Grayhound Closes Down Counter-Strike Division

03 Mar 2024
Tit Krajnik 03 Mar 2024
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  • Australian Counter-Strike organisation Grayhound announced it is ceasing operations
  • The news came on Sunday, March 3, 2024
  • The decision was made following a failed run through PGL Major RMRs
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On Sunday, March 3, 2024, Australian esports organisation Grayhound announced it is closing down its Counter-Strike division. The news comes just a few days after the squad failed to qualify for PGL Major Copenhagen 2024 after placing third in the Asia RMR.

The announcement was made on Twitter, where the team’s in-game leader, Christopher “dexter” Nong stated that the Grayhounbd lineup intends to keep playing together and is hoping to find a new team in the region to sign them. And while the team failed to impress in the RMRs, the Grayhound lineup still has to compete in the Intel Extrem Masters Chengdu, ESL Pro League, and IEM Dallas, where they’ll look to redeem themselves.

A Seven-Year-Long Journey

Grayhound formed its first Counter-Strike roster in June 2017, when the Australian esports organisation signed the former Immunity roster. Initially, the team failed to accomplish much but found traction in 2019, when Grayhound qualified for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Major, where they left their mark against some of the world’s best CS teams.

The team would also reach StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 in August but again suffered an early exit, ending the Major in 17th-19th place.

In the next few months, Grayhound added a few more trophies from regional tournaments, including eXTREMESLAND 2019 – Oceania and ESL Pro League Season 10 – Oceania, before the team disbanded in November 2019, when Grayhound sold the roster to Renegades.

In August 2022, Grayhound announced its comeback with the former ORDER roster after the organisation had filed for bankruptcy.

With the new roster, Grayhound again made noise in the regional Counter-Strike scene, and over the next two years, made two more Major appearances - Intel Extreme Masters Rio Major 2022 and Paris Major 2023, yet never reached the knockout stage.

After years of dominating the regional CS scene but failing to achieve much in international events, Grayhound suffered their first major failure at the end of February, when they ended their PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: Asia-Pacific RMR campaign in third place, thus missing out on a chance to qualify for the upcoming major.

As a result, the organisation decided to release the entire lineup and exit the Counter-Strike scene for the second time.

It is unclear what will happen with the ex-Grayhound roster, but as noted by the team captain, dexter, the players intend to compete together and are currently looking for a new home. Dexter and co. still have to appear at Intel Extrem Masters Chengdu at the start of April, and later at ESL Pro League, and IEM Dallas.