North American Team 100 Thieves Bids Goodbye To CS:GO
After years of competitive gaming, North American team 100 Thieves officially leaves the CS:GO competitive scene. The team officially disbanded after the conclusion of Intel Extreme Masters XV – New York Online on October 18. This means the team will no longer be present on CS:GO betting sites after years of competitive gaming.
Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, the co-owner and CEO of the organization, broke the news yesterday. The official Twitter page of 100 Thieves released a statement video with Nadeshot in it.
“We might find ourselves in this community and a part of this game again with another iteration of a roster…There is just too much ambiguity, too much vagueness, and too much uncertainty for us to be a part of it right now,” Nadeshot said.
Nadeshot cited travel complications and the organization’s plan to focus on European events as some of the reasons behind the decision. The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the team and the entire North American CS:GO competitive scene.
As one of the biggest names in the region, 100 Thieves’ exit is a big blow to the North American CS:GO community. This will be the team’s second time leaving the CS:GO scene after its original Brazillian roster disbanded in 2018. Nadeshote mentioned that the organization might try to re-enter CS:GO in the future, but it’s not possible at the moment.
100 Thieves’ CS:GO Run
100 Thieves is one of the well-known North American esports teams in the world, but its CS:GO rosters and representatives for the past years have failed to find a stable momentum that can bring glory to the region. 100 Thieves entry to the CS:GO competitive scene has always been a matter of trial and error.
The organization’s return to the scene in 2019 started with Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Beijing, where the team won 2nd place after a grand final defeat against Astralis. The Beijing event was a success, but 2020 hasn’t been a good year for the team. They had disappointing placements in major events like ESL Pro League Season 10, BLAST Premier: Spring 2020, and Intel Extreme Masters XIV – World Championship.
For their remaining months in the scene, 100 Thieves placed second in the recent ESL Pro League Season 12: North America held last September. The result of the ongoing IEM New York will end their run.
100 Thieves’ Final Roster
Aaron “AZR” Ward (In-Game Leader)
Justin “jks” Savage
Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad
Jay “Liazz” Tregillgas
Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai