The old Trident roster is back with a new coat of paint, although the transfer didn’t happen on good terms.
Team Singularity has launched a new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster by signing the former Trident Gaming lineup. The new Eastern European side includes legendary AWPer Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács and veteran in-game leader Denis “seized” Kostin. Along with the new sponsor, seized has publicly accused their previous organization Trident Clan of withholding prize money.
seized developed his tactical mind on Natus Vincere before the s1mple era. Under seized’s direction, the squad earbed a $150,000 second place at MLG Columbus 2016. During that era, Guardian was often considered the scariest AWPer in the world. The two players stuck together on Na’Vi for five years before separating in 2017. A trio of younger Russian riflers rounds out the roster.
Team Singularity is not expected to debut at the top level of CSGO but it could serve as a developmental team for rising talent. The squad got some training at IronWar Grand Prix in August. Norwi dished out .74 kills per round for the lineup’s fourth-place run. clax’ lurking skills led to a 1.15 KD ratio with 57.3% headshots.
In a simultaneous announcement for the new sponsor, seized announced through social media that his previous organization Trident Clan has withheld prize money from the players. That roster included four of the new players on Team Singularity. He has accused Trident Clan of embezzling over $11,000.
“The organization Trident Clan, starting from May, the CS squad (as I know, the Dota squad too) stopped being paid salaries… To this day, $11,000 in prize money has not been paid to the players, coaches, and manager, which were paid to the organization in May,” seized said.