One of the biggest names from outside Counter-Strike’s traditional power regions has finalized its roster as it prepares to make another run at international success.
Orami was forced to depart the team earlier in the year for personal reasons, which prevented him from committing the hours necessary to play at the highest levels of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This sparked a search by Australia’s best team to find suitable replacements.
The squad took its time in the hunt. Crombie stepped in as a temporary replacement to flesh out the team’s active roster in league competition. While the team wasn’t willing to offer Crombie a spot on the main roster, the organization stated that Crombie expressed a desire to join even if it meant being a substitute, and so he was brought on board.
Still, needing a fifth player for their active roster, Vox Eminor turned today to a long-standing veteran of the Australian scene in Ergenekon, whose international experience dates back to 2006. That near-decade, time spent playing on the biggest global stages, was of consequence to a team looking to progress further in their own international exploits.
Vox Eminor made great headway this year, starting at the offline qualifier for ESL Katowice. There, the Aussies won successive games over 3DMax and Dignitas to qualify for the major without a scratch.
One month later, the team managed their first victory at a Counter-Strike major, defeating Flipside Tactics in the group stage. That win was sandwiched by losses to Fnatic and Natus Vincere, which prevented the team from moving any further, but the two Polish events represented immense progress for a team that had so struggled previously when playing outside the Oceanic region.
In announcing the Ergenekon’s addition, Vox Eminor also teased of a future appearance at another international competition in the near future—but didn’t give any specifics.
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