Envy involved in major CSGO roster shakeup, LEGIJA returns

Chase Mulonas • August 7, 09:32

Team Envy has announced some drastic changes to its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster.

The team has parted ways with Ryan “ryann” Welsh and Kaleb “moose” Jayne, with former coach Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić now transitioning into the starting roster as a player. Taking over LEGIJA’s coaching duties will be Polish veteran Jakub “kuben” Gurczyński.

LEGIJA himself is a veteran of the CSGO scene with a distinguished career dating back to 2012. His transition to the active roster comes after more than two years away from playing competitively.

With two of its North American players departing the organization, it looks like Envy will have an international roster for the remainder of 2020.

ryann joined Envy in September 2019 while moose arrived in January 2020. Despite the new additions, the roster underperformed in most of its outings, nearly finishing last in both Flashpoint Season 1 and CS Summit 6.

Envy changes CSGO roster, activates LEGIJA

News of a roster overhaul emerged at the end of July in a report published by DBLTAP. Apart from replacing ryann, it was reported that either Michał “MICHU” Müller or Buğra “Calyx” Arkin were also on the chopping block. In the end, it was instead moose who got the axe.

It’s unknown if LEGIJA will be taking over the in-game leadership duty from Noah “Nifty” Francis. LEGIJA is not known as a top fragger, and the change of captaincy could help Nifty to focus solely on his AWPing responsibilities. 

Kuben is getting a chance at a fresh start after coaching Virtus.pro for several years. The Polish veteran is one of the most decorated coaches in CSGO, leading Virtus.pro to multiple major victories, including a win at ELEAGUE Season 1.

Apart from taking over the coaching role, kuben will also be taking over managerial duties for the Envy squad.

Envy is actively searching for a player to fill out the fifth position on its roster.

Time will tell if the roster overhaul pays off for Envy. By the looks of things, the change may just be a quick fix for the organization, as the team is seeming to be interested in finalizing a new roster for 2021.

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