Echo Fox gives up its ESL Pro League berth
Two teams will compete for a slot in the upcoming season of the ESL Pro League, after Echo Fox's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team stepped down.
Echo Fox, which competed in the fourth season of the event, is currently unable to field a roster consisting of five players ahead of the league's fifth season. As a result, it is relinquishing its slot to the winner of a last-chance qualification series between North American teams Splyce and Selfless.
While both teams are established within North American esports, neither Splyce nor Selfless currently field full rosters, and will more than likely compete with stand-ins for the last-chance series, which is scheduled to begin at 10:00pm ET today and will be broadcast on the ESL YouTube channel.
Founded and owned by former Los Angeles Lakers player Rick Fox in 2016, Echo Fox quickly assembled what looked to be one of the most promising rosters in the North American region. Centered around the star power of up-and-comer Daniel "roca" Gustaferri, and the proven leadership of in-game leader Sean Gares, the team was unable to achieve any notable success throughout the year. This ultimately lead to the roster splitting apart on Dec. 3, as only roca and entry-fragger Ryan "fREAKAZOiD" Abadir elected to remain on the team.
The fifth season of the ESL Pro League will begin on Feb. 7, and will be broadcast exclusively on YouTube.