rigoN, SENER1 part ways with BLINK

The departing players could not come to terms with the organization to renew their contracts.

Unexpected news came out of the BLINK camp on Friday as Rigon "⁠rigoN⁠" Gashi and Sener "⁠SENER1⁠" Mahmuti announced they will no longer be playing with the Kosovar team despite their recent success.

The squad's core was formed in April of 2021, built around the former Secret duo of Flatron "⁠juanflatroo⁠" Halimi and Dionis "⁠sinnopsyy⁠" Budeci alongside BLINK players SENER1 and Genc "⁠gxx-⁠" Kolgeci, but it was when rigoN joined that the team really took off, climbing all the way to 23rd place in the world ranking.

rigoN will no longer represent BLINK

The parting of ways between players and organization stems from a breakdown in negotiations regarding contract renewals, which ended up with the duo leaving the team despite wanting to continue to play with the remaining trio under coach Klesti "⁠stikle-⁠" Kola, who are still under contract with BLINK in year-long deals that are expiring in the first quarter of 2022.

"We had a great time together, amazing results, I was looking forward to continuing our journey and reaching our goals," rigoN wrote in his parting announcement, "however my contract has not been extended and I am looking for other opportunities."

The same message was sent out by former teammate SENER1, but the parting duo would be open to a reunion with their former teammates if everybody is free when the remaining BLINK players' contracts expire in the coming months should they not pen renewals. "I would love to play with them in the future," rigoN told HLTV.

One point of contention between parties that could emerge is what would happen to the spots earned by this team, as both the organization and the players will hope to retain the fruits of what they gained together should the remaining members end up leaving the structure in the coming months.

BLINK are down to:

Kosovo Flatron "⁠juanflatroo⁠" Halimi
Kosovo Dionis "⁠sinnopsyy⁠" Budeci
Kosovo Genc "⁠gxx-⁠" Kolgeci

Albania Klesti "⁠stikle-⁠" Kola (coach)

