Official: Movistar Riders sign adamS, dav1g moved to the bench*
Riders fans will rejoice with the addition of their most asked for player.
The Romanian player, who is based in Spain and speaks Spanish, has long been a fan favorite and Riders' supporters will be happy to see their team bring on the 5700 elo player.
adamS came to the fore nationally with Iberian Family, the team he played with before his trio of teammates at the time, Alvaro "SunPayus" Garcia, Raúl "DeathZz" Jordán Nieto and dav1g, were signed by the Madrid-based organization.
adamS was also in the crosshairs of Entropiq during this off-season. He practiced with them as they tried out different international rosters, but in the end the 22-year-old decided to join Spain's top side.
"I always wanted to play in Riders since the departure of SunPayus and dav1g from Iberian Family," adamS told HLTV. "It has been my ‘dream’ for two years, but it was never the right time. That may have been good because in all of this time I have increased my experience and I am a totally different player than two years ago. This, added to how excited I am and the hunger I have to play, will help.
"I think I will add to Riders and I will contribute to the team as they will contribute to me and I must also say that I’m happy with the roles I'm going to take, I like them a lot.
"I am very confident and very excited to represent what has always been the best Spanish team, especially for the Spanish community, who have always supported me the most. I will give my best to represent them well.”
The outgoing player had been with the jinetes since 2021 as a supportive element. He was a part of the first Spanish side to make it to a Major at PGL Stockholm and the first to win an international LAN at ESL Challenger Valencia 2022.
He was also part of the team that made history for Spain at IEM Cologne, reaching the first big arena stage, and added a second international trophy to his tally at ESL Challenger Melbourne.
dav1g's numbers were well below average, however, and at a time in which Movistar Riders are looking for more firepower to revamp an ailing lineup — particularly online —, it was the 22-year-old who was given his marching orders in the end.
dav1g has been moved to the bench and has been given freedom to find a new home. There will be an initial buyout, HLTV was told, but Riders have been known in the past to be a flexible team that tries to make exits easy for their players.
Movistar Riders are now:
Galder "bladE" Barcena (coach)
David "dav1g" Granado Bermudo (benched)