After weeks of rumors, Complexity announced that Valentin “poizon” Vasilev and Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke would be the final two members of its overhauled CSGO lineup. The announcement completes the roster rebuild the team began after finishing poorly at the StarLadder Berlin Major Championship in late August.
Complexity’s performance at the Major didn’t sit well with organization CEO Jason Lake. Immediately after his team’s elimination, Lake sent out a tweet that made it clear to the fans and players that the North American organization would do whatever it takes to compete for a championship.
“I love our players as individuals but these results won’t be tolerated. If you’re a Tier 1 player looking for a fresh start at the best facility in the world, HMU. I’ll pay your buyout and give you the world’s highest salaries. Let’s build a juggernaut. Spread the word,’ Lake said.
Complexity started a full rebuild of its CSGO roster within days. The team first released Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland less than a week after Complexity’s run in Berlin ended. In late October, Complexity released Hunter “SicK” Mims before benching veteran AWPer Shahzeeb “ShahZam” Khan. The fourth and final player to exit the roster was long-time Complexity member Rory “dephh” Jackson. Dephh had been with the team since February 2016.
Although nothing is guaranteed during full rebuild, it also looks like Jamie “keita” Hall will stay on as the new roster’s head coach.
The sixteen-year-old Owen “oBo” Schlatter is now the only remaining member of the Complexity team that crashed out of the Berlin Major. Despite a string of middling placements, the young oBo was a consistent bright spot in a Complexity team that couldn’t get it together.
Complexity made major moves to surround Schlatter with both veteran and new talent. The team’s first move was to make Heroic’s promising in-game leader Benjamin “blameF” Bremer an offer he couldn’t refuse. BlameF signed with Complexity on September 26.
Complexity didn’t stop there, signing Boston Major winner William “RUSH” Wierzba off of Cloud9’s bench the same day they announced the addition of blameF. RUSH seemed excited about his move to to Complexity in a reply to his new team’s signing announcement.
“It [sic] been a long time since Ive had a fresh project, and Im finally getting that with complexity and I couldn’t be more motivate,” RUSH said.
After those two initial signings, Complexity went quiet for almost a month while fans speculated who else the team would choose to fill the final two spots on the roster. In late October, a report surfaced from French esports news site 1pv.fr that Complexity was chasing veteran Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke to fill one of Complexity’s open slots after several stints of inactivity with North and OpTic Gaming.
Complexity’s final spot will be taken by Valentin “poizon” Vasilev. Poizon has made waves in lower tier teams for some time, but has the skill set needed to develop into a top talent. Poizon comes to Complexity from the now-defunct organization Windingo Gaming.
Windingo’s CEO announced the team was shutting down last week due to financial instability as a direct result of the failure of tournament organizers to pay prize money. Windingo’s CEO said in a release that poizon had signed a contract with another team, but declined the mention who that team was.
Complexity enters a CSGO scene in a state of flux, as contenders Team Liquid and Astralis look less dominant then they have in the past and Evil Geniuses has just reached number one on the world rankings for the first time.
Complexity’s next matches will take place starting on November 13 against DETONA, ATK and Envy in ESL Pro League’s Season 1.
As of now, Complexity’s roster is as follows: