EXTREMUM has placed its entire CS:GO lineup on the bench with immediate effect to evaluate their options ahead of the 2022 season, the organization announced on Monday.
The Russian organization initially picked five out of six members of the former 100 Thieves squad as the primary composition, with Hansel “BnTeT” Ferdinand being added to complete the jigsaw when Justin “jks” Savage departed for Complexity.
The team was assembled with the goal of qualifying for the CS:GO Major but never really deliver the level of their golden times at 100 Thieves and Renegades. Their best shot was at the cs_summit 8 North America Playoffs where they placed third — only falling short against FURIA in the lower final.
The entire Oceanic roster finds itself on the bench
“It’s been a tough week for EXTREMUM, losing to Evil Geniuses was obviously one of the worst-case scenarios, since the main goal of our organization and our team was to qualify for the Major,” the announcement reads. “But now we have to make the decisions, no matter how hard they might be. At this point EXTREMUM CS:GO roster is benched. Its further fate is unknown.”
The core of EXTREMUM played their last match together on the qualification for the Major, which was the organization’s main objective in fielding the Oceanic roster. Their IEM Fall campaign ended in heartbreak after finishing third in the group stage and losing to Evil Geniuses in the decider match to secure a ticket to Stockholm for the most anticipated event in CS:GO in over two years.
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Prior to the Stockholm Major campaign, the squad had suffered other sub-par campaigns, most notably a 9th-12th place finishes at Spring Sweet Spring #3. Out of nine European and North American tournaments they attended, their best finishes were at cs summit 8 (#3) and IEM Fall (#6) – none of their greatest shots came in their time in Europe.
Across 48 matches that they have played under the EXTREMUM banner, Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad and Hansel “BnTeT” Ferdinand boasted a HLTV rating of 1.13 and 1.10, respectively, followed by Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai with 1.04 and both Aaron “AZR” Ward and Jay “Liazz” Tregillgas with 0.97.
In the meantime, EXTREMUM has not yet announced its next move but is open to offers for any of the benched players. EXTREMUM will now have the transfer season to look forward to, be it to build a whole new roster or revamp the one that has currently been moved to the bench, as many teams across the world will be bolstering their lineups once the Major concludes, including European and Oceanic organizations.
The following lineup will sit on EXTREMUM’s bench until further notice:
- 🇮🇩 Hansel “BnTeT” Ferdinand
- 🇳🇴 Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad
- 🇦🇺 Aaron “AZR” Ward
- 🇳🇿 Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai
- 🇦🇺 Jay “Liazz” Tregillgas
- 🇷🇸 Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović (Coach)
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Cover photo courtesy of EXTREMUM