Just moments after defeating Alternate in the IEM GC New York qualifier, WinFakt has announced that Samu "plastE" Aalto will be stepping down to backup player, and Jirka "jigetus" Ryhti will be taking his spot in the starting roster.
Back in July, we announced the Finnish team as paistit, since then they have played as ROCCAT before finally joining up with WinFakt. Through all these changes, the team has kept the same lineup until now. Aalto had the following statement to give on the team's website regarding his reasons for the change:
"The last six months or so I haven't felt that motivated to play and practice and I'm sure everyone has noticed it from my performances. I still want to play CS especially as I feel like I've started playing better individually again after e-Stars, but with the amount of events that are coming up in the next few months and my current situation in real life, I'm not able to practice as much as the rest of the team wants to and I don't want to be the one weighing everyone down, so I will step down to being inactive."
Team captain, Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen had the following words to say about his long term friend and teammate Aalto:
"It's a sad day as we all really enjoy playing with Samu and we've had a blast at these last two trips in Kiev and Seoul but unfortunately as he said he doesn't have enough free time right now to practice as much as the rest of the team wants to so he offered to go inactive and for us to play with someone else. That's what a real friend and a teammate does and although we all wanted to play with him, we're happy to welcome jigetus to our team and are eager to start practicing with him for the upcoming events and see how good we can become with him onboard. You will first see us in action on Sunday in the final qualifier for IEM Global Challenge in New York."
Ryhti will make his debut for WinFakt this coming Sunday in the final qualifier for the IEM GC New York. There WinFakt will look to add another Global Challenge qualification to their rapidly growing list of achievements.
WinFakt now boast:
Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen
Niko "naSu" Kovanen
Kimmo "BASiC" Fagerholm
Timi "aslak" Verkkoperä
Jirka "Jigetus" Ryhti
Samu "plastE" Aalto (backup)
HLTV.org will be covering the final IEM GC New York qualifier, as well as WinFakt's next LAN appearance in for the IEM GC Guangzhou, China.