Team Liquid and Misfits have both finalized their new Counter-Strike teams, hoping to reverse their recent declining fortunes.
Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken has been transferred from Misfits to Team Liquid in place of Danish AWPer Jacob “Pimp” Winneche, who was released from his contract with the organization three weeks ago. Twistzz acted as a stand-in for Liquid in their ESL Pro League Season 5 matches this past week, where he played an important role in defeating OpTic Gaming 2-0 and tying with SK Gaming 1-1.
“I have worked extremely hard these past couple months on improving myself, being much more consistent, and becoming a better player/person,” said the newly signed 17-year old. “I see [Team Liquid] as a big stepping stone in my career.” Van Dulken also commented that things with Misfits “weren’t going well”.
Twistzz skills as a primary support player and secondary lurker for the popular North American squad will be tested at the upcoming cs_summit and DreamHack Austin international tournaments. Team Liquid also sits at third place in a tight fight for first with Cloud9 and SK Gaming in Season Five of the ESL Pro League.
Misfits has moved Skyler “Relyks” Weaver to the bench, leaving them with two spots to fill on the roster. Rising French players David “devoduvek” Dobrosavlljevic of Team EnVyUs, and François “AmaNEk” Delaunay formerly of Vexed Gaming have joined Misfits to complete their new hybrid European and North American roster.
The former TeamSoloMid roster hadn’t made much noise in their initial pursuits under the Misfits banner. Although they qualified for next week’s DreamHack Tours, the team was swiftly eliminated at DreamHack Las Vegas in February, having placed top 16 with an 0-2 record.
The new Misfits roster will be in ESL Pro League action in the coming days. The team’s first international event will be DreamHack Tours, where devoduvek and AmaNEk will be playing in home territory against the French juggernauts G2 Esports and Team EnVyUs.