00Nation bench HEN1, LUCAS1
The twin brothers are left looking on from the sidelines after 00NATION missed out on a PGL Major Stockholm appearance.
00NATION have moved Henrique "HEN1" Teles and Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles to the bench, the organisation announced on Thursday. The change to the roster leaves the team with four players on its starting lineup, which will presumably see Alencar "trk" Rossato moved from a rotational position in the six-man roster into a full-time slot.
The benching of the brothers comes in the wake of a last place finish in IEM Fall North America, in which 00NATION were unable to pick up a single map win in their group and were subsequently eliminated from contention for a spot at PGL Major Stockholm.
In their time under the 00NATION banner, HEN1 and LUCAS1 have been the teams highest and third-highest rated players, averaging 1.08 and 0.97 ratings, respectively, amid lacklustre placements in all of their tournament appearances.
Before coming together under O PLANO in May, the twins were playing for different teams — the first time they had separated in nearly five years of playing together. HEN1 had been finding success as a part of FURIA, and LUCAS1 plied his trade for MIBR before the lineup's eventual exit from the organisation.
However, after spending 18 months apart, the itch to play together once again struck the pair, and they departed their respective teams and reunited under Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe's leadership. Limited success since then, combined with the failure to qualify for the PGL Major Stockholm, has now prompted the team to make a change.
The remaining members of 00NATION have traveled to the organisation's headquarters in Oslo, Norway as they prepare to compete in the second IEM Winter Europe open qualifier, which will run from October 15-16 and offer two spots in the closed stage. It is currently unknown whether the Brazilian team will field a replacement for one of the twins, or if coach Raphael "cogu" Camargo will step in for the interim.
With the change, 00NATION's roster looks as follows:
Raphael "cogu" Camargo (coach)