ritchiEE steps down from GORILLAZ roster

With this latest voluntary removal, GORILLAZ have now seen five different players come and go in as many months.

GORILLAZ, current home of Jere "⁠sergej⁠" Salo, Miikka "⁠suNny⁠" Kemppi, and Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist, suffered another setback as Richard "⁠ritchiEE⁠" Mestdagh's exit was announced today via flusha's Twitter. The ex-EC Brugge star had been with the team for just over a month, joining alongside Kevin "⁠HS⁠" Tarn in August to replace the outgoing Niels Christian "⁠NaToSaphiX⁠" Sillassen and Yasin "⁠xfl0ud⁠" Koç.

In the short time ritchiEE spent with the team they achieved little of note, their best tournament result coming at the Elisa Invitational Fall Regionals, where they achieved a 3-2 record in the Swiss best-of-three event to secure a spot at the Elisa Invitational Fall, taking place September 13-October 15.

ritchiEE spent a total of 38 days with the team

GORILLAZ did however manage to secure a shock 2-1 victory over top-20 team Sinners in their opening game of the aforementioned Elisa Invitational Fall, suggesting the roster may have held some promise.

They had most recently participated in the third and fourth open qualifiers for IEM Fall, failing to qualify from either and finishing 9-16th and 5-8th respectively.

Standing in for GORILLAZ will be Anton "⁠supra⁠" Tšernobai, who is currently benched from the active roster of Nordavind. Their first game with supra will be on September 20 at 17:00 when they take on SKADE in their second match of Elisa Invitational Fall.

The current GORILLAZ roster is:

Sweden Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist
Finland Miikka "⁠suNny⁠" Kemppi
Finland Jere "⁠sergej⁠" Salo
Estonia Kevin "⁠HS⁠" Tarn
Estonia Anton "⁠supra⁠" Tšernobai (stand-in)

Ukraine Sergey "⁠lmbt⁠" Bezhanov (coach)

