 15:25
steel fer coldzera fnx ?????
2021-07-31 15:15
2 replies
4 trash then who carry?
2021-07-31 15:24
1 reply
if you say they are trash then you have to say which are good players/rosters
2021-07-31 16:48
#38
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Korea jin67300
steel to o plano?
2021-07-31 15:16
3 replies
They don't get paid in O Plano,their money comes from prize money and they play rarely. That would be incredibly dumb by steel.
2021-07-31 16:30
2 replies
they are in the player break, and idk if playing 2 tournaments in a month is considered rare
2021-07-31 16:49
1 reply
They finished a RMR tournament at the end of May,then they finished a Dreamhack Open at the start of July. You can play that rarely if you have an org,but they don't (at least that's what they say while playing in Legia jerseys)
2021-07-31 18:06
#39
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Poland jakubyku
+kennys
2021-07-31 15:20
1 reply
yea lets add another awper good move
2021-07-31 15:22
Very intersiting hmmmmm
2021-07-31 15:24
#46
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Portugal NkiL
poor smooya
2021-07-31 15:26
1 reply
yeah I am sure he is crying right now after he got his team improved by a ton xD lmao
2021-07-31 15:37
Upgrading roster i guess? OR disbanding. I don't think so, the core is all right.
2021-07-31 15:36
1 reply
#53
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Spain Nepomu
I think they will go for sausol and I don’t really know who else but it’s not difficult to improve specially shokz who was pretty bad
2021-07-31 15:41
Endpoint please save Smooya !
2021-07-31 15:41
maybe +golden
2021-07-31 15:42
What language they speaking of Movistar?
2021-07-31 15:44
3 replies
english
2021-07-31 15:49
Javascript
2021-07-31 17:58
#163
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
English i guess, not 100% sure
2021-07-31 23:46
they have nobody better to sign anyway so anluko
2021-07-31 15:47
1 reply
#70
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Spain Nepomu
There are a lot of better options, specially to replace shokz he is trash
2021-07-31 16:14
what a joke, steel deserves better team
2021-07-31 15:48
1 reply
maybe he is going to play with fer and cold, but it wouldn't be a good option
2021-07-31 16:51
steel still plays GO? wtf.........i thought he went with his buddy DaZeD to play Valorant........... hm
2021-07-31 15:48
Unluko!
2021-07-31 15:49
i have a feeling cold is coming here maybe?
2021-07-31 15:52
2 replies
Would be nice if coldzera would go drink coke with the Movistar guys!
2021-07-31 16:16
there is a bigger chance of case signing fer cold and steel than cold playing for movistar
2021-07-31 16:52
+ deathzz probably
2021-07-31 15:58
2 replies
#134
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Spain Nepomu
Deathz is not the best fit imo I think sausol will be signed he is younger and has more potential
2021-07-31 19:31
1 reply
He is also already on a team, wich makes it less likely straight away. Would be a nice move though but I dont expect it to happen.
2021-07-31 20:36
a good igl is expensive these days movistar are not that rich excited to see what they will do
2021-07-31 16:03
2 replies
#71
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Spain Nepomu
Alex so we have both alex and casters go mad
2021-07-31 16:14
1 reply
is alex cheap? lmao
2021-07-31 16:53
#69
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Brazil batcompany
Having Steel and coldzera benched brings some heat to the (almost) dead br acene.
2021-07-31 16:14
3 replies
steel, coldzera, saffe, trk, fer coach zews this is really good team
2021-07-31 16:23
1 reply
#101
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Brazil Z1DAN
saffee biguzera steel fer f4stziN trust me
2021-07-31 17:03
I would say fallen and it would be almost that "the last dance", but he is going to be liquid awping igl again
2021-07-31 16:54
#74
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Europe elefiveS
steel, cold, fer...
2021-07-31 16:22
+deathzz and +?? maybe taking sausol back from mad lions with smooya they will keep talking ENG so maybe 2 international players alex might be taking IGL smooya gonna be the awper
2021-07-31 16:34
2 replies
#136
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Spain Nepomu
I think sausol and an international player
2021-07-31 19:32
1 reply
i would enjoy that :)
2021-07-31 21:33
unexpected, smooya made it seem like things were going well
2021-07-31 16:29
1 reply
Maybe he didn't even know since it's not him making the decision
2021-07-31 16:31
free smooya
2021-07-31 16:30
#81
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Brazil petrolao
Steel Fer Trk … … Zews
2021-07-31 16:30
1 reply
cold and f4stzin/saffee/any good player
2021-07-31 16:55
sausol? :(
2021-07-31 16:36
didnt think they needed any changes interested who they pick up tho
2021-07-31 16:40
#88
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Portugal King_tmac
+SunPayus
2021-07-31 16:51
1 reply
2 awp?
