Complexity benched William “RUSH” Wierzba from their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster and replaced him with Patrick “es3tag” Hansen. The North American esports organization announced the roster changes on Thursday, July 22, as a part of a roster rebuild.
RUSH Out From Complexity
RUSH has found himself on the chopping block this Thursday, following a streak of disappointing performances from the Dallas-based organization. RUSH’s benching is the second of the week after Complexity already parted ways with their head coach Jamie “Keita” Hail.
The roster changes follow Complexity’s disappointing run at IEM Cologne, where the team placed 13th-16th. RUSH ended the tournament with a 0.89 rating, marking one of the worst individual performances in the field.
However, RUSH’s sloppy showings in Cologne wasn’t a sole example of his lack of form. The 27-year-old has managed a 0.82 rating across the last three months and only 0.84 on the year.
This move ends RUSH’s 21-month stint with the team, which he joined in October 2019. Since his arrival, Complexity haven’t had much success, managing only one notable tournament win at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals in June 2020.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with RUSH, and I can’t state enough how impressed I was in his professionalism during a very challenging time,” said Jason Lake, CEO of Complexity.
“He’s an incredible person who I admire greatly, and I will miss him moving forward.”
RUSH has yet to announce his plans for the future, as he returns back home to the United States after spending the last 18 months in Europe.
Complexity, however, didn’t need long to find a replacement for RUSH. Shortly after announcing RUSH’s benching, Complexity unveiled es3tag as their newest signing.
Es3tag Fills In The Gap
Shortly after unveiling the departure of RUSH, Complexity the signing of es3tag, who joins Benjamin “blameF” Bremer and Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke as the third Danish player on the roster. Complexity acquired es3tag on a free transfer.
Es3tag joins Complexity after spending the last four months out of action. He was last seen competing with Cloud9, who disbanded their roster and transfer-listed all of their players in March 2021.
By signing es3tag, Complexity will hope they can improve their international performances, having failed to win a single notable tournament in over a year.
At Complexity, es3tag will reunite with blameF, who he played with at Heroic in 2019.
The Danish duo achieved decent success while they were a part of the Danish esports organization. They finished runners-up at DreamHack Open Rotterdam 2019, won DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019, and placed top-eight at ESL One Cologne and ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals.
After a successful stint with Heroic, es3tag left for Astralis, where he has spent just over three months. With Astralis, es3tag won ESL Pro League Season 12: Europe and placed third at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020 before crossing the Atlantic to join Cloud9, which proved to be the least successful tenure of his six-year-long career.
Despite the struggles at Cloud9, es3tag joins Complexity with a yearly average rating of 0.93, having posted 1.00 in 2020.
With the signing of es3tag, Complexity rounded up their five-man CS:GO roster. The NA esports organization are currently still on the lookout for a new coach.
Complexity Looking To Bounce Back At ESL Pro League Season 14
With the CS:GO esports scene on pause, Complexity now have three weeks to gel with their new teammate and find a new coach to lead the team. Following the players’ break, Complexity will enter ESL Pro League Season 14, where they’ll compete against 24 teams for the lion’s share of the $750,000 prize pool.
The ESL Pro League Season 14 is slated to kick off on Monday, August 16, just a day after the players’ break ends. The tournament will run for four weeks, culminating with the grand finals on Sunday, September 12.
With three weeks separating us from the tournament and the field yet to be finalized, the esports bookmakers have yet to start offering betting odds on the event. However, given Complexity’s lack of success over the year, it’s highly likely they will enter the event as one of the outsiders.
Attending the tournament are also the reigning IEM Cologne champions Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Astralis, FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Team Vitality. Joining the stacked field are mousesports, Fnatic, Team Liquid, ENCE, and Evil Geniuses, as some of the strongest teams in the world.