ISSAA parts ways with Eternal Fire
The Turkish side has been spotted playing with Sabit "mirbit" Coktasar as their fifth.
Issa "ISSAA" Murad will no longer be a part of the squad dubbed the "Turkish Superteam" as he exits the project two months after its inception. In that time frame, Eternal Fire has not lived up to the billing as the team featuring the country's biggest stars Özgür "woxic" Eker and Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş couldn't break past the 60th spot on the world rankings.
According to the organization, ISSAA "could not adapt to Turkey and decided to return to his own country", leading to the separation of the two parties. Eternal Fire have not revealed their plan for the fifth spot on the team, but are using German-Turkish player mirbit in the Pinnacle Fall Series 2 match against SKADE.
mirbit is a 24-year-old player that represented teams such as Sprout, Windigo, and Alternate aTTaX in the past, but is currently tied to Nordavind who benched their international roster in favor of signing the O PLANO team under their new brand 00NATION.
Unlike ISSAA, mirbit speaks Turkish, and has stated that he would like to continue being an in-game leader upon his benching in Nordavind. It remains to be seen whether Eternal Fire will decide to add the 24-year-old player on a long-term basis, but he could offer solutions to the two glaring problems the XANTARES-led team had since its inception.
ISSAA's future remains equally unclear. The former HellRaisers and OG star posted a respectable 1.08 rating during his tenure with the Turkish team, but most of the 59 maps he played were against opposition outside of the top 30. The Jordanian's last outing with the team was in the IEM Winter Open Qualifier, where Eternal Fire missed out on a top-2 finish after a narrow defeat to FunPlus Phoenix.
Eternal Fire are currently playing with the following roster:
Timur "bishop" Şengül (coach)