Kosovo Sener 'SENER1' Mahmuti
Sener 'SENER1' Mahmuti
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
302
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.68
Switzerland Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
307
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.74
Kosovo Dionis 'sinnopsyy' Budeci
Dionis 'sinnopsyy' Budeci
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
550
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
Kosovo Flatron 'juanflatroo' Halimi
Flatron 'juanflatroo' Halimi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
495
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.73
Kosovo Genc 'gxx-' Kolgeci
Genc 'gxx-' Kolgeci
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
266
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
Sadge
2022-01-21 19:34
10 replies
G2 rigon
2022-01-21 20:04
8 replies
rigoN to BIG pls bench k1to unless he changes his name to k1toN
2022-01-21 20:38
7 replies
that would be great actually
2022-01-21 21:33
4 replies
#120
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Other 88MPH
in what world is rigon better than k1to?
2022-01-22 17:26
3 replies
It's just cuz of name, Rigon dreams of being better than k1to xD
2022-01-23 02:16
2 replies
#130
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Japan SiRRRRO
kitobot living rent free in your heads lmao
2022-01-26 12:43
1 reply
agreed
2022-01-26 12:44
#84
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Poland BAN_ANIME
based
2022-01-21 22:14
#89
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Hungary BYZMO
k1toN gang let's goooo
2022-01-21 23:26
but thank you for having you
2022-01-22 01:34
rip
2022-01-21 19:35
#3
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India KaiserGene
GL with your next team!
2022-01-21 19:35
2 replies
if they find one tbh.
2022-01-21 19:48
1 reply
rigon is insane
2022-01-21 21:27
what
2022-01-21 19:35
#5
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Poland moistu
Nice
2022-01-21 19:35
+misutaaa +happy
2022-01-21 19:35
2 replies
they cant afford rigon and you think they will afford misuta and happy lol
2022-01-21 19:37
Happy isn't albanian
2022-01-21 19:42
f this org hope they find a better org
2022-01-21 19:35
5 replies
#19
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Greece RedWinter
a greek org should pick them up
2022-01-21 19:38
3 replies
ahahahahaha no
2022-01-21 19:50
#52
RUSH | 
Germany rs6a
Greece cs scene xaxaxaxaxa
2022-01-21 20:04
+1, Athens5 when????
2022-01-21 21:17
I knew this was going to happen. It's always like that. A good tier 2 team disbanding or leaving players for no reason at all
2022-01-21 21:28
#9
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Bahrain Ax1yn
I don't know what happened with this Organization also removing their best player from the team is shocking.
2022-01-21 19:38
7 replies
Real shame, these guys were putting Albania on the map and were punching above their weight.. hope they reunite quickly otherwise they'll be basically starting from scratch again
2022-01-21 19:40
6 replies
#30
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Bahrain Ax1yn
Yeah, they're like 24 in rankings, It doesn't make sense to remove players like rigoN, I can understand SENER1 but rigoN? Hell no.
2022-01-21 19:42
4 replies
They had no problems inside the team, the org is just poor af so they didn't wanna extend.
2022-01-21 19:43
2 replies
#32
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Bahrain Ax1yn
Yeah, I saw this rigoN's tweet: twitter.com/rigoNcs/status/1484524490004.. Edit: Hopefully they find a new organization and all 5 player stays together.
2022-01-21 19:45
1 reply
I think they will play mix with no org
2022-01-21 19:51
#87
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Kosovo LaviX06
Sener1 was their most consistent player and always gave the maximum for the team, insane support player
2022-01-21 22:27
It is a shame they couldn't stay together. Hopefully they can figure it out and reunite.
2022-01-21 20:36
#10
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Ukraine Slavv_Boss
sad
2022-01-21 19:35
rip blink
2022-01-21 19:36
#12
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United States Zedsamcat
Rip good team
2022-01-21 19:36
dumbest org ever
2022-01-21 19:36
6 replies
Just poor af Avg salary in Kosovo is like 300 euros so it's expected + running an esports org isn't profitable at all unless u have sponsors that the multimillion orgs have, I wonder how much these players were earning in the first place Their best hope is to disband and find another org but I doubt they will do that
2022-01-21 19:48
1 reply
#50
rain | 
Netherlands fooky
It is not about being poor. It is about being braindead. Imagine an org that spent tons of money for taking the team to holidays, big chilling events etc. then not accepting a higher salary request. This is my opinion but, still can be something else in the background. Agree with the last thing you said. Their best and last hope is that.
2022-01-21 20:03
dumbest? they were pretty new team and ranked 23 in very short time.
2022-01-21 20:04
ikr you know your player's contracts are gonna end in a few months, you know you won't give them new contracts, why not sell the entire roster to an org who can take them? you win players win the org buying them wins... everyone happy
2022-01-21 20:24
2 replies
^ I agree this is what they should have done. Real shame as they were having success.
2022-01-21 20:42
Because someone needs to want to buy them first? Clown
2022-01-22 11:33
#14
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Albania venikk1
nice org!
2022-01-21 19:37
F for Blink, best possible albanian team gone "/
2022-01-21 19:37
0 iq blink org
2022-01-21 19:37
#18
rigoN | 
Albania ZxTox
Sad
2022-01-21 19:38
they had potential!
2022-01-21 19:38
Maybe another org will buy them
2022-01-21 19:39
ashes to ashes, dogs to dogs
2022-01-21 19:40
#23
 | 
Brazil Ricardogwz
Sad
2022-01-21 19:40
-k1to +rigoN
2022-01-21 19:40
#26
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Finland AliSabid
f rip
2022-01-21 19:41
#27
 | 
Belgium BesarJ
in a couple months they will be back orgless or with a new org no stress guys
2022-01-21 19:41
#28
rain | 
Netherlands fooky
imagine, these guys are the best 5 albanian cs players and the albanian org probably does not want to pay more and this leads them to leave. Rip Albanian cs. Never gonna achieve more than last peek.
2022-01-21 19:43
3 replies
Tbh people have to understand the Albanian org aswell. I mean yes they should be paid more but they are very well compensated with monthly salaries way above average of other jobs in the country + bonuses in tournament prizes
2022-01-21 19:51
2 replies
#48
rain | 
Netherlands fooky