Estonia Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1050
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1283
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
749
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Niels Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Niels Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1810
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Turkey Yasin 'xfl0ud' Koç
Yasin 'xfl0ud' Koç
Age:
18
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
121
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Belgium Richard 'ritchiEE' Mestdagh
Richard 'ritchiEE' Mestdagh
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
206
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
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Estonia Anton 'supra' Tšernobai
Anton 'supra' Tšernobai
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
503
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
Wow i wonder if GORILLAZ will eventually improve!
2021-09-20 17:04
28 replies
16-0 against an academy team, things aren’t looking good for the boys
2021-09-20 17:05
14 replies
0-16 is bad but it can only get better from now on... they got some good players in there...
2021-09-20 17:07
13 replies
#51
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Sweden bevern
Nothing has happend in 7 months..
2021-09-20 17:15
4 replies
they didnt cancel the project yet so i guess they have some faith
2021-09-20 17:20
3 replies
#134
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Finland Lindeni
They really don't have any other options. Sergej and Sunny haven't shown anything in the past 7 months for any top org to come and pick them up for their resume and past showings. They need an AWPer. A real AWPer. Best case scenario for them is getting Nawwkk and building around that and finally having an org support them fully.
2021-09-21 00:25
2 replies
They have an org support them fully right? Maybe +Chris?
2021-09-21 00:27
1 reply
#137
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Finland Lindeni
Not really because they're still playing as "GORILLAZ" instead of the orgs name. Also the "fully supportive org" has changed so many times over the past how many months this project has been alive. Chris would be okay, I'd deffo take him over one of the Estonians (just because of AWPing ability) and he would have some input in calling too, has past experience with at least one of the players. Nawwkk would be perfect though, for real, but I don't know is it that his aspirations are higher than this roster.
2021-09-21 00:31
As long as they close the revolving door of players
2021-09-20 17:55
1 reply
Might still be trailing players
2021-09-20 18:19
how? nobody want to play with them thats quiet clear by now.
2021-09-21 00:08
5 replies
Why no one?
2021-09-21 00:09
4 replies
well mate lets just look at the guys who left them.... and now no namers dont wanna play with them.. yeah that team is never gonna happen.
2021-09-21 00:20
3 replies
Ritchie is not a nonamer mens((
2021-09-21 00:25
2 replies
for non dutch/belgien he is
2021-09-21 09:30
1 reply
dont think that makes a big diffrence
2021-09-21 14:18
I met sergej and he said that he would win by himself
2021-09-20 17:06
9 replies
#28
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Finland Cucumber))
Better stick to AWPing then
2021-09-20 17:06
7 replies
Everyone remembers good awp players but no-one remembers good riflers. That is what he said
2021-09-20 17:11
6 replies
#87
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Albania WokeUp
yeah we remember bad awpers too though
2021-09-20 17:58
I remember when Sergej was good… until he decided military service was a better gig than being on a team with allu xd
2021-09-20 18:16
4 replies
Its mandatory in Finland so he decided to take a break and make a service in beetwen. No need to blame him as this ENCE roster was going to nowhere without AleksiB
2021-09-20 18:25
3 replies
+1
2021-09-20 18:45
It makes sense I just find it funny that he didn't even try to make a different team work despite being in his prime.
2021-09-20 19:34
1 reply
He still is in his prime.. IMO he should look into other opportunities, if Gorillaz team does not work out.
2021-09-21 16:13
Makes me so sad since Flusha peak + Sergej peak would be so beatiful to see
2021-09-20 18:47
lmao
2021-09-20 17:39
they can't get any worse
2021-09-20 18:34
#127
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Hungary BYZMO
supra is too good for this shit
2021-09-20 22:07
#2
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Asia Blitzer
S H I T H O W
2021-09-20 17:04
2 replies
