Summer 2023 CS:GO Players Reshuffles: Latest Roster Changes & Updates
During the summer off-season reshuffle window, the majority of our favorite CS:GO teams are shaking things up, saying “hello” to new teammates and “good luck” to others, all in the name of chasing recognition and trophies. Finding a perfect line-up is like finding the perfect recipe, and every team is chasing the best players they can scout, the best ingredients for victories.
In this article, we will share every juicy detail of the 2023 off-season reshuffle, including which players packed their bags, who decided to take a timeout, and which rookies landed their chance to shine in the big boys league. Let’s begin!
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Summer 2023 CS:GO Players Reshuffles
From unexpected player retirements to surprise recruitments and intriguing shifts in team rosters, all in the name of chasing recognition and trophies, the summer 2023 mid-season reshuffle is shaping up to be one of the most buzzing in recent years of professional CS:GO scene’s history.
Organizations like NAVI, Cloud9, FURIA, MOUZ, Vitality, and many others made changes to their CS:GO division rosters, while teams like G2, ENCE, and Heroic will continue to play with the same line-up once the season continues.
Let’s take a look at the most recent changes in professional CS:GO rosters that are preparing for the release of Counter-Strike 2 and find out where to see them in action for the very first time.
On the very last day of June 2023, Brazilian FURIA parted ways with Rafael ‘saffee’ Costa and André ‘drop’ Abreu after benching them. The latter was a promising FURIA Academy player but struggled to perform for the main roster. Both players transferred to MIBR.
Rafael and André were replaced with Marcelo ‘chelo’ Cespedes and Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo, who played together in Imperial.
Here is the new line-up of FURIA’s CS:GO roster:
- Andrei “arT” Piovezan
- Yuri “yuurih” Santos
- Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato
- Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo
- Marcelo “chelo” Cespedes
FURIA’s coach is Nicholas ‘guerri’ Nogueira. The debut tournament for the renewed Brazilian line-up is the Play-in Stage of IEM Cologne 2023, which will kick off on July 26.
At the end of May 2023, MIBR benched Matheus “Tuurtle” Anhaia and then benched Henrique “HEN1” Teles a month later. These players were replaced by a pair of ex-FURIA players, Rafael ‘saffee’ Costa and André ‘drop’ Abreu.
The new MIBR CS:GO roster is as follows:
- Raphael “exit” Lacerda
- Breno “brnz4n” Poletto
- Felipe “insani” Yuji
- Rafael “saffee” Costa
- André “drop” Abreu
Bruno “BIT” Fukuda Lima remains as the coach. You can watch the new MIBR line-up in action during the ESL Challenger League 46 North America that will start on August 15.
After Justinas ‘jL’ Lekavicius left to join the international NAVI squad, Apeks, that had placed 3-4th at BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023, signed twenty-two years old player Aleksandar “CacaNito” Kjulukoski, who used to perform for a North Macedonian BLUEJAYS.
This is the updated Apeks roster:
- Martin “STYKO” Styk
- Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad
- Tim “nawwk” Jonasson
- Damjan “kyxsan” Stoilkovski
- Aleksandar “CacaNito” Kjulukoski
Apeks will compete in the Play-in Stage of the IEM Cologne 2023, so make sure you don’t miss seeing the new roster live.
Polish player Kamil “siuhy” Szkaradek left GamerLegion, which he led to second place at BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023, and returned to MOUZ’s main roster to rejoin his ex-teammates from the academy line-up. Kamil replaced previous in-game leader Christopher “dexter” Nong.
Current MOUZ CS:GO roster is as follows:
- David “frozen” Čerňanský
- Ádám “torzsi” Torzsás
- Dorian “xertioN” Berman
- Kamil “siuhy” Szkaradek
The last player to complete the squad should be presented soon.
Jon “JDC” de Castro is now benched, and Dennis “sycrone” Nielsen remains on the team as coach. Witness the new MOUZ team in action at IEM Cologne 2023 Play-in on July 26.
In the current off-season, European team OG has completely rebuilt its CS:GO roster. Throughout June, the club said goodbye to Marix, niko, and flameZ, who transferred to Vitality. Then, degster and neofrag were benched. These players were replaced by a quartet that joined F1KU on the main squad.
The rebuilt international OG CS:GO roster consists of the following players:
- Maciej “F1KU” Miklas
- Nemanja “nexa” Isaković
- Iulian “regali” Harjău
- Nils “k1to” Gruhne
- Dion “FASHR” Derksen
Follow the new OG squad at BLAST Premier Fall Groups, starting on July 13.
BIG CS:GO roster has undergone several serious changes in June 2023. The team’s big rebuild started with transferring Marcel “hyped” Köhn from the main squad to the academy team and benching Nils “k1to” Gruhne and Josef “faveN” Baumann.
Three players were replaced with Elias “s1n” Stein and David “prosus” Hesse, who both played for BIG Academy. The squad was completed with Mateusz “mantuu” Wilczewski, who joined as a free agent but had performed in OG in the past.
Now, the main BIG roster includes:
- Mateusz “mantuu” Wilczewski
- Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz
- Karim “Krimbo” Moussa
- David “prosus” Hesse
- Elias “s1n” Stein
Catch the brand new BIG CS:GO roster in action at BLAST Premier Fall Groups, starting on July 13.
One of the most controversial player swaps that shocked the CS:GO community was Vitality benching Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen and signing Shahar ‘flameZ’ Shushan to replace the legendary Dane player, who won his fifth Major trophy with the French team and claims to be “on top of his game”.
