9z sign Luken and dav1d

The South American team have bolstered their lineup following the departure of Santino "⁠try⁠" Rigal.

Luca "⁠Luken⁠" Nadotti and David "⁠dav1d⁠" Tapia Maldonado have joined 9z, the organization announced on Friday. The move comes shortly after the announcement of try joining 00NATION.

While this announcement would put 9z at six players, a report from ge has indicated that in-game leader Bruno "⁠BIT⁠" Fukuda Lima is in talks to potentially replace Alessandro "⁠Apoka⁠" Marcucci as the new coach of MIBR, should he so choose following the expiration of his contract with 9z.

Luken returns to activity after spending nearly 15 months on the sidelines

Luken previously represented 9z in 2019 before being picked up by Sharks, where he stayed for over a year, competing in both the ECS Season 8 Finals and ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals. dav1d most recently played with Paquetá, helping the team become strong contenders domestically as they placed top four at two RMR events, while he individually averaged a 1.18 rating over 2021.

9z is soon set to travel to Europe to compete in ESL Challenger February, having topped the South America qualifier. There they'll be pitted against the likes of FURIA, Virtus.pro, and Complexity in a chance to prove themselves internationally with their new composition.

Here is 9z's current lineup:

Uruguay Franco "⁠dgt⁠" Garcia
Uruguay Maximiliano "⁠max⁠" Gonzalez
Brazil Bruno "⁠BIT⁠" Fukuda Lima
Argentina Martin "⁠rox⁠" Molina
Argentina Luca "⁠Luken⁠" Nadotti
Chile David "⁠dav1d⁠" Tapia Maldonado

Brazil Rafael "⁠zakk⁠" Fernandes (coach)