as a flusha Fan i feel bad
2021-09-20 20:07
1 reply
+1
2021-09-21 11:33
sergej main awper lul
2021-09-20 17:04
1 reply
+1 wasted talent
2021-09-20 17:39
#4
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Germany dolbawp
Lul
2021-09-20 17:04
#5
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Other pontiff
Damn.
2021-09-20 17:04
who??
2021-09-20 17:04
+ropz +fejtz +some FPL Estonia Kid. Estonian super team.
2021-09-20 17:05
4 replies
#12
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Estonia Sn4pzhat
yes. EZ
2021-09-20 17:05
+Shokz
2021-09-20 17:16
lmfao, gorillaz probably can't afford ropz socks
2021-09-20 18:26
Hmm, like the Turkish superteam scenario??
2021-09-20 20:32
supra is the better player anyway
2021-09-20 17:05
Please disband.
2021-09-20 17:05
this all is just a joke isnt it?
2021-09-20 17:05
Who steps down from what
2021-09-20 17:05
4 replies
ritchie... he doesn´t wanna be in this shithole called team
2021-09-20 17:09
3 replies
Bold of his to assume he can do better than gorillaz
2021-09-20 18:18
2 replies
he can, at least if he is a bit setup to , like on EG Brugge
2021-09-20 18:37
1 reply
who
2021-09-20 18:59
Happy it was his choice
2021-09-20 17:05
#14
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Japan Inlivino
B R U H R U H
2021-09-20 17:05
#15
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Bulgaria goshyy
''Their first game with supra will be on August 20 at 16:00 when they take on SKADE in their second match of Elisa Invitational Fall.''
2021-09-20 17:05
1 reply
Bad luck it seems, SKADE are on the up and looking pretty dangerous. Shame we haven't seen them at T1 events yet but I'm sure their time will come
2021-09-20 23:23
#16
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Finland Teukkasd
expected
2021-09-20 17:05
flusha left fnatic for this
2021-09-20 17:05
G OMEGALUL RILLAZ
2021-09-20 17:05
sad to hear( rlly liked him as a player(
2021-09-20 17:05
kekw
2021-09-20 17:06
#22
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Brazil setsz
supra underrated
2021-09-20 17:06
Hahahahaahahahahahahahah
2021-09-20 17:06
LUL
2021-09-20 17:06
GORILLAZ should really learn from South, take their well known strat - Disband
2021-09-20 17:06
#27
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Lithuania andy_
apparently only one person is able to make smart decisions in that roster
2021-09-20 17:06
-estiona +flamie +chawzyy
2021-09-20 17:07
damn, its painful at this point
2021-09-20 17:07
#32
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Finland Orchard
So ez against SKADE
2021-09-20 17:07
XD
2021-09-20 17:07
-Flusha +Finnish /estonian igl
2021-09-20 17:09
4 replies
-Flusha+ropz -sunny+shockz -sergej+fejtz I think its time for Estonia to have a good team. Sergej to havu but not as an awper and sunny to who gives a fuck inc.
2021-09-20 17:13
2 replies
I would love to see Estonian superteam but the gap between Ropz and other estonian players is just too far imo. Without Ropz Estonia could have decent tier2, like Czech have Sinners
2021-09-20 17:36
1 reply
Hello, my name is vitality. Nice to meet you sir!
2021-09-20 18:27
#146
Banjo | 
Finland 5way
aka Aleksi Virolainen
2021-09-21 12:50
Supra for me it's almost unreal to think this shit played with Gambit guys and was toxic to them cuz he thought he is more skilled than them Good luck Toxic dog with being stand in for this lul
2021-09-20 17:09
3 replies
Wait was he toxic to them?? LOL I really never heard this
2021-09-20 17:10
2 replies
hltv.org/forums/threads/2348237/why-supr.. #86 And you have link to interview Also check #24 cuz this guy pretty much jinxed his career lol
2021-09-20 17:13
1 reply
Thanks, very interesting. Funny how it all worked out kekek
2021-09-20 17:17
Sorry but.. HAHA! I dont think I've ever seen a roster this unstable.. Its not even been 5 months for this team and they've had 10 different players!
2021-09-20 17:10
smart move by ritchieee, this shithole just ruining people carrers before they even start one. dysfuncional team poor supra will suffer now with this bots aswell
2021-09-20 17:10
5 replies
I think this team is a joke too. But who's career has this team ruined? :S
2021-09-20 17:14
4 replies
fucked xfloud, espiranto , ritchie, players with some potencial but its impossible to anything on this dysfuncional team.. supra is also great , and plays the worst positions where he can´t statpad easily... when he leaves this team no one will want him anyome cuz his stats will look like shit also idk why sergej just doesn´t go to HAVU instead of jemi.... havu has much more potencial.. Their IGL slowi is exacly same playstyle as aleksib... they just need sergej back to fill the roles well on everyone... like prime ence.. idk why he declines every time i agree with you , this team is a joke