Still this is a huge L for the org. They had the chance, a big one to grind towards top10 and even get more tournament prizes etc. they lost the chance and now Blink will drop from top30 and never gonna see it again.
2022-01-21 19:57
1 reply
Do you know how CSGO orgs operate? Most of them, except mayble only the top orgz selling merchandise, aren't making profit.
2022-01-22 14:56
I hope this trio part ways too and reunite with rigon and sener1. They went/are a solid t2 team with good future
2022-01-21 19:44
Just disband and put Gxx on GORILLAZ or whatever.
2022-01-21 19:45
4 replies
gxx is t2 awper not t4
2022-01-21 19:52
3 replies
T2 lol. Bad bait. T3*
2022-01-21 20:48
2 replies
do you ever watch him play?
2022-01-21 21:05
1 reply
+1 pretty sick w/ awp
2022-01-22 08:27
Expected
2022-01-21 19:45
#36
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Spain x676
Toxics out
2022-01-21 19:47
#37
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina sqmke
Rip
2022-01-21 19:47
F
2022-01-21 19:48
sad day for swiss cs :(
2022-01-21 19:53
2 replies
#61
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Switzerland Imodeode
+1 and -k1to + rigoN won't happen.
2022-01-21 20:29
1 reply
maybe if he can grind more and improve it'll happen one day, fingers crossed :)
2022-01-21 20:47
#46
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Austria Ostmark
BLINK SIGN RIGON: "HE WAS THE MISSING STAR FOR OUR DREAM TEAM"
2022-01-21 19:55
-tiziaN +rigoN
2022-01-21 19:55
Albania :(
2022-01-21 20:00
wow rip albanian scene I cri now
2022-01-21 20:05
rigon led them to 23 place tbh
2022-01-21 20:12
rip blink such a promising team
2022-01-21 20:14
rigon deserves a top 20 team
2022-01-21 20:14
Very sad for csgo. First sweden now albania. Soon only CIS remains
2022-01-21 20:22
#60
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Finland Juhis427
They were looking pretty good. Sad.
2022-01-21 20:27
rigon:(
2022-01-21 20:29
RIP Albanian scene
2022-01-21 20:30
#64
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Turkey sedo7
wtf? they were stepping up and about to go t1-t2 events, probably salary conflicts?
2022-01-21 20:32
xDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2022-01-21 20:48
#71
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Norway Martin2310
Kick their best player in rigoN.. Talk about shooting themself's in the foot
2022-01-21 20:49
did anyone care about this team? rigon is an fpl star that is decent in officials but nothing crazy
2022-01-21 20:56
#75
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Poland KeelOO
Why they left? They were rly strong
2022-01-21 21:26
#79
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Romania mango_csgo
why not just sell the team? they had potential, rank 23 in a short period of time. Really is a shame.
2022-01-21 21:34
kosovo economy xaxaxa
2022-01-21 21:37
1 reply
ye man. :(
2022-01-22 11:37
#81
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Palestine 500
i mean looking at rigons stream, he always seemed a bit too full of himself. yeh he is an ok player, but i am pretty sure it just went to his head and he asked for wayyyy to much money. like, who is gonna sign hom now. plus he kinda shit on his home country.
2022-01-21 21:43
#82
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Kosovo wasdqe
sadgeeeeeeèe
2022-01-21 21:54
god is serbian
2022-01-21 22:06
Sad :(
2022-01-21 22:15
4 replies
its how life goes for the albanians cherub
2022-01-21 22:24
3 replies
How are the kids whisker
2022-01-22 22:13
2 replies
I took the meds and they just disappeared, very weird
2022-01-23 01:07
1 reply
Wife took the kids...
2022-01-23 07:39
Aww man :c gl
2022-01-21 23:11
#90
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Albania arbenm191
Before you guys say money this money that, remember that it could have been for another reason.
2022-01-21 23:51
sad...
2022-01-22 00:30
#92
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United States okuulanda
oh man i was watching his stream a few days ago and they were kind of dodging any mentions of BLINK in the chat which confused me very unfortunate
2022-01-22 00:34
Rigon make team* With Loba :)
2022-01-22 03:02
i dont undertand this... whos gonna fill the squad then?
2022-01-22 04:12
man :(
2022-01-22 08:05
bot
2022-01-22 10:19
werent they albanian? xd
2022-01-22 11:15
9 replies
I thought so, but they are from kosovo = they are serbians I think
2022-01-22 11:34
3 replies
#103
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Netherlands mistakess
low tier bait
2022-01-22 11:40
2 replies
soo can u explain it to me? Cause I'm curious what happened
2022-01-22 11:41
you hope so
2022-01-22 11:58
#108
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Kosovo lumgg
so kosovo and albanian are the same ppl (speak same language, same trandition etc) but are two separate countries, as we speak, kosovo flag wasnt on hltv before, so albanians from kosovo always chose to be represented with albanian flag, but since now kosovo has its own flag on hltv, everyone is putting kosovo flag, long story short kosovo=albania
2022-01-22 12:46
4 replies
ohh kk mate its good for u guys that u can finally have your own identity!
2022-01-22 12:47
2 replies
wrong. kosovo is still part of serbia, its country on its own just on paper
2022-01-23 15:21
1 reply
#132
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Kosovo lumgg
I mean dreaming is free, right? and also crying is free keep doing both of them
2022-01-28 13:27
nt. Among the G20 countries, eleven have recognized Kosovo's independence: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Eight, however, have not: Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and South Africa.
2022-01-23 15:24
#104
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Israel who_asked
1st Kosovo news very pog
2022-01-22 11:40
they are probably arrogant and undisciplined, no future for them
2022-01-22 12:17
pls don't bump I cri everytime I see this
2022-01-22 12:54
2 replies
Men don't cri pls
2022-01-22 16:39
1 reply
pls don't reply to me I cri when I see this
2022-01-22 16:50
#111
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Netherlands WeaseL_
sad((
2022-01-22 14:33
They are coming back again 💪
2022-01-22 14:39
Lets go kosovo
2022-01-22 16:59
#117
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Kosovo wasdqe
THey will reunite in other organisation soon they have potential for sure
2022-01-22 17:01
what happened? I thought rigoN was supposed to be the savior of this team and they'd be gods? oh well, need more w key on this team
2022-01-22 17:06
Is this the best albanian team? All I see is kosovo flags
2022-01-22 17:15
1 reply
Kosovo and albania same
2022-01-22 18:20
welp, here goes our superteam!
2022-01-22 17:47
#122
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Brazil hugoooo
SUDDENLY flags changes
2022-01-22 18:00
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