Aurora Re-Sign Academy Roster

21 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 21 Jan 2024
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  • On Sunday, January 21, 2024, Aurora Gaming announced the re-signing of the academy CS lineup
  • The news comes after a short period in which the players were free agents
  • 30 Seconds To Win are now again Aurora Young Blud
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On Sunday, January 21, Aurora Gaming announced they’ve re-signed its Russian Counter-Strike academy lineup. The announcement came shortly after the team’s elimination from the European Regional Major Rankings (RMR) qualifier, sparking some controversy among the CS community.

The young lineup, which recently exited the EU RMR, will now again compete under the Aurora Young Blud, after a short period in which the players were free agents, playing under the 30 Seconds To Win banner.

Aurora’s announcement has sparked some controversy among CS fans and analysts since the team competed in the PGL Major Copenhagen qualifiers under a different banner. The Russian side attended all four qualifiers and made the quarter-finals but eventually missed out on securing a ticket for the Major.

While any team participating in RMRs isn’t a problem, the squad’s participation in RMRs while under contract with Aurora Gaming would be against the tournament rules. That’s because Aurora Gaming already field a Counter-Strike team which attended the RMR circuit – having secured a direct bye to the EU RMR Closed Qualifier.

The fans aren’t too happy with Aurora Gaming bending the rules to field two teams in the RMRs – granted, one participated independently. PGL or Valve have yet to issue a statement on the matter, and it remains to be seen whether Aurora will get punished for its behaviour, yet many analysts and fans of the game are calling for punishment to discourage other esports organisations from doing the same in the future.

David “bl1x1” Stepanyants, Vitaly “VILBy” Zakharyuta, Lusban “bluewh1te” Mulonov, Oleg “sh1geo” Stasenko, and Ivan “easy” Mikitenko were previously signed to Aurora Gaming and attended their last tournament under the banner in December, at Betswap Winter Cup 2023. 

Shortly after, the roster was released from the organisation, and they attended the PGL Major Copenhagen RMR, where they beat 2 Dollar Spaghetti and For The Win Esports before getting eliminated by JANO in fifth-eighth place.

Aurora Gaming’s main lineup, on the other side, attended PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: European Qualifier B, where they crashed out in 15th place with three defeats against IKLA, ex-ThunderFlash, and FORZE Esports.