2021-09-20 17:18
3 replies
xfloud is bull. He was promised to join that Turkish team so he voluntarily left gorillaz then got fucked by eternal fire. Next. How is espiranto fucked? Where was he before joining gorillaz? No one wanted him, they took him, he left. His team or teams after that has fallen part aswell. Next, how have they fucked over ritchie? Did they hold a gun to his head forcing him to leave his top100 team to join this team? Ok this one you get because thats probably what happened, flusha is OG after all. Arguably the only careers taking a step back from this gorillaz project is sergej and flusha's. But since this team was their idea I have no sympathy for them.
2021-09-20 17:30
2 replies
Espiranto was on c0ntact xfloud left to join turkish superteam, but since he didn´t go, gorilaz now don´t let him play, even if he is in contract.. ofc all of this 3 were dumb enough to join this shit roster since the start... but this roster destroys people potencial , thats what my point.
2021-09-20 18:40
1 reply
Contact disbanded 6 months before he joined gorillaz. Teamless for 6 months but ok.. xfloud left to join this Turkish team, gorillaz found another member. xfloud it turnes out never got the spot in eternal fire. Now should gorillaz kick the member they got to replace him with? If they did you would be here bitching about that aswell.. As I said, the only players who took a step back in their career's were flusha and sergej. These are the two players who could get better offers, for the other members gorillaz was the best offer they were going to recieve.
2021-09-20 18:46
Sergej desperately praying Havu call him up to replace Jemi
2021-09-20 17:11
4 replies
they did.... he didn´t want too.. havu ceo twetted it 3 or 4 weeks ago
2021-09-20 18:49
3 replies
Bruh Sergej committed career suicide
2021-09-20 19:13
2 replies
+1
2021-09-20 19:35
+1
2021-09-21 10:28
good choice ritchie, u seen sense
2021-09-20 17:11
Can't wait for org announcement!!!
2021-09-20 17:12
Sergej took the awp abusing meme too seriously
2021-09-20 17:13
Makes sense, this roster is going nowhere.
2021-09-20 17:13
bruh i wonder why... just disband and look for other opportunities
2021-09-20 17:13
Dead team, dead game
2021-09-20 17:13
XDD
2021-09-20 17:15
he wasn't the problem? hs sucks, sergej sucks, flusha sucks, sunny ah decent
2021-09-20 17:15
#57
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Myanmar dexzzz
South inc
2021-09-20 17:17
#58
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Finland wormi
when org? let sergej rifle and the team becomes shitton better
2021-09-20 17:18
trash org and trash players disband newbs
2021-09-20 17:19
anybody seen riche? eh?
2021-09-20 17:23
Why so bad?
2021-09-20 17:25
Hopefully things will stabilize for them.
2021-09-20 17:25
#64
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Netherlands Sem0733
Just stop it.
2021-09-20 17:25
someone delete this team pls
2021-09-20 17:25
Oh god
2021-09-20 17:26
good job richie
2021-09-20 17:26
Changing players faster than col going through stand ins LUL This "org" needs to step in and actually make some big changes
2021-09-20 17:26
#69
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Czech Republic Starold
OMEGALUL
2021-09-20 17:26
I knew it once he played matches with ec. Brugge
2021-09-20 17:27
FLUSHA TO FNATIC LEEZZ GOOO
2021-09-20 17:31
5 replies
Och vem ska bort tycker du? :)
2021-09-21 09:29
4 replies
Alex såklart, sen kicka den andra UK jäveln och addera peppe/olofm, disband academy team.
2021-09-21 10:48
3 replies
Helt rätt. Det ska vara full svensk femma. Inga jävla britter med dålig tandhygien.
2021-09-21 12:10
2 replies
Mhm, britterna förstör top5 player krimz, herr Taliban.
2021-09-21 16:24
1 reply
Haha jag fakeflaggar. Jag är blond och arisk
2021-09-21 17:39
#73
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United Kingdom MikeLCHV
I really want this team to be good but things are getting worse and worse unfortunately
2021-09-20 17:31
#74
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Poland ryhupeja
+JW plz
2021-09-20 17:32
Rip
2021-09-20 17:37
no one wants to play with cheating scum
2021-09-20 17:38
something cannot be right internally this roster switchup clownshow paired with horrible results is unprecedented
2021-09-20 17:40
Joke
2021-09-20 17:50
expected
2021-09-20 17:51
#83
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Serbia KosorezZ
he was best player in team?
2021-09-20 17:52
ya, whats new?
2021-09-20 17:54
sunny and sergej soon next?
2021-09-20 17:56
Supra... nice car nice player*
