Following a brief pause from CS:GO after the departure of Chris “ofnu” Hanley and Peter “BL1TZ” Athanasatos, Australian organisation The Chiefs have announced their return to the esport with the acquisition of ‘team’ (ex-Genuine Gaming).
The new Chiefs lineup has become quite a challenger side in the region, with LAN appearances both nationally and in the greater Asia-Pacific region over the previous three months at eXTREMESLAND CS:GO 2019 in Shanghai and GeForce Cup Pacific in Malaysia. The roster is currently 5-1 in Season 33 of the ESEA Mountain Dew League and are already on track to secure an early playoffs berth.
The Chiefs Roster:
Team captain apocdud expressed excitement in a statement ahead of their acquisition. “We're all super keen to represent such a respected and storied organisation, and hopefully with their support we'll be able to continue climbing the ranks of OCE and start consistently competing in overseas events. I hope all our team team fans keep following us on our journey with Chiefs!”
The roster cracked a seemingly unbreakable top four in the Oceanic region towards the end of 2019 with the lineup taking maps from Chiefs, ORDER and Grayhound Gaming (now Renegades), and falling just short of wins in both the LPL Pro League and the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Malmö.
As for the remainder of the Chiefs lineup in Tyler “tucks” Reilly, Matthew “Texta” O’Rourke and Ryan “zewsy” Palmer, Chiefs CEO Nick Bobir shed a little light onto a group decision to split following the end of the 2019 season, with each expected to make an announcement regarding their future in the coming weeks.
“We would like to thank the previous members of the Chiefs Counter Strike roster who at the end of last season decided to go their separate ways, pursue new teams or hang up the keyboard. While one chapter closes - we are excited to start a new era with a team that has certainly worked hard throughout 2019, turned heads and made plenty of noise.”
The Chiefs continue their run through MDL this week ahead of the Asia Minor Oceanic Closed Qualifier in early March; a top two finish there would net them a shot at qualifying for the first Valve Major of 2020 at ESL One: Rio de Janeiro.
Be sure to stay in touch with the Chiefs’ return to CS:GO on Twitter.