LDLC Cut Ties With CS:GO Roster

LDLC Cut Ties With CS:GO Roster

Team LDLC have announced the departure of its entire Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster on Thursday, January 20.

Team LDLC have announced the departure of its entire Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster on Thursday, January 20. The announcement follows the team’s poor showings in 2021, as the French esports organization looks to start fresh in 2022.

A Five-Man Exodus

LDLC cut ties with its entire five-man lineup on Thursday, which sees the departure of Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss, Nicolas “Keoz” Dgus, Lambert “Lambert” Prigent and Steeve “Ozstrik3r” Flavigni. The quartet joins Bryan “Maka” Canda and Christophe “SIXER” Xia, who got benched over the last month.

The news of a complete roster overhaul follows a tough year for LDLC in which the French CS:GO esports team found only limited success. Over the 2021 season, LCLD achieved very little outside of a couple of regional events.

Unfortunately, the team consistently fell flat in qualifiers for the biggest events. Their only notable achievement from 2021 includes reaching the play-in stage of IEM Cologne.

Meanwhile, LDLC managed only three tournament titles over the 2021 season. These include ESL National Championships Global Playoffs: Spring 2021 and ESL Championnat National: 2021 Autumn and Spring.

Since winning the ESL Championnat National: Autumn 2021 in October, LDLC attended three tournaments but achieved very little. Most notably, LDLC crashed out of REPUBLEAGUE Season 2 in 17th-18th place.

On a more positive note, LDLC did relatively well at the ESL Pro League Conference Season 15. There, they finished top-eight but ended the year with a streak of disappointing results.

Those include a 15th-place finish at ESEA Season 39: Premier Division – Europe and an underwhelming run through the ESEA Season 39: Premier Relegation. There they finished fourth after losing against Into The Breach.

As a result of LDLC’s poor showings, the French team dropped down the global standings and ended the year ranked no.48. Although the team still reached higher highs than in 2020, the results were not up to par with the expectations.

A Long Overdue Roster Changes

LDLC’s planned roster changes were already announced in 2021 when it was reported that LDLC is looking to sign former Vitality CS:GO esports player Jayson “Kyojin” Nguyen. Unfortunately, the deal did not come through due to disagreements during negotiations.

As a result, LDLC postponed the roster changes until January, when the team announced a complete roster overhaul. Surprisingly, LDLC did not extend contracts with any of its players, confirming that the French esports organization is looking to start fresh.

“Thank you to the whole team for playing under our colors. We are proud to have counted you among our Foxes,” read the announcement.

A New Era Begins

It’s currently unclear who will represent the LDLC banner. However, some rumors have already hinted towards signing a new five-man French lineup.

As revealed, LDLC is looking to acquire a young roster of French CS:GO esports players, known as GenOne. The squad was formed at the start of the month as a project started by a retired CS pro player Sebastien “KRL “Perez.

GenOne currently fields Florian “ElectuS” Delearde, Hugo “Brooxsy” Di Bono, Ryan “Neityu” Aubry, Filip “Graviti” Brankovic, and Remi “Diviiii” Alexandre. Of the five, Diviiii is the only player to have appeared in a professional scene before.

The 18-year-old has ten official names to his name while playing for Ambush, Clutch Ryan, and Fragbox. However, he had not appeared in a pro match once since July 2021, when Ambush crashed out of the Domination League Season 2 in 15th-16th place.

Besides acquiring GenOne roster, LDLC is expected to sign a sixth member to the team and add Julien “Krav” Hernandez to the organization. However, it’s unclear what role he will be appointed.