2021-08-01 10:40
#90
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Portugal H3NR
Smooya: we had a rough start, but then when things were coming along, we have the break Movistar Riders: you know what? Let's make roster changes!
2021-07-31 16:52
1 reply
#137
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Spain Nepomu
They were needed, shokz was bad and steel is a decent igl but he is awful at fragging
2021-07-31 19:32
idk if smooya stays and this will greatly limit the choices movistar can make
2021-07-31 16:53
#98
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Hungary Shiron212
mens(((
2021-07-31 16:58
wow first time seeing someone got kicked instead Smooya
2021-07-31 17:02
steel to faze?
2021-07-31 17:04
1 reply
no, he'll join cold new team
2021-07-31 23:38
#104
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Hungary raffai
rip shox
2021-07-31 17:07
Movistar Riders is basically smooya carrying 4 average FPL players, kick anyone besides smooya and it’s still the same
2021-07-31 17:07
4 replies
Its more like Mopoz and Smooya, the rest arent bad but they are clearly up for a consistend top team
2021-07-31 18:23
2 replies
#138
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Spain Nepomu
Alex isn’t bad he is a good support if they get a good igl and another rifle the team could be going places I guess
2021-07-31 19:33
1 reply
yes is what i said, Alex isnt bad but the best player on the team were Mopoz and Smooya by far
2021-07-31 19:54
#152
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Portugal Davdio
+1
2021-07-31 21:40
#106
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
fake steel fake shox wtf
2021-07-31 17:08
#111
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United Kingdom ulan
can't believe they lost the french and american legends
2021-07-31 17:23
#112
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Brazil Myballs
steel is joining coldzera's team Case Esports
2021-07-31 17:27
#113
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United States BombTaco
surprising
2021-07-31 17:29
about time to do something
2021-07-31 17:52
RigoN Docc
2021-07-31 18:24
I would love to see Alex (UK) + sausoL and Riders back to spanish flag <3
2021-07-31 18:27
1 reply
#139
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Spain Nepomu
Alex + alex imagina Castear eso lol
2021-07-31 19:34
#124
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Europe Connector
Deleted
2021-07-31 18:42
+steel +shox
2021-07-31 18:53
Expected
2021-07-31 18:55
Steel to Case sports + cold??
2021-07-31 19:04
+fer
2021-07-31 19:13
A lot of Brazilian players loose... new BR team incoming.
2021-07-31 20:03
Fer Cold Steel Saffee + an support player top5 team hltv until the end of 2021
2021-07-31 20:25
#154
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Well yeah, shokz has been playing tragically for a long time already, great decision by Movistar here, but steel, I kind of felt like he was part of the core of this team with alex and mopoz, and I felt like he should've stayed, but still, -shokz is a really good move. GL in finding replacements.
2021-07-31 21:57
2 replies
Steel spent 2 years on Riders, usually players get tired of playing the same with the same igl so might be posible that players wanted a chance. But i feel like Its gonna be dificult to find a good igl unleas Movistar do a huge investment on Alex for exemple
2021-08-01 07:41
1 reply
#175
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
I think ALEXs deal to fnatic is pretty much done so I really doubt that.
2021-08-01 15:08
LoL
2021-07-31 22:56
#158
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United States Rayduh
finally!!! all spanish team please
2021-07-31 23:07
Steel :(
2021-08-01 01:16
Steel will join the same team as coldzera maybe.. let's see...
2021-08-01 01:55
4 replies
#168
OK | 
Europe Rokiz
prob, bcs they would of released him too, but benching means that they want to sell him or has an offer already in.
2021-08-01 07:34
3 replies
If they release someone who is under contract means they must pay all the salary remaining on the contract, so why do that instead of benching him I dunno but some brazilians said that coldzera dont want to play with him
2021-08-01 07:38
2 replies
#171
OK | 
Europe Rokiz
same thing so why do they release shokz? Just probably org has good relationships with players but they want more from team so they mutually decided this.
2021-08-01 07:52
1 reply
Shokz contract ended, same with Smooya but they extended It.
2021-08-01 07:56
Rip steel, likeable guy(
2021-08-01 02:50
Noo Not shokz. He was very good and a very good player. Hopefully he find a new Home afap.
2021-08-01 20:27
#182
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Europe Amne_cs
I expect Tier 1 players joining Riders...benching/releasing these 2 players is a risky move..they just benched their IGL so it's very dangerous...
2021-08-01 20:32
Now imagine this. Endpoint: -mightymax +Alex -crucial +smooya
2021-08-02 13:51
Just disband the whole team and go play Valorant
2021-08-02 14:07
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