Argentina Martin 'rox' Molina
Martin 'rox' Molina
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
220
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
Argentina Luca 'Luken' Nadotti
Luca 'Luken' Nadotti
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Bruno 'BIT' Fukuda Lima
Bruno 'BIT' Fukuda Lima
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
727
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
Uruguay Franco 'dgt' Garcia
Franco 'dgt' Garcia
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
359
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Chile David 'dav1d' Tapia Maldonado
David 'dav1d' Tapia Maldonado
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
253
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Alessandro 'Apoka' Marcucci
Alessandro 'Apoka' Marcucci
Age:
36
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Uruguay Maximiliano 'max' Gonzalez
Maximiliano 'max' Gonzalez
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
494
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
Argentina Santino 'try' Rigal
Santino 'try' Rigal
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
257
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.60
#1
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Spain DEFAULTESP
Nice
2022-01-22 02:24
7 replies
Budget bit
2022-01-22 12:18
1 reply
#103
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Brazil _Awper
newfag
2022-01-22 14:22
#100
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Hungary BYZMO
dav1g left movistar for this???
2022-01-22 13:55
4 replies
#115
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Luxembourg kindo
it isn't movistar's dav1g, it's paquetá dav1d. dav1g is spanish and dav1d is chilean
2022-01-22 16:33
3 replies
#118
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Hungary BYZMO
bro...
2022-01-22 16:50
2 replies
#120
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Argentina Lukem_Fan
he got baited so hard lmao
2022-01-22 16:54
1 reply
+1 lol
2022-01-23 01:15
#2
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina sqmke
Pog
2022-01-22 02:24
#3
m0n | 
Aruba ESY!
pog
2022-01-22 02:24
good team
2022-01-22 02:24
#5
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Argentina JulieN19K
POG
2022-01-22 02:24
6th edit: spelling
2022-01-22 02:25
#7
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Brazil pcR
henlo
2022-01-22 02:25
Let's gooooo 9z. Bit analyst, zakk coach and those 5 beasts. SA united
2022-01-22 02:25
5 replies
#35
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Brazil batcompany
Bit will coach mibr, announce coming up soon. But the roster seems strong enough, I love it
2022-01-22 02:42
4 replies
I hope so, bit will be a god tier coach, big brain. Tmj mano, SA rising finally, Uruguay argentina and chile following brazil steps
2022-01-22 02:45
3 replies
#64
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Brazil SecondKS
+1
2022-01-22 05:16
#68
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Argentina SantiMedia
+1
2022-01-22 05:46
+1
2022-01-22 11:34
TORO IS BACK
2022-01-22 02:26
#10
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Bahrain Ax1yn
Let's go Luken and dav1d 👊
2022-01-22 02:26
9z's owner said bit will become analyst, just have to wait for mibr to pick him up
2022-01-22 02:26
Tier 55
2022-01-22 02:26
11 replies
And?
2022-01-22 02:27
4 replies
And u get mad cuz of it
2022-01-22 02:28
3 replies
And?
2022-01-22 02:40
2 replies
2022-01-22 02:46
1 reply
2022-01-22 03:18
#40
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Argentina Frannnnnnn
Low iq bait
2022-01-22 02:51
shut up country without team
2022-01-22 14:56
2 replies
mad cuz got clapped 0-16
2022-01-22 14:56
1 reply
this can only happen to those who play, not with those only watch
2022-01-22 17:05
#121
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Argentina Tegu619
United Arab Emirates
2022-01-22 16:55
You are tier 860.
2022-01-22 21:56
El deivi hermano Chile's last hope
2022-01-22 02:26
5 replies
El goat Chileno
2022-01-22 04:32
Es bueno el weon xd
2022-01-22 05:41
#74
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Chile esanchez47
Confio, confio!
2022-01-22 06:27
#102
dav1d | 
Chile cap_
Dav1d top 20 hltv 2022
2022-01-22 14:18
vavavavava
2022-01-22 19:17
EL TORO IS BACK
2022-01-22 02:27
Nice
2022-01-22 02:27
Furia, Godsent, 00nation and last dance already great Pain +HEN1 Sharks +Kng TeamOne +LUCAS1 thoughts?
2022-01-22 02:27
5 replies
#27
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Brazil setsz
pain will add nython hen and lucas will play togheter and zevy > kng
2022-01-22 02:31
#28
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Brazil Valente_
Pain is +nython sharks is closed team one is looking for keiz
2022-01-22 02:32
kng is over my friend talks a lot and little bullet
2022-01-22 15:15
2 replies
Literal translations always looks so funny. XD
2022-01-22 21:58
1 reply
calma que ainda ficamos bom xD
2022-01-23 16:32
#20
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Brazil setsz
who is awping?
2022-01-22 02:28