2021-09-20 17:59
xD
2021-09-20 17:59
Supraaaaaaaaaaa
2021-09-20 18:03
add fleav
2021-09-20 18:11
+allu easy tier 2
2021-09-20 18:11
clown project
2021-09-20 18:17
#102
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Poland SebL
He was underperforming so I guess it's a good change for GORILLAZ. HS has been underperforming aswell, overall the core of flusha, suNny, sergej is the core that I can see working, but they really struggle to find good 4th and 5th player, it's really messy for them rn. However I don't see supra fitting in ritchiEEs shoes, ritchiEE was this kind of supportive player, he had pretty bad positons and stuff, while supra in Nordavind has been the entry fragger, so it's either sergej taking a step back or they will try to make supra their support player, which I really don't like and overall I think this is just a temporary solution and they will find new 5th quickly. GL GORILLAZ.
2021-09-20 18:37
6 replies
supra was support on gambit youngsters, plus ritchiee was not a support player at all, he was a star forced to play support
2021-09-20 21:35
1 reply
#154
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Poland SebL
I didn't watch ritchiEEE before GORILLAZ, but in GORILLAZ he was support so you are probably right that he was forced to do it, and obv. he didn't do well. I don't remember how supra played in Gambit YNG, but in Nordavind he was really aggresive.
2021-09-21 22:50
and flusha sergej and sunny do not underperform right? dont get me wrong HS and ritchie dont play good but same goes for the other 3
2021-09-21 14:22
3 replies
#156
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Poland SebL
sergej actually looks pretty solid on the AWP, but flusha and suNny have to be more consistent, they have good matches but they also have some pretty shit ones, overall I agree, only sergej seems to perform atm., and it's not like he is doing anything special, he just feels pretty comfortable on this AWP.
2021-09-21 22:51
2 replies
u must be joking if u think 1,10 rating is solid for an awp that wants to compete on tier 1 level and only plays vs tier 3 teams
2021-09-22 12:07
1 reply
#159
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Poland SebL
I don't look at ratings that much, I watch some matches and if I see that a player is doing well and feels comfortable I just write it, also I believe 1.10 is decent with how GORILLAZ has been doing lately.
2021-09-23 16:43
just +allu and everything will be solved
2021-09-20 18:48
Sad
2021-09-20 19:05
Where is this org that's apparently behind them, does it even exist?
2021-09-20 19:18
gorillaz gonna play with every single free agent from t2 cs
2021-09-20 19:27
#116
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Chile cristiaan
XD
2021-09-20 19:52
Probably got bullied and they put it as his own decision xd
2021-09-20 19:59
#118
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Italy cele87
Tozic team, unlucky for them
2021-09-20 19:59
#119
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Hungary raffai
Leaving sinking ship nice
2021-09-20 20:05
lll +ritchie
2021-09-20 20:59
make sense, gorillaz dead team
2021-09-20 21:13
wonder when they're going to reveal the org that's backing them. can't be that big if they only manage to get tier 3 players without a contract
2021-09-20 21:15
#126
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Sweden shirre
What is going on with this team when so many players feel like they don't belong?
2021-09-20 21:53
#128
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Netherlands n0b8m8
GL chrisJ
2021-09-20 22:50
just end it gorillaz is never gonna happpen. a team of has beens, wannabees and sergej.
2021-09-21 00:03
Imagine, trash like ritchie do not want to play with major winner player . That is power of internet, a lot of options & real tragedy
2021-09-21 01:47
What a fucking clownshow. Sad to see how far Flusha has fallen :(
2021-09-21 04:18
#147
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Mongolia k0ng0
Can't believe that players of this caliber ended up as a meme team. :/
2021-09-21 13:33
poor gorillaz
2021-09-21 14:16
sad
2021-09-21 22:51
#157
Snax | 
Poland xBG1
when -sergej? sergej awp is there main problem, he is useless, making exit frags, 0 impact, baiting whole team, kick this kid and bring some sniper even from fpl will be better than bot sergej
2021-09-21 22:53
2 replies
Doesnt need a kick just has to drop the AWP, Hes really good rifler
2021-09-28 18:30
1 reply
#162
Snax | 
Poland xBG1
yes, he is good rifler but he has wet dream about playing awp xd
2021-09-28 20:31
Nice
2021-09-28 18:26
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