Sources: Complexity in talks to sign Extra Salt trio; add Grim, junior
Should the deal for Copenhagen Flames fall through, the Dallas-based organization have already lined up another roster they could acquire heading into 2022.
Complexity are in talks to acquire the core of Extra Salt, sources familiar with the situation tell HLTV.org. Additionally, the team are looking to add Liquid rifler Michael "Grim" Wince in place of Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado, a move which would reunite the 21-year-old with Paytyn "junior" Johnson, who was reported to be joining the roster by Dust2.us.
Complexity initially emerged as a frontrunner to buy the roster of Copenhagen Flames after the Danish team impressed at PGL Major Stockholm, but talks between the two organizations stalled for a period, leaving the possibility of them reaching a deal in jeopardy — as first reported by Dexerto. The same outlet indicated Complexity have since begun to analyze their other options, including the possibility of building a North American roster.
According to our sources, one of the prime candidates to be acquired by Complexity is the core of Extra Salt, who have been the most promising team to emerge from North America’s tier two scene in the past two years, making a case against international opposition throughout 2021 and recently securing a spot in ESL Pro League Season 15.
Despite the reported impending departure of their star AWPer Josh "oSee" Ohm to Liquid, the team still has a strong foundation, featuring in-game leader Johnny "JT" Theodosiou and two talented riflers in Ricky "floppy" Kemery and Justin "FaNg" Coakley.
Sources familiar with the situation tell HLTV.org that the lineup are also aiming to bolster their firepower with the addition of Grim, who would link up with former Triumph teammate junior as he joins the roster in oSee's place.
While nothing has been finalized, discussions between Complexity and Extra Salt are well underway, with buyouts for the players already agreed upon. The move, should it come to fruition, could offer the North American prospects the chance to consistently compete against tier one opposition, with Complexity being a partner team in both the BLAST and ESL Pro Tour circuits.
If the deal is finalized, Complexity would be:
Tiaan "T.c" Coertzen (coach)