Complexity Gaming Sign hallzerk

Complexity Gaming announced a new addition to its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive division on Friday, July 29.

Complexity Gaming announced a new addition to its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive division on Friday, July 29. As revealed by the North American esports organization, Complexity signed Håkon “hallzerk” Fjærli, who will take over for Paytyn “junior” Johnson.

A New AWPer

Complexity signed a new AWPer this Friday in hallzerk, who joins the North American esports organization from Dignitas. The 22-year-old Norwegian CS:GO pro joins Complexity as a replacement for junior, who got moved to a substitute position within the team.

This marks the first roster change within Complexity since January 2022, when the organization acquired the entire Extra Salt roster. But despite forming a new roster, Complexity struggled to achieve much over the last few months and have not won a single tournament together.

Given their lack of success, it makes sense for Complexity to look for roster changes, namely in the AWP position Junior, who had shown promise last season, has struggled to perform up to par this year.

Since joining Complexity, he has averaged an underwhelming 0.98 rating and was particularly disappointing over the last three months, with an 0.84 average rating. That’s not to say that he was the only player on the team who underperformed.

Ioannis ‘Johnny’ “JT” Theodosiou, Justin “FaNg” Coakley, Ricky “floppy” Kemery, and Michael “Grim” Wince have all been posting shaky performance figures this year, and particularly over the last three months.

JT has been averaging 0.90, JT 0.75, floppy 0.94, and Grim 0.94, with not a single player of Complexity posting positive performance numbers.

Interestingly, JT is by far the worst performing player on the team since April, with only two positive performances across the last 26 maps played and a 0.37 player rating from a match against Vitality in May.

Given the team’s overall poor showings, it was only a matter of time before Complexity announced roster changes.

Lack Of Success Leads To Roster Changes

Roster changes in Complexity were long time coming, as the team did not achieve anything since the turn of the year. Notably, Complexity had their moments, but not once did they achieve anything in any of the big events they’ve attended.

The North American CS:GO squad kicked off the year with a seventh-eighth place finish at Funspark ULTI 2021, and they added a 10th-12th-place finish at BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2022. It wasn’t until March when Complexity won something, albeit it was only PGL Major Antwerp American RMR Open qualifiers, which at least earned them a spot in the American RMR.

Before the RMR, Complexity attended ESL Pro League Season 15, in which they finished in 17th-20th place with a 1-4 record. Fortunately, they found some momentum in the American RMR, in which Complexity finished fourth and qualified for the Major.

Before the Major, the team also placed second in IEM Dallas American qualifiers but could only manage fifth-eighth at BLAST Premier: Spring American Showdown 2022. Things did not improve at the Major, where Complexity finished in 20th-22nd place with just one victory (against IHF Esports) to their name.

Since their failed run in Belgium, Complexity attended four events but not once finished higher than the top eight. They landed in 13th-16th at IEM Dallas, finished last at Global Esports Tour Dubai 2022, ninth-12th at Roobet Cup, fifth-eighth at Elisa Invitational Spring 2022, and most recently, crashed out of IEM Cologne in last place without winning a single match.

Their streak of shaky showings saw Complexity slip down to no.45 in the global CS:GO rankings, which is the lowest Complexity have been since January 2020.

As a BLAST partner team, Complexity will debut its new lineup at the BLAST Fall Groups, slated for August 19-28.