North American esports organization Complexity Gaming announced that Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland would be released from its CSGO roster after a disappointing finish at the StarLadder Berlin Major.
Today, we part ways with @Rickeh. We'd like to thank him for his dedication and time with Complexity.
We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. pic.twitter.com/ZbpvWZxKGI
— Complexity Gaming (@compLexity) September 6, 2019
Complexity Gaming was knocked out of the New Challengers Stage at the most recent StarLadder Berlin Major after losing to AVANGAR, HellRaisers, and Grayhound Gaming. This resulted in the team almost dead last, with just two teams finishing lower.
This roster change might have been predicted by some after Complexity Gaming CEO Jason Lake took to social media to state his concerns with his organization’s CSGO roster. He stated that while he loved his players, the “results [wouldn’t] be tolerated.” He also stated that he wanted to “build a juggernaut” by signing new players.
Rickeh is a Greek and Australian professional CSGO player. He started his competitive career in 2015 on Team Immunity for over a year. He then played for organizations like Renegades, Counter Logic Gaming, and Rogue before transitioning to Complexity Gaming. Before he was released, Complexity Gaming went on to place 5 – 6th at Season 7 of the Esports Championship Series.
Shortly after the event ended, Rickeh took to Twitter to state his opinions about the team’s lackluster performance. He mentioned that players on the roster had “different ideologies,” and this meant conflicting ideas about game strategy. Other problems were brought up about how the team may not have worked well together. The fact that the roster did not utilize individual “player strengths” was also described, where he was not able to AWP for the team much. In addition, Rickeh describes being tasked with certain roles on the team that they thought were needed, even if he wasn’t suitable for that role.
To summarize the long statement, Rickeh felt that his skills weren’t utilized in the right way. Because he was always asked to handle other roles, his stats were seen as the “worst statistically.” He did not agree with the way the team approached the game, and this affected him mentally. Ultimately, Rickeh describes that none of it is Complexity Gaming’s fault as they were one of the best organizations he has played with. However, he wished he was on a team that built “good natural chemistry” and “good vibes.”
The Complexity Gaming roster currently consists of Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, Rory “dephh” Jackson, Hunter “SicK” Mims, and Owen “oBo” Schlatter. Jamie “keita” Hall will remain as the coach. However, it is unsure whether the organization will release other players in its journey to build a new roster. Complexity will play their next match in the North America DreamHack Masters Malmö closed qualifier on Sept. 11.
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