Extra Salt release MarKE

The Mexican player will be allowed to explore other options without the weight of a buyout on his shoulders.

Extra Salt have announced that they have parted ways with Edgar "⁠MarKE⁠" Maldonado, bringing an end to his ten-month tenure on the team and allowing him to explore options free from a contract heading into the 2022 season. He is the second player to officially depart the roster after Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm was signed by Liquid at the end of December.

The announcement follows in the wake of a report from HLTV.org that indicated that the remaining trio of players on the Extra Salt starting roster were in talks to join Complexity alongside Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson and Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince, a deal that we know to be nearing completion.

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Sources: Complexity in talks to sign Extra Salt trio; add Grim, junior
MarKE departs Extra Salt after ten months with the organization

MarKE has been a part of Extra Salt since March 2021, joining the team in place of Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy. Since his arrival, the team firmly established a place in the upper echelon of North America, dominating a majority of domestic tournaments and securing title wins in DreamHack Open March and June, as well as a runner-up finish in the FunSpark ULTI Europe Final.

The team also attended a number of notable tournaments in Europe throughout the last year, but were unable to manage any deep runs. More recently, they qualified for ESL Pro League Season 15 via the Conference stage, although their spot in the event is now in question as the majority of the roster is set to move to Complexity, a Louvre Agreement team who hold a partner spot in the league.

With reports of new North American lineups also emerging, MarKE will have some options to consider, having been a stable presence for Extra Salt throughout his tenure as he averaged a 1.11 rating over 277 maps. The organization, meanwhile, should still be left with Aran "⁠Sonic⁠" Groesbeek under contract as they consider options for the new year, teasing news of a roster announcement next week.

For now, Extra Salt are left with:

South Africa Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou
Canada Justin "⁠FaNg⁠" Coakley
United States Ricky "⁠floppy⁠" Kemery

South Africa Tiaan "⁠T.c⁠" Coertzen (coach)

South Africa Aran "⁠Sonic⁠" Groesbeek (inactive)

