K0nfig to Miss ESL Pro League Season 14

K0nfig to Miss ESL Pro League Season 14

Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke will not be attending the CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 14; Complexity announced on Tuesday, August 16.

Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke will not be attending the CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 14; Complexity announced on Tuesday, August 16. The 24-year-old has suffered a hand injury and will be replaced by Niels Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen.

Complexity Will Play With a Stand-In

Complexity will be forced to play at the ESL Pro League Season 14 with a stand-in while k0nfig recovers from a hand injury. The North American esports organization announced the news on Tuesday.

Complexity have not unveiled for how long k0nfig will be out of action, but until he is fully fit and ready to return, NaToSaphiX is expected to step into the roster. The 25-year-old has been added to Complexity’s roster as a substitute earlier this week.

Although NaToSaphiX is a known quality, the loss of k0nfig will come as a tough blow for Complexity. K0nfig has been one of the team’s key members over the year and the best-performing player on the team.

He has been averaging a 1.13 rating in 2021 and 1.14 across the last three months. K0nfig was also one of the most consistent players in Complexity and someone his team could always rely on to deliver in high-stakes games.

Complexity were viewed as one of the outsiders to win ESL Pro League, to begin with. However, now with the loss of k0nfig, their chances to upset the odds are that much slimmer.

NaToSaphiX No Stranger to Complexity

Although NaToSaphiX will serve as a stand-in, the 25-year-old Dane is no stranger to Complexity. He has previously stood in for the team during the CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 12 playoffs and at the 2020 IEM New York.

At the time, NaToSaphiX was a temporary substitute for Owen “oBo” Schlatter, who decided to step down from the team and eventually left for Evil Geniuses.

NaToSaphiX also has previous experience playing with Complexity’s Benjamin “blameF” Bremer and Patrick “es3tag” Hansen. The trio briefly represented Heroic in May-August 2019, when they achieved reasonable success.

At Heroic, NaToSaphiX, blameF, and est3ag placed top-eight at ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals and ESL One Cologne 2019. Although they later went their ways, they should have some synergy left from their three-month stint together.

NaToSaphiX joins Complexity as a free agent. He was last seen playing with GORILLAZ, where he spent two months before leaving at the end of July.

Before his short stint with GORILLAZ, NaToSaphiX has represented Nordavind, who he joined a couple of months after leaving Heroic.

Less Than a Week To Practice

Complexity will begin its journey through ESL Pro League Season 14 on Saturday, August 21. NaToSaphiX and co. have been placed in Group B alongside G2 Esports, forZe, OG, Sinners Esports, and Virtus.pro.

Complexity enter the tournament as outsiders on the outright betting markets and are priced as the third-most likely team to win the group at +700.

Odds to Win ESL Pro League Season 14 Group B

Odds courtesy of BetOnline Sportsbook:

  • G2 Esports -125
  • Virtus.pro +250
  • Complexity +700
  • OG +700
  • ForZe +1200
  • Sinners Esports +1400

With only a handful of days left for Complexity to gel together with their new teammate, their chances to succeed at the ESL Pro League seem slim. Although they should do well against bottom teams in Group B, the absence of k0nfig will surely be felt when they take on the stronger teams in G2 Esports, Virtus.pro, and OG.

To make matters worse for Complexity and their questionable synergy, they have already made changes with the signing of es3tag. What’s more, Complexity also replaced their coach with Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu.

There are a lot of unknowns about Complexity; however, this is still a talented team and shouldn’t be written off entirely. Complexity’s first match of the ESL Pro League is slated for Saturday at 20:00 CEST when they will clash with forZe.