Credit: ESL - Helena Kristiansson
Despite the fact that the current constellation of Envy has only participated in one tournament since its construction, Envy now decides to take a step back from Counter-Strike.
The players who have been placed on the transfer market are:
Noah "Nifty" Francis (23 years)
Michał "MICHU" Müller (24 years)
Buğra "Calyx" Arkın (22 years)
Thomas "Thomas" Utting (23 years)
Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić (30 years)
Whilst it is sad that we will not get to experience more from this interesting and talented line-up, it makes the transfer market ever so interesting going into a new year of Counter-Strike. Especially Noah "Nifty" Francis, who supposedly was set up to be the rosters star player will be interesting to follow, as he seeks to continue his career elsewhere.
The news of Envy stepping down from the Counter-Strike scene is to many surprising as co-owner and Chief Gaming officer Mike "hastr0" Rufail stated in November 2020 that they had reserved more funds towards their Counter-Strike team and that they were ready for the 2021-season.
Having a Major win under their belt after winning DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, it is sad to see Envy as an organization give up on their Counter-Strike team, but hopefully, the talented players from their roster will find a new and more ambitious place to prove their skillsets. At least, it seems as if "Nifty" is ready for a new journey elsewhere.