United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1021
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
940
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
738
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado
Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
925
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
United States Ian 'motm' Hardy
Ian 'motm' Hardy
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
811
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Canada Justin 'FaNg' Coakley
Justin 'FaNg' Coakley
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
576
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
410
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.60
#1
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Brazil HHazuka
Wow
2022-01-07 20:45
28 replies
#8
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Ukraine Chrisjkk
a bot will remain a bot nobody gonna miss you
2022-01-07 20:45
10 replies
#21
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Germany frankturv
what HHazuka did to you?
2022-01-07 20:48
6 replies
Good, markE is finally free to join a real team
2022-01-08 02:26
4 replies
#108
JT | 
North America Korama
what lmao have you seen how insane ES are, hes the best team he has ever been on
2022-01-08 04:53
3 replies
Agreed
2022-01-08 17:00
best team? lol oSee carried this team in its backpack...
2022-01-08 18:44
Chaos > ES
2022-01-08 21:03
#127
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Brazil HHazuka
Very good question, maybe he thinks I'm one of those first comments chaser, who knows
2022-01-08 23:38
#26
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Brazil NotJuan
+1 just how a cheater will remain a cheater
2022-01-07 20:48
#75
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Argentina cheapdeed
+1
2022-01-07 22:27
#100
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Europe Zwenix
Stfu?
2022-01-08 03:26
Sad but kind of confirms the ES rumor, just curious who replaces rush
2022-01-07 20:49
6 replies
#60
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United Kingdom B1son
??? Rush? Are you talking about Evil Genius' rumoured signing of rush, stewie and automatic?
2022-01-07 21:20
5 replies
ES were in talks with RUSH. MarkE could have been a replacement but now that’s out the window
2022-01-07 21:25
4 replies
its grim and 1junior to ES
2022-01-08 00:18
3 replies
#93
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Australia poppyxox
+1
2022-01-08 01:50
Complexity?
2022-01-08 05:47
1 reply
yes, to CoL, not ES, my bad
2022-01-08 17:21
Isn't it wheird that he's being released, but Sonic still has a contract?
2022-01-07 20:55
9 replies
ties with the south african origins of the org
2022-01-08 00:16
8 replies
Org is American. Since we’re talking about that country: Most important African American ever: Elon Musk Most beautiful African American ever: Charlize Theron
2022-01-08 01:35
7 replies
yeah, i know... but the one chasing someone to invest in CS:GO were the South African manager and South African coach, if i'm not mistaken
2022-01-08 02:59
2 replies
In what business does a boss lose to a manager? It’s why we have this ridiculous Vitality roster because of an Indian boss.
2022-01-08 07:57
1 reply
mens, what i'm trying to say is that is harder to the org to release a player who was one of the foundations of the team... it's not that hard to understand, come on...
2022-01-08 13:28
Muskrat was born in South Africa and neither of his parents are American, that's just a self-report right there.
2022-01-08 16:41
3 replies
Still makes him African American
2022-01-08 21:36
2 replies
He's not American, how the fuck could he be African American? You are literally just saying two white people are the most important/beautiful African Americans, going out of your way to be racist. No one asked and you still brought it up. You should video game yourself.
2022-01-09 17:27
1 reply
American citizen. How am I racist? Maybe MLK? But he didn’t do remotely anything close to help people than Elon. And if you’re saying white, so was Obama. I can’t give a logical opinion without being called racist? Name one more important African American.
2022-01-09 19:30
Sad
2022-01-07 20:45
8 replies
I hope Movistar will look for him. There are too many rookies in this team. Deathzz and davidg look very often clueless.
2022-01-07 20:53
7 replies
+1 thatd be a good pickup
2022-01-07 21:28
+1, sick idea. Personally I'd replace dav1g as deathzz is a wild card that can rip up the server sometimes, while dav1g never has. There may be some role issues but tbh I don't watch movistar enough to comment on that definitively
2022-01-07 21:39
1 reply
I agree. Deathzzz look more promising. I think it is more a matter of lacking experience or been too stressful. Even as support, marke is better than davig. He just looks flat, uninspiring. I dont look enough Movistar to tell roles. I think Alex is entrying, mopoz second or lurk, deathzz lurk or second and davig support.
2022-01-07 23:47
Wow that would make total sense! Actualy a very good idea!
