One of the oldest esports organization, Team Dignitas announced last night that it is releasing its entire danish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster.
Effective immediately, the squad of Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen, Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, Ruben “RUBINO” Villarroel, René “cajunb” Borg, and Emil “Magiskb0Y” Reif is waving the free agency flag and trying to find a new team to call home.
The move is extremely surprising because we’re close to a Major. Secondly, the Dignitas CS:GO roster produced significant results over multiple recent events. This includes the team’s victory at Epicenter 2016 in October, and qualifying for the ELeague Major in January.
According to reports, the decision to part ways was mutual but was initiated by the squad itself. Taking to Twitter, head coach Casper “ruggah” Due confirmed that despite a “very competitive deal” the danish roster chose to find a new team.
“We would like to thank Team Dignitas for our time in the black and yellow jersey, we’ve all gotten memories for life when being part of Dignitas whether it being tough losses like ESL Cologne or wins as at EPICENTER,” said Due.
Shortly after the announcement, an official Dignitas spokesperson stated that the organization is looking to field a North American team. Taking into account that Dignitas was purchased by the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers three months ago, it’s possible that the organization wanted the CS:GO roster to move to North America in order to take advantage of the franchise’s established resources.
The players, though, may not have wanted to leave their homes, families, and friends; hence, deciding to part ways instead.
The squad intends to stick together for the 2016 World Electronic Sports Games finals and the ELeague Major in January. There’s no information on whether it’s already talking with a team or not. Hopefully, a team will swoop in to pick up the talent danish roster.