4 replies
luken
2022-01-22 02:29
Luken ofc Damn, what a sick presentation.
2022-01-22 02:31
1 reply
#41
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Argentina pabbblo123
+1
2022-01-22 02:58
Luken
2022-01-22 02:40
#22
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Spain Nepomu
Better than 00nation nice play try
2022-01-22 02:30
1 reply
#26
m0n | 
Aruba ESY!
+1
2022-01-22 02:31
#23
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Russia slstune
POG
2022-01-22 02:30
#25
m0n | 
Aruba ESY!
Rip try 9z > 00nation
2022-01-22 02:31
2 replies
#48
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Argentina mpocsgo
Try's wallet doesn't think the same
2022-01-22 03:35
1 reply
+1
2022-01-25 20:42
#29
try | 
Argentina ArgCs
Very good roster, go 9z
2022-01-22 02:33
??X?DXD
2022-01-22 02:33
-KNG when?
2022-01-22 02:33
LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOO
2022-01-22 02:37
#36
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Latvia heywire
only real one confused when reading dav1d and thinking of source dav1d
2022-01-22 02:42
gl manitos
2022-01-22 02:48
#42
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Brazil hugoooo
HOLY SHIT amazing moves by SA teams. dav1d is a fucking beast
2022-01-22 03:00
#43
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Finland AliSabid
Nice
2022-01-22 03:02
WELCOME BACK PAPITOOOO!!!!!!
2022-01-22 03:13
Toro is back !!! lets goo
2022-01-22 03:17
The toro is baaaaaack
2022-01-22 03:25
If the rumour of BIT parting ways with the team come true, who gonna take the igl role? When luken was in sharks jnt was the igl. When dav1d was playing for paquetá khtex was the igl. Is it the born of a new leader?
2022-01-22 03:44
3 replies
Probably, also they doesnt have an awper, but the team looks good
2022-01-22 16:43
#127
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Argentina Tommii12
the new IGL is max
2022-01-22 17:40
it'll be maxujas most likely. He's the most experienced of them all.
2022-01-23 10:56
thought it was movistar Dav1g for a second
2022-01-22 03:45
#51
dav1d | 
Chile cap_
LET'S GOOO DAV1D ♡♡♡♡♡♡
2022-01-22 03:46
whos gonna play if its 6 man
2022-01-22 03:54
1 reply
#69
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Portugal r1cannabiz
-bit is rumored to departure to MIBR as a coach
2022-01-22 05:50
#54
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Chile 1cristiaan
SHEEEEEEESH
2022-01-22 03:56
#55
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South America ncrs2k
GOOOOD LET'S GOOOOO
2022-01-22 04:07
SA slowly rising from the ashes. GL Hermanos
2022-01-22 04:11
#58
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Argentina agusmat
You can already save this comment, 9z will be the best SA team after Furia in 2022
2022-01-22 04:50
3 replies
Hahahha Lulken in 2022 so bad
2022-01-22 05:08
1 reply
#150
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Argentina agusmat
you_deserve_ten_years_ban
2022-01-26 21:26
#86
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Spain x676
Will be funny to see 9z vs 00nation encounter, I will cheer for 9z
2022-01-22 10:27
Whos igling?
2022-01-22 04:50
2 replies
Max
2022-01-22 06:13
#107
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Germany imTD
Max is the new igl
2022-01-22 15:08
fluken
2022-01-22 04:51
Lulken in 2022
2022-01-22 05:08
#63
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New Zealand Chicken_RD
I like that thier logo isn't an overly simplified one colour shape
2022-01-22 05:13
Sick edits!
2022-01-22 05:45
POGGGGGGGGGGGG
2022-01-22 05:44
already better than last dance
2022-01-22 06:04
#72
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Finland Manniiii
luken upcoming talent
2022-01-22 06:15
#75
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Chile esanchez47
Dale dav1d!
2022-01-22 06:27
GL
2022-01-22 06:30
#77
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Argentina Decaiz
Very excited to see capabilities of this team. VAMOS 9Z!!!
2022-01-22 06:38
#78
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South America n!kk0
Let's go 9z!
2022-01-22 07:04
good team
2022-01-22 07:09
niceeeeeeeeeeee
2022-01-22 07:38
So kng Lucas and Hen1 are going to have a last dance aswell?
2022-01-22 08:14
9z to win the major
2022-01-22 08:19
#83
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Greenland Bbaris
VAMOSSSSSSSS
2022-01-22 08:48
#84
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Spain x676
Nice
2022-01-22 09:04
#85
Snax | 
Poland Mval
So now they have 5 pure riflers and nobody with awp skills?
2022-01-22 09:58
14 replies
#95
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Argentina Shuanx
Luken was an awper his entire life except for sharks
2022-01-22 12:30
5 replies
#96
Snax | 
Poland Mval
Good to know, thank you. Why are his awp stats so low then? hltv.org/stats/players/weapon/15914/luke..
2022-01-22 12:41
4 replies
You can literally check out any of his streams and see it yourself, he is definitely an awper
2022-01-22 13:30
3 replies
#99
Snax | 
Poland Mval
How does that answer my question about his past stats?