2022-01-08 03:06
2 replies
Honestly, if they took Steel who didn't speaking spanish (my guess), why don't pick up a mexican player ? The guy is free, had lan experience/ t2 eu, was hard entry (one of most difficult role) and won't ask for much. It'll be a shame. Maybe, marke want to stay in NA, but at the same time, ES travelled a lot to EU.
2022-01-08 03:28
1 reply
That would be a very big missed opportunity if Movistar doesn't make this move. Marke is ready, speaks spanish as nativa language and is a good player, considering what you have on Movistar. If he's willing to grind up to T1, then he'll be willing to move to EU.
2022-01-08 04:21
+1
2022-01-19 18:07
gl marke
2022-01-07 20:45
#4
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Brazil systeMMMMM
F MarKE
2022-01-07 20:45
F
2022-01-07 20:45
#6
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Andorra iDead_asdd
pain
2022-01-07 20:45
nooooo
2022-01-07 20:45
#9
NAF | 
United States Cesperus
oBo time
2022-01-07 20:45
2 replies
*Grim time
2022-01-07 21:26
1 reply
yeah that too
2022-01-07 22:44
Now he can do what he likes most: watching the match on stream
2022-01-07 20:45
1 reply
lmao was scrolling trying to find this reference. +1
2022-01-07 21:40
#11
ropz | 
Romania Laskof
sad
2022-01-07 20:46
F
2022-01-07 20:46
First
2022-01-07 20:46
#14
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United States pasta10101
obo?
2022-01-07 20:46
#15
JT | 
United States cybonics
WHY
2022-01-07 20:46
MarKE G2 confirmed
2022-01-07 20:46
#17
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Finland Cucumber))
Movistar Riders :)
2022-01-07 20:46
12 replies
Who is the entry for Movistar? I feel marke is an upgrade for deathzz or davig
2022-01-07 20:50
7 replies
#30
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Finland Cucumber))
checked stats and mopoz has highest entry attempts both deathzz and dav1g have the least entry attempts i think it would still be a massive upgrade
2022-01-07 20:52
6 replies
I hope. I dont think he has a massive buyout or es will be greedy. Marke has a sharp aim. He looked a bit lost on ct side, but maybe it was not his first choice to be the swing man.
2022-01-07 20:56
5 replies
#42
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Finland Cucumber))
No buyout he's a free agent now
2022-01-07 20:56
4 replies
Then, no reason to keep those players. I mean one of those.
2022-01-07 20:58
3 replies
#52
JT | 
United States cybonics
MarKE getting picked up by MR would be wild
2022-01-07 21:00
2 replies
Yes. Honnestly he deserves to play t2 /t3 eu. Not in t3 na team.
2022-01-07 21:02
1 reply
Yeah, agree. I thought he was pretty good while on ES, just feels like he's never been given a shot at a decent team and all he ever did was cycle in and out of those T2 NA lineups that never lasted more than 6 months
2022-01-07 21:41
G2
2022-01-07 20:57
2 replies
#45
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Finland Cucumber))
Upgrade over j*ckz
2022-01-07 20:57
1 reply
1st mv and if he playes good there tgen g2
2022-01-08 21:53
inspired move tbh
2022-01-07 21:01
F hope he finds good team
2022-01-07 20:47
#19
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Ukraine Slavv_Boss
Actually unexpected
2022-01-07 20:47
F and Sad
2022-01-07 20:48
Why is this lineup just falling apart....
2022-01-07 20:48
3 replies
#29
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Poland moistu
+Grim and junior col org
2022-01-07 20:52
1 reply
meh moves
2022-01-07 20:54
It’s not, junior and grim join, goto COL. Extra salt build a roster with daps Daps Obo? Swisher? Xotic lan dodger? Idk for 5th
2022-01-07 20:57
Grim + Junior
2022-01-07 20:48
#24
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
marke VALULRANT NOOOOOO
2022-01-07 20:48
1 reply
Nah he isn’t switching prob
2022-01-07 20:57
9z possible new awper to replace try?
2022-01-07 20:49
1 reply
#38
JT | 
United States cybonics
MarKE isn't an awper
2022-01-07 20:55
#31
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Israel Xpicyy
but why
2022-01-07 20:52
#33
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United States Warfororks
Sad to see ES lineup falling apart, I was really excited for them to qualify to EPL S15 and hopefully we'll see all 5 members of the roster there in some form anyway :,)
2022-01-07 20:53
2 replies
#36
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United States hondayzx
main core is supposed to stay together and join complexity with grim and junior, however its just rumored so far
2022-01-07 20:54
1 reply
#49
JT | 
United States cybonics
It's bittersweet. I'm happy to see the trio being rumored to go to Complexity and oSee joining Liquid, but it's a shame seeing MarKE being let go and possibly Sonic as well. I really hope they can find a team soon because they definitely deserve it.
2022-01-07 20:59
#35
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Mexico KeyLeb
Movistar riders, hazlo
2022-01-07 20:54
1 reply
Really a massive upgrade. Deathzz and davidg look clueless.
2022-01-07 21:00
#39
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United States Dugaid
