Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has confirmed the rumours that the 100 Thieves Counter-Strike roster would be dropped, with a statement citing issues related to the global pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the Regional Major Rankings system.
This is not the first time 100 Thieves leaves the Counter-Strike scene, as they had previously signed a Brazilian roster featuring the core members of the Immortals roster, that had reached the Grand Finals of the PGL Krakow 2017 Major.
This team would later miss the following Major due to immigration issues and finish its tenure under the 100 Thieves banner without a single tournament appearance.
These news mark the second time that 100 Thieves exits Counter-Strike
The Thieves would later return to Counter-Strike signing the Renegades line-up, with no changes outside of the coaching staff, with the now Cloud9 coach, Aleksandar ‘kassad’ Trifunović leaving in April, and Chet ‘Chet’ Singh departing in September in favour of a career at VALORANT.
While the team scored impressive results in the genesis of their tenure with the American organization, reaching top 5 in the HLTV world rankings and making it to the Grand Finals of IEM Beijing, they would have a rocky 2020, complicated by the global pandemic.
The Aussies would find themselves stuck in the US for the majority of the year, with poor online results botching the image of a ‘championship-caliber team’ that Nadeshot used to market this roster.
This statement confirms a shocking report from HLTV, that pointed towards the move becoming a reality after the transference of super-star Justin ‘jks’ Savage to Complexity.
The future for the rest of the roster remains uncertain, as Joakim ‘jkaem’ Myrbostad is rumoured to be the target of many European teams
IEM New York North America will mark the last event the Australian roster will play under the organization, with the team managing to upset the likes of Team Liquid in the Group Stage and set to join Play-offs Stage.