2022-01-22 13:41
2 replies
My man above wasnt truly exact, luken played rifler or lurker when he was playing for arg teams, but he was 2nd awper in sharks and in his streams he plays awp almost every time and does great
2022-01-22 16:59
1 reply
#126
Snax | 
Poland Mval
Shuanx is completely wrong then. Thanks for the clarification.
2022-01-22 17:06
#110
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Argentina blatxer
because he's never been the main awper but he can awp at high level with no problem just like many other players(stewie or coldzera for example) He's just not a classic awper
2022-01-22 15:35
7 replies
#113
Snax | 
Poland Mval
I see. Do you think that signing someone who never was a primary awper as a replacement of player like try is a good idea?
2022-01-22 15:43
6 replies
#129
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Argentina Decaiz
Its risky, personally i didnt like the choose but there arent more awpers in SA. The other options were Martinez, and spanish,from Velox who is a beast and Remix, from Havan, Brazil. Try is a diamond, no one is a good replacement for him but luken is a legend, he need to recover his prime level and all will be fine
2022-01-22 18:14
#136
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Argentina blatxer
it is risky but 9z always makes risky moves, they moved try to the main team when he was 15yo and he also wasn't a main awper, now he's one of the best awpers in SA. Sometimes you have to take risks in order to success. And riflers picking up the awp role is rare but there's good examples like chrisj
2022-01-23 00:33
4 replies
#141
Snax | 
Poland Mval
It's just that 9z' playstyle was relying on awp a lot and it brought them succes, so changing that seems like a really bad move. But yeah, sometimes you have to take a risk.
2022-01-23 12:04
3 replies
#143
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Argentina blatxer
yeah i know, but also the entire team played for the awp. However, i still think they'll figure out and luken sniping is looking sharp af, yesterday he 1v5 last dance with a scout, the clip is in 9z's twitter. What really worries me is the IGL, they had one of the best IGLs in SA, now it's pure firepower but i don't know how max will do on that role, and his impact will go down, probably.
2022-01-23 18:24
2 replies
Maxujas always has been the Middle caller, according to Rew4z, Max was one of the pillars since he was the one speaking, cheering up the team, etc + luken knows how to middle call from sharks
2022-01-24 01:37
#146
Snax | 
Poland Mval
Yeah, that's what I'm saying, completely new approach, completely new team. Fingers crossed for beast dgt.
2022-01-24 15:36
Rip 9z.
2022-01-22 10:28
#88
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Montenegro bel0wsk1
I wish them good luck.
2022-01-22 10:39
#89
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China Rynaki
BIT left Navi for this
2022-01-22 10:46
stiill a strong team, the best replacement that 9z could do.
2022-01-22 10:58
GO dav1d you knowwwwwwwwwwwwwww
2022-01-22 12:21
#97
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Brazil legitinho
LukenSSJGOD and dav1deuS
2022-01-22 12:39
LukenSSJGOD IS BACK !!!!!!!!!!!! VAMOOOOS
2022-01-22 13:58
Maldonado f1 legend is back <3
2022-01-22 14:33
1 reply
crashtor
2022-01-22 15:39
go papitooo
2022-01-22 15:32
lets go chile
2022-01-22 15:40
#114
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Colombia JaiS
¡t o r o!
2022-01-22 15:51
#116
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Uruguay !skoolage
Let's gooo
2022-01-22 16:38
Finally Luken back
2022-01-22 17:00
#128
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Argentina walsze
LukenSSJGOD is back
2022-01-22 17:53
#130
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Argentina Soullesss
This roster has a lot fire power with david and dgt, i’m feel bad by Luken new role, i don’t think he will has the spected impact using the awp. All the best awpers in world always did that role, a rfler has different timings, different moves, etc
2022-01-22 18:45
3 replies
#137
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Argentina blatxer
not exactly chrisj, art, cerq and k0nfig all won important titles switching roles to main awp and there's more examples
2022-01-23 01:07
2 replies
CeRq always awped tho I follow him since his first hltv match
2022-01-24 15:37
#148
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Argentina Soullesss
Yes, what you talking about, crisj, cerq and art, always were main apwer, k0nfig always were 2nd awper. Crisj switch as rifler and was ebarrassing, he had to switch to main awper againg. Switch from awp to mian rifler is possible. The difficult is switch from rifler to main awper. Different timings, different poss, different reflex, everything change.
2022-01-25 02:11
dale lpm
2022-01-22 19:50
#133
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Spain Harttt
b1t will retire
2022-01-22 20:01
buena dav1d !! crack
2022-01-23 03:56
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