Immortals withdraws from the ESL Pro League
Immortals is giving up its spot in the ESL Pro League after an unfortunate couple of months.
The organization has decided to pull out of the North American region of the league because of “roster instability due to factors outside of the organization’s control,” Immortals CEO Noah Whinston said in a statement to ESL, which then removed Immortals from the standings of season six.
In a video on Twitter, Whinston also said that the organization will use the upcoming months in the Valve Major cycle to decide its next step in CS:GO. This may hint at Immortals' possible departure from Counter-Strike esports altogether, much like CLG, which released its male teams yesterday.
The news of Immortals’ withdrawal from the league follows months of controversy and roster changes. In September and October, the organization terminated the contract of Vito “kNg” Giuseppe and benched the Teles twins—Henrique “HEN1” and Lucas “LUCAS1.” KNg was relieved of his duties as secondary AWPer after he decided to compete while under internal suspension, which was sanctioned because of his death threat towards former CLG in-game leader Pujan “FNS” Mehta.
The former Immortals trio is expected to be forming a team with former SK Gaming star Lincoln “fnx” Lau and Team One player Bruno "bit" Fukuda. The organization that they will represent at the upcoming Major has yet to be announced, since the Legend status trio will not be playing under the Immortals banner.
Ricardo “boltz” Prass and Lucas “steel” Lopes, the two remaining stars from the lineup that placed second at the Krakow Major in July, recently found new opportunities with other teams. Boltz is currently being loaned to SK Gaming—where he’s expected to sign after the Boston Major in January—while steel was transferred to North American juggernaut Team Liquid.
And now Immortals are left with four Brazilian players whose talent is still unproven at the international level of CS:GO: João “horvy” Horvath, Lucas “destinyy” Bullo, Caio “zqk” Fonseca, and Bruno “shz” Martinelli.