Complexity CEO Jason Lake on CSGO team: "In six months we'll be great"

Nick J. February 23, 2020

Ahead of his team’s match with MiBR at DreamHack Open Anaheim, Complexity owner Jason Lake talked with WIN.gg about the state of his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.

Clad in an all-blue polo emblazoned with the Complexity star, Lake looked excited to see his revamped team take the stage in front of a friendly North American crowd. The Complexity founder revealed that he likes watching Counter-Strike Global Offensive, but only if he has no skin in the game.

“You know, I really enjoy watching Counter-Strike way more when we’re not playing,” Lake said with a laugh. “It gives me heart palpitations.” 

Any fan can identify with that feeling. That said, Complexity exploded in Blast Premier’s group B, sweeping Astralis and Vitality before Natus Vincere bested them 2-0 in the Group B Finals. 

Still, the organization has made major progress since their disastrous performance at the StarLadder Berlin Major, which saw Lake himself rake the team over the coals for their early exit. Complexity dropped four of its five players and made a number of high-profile free agent acquisitions to form a new roster. 

The team has posted significantly better results, despite having a penchant for losing to weaker teams. 

This has been an unfortunate pattern with the team over recent weeks, particularly in the ESL One Rio Major open qualifiers. Though Complexity is historically a North American organization, the team has been tasked with competing in Europe of late. 

The squad lost to SMASH, PACT, and BIG in three separate qualifiers. Those losses put Complexity out of contention for a spot at the upcoming major, but the international roster remains an incredibly strong one:

  • Owen “Obo” Schlatter
  • Benjamin "blameF" Bremer
  • RUSH William “RUSH” Wierzba
  • k0nfig Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke
  • poizon Valentin “poizon” Vasilev
  • Jamie “keita” Hall (coach)

Despite the recent stumbles, Lake was bullish regarding his team’s chances moving forward.

“We’re still making too many mistakes,” Lake said. ‘But in six months we’ll be great.”

A spot in the ESL One Rio Major is out of reach, but a win in DreamHack Open Anaheim would give the organization a great consolation prize. The winner of the tournament receives an invitation to DreamHack Masters Jonkoping in June.