Imaginary Gaming have announced that they have added Michel "mshz" Nguyen to their roster.
The news comes in the wake of the French team's third-place finish at the SLTV StarSeries finals, where they defeated zNation and suffered losses against ESC Gaming and Virtus.pro.
Nguyen was last seen at AMD Sapphire in Prague with eXtensive!, who placed fourth in their group with just one victory from four matches.
mshz gets together with Ozstrik3r once again
He will step into the shoes of Arthur "h0rks" Moulet, who did not make the trip to Ukraine last week, being replaced by the team's backup player, Thomas "akeR" Radovic.
"After looking at our level of play from the French ESWC qualifier and the SLTV finals, I have to agree that we are better online," Imaginary captain Steeve "Ozstrik3r" Flavini told Vakarm.net.
"That simply means that some players lack experience, so we are always under pressure from other teams who want to steal some of our players.
"I had no choice but to make this change, which is similar to the one Millenium did in 2008 when Mahe "Yoshi" Martin replaced Wadie "wadie" Zbadi.
"I want to dethrone VeryGames and I think we can be a top three team in the world. It will be hard, but looking at our players I think that it is really possible."
Flavini played alongside Nguyen in several different teams, such as Millenium and LDLC.com, during their time playing CS 1.6, and the French veteran had nothing but praise for the new man on the team.
"I know his level, which can only improve, and he will bring a lot to the fare with his experience in big matches," Flavini added.
"He is a sniper who is a little bit slower than h0rks but who has good communication and positioning."
Imaginary Gaming now have the following line-up:
Steeve "Ozstrik3r" Flavini
Richard "Shox" Papillon
Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
Kevin "Uzzziii" Vernel
Michel "mshz" Nguyen
Thomas "akeR" Radovic (backup)
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