+swisher Kappa
2022-01-07 20:55
+obo +daps The rest goto Complexity
2022-01-07 20:56
Sad
2022-01-07 20:57
MarKE to NaVi happening
2022-01-07 20:59
1 reply
#56
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Germany Jonaah
kekw
2022-01-07 21:05
Racista
2022-01-07 21:01
EG should take him over rush imo
2022-01-07 21:11
#58
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Chile 1cristiaan
sad
2022-01-07 21:13
Excited for a new CoL if it happens! Thanks for the article
2022-01-07 21:17
Sad to see Marke go but I’m super excited for Daps, Swisher, Minus, Infinite, and whoever the fifth will be!
2022-01-07 21:22
Legit one of the biggest wastes of talent in the NA scene rn. The dude has had 10 different fuckin teams in the last 4-5 years, and has only looked better and better. Liquid fucked up in not signing this guy over shox, the man could single handedly activate someone like elige without taking up too much space imo. Best of luck to him, and hopefully another team signs him soon!
2022-01-07 21:33
5 replies
#70
MarKE | 
Mexico JV3k
+1
2022-01-07 21:47
+1
2022-01-07 22:39
to be fair, overall he has been the lower end of the teams stats with his tenure on ES, i think he's really sick player, but ES not going with him for 2022 definitely makes sense, hopefully he joins different team and he can get back to his old self
2022-01-08 00:25
1 reply
I mean if they're picking up grim and junior, marke leaving DOES make sense yes, but it still feels like he's gotten the short end of the stick for ages now
2022-01-08 04:15
#94
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Brazil Anarchybr
+1 orgs overlook him because he’s Mexican
2022-01-08 02:23
CHEATER
2022-01-07 21:44
F
2022-01-07 21:52
Hopefully he joins a decent team. GL
2022-01-07 22:00
Liquid +MarKE -shox
2022-01-07 22:14
1 reply
+1, 100%
2022-01-07 22:43
#74
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Hungary szia
so, extra salt to exit csgo? :(
2022-01-07 22:26
2 replies
nah, there are reports of a new roster being signed by them, and in this very article it says they're teasing a new roster reveal next week. Said reports state that daps and rush are the first two confirmed pieces of the roster, with rumors that players such as infinte or minus might be joining. We'll have to see though, it's def going to be interesting ...
2022-01-07 22:45
they sign infinite, swisher, daps, minus, and some other guy i heard some rumors on twitter few days ago
2022-01-07 22:56
Sadge
2022-01-07 22:37
GL amigo
2022-01-07 22:37
Soon to be +Infinite mark my words.
2022-01-07 23:06
RIP mexican scene
2022-01-08 00:01
#86
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Finland AliSabid
Rip :/
2022-01-08 00:13
#89
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Chile esanchez47
Man this guy deserves more. He has been pretty consistent in almost all the teams he has played. I hope he ends in a good team.
2022-01-08 00:21
Love the Extra Salt org for allowing him to get into a new team without a buyout, this may be the only org I will ever support
2022-01-08 00:34
#98
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Mexico Bmorenol
Gl Marke!
2022-01-08 03:14
+Tarik and +Grim incoming
2022-01-08 03:19
2 replies
#103
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North America soduk_db
Yeah but it's almost a done deal for coL to sign these guys right? JT FaNg Junior floppy Grim/oBo/jks
2022-01-08 03:37
1 reply
IDK :) you probably know way more than I do
2022-01-08 08:05
Mexican Pride, Marke GL
2022-01-08 03:28
Have fun in Valorant.
2022-01-08 03:49
9z MarKE yey
2022-01-08 04:23
3 replies
or movistar. Honestly, this guy deserves a good team around t2 eu. He has resilience, that's for sure. He switched teams to teams and was still performing well. He is not acting like those spoiler kids in NA (I got some names in mind). And i'm not familiar, I thought Argentina was speaking portuguese, not spanish. Am I wrong ?
2022-01-08 05:31
2 replies
9z was like 3/4 Argentinians and just 1 or 2 Brazilians I think they were speaking Spanish, it's easier for Brazilians to learn it, Portuguese has some weird things that are hard to learn.
2022-01-09 00:46
1 reply
Makes sense. I know in the country, most ppl speak Spanish, but try goes to 00nation and bit is Brazilian. I was wondering.
2022-01-09 01:00
#109
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Canada AyyyJayyy
:( sad
2022-01-08 04:56
Texas based org (coL) wont let a mexican going in US. The wall is real.
2022-01-08 05:30
#112
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Mexico Brostop
I wish him the best of luck in finding a new org to compete. he's a very consistent player would love to see him play in T1 tourneys.
2022-01-08 05:41
#114
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India harxDy
Mexican super team inc
2022-01-08 07:00
#115
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Philippines B3nk4i
Damn hope marke finds a new team man, he played great in extra salt
2022-01-08 07:18
dead team atm
2022-01-08 18:52
XD
2022-01-10 11:00
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