SK Gaming withdraws from ECS Season 6, Krystal replaces Cadian on Rogue

SK Gaming withdraws from ECS Season 6, Krystal replaces Cadian on Rogue

FaceIT has increased the number of Challenger slots available for its upcoming ECS Season 6 from two spots to three. The decision was not a surprise since SK Gaming who previously held a spot do not even have a CS: GO team right now. SK Gaming had one of the most successful CSGO rosters winning multiple tournaments. With FaceIt’s rules allowing SK Gaming to keep the slot, it was up to SK Gaming to either find a roster or relinquish their slot.

The organization has not revealed any details of a new CS: GO roster. They will now relinquish their slot. This means that there will be a huge change to an entire section fo the qualifiers. While previously, FaceIT had allocated only two slots to the qualifiers, there will now be three slots up for grabs. This does spark hope in some teams who have not assured a spot in ECS season 6.

The three teams to qualify for ECS Season 6

Complexity and AZIO had already qualified for the upcoming Season 6 after reaching the upper bracket of the qualifiers. With the increased slot, it meant that one more team had the chance to earn their place. The two contenders, MiBr and Gorilla Gang competed in the qualification match. MiBr emerged as the undisputed winners in the matchup and hence secured their old spot at the ECS Finals.

The team list for ECS Season 6 North America currently looks as follows:

  • Cloud9
  • Liquid
  • NRG
  • Rogue
  • AZIO
  • eUnited
  • Luminosity
  • Renegades
  • compLexity
  • MiBr

ECS Season 6 North America starts on the 3rd of October 2018 and will continue till 8th of November 2018.

Rogue use Krystal to replace Cadian.

With Cadian leaving Rogue to go back to Denmark, Rogue needed to find a replacement for the player. Hiko has now announced that Krystal will be their In-Game Leader in Cadian absence. Cadian did show some interesting tactics while leading Rogue at the FaceIT London Major. However, Rogue was still unable to make a big impact at the Major.

Cadian’s homesickness came to the forefront and was a big factor in his decision to go back to Denmark. His addition to North has not gone off to a strong start. North lost their first match against Optic gaming 1-16. However, Cadian is one of the few upcoming In Game leaders and still has a lot to learn.

Rogue will be using Krystal as a stand-in for their team. Rogue start their ESL Pro league season and Krystal’s addition adds a new twist to their lineup. With Cadian gone, Krystal will take on the mantle of being the In-Game Leader. We still don’t know if this move is a permanent one or just temporary. For now, Krystal has found a stable home as he leads Rogue into ESL Pro League Season 6.