After a bumpy season in the ESL Pro League, compLexity Gaming announced today that Daniel "roca" Gustaferri has chosen to no longer play with the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team. He is set to be replaced by Kia "Surreal" Man. Roca will continue to compete with the squad until the end of the ESL Pro League on April 27 due to a roster lock.
"I'm excited we have found an amazing player to join our gaming family," compLexity founder and CEO Jason Lake said in a press release. "We scouted different players from around the world before recruiting Surreal. He has solid fundamental skills and the heart and attitude of a champion."
But Lake says he has "mixed emotions today" due to roca's decision to step down from the team. After the team sold Kory "Semphis" Friesen and Timothy "autimatic" Ta to Team SoloMid for a reported $80,000 in January, it looked to build a squad around roca, the team's most known with the most competitive experience.
Additionally, Echo Fox announced roca will be standing in, as stated by the team's coach Carey Kertenian via Twitter.
— Carey Kertenian (@careyfrozt) April 7, 2016
The choice for Surreal comes as a surprise, as he's recently competed as a member of nerdRage. That team has had middling success in the amateur part of European Counter-Strike, but that doesn't seem to phase compLexity.
Surreal isn't the only recent addition to the team. The lack of competitive results saw compLexity makes changes by putting veteran Danny "fRoD" Montaner into a backup role and adding Shawn "witmer" Taylor on a trial basis.
compLexity currently sits at tenth place in competitive the ESL Pro League, just slightly above Counter Logic Gaming and KKona. It's also recently failed to qualify for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice, CEVO and Gfinity's Pro League Season 9.