Here is the new Team Vitality CS:GO roster:
- Dan “apEX” Madesclaire
- Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
- Emil “Magisk” Reif
- Lotan “Spinx” Giladi
- Shahar “flameZ” Shushan
Vitality will play against NAVI in a sponsored show match on July 8. Their official debut will happen on July 13, when BLAST Premier Fall Groups starts.
If you are as confused with all the CS:GO rosters that Evil Geniuses have and are even more confused with internal player swaps, we are here to help you out with it. On June 24th, four players from the main EG squad and their coach were benched. These players are wiz, neaLaN, Brehze, and refresh.
The new main roster of Evil Geniuses consists of junior and four players who were promoted to the main squad from EG Black:
- Timothy “autimatic” Ta
- Paytyn “junior” Johnson
- Jeorge “Jeorge” Endicott
- Colby “Walco” Walsh
- Jadan “HexT” Postma
Tommy “Axed” Ryan, the new coach of the main roster, was also promoted from Evil Geniuses Black. The next tournament for this team is BLAST Fall Groups 2023, which will start on July 13.
On June 22, Complexity announced that the team benched Canadian player Justin “FaNg” Coakley and signed Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski from Team Liquid to replace him. The rest of the roster remains unchanged.
Here is how the new Complexity roster looks like:
- Johnny “JT” Theodosiou
- Ricky “floppy” Kemery
- Håkon “hallzerk” Fjærli
- Michael “Grim” Wince
- Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski
The updated line-up will debut at BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2023.
We already mentioned that Team Liquid parted ways with EliGE, and you probably knew already that n1tro left the team in May. The pair was replaced with Robert “Patsi” Isyanov, who transferred from Team Spirit, and Aleks “Rainwaker” Petrov, who played for 500.
Current Liquid CS:GO line-up is as follows:
- Keith “NAF” Markovic
- Josh “oSee” Ohm
- Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis
- Aleks “Rainwaker” Petrov
- Robert “Patsi” Isyanov
See them in action at BLAST Premier Groups 2023.
On June 22, Astralis transferred Alexander “Altekz” Givskov from the main squad to Astralis Talent and benched Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander. They were replaced by Victor “Staehr” Staehr, who transferred from Sprout, and Johannes “b0RUP” Borup, who used to play for MAD Lions and Copenhagen Flames.
The Danish CS:GO team now consists of the following players:
- Benjamin “blameF” Bremer
- Nicolai “device” Reedtz
- Christian “Buzz” Andersen
- Victor “Staehr” Staehr
- Johannes “b0RUP” Borup
Astralis will kick off the season with a performance at BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2023. Ensure to see them play!
Back in May, the legendary French player Kenny “kennyS” Schrub announced his retirement from the professional CS:GO scene and him leaving Team Falcons. Then, Jordan “Python” Munck-Foehrle and Kévin “misutaaa” Rabier were benched.
Only two French players remain on the roster, meaning the team is now classified as European. Three pros joined Falcons on June 20: Laurențiu “lauNX” Țârlea transferred from Sprout, Mohammad “BOROS” Malhas from Monte, and Miłosz “mhL” Knasiak from Endpoint.
Here is the new Falcons roster:
- Laurențiu “lauNX” Țârlea
- Miłosz “mhL” Knasiak
- Mohammad “BOROS” Malhas
- Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro
- Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt
Team Falcons will debut at a $1,000,000 Gamers8 2023 festival tournament that will kick off in Saudi Arabia on August 16.
One of the most popular teams in the CS:GO scene, Natus Vincere, has undergone roster changes as well. We have covered these changes in detail in our article .
Denis “electroNic” Sharipov, Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy, and Andrij “npl” Kukharsjkyj left the Ukrainian line-up, while three European players joined.
Here is the list of players in the brand-new NAVI CS:GO roster:
- Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
- Valeriy “b1t” Vakhovskiy
- Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen
- Justinas “jL” Lekavicius
- Mihai “iM” Ivan
Despite a number of gossip predicting the coaching change in NAVI, Andrey “B1ad3” Gorodenskiy stayed on the roster. The new NAVI roster will officially debut in a sponsored show match against Team Vitality on July 8, while their first tournament will be BLAST Fall Groups, which will start on July 13.
Upcoming CS:GO Tournaments
Alright, now that we’ve got a handle on all the reshuffle excitement, let’s take a look at what’s ahead. With the new line-ups locked in and the players all set to showcase their synergy, it’s time to circle some dates on our calendars.
The reshuffled teams have a slew of electrifying tournaments coming up, where they’ll take their new rosters for a spin. Picture it like the first game after a team trade in traditional sports. There’s that undeniable buzz in the air, that tension of the unknown, that question hanging on everyone’s lips – “Will the new line-up click?”
Here’s a sneak peek at the tournaments that will set the stage for the newly reshuffled teams:
- BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2023 (July 13 – July 23)
- IEM Cologne 2023 Play-in (July 26 – July 28)
- IEM Cologne 2023 (Jule 29 – August 6)
- Gamers8 2023 (August 16 – August 20)
- ESL Pro League Season 18 (August 30 – October 1)
Each one of these competitions is a proving ground where the teams will put their fresh strategies to the test. We’ll see how the old pros blend with the new talent. We’ll see which moves turned out to be masterstrokes and which ones… well, let’s just say there might be some surprises along the way.
Follow Hellcase Blog to stay updated on the rest of the summer 2023 off-season CS:GO reshuffles and mark the dates of the upcoming tournaments to witness each new roster in action. These tournaments are not just about the thrill of the game – they’re about the thrill of new beginnings, the dawn of new rivalries, and the birth of new heroes.
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