Hades Joins Team Finest On A Loan

Team Finest have announced Olek "hades" Miskiewicz as the newest member of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster.

Team Finest have announced Olek “hades” Miskiewicz as the newest member of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The Polish AWPer joins the team on loan from ENCE as a replacement for Guy “anarkez” Trachtman.

Looking To Bounce Back

Team Finest have announced the addition of hades to its active lineup on Monday, August 29. The 22-year-old Polish player has joined the Israeli squad on loan from ENCE, serving as a replacement for anarkez, who parted ways with Finest on Monday.

The roster change comes shortly after Team Finest’s failed performance at IEM Road to Rio 2022 Europe, where the team struggled to deliver against the competition. Notably, Finest have finished all four open qualifiers outside the top eight, producing a handful of disappointing showings.

In the first open qualifier, Finest lost against flowstate with 12-16, and they were just as disappointing in the second open qualifier. Although they won against Copenhagen Flames (16-5), Team Finest slipped in the second round against EYEBALLERS (14-16).

In the third IEM Rio European open qualifiers, Team Finest showed a bit more life, reaching the third round with wins against flowstate (16-8) and Partizan Esports (16-11), but they couldn’t make it past ESCTATIC (14-16).
In the final open qualifier, Finest emulated their run from the previous event, reaching the third round with wins against Alpha Gaming (16-8) and X (16-8) before losing to Forward Gaming (12-16).

Although Finest’s failed runs through the IEM Road to Rio European RMR were far from what the team wanted to achieve, those weren’t Finest’s only disappointing results. Interestingly, Finest have won just one tournament in 2022 in Pinnacle Cup IV, but were fairly underwhelming since then, failing to finish higher than fourth.

Notably, Finest also failed to deliver at ESL Challenger League Season 41 Relegation: Europe, where they placed third-fourth following a 1-2 defeat against forZe in the second round of the upper bracket.

Finest Bolster Its Squad

The signing of hades was announced shortly after the team unveiled the departure of anarkez, who was let go from the squad on Monday. Anarkez’s departure shocked many, as he was the longest-serving member of Finest, which he joined in July 2021.

The 22-year-old was one of the top performing players of Finest, averaging a 1.13 performance rating during his 13-month stint. Moreover, he was a key player in Finest’s victories at Pinnacle Cup IV and ESEA Advanced Season 38 Europe, as well as numerous online cash events.
With anarkez, Finest reached an all-time peak of no.19 spot in the global CS:GO rankings, following their fourth-place finish at Pinnacle Cup Championship 2022. Unfortunately, the team’s lack of success saw Finest plummet to no.22 in the rankings.

Whether hades will manage to fill in anarkez’s shoes remains to be seen, but he is considered a solid replacement for the Israeli AWPer. The Pole joins Finest following a successful sting with ENCE, who he led to victories at LOOT.BET Season 9 and Funspark ULTI 2021 Europe Playoffs 1.

Moreover, hades was a part of ENCE lineup, which enjoyed an incredible form in early 2022, reaching the finals of ESL Pro League Season 15 and the finals of IEM Dallas. However, despite hades’s strong form early into 2022, his individual showings have dropped significantly, which led ENCE to replace him with Alvaro “SunPayus” Garcia from Movistar Riders on August 5.

Hades has been since an inactive member of ENCE, and while he is still under contract with the Finnish esports organization, the Pole has now been given a chance to prove his worth at Team Finest. Still, he will have large shoes to fill as he replaces one of the organization’s best players.