A brand new Turkish team might become a top-level contender in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The roster of Eternal Fire has finally been unveiled. After weeks of heartfelt goodbyes and social media teasing, four Turkish players and one Jordanian have been confirmed for the official roster. This player-owned team will aim to become a top-level contender in the European CSGO scene. With big names and decades of combined experience, the new Eternal Fire CSGO team might do just that.
Hulk gerçek! Türkiye’ye ve Dünya’ya yepyeni bir soluk getirmek için geliyoruz! #forEF
Hulk is real! We are coming to breathe new life into Turkey and the world! @XANTAREScsgo @w0xic @CalyxCSGO @imorcs @OG_ISSAA @bishopcsgod https://t.co/xnbqlSMOr9 pic.twitter.com/aoWt0DagZJ
— Eternal Fire (@eternalfiregg) August 13, 2021
Özgür “woxic” Eker previously teased the roster on social media. Weeks of fan speculation led to multiple potential rosters being teased, but the final lineup looks strong. Four of the players all have experience at the top level of CSGO, with 21-year-old rifler Ömer “imoRR” Karataş joining the veterans after a strong run on Sangal.
Eternal Fire CSGO roster:
- İsmailсan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş
- Özgür “woxic” Eker
- Buğra “Calyx” Arkın
- Issa “ISSAA” Murad
- Ömer “imoRR” Karataş
- Timur “bishop” Şengül (Coach)
Initial reports claimed that the team would compete under the Sangal Esports banner, instead imoRR wound up transferring from Sangal to Eternal Fire. The aggressive entry fragger matches Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev when it comes to damage, averaging 89.6 per round. Calyx returns after a four-month break to bolster the squad’s firepower. He played for the previous competitive Turkish team Space Soldiers during the team’s 2017-2018 hot streak.
XANTARES is the most shocking addition to the team. He announced his departure from BIG just weeks after winning a $100,000 charity tournament. XANTARES will likely resume his role as in-game leader on Eternal Fire.
woxic played a massive role in mousesports’ hot streak right before the online era. It’s difficult to tell if woxic will play point for Eternal Fire or if he will take up the AWP full-time and leave the entry fragging to imoRR. His aim could let him take on either role with ease. ISSAA rounds out the roster as the final addition. The Jordanian lurker had some solid tournament runs with OG, including a silver finish at Flashpoint Season 2.
Eternal Fire certainly looks like a superteam on paper, but the squad’s potential needs to be demonstrated in competition. No tournaments or qualifiers have been announced for Eternal Fire, but they could debut as early October 13 if the squad successfully qualifies for DreamHack Open October 2021.