Nick J. January 13, 2020
Tricked Esport announced its new team roster today after moving its previous set of players to OverActive Media's MAD Lions team.
In an official press release from the organization, Tricked Esport announced the signing of its new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The team has brought in a young team to replace their old roster led Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen. Tricked sold that roster to the MAD Lions organization in late November. As of today, Tricked Esport's roster is comprised of the following players:
- Andreas 'kiR' Kirstein
- Oliver 'kwezz' Rasmussen
- Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
- Nicolai 'torben' Amorim
- Magnus 'Toft' Toft
- Philippe 'Winspai' Ouabaid (coach)
Difficult patch for Tricked in crowded European CSGO scene
The Danish esports organization officially announced the move earlier today, January 12, nearly two months after the team moved its previous squad to the Splyce rebrand MAD Lions. Publically and privately, the new MAD Lions players were thankful. They expressed appreciation at the Tricked organization's effort to keep the squad together instead of selling them off piecemeal.
MAD Lions sent their roster into the fight this week, narrowly grabbing a spot at the 2020 IEM Katowice tournament and qualifying for the upcoming DreamHack Masters Leipzig. The roster, made up of the players below, finished third at the IEM European Closed qualifiers. The team defeated famous teams like ENCE Esports and Team Heroic for Europe's final spot at Katowice.
- Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen
- Rasmus "Sjuush" Beck
- Frederik "acoR" Gyldstrand
- Fredrik "roeJ" Jørgensen
- and Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen
- Louis "peacemaker" Tadeu (coach)
The new Tricked roster enters a crowded European Counter-Strike scene. Former Fragsters member torben is the oldest player on the team at 24 years old, with the rest all under twenty. There may not be a place for the young Tricked roster in the scene for some time, especially after watching the 2020 IEM Katowice qualifiers play out.
With teams like G2 Esports, FaZe Clan, and ENCE forced to play in the event qualifiers as the number of top-tier invites dwindles, Tricked must be something truly special to make a dent in the upper levels with their young roster.
Regardless, Tricked has proven that the organization has the ability to cultivate talent. The roster has a strong foundation on which to build the basics, giving them a decent chance at ascending a European tier-two scene that has been in flux for the past several months.