It appears to look like Team Envy ‘s international experiment has come to an end. The North American organization has announced that it will be parting ways with its CS:GO roster.
For many CS:GO organisations worldwide, it was a turbulent last season. Although the continuing covid epidemic has severely affected the worldwide CS:GO ecosystem, no region has been affected more than North America.
The NA competitive scene faces a crisis like never before, with nearly all of the region’s top teams moving to Europe and some of the region’s top players moving to Valorant in search of greener pastures.
TEAM ENVY PART WAYS WITH CURRENT ROSTER
Envy is yet another NA organization that, with its roster, has decided to part ways. Although the team’s squad for a good part of last year was made up of international players, its roots are still deeply embedded in North America.
The team took a different route for 2020 after a fairly lackluster 2019 season, during which Envy struggled to obtain a spot among NA’s finest. “Turkish prodigy Buğra “Calyx” Arkın, Polish entry fragger Michał “MICHU” Müller, and Canadian hopeful Kaleb “moose” Jayne replaced the bulk of its core, also adding longtime veteran Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninic as head coach of the team.
Further adjustments were done with LEGIJA transitioning back to a player position and the addition of British rifler Thomas ‘Thomas’ Utting after failing to make an impact in the first half of the covid-stricken season. The roster overhaul left Noah “Nifty” Francis on Envy’s roster as the only North American player.
The final roster of Envy competed together in only one event, Flashpoint Season 2, where the team finished in a solid 7-8th place despite winning only one series throughout the tournament.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD ?
Team Envy, though down, is apparently not out. Envy’s owner Mike “hastr0” Rufail stated back in November that in 2021 the organization will sport a larger budget than the previous three years.
Jarek “DeKay” Lewis, stated the following:
“At the present time, we are assessing all of our options. Changing things. Lots of factors heading into 2021. We’ve got the budget allocated, but that doesn’t mean that we should spend it if we don’t feel like there’s a chance for a return.”
In fact, operating almost any CS team right now is lighting money on fire. There are no underlying assets that support the expenditure where the top salaries are for players. I’m sure that if you had unlimited cash, you could run a fantastic team, but what happens when you can’t cover your costs? For the right chance in the future, we are still willing to apply a good budget to CS. If that were to come in 2021, nobody would be happier than me.”
As it stands, it looks like Envy is waiting to stabilize the CS:GO scene in the future before reinvesting in the FPS of Valve.
With the current state of the scene in North America and the pure competitiveness of the EU, in the near future, new teams will definitely find it very difficult to break out into the limelight of the game.