Sometimes in life you can get very comfortable, take things for granted even and before you know it, everything changes.
We knew before the ESEA season it would be the last for Andre aka Electrix, as he was starting his career and finding less and less time to play. Part of the way through the season we knew Stian aka Karrage would not carry on playing CS:GO after LAN as he too is starting his career.
Towards the end of the season we knew too that Tom aka Nodawe would not be able to play more than 10-15 hours a week and practise times would be incredibly hindered if he were to stay on.
The core of TeqR is gone, Me, Tom, Karrage have all moved on meaning noone from the original roster exists but we very much live on. I value Tom as a very close friend and will do what I can to continue to stay in touch. Andre and Karrage it is harder because of the geographical hurdles but I will always do whatever I can to help them. They provided memories in and out of the team for me that cannot be replaced. They took the team and smashed enough people, got out of groups in ESEA twice, once in EU Open and once in UK Open. Blitzed people in UKMinors with a sub, got out of Groups at LAN and made it so we had people ask to join us, instead of us having to recruit intensely.
Myself and Tom however, did not let this creep up on, we did not get comfortable and planned to keep the team alive. The most difficult recruitment in CS in general is a good IGL. During all our fun and shenanigans in the UKMinor league (theyre changing the name don't worry) we met a young lad named Dream, who casted all the games. Seeing our skill on social media (thanks Dean) we became pally and discovered that he isnt just a shitter trying to cast because he cant play, he was doing it because he has time to fill due to his team folding and he is absolutely one of the most dedicated to the cause prospects you will see. He ticks all the boxes, level 10 faceit, tonnes of hours every 2 weeks, ESEA playoffs. Myself and Tom DP'd him in a long call and agreed he has the right personality to carry the team on.
So at LAN we spoke to Joss and Pete and I told them I would build the team around those two as the core. With Joss being the cup, the style we want to cater for and Pete being water, an incredibly versatile player with a lot of experience and pedigree.
A team TeqR battered at i60, and at i61 in prac had a young lad called FiggyS in it, first time I met him is when me and Smidsy mindfucked his team after they talked shit. But even in defeat I noticed he stood ahead of his friends and was a player we needed, an AWPer. So myself and Harry aka Lethal spent time talking to him and confirmed he had everything we needed, a strong mentality, dedication and skills.
So at this point the team stands at:
Dream - IGL
Figgy - AWP
Joss - Rifle
Pete - Everything
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Figgy made a good point to us "The best players say the way to make a team is to take three kids, and have two older players to teach them"
This is something I can believe in, Pete is one player here with a lot to put to the team, great midround calls and setups and executes from TeqR and MANBAT.
While I have been building the new team, I have been talking to two of my old friends who want to come back, Chance and Tankey. You may at this point say "haHAA back again Chance for 4 weeks gg ragequit" which very well may be true, however I am happy to say he will play with the lads in TeqR from this week as he has tried to prove his intent by spending 1k on a PC to come back.
This is a big risk, but I am not silly and have contingency planned.
I believe if we hit out targets, and hit our shots here, with this lineup we can really do well.
The plan is to trial the team in the next ESEA season starting by using the next 25 ish days to prepare.
Lets hope this works out and TeqR esports carrys on up!