Kassad joins BLEED Esports As Head Coach
- Prominent Counter-Strike coach Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunovič has joined Bleed eSports
- It marks kassad’s first entry into competitive Counter-Strike since December 2021
- As stated by the Serb, his first task is to find an in-game leader and AWPer
Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunovic joins BLEED Esports (credit: via Twitter (@ggBleed))
Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunovič announced on Tuesday, November 28, that he had joined BLEED Esports as head coach. This marks kassad’s return to competitive Counter-Strike for the first time in over two years, when he coached EXTREMUM.
Kassad started his esports career as a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro player for iNation, before he transitioned to coaching in the orgasnisation. He later went on to spend a short stint with MOUZ, before moving to the Australian CS scene, where he coached Renegades, 100 Thieves, and EXTREMUM.
His most recent stint as a coach of EXTREMUM hasn’t led to any notable results, and he left the organisation in December 2021. Kassad has since not been active as a coach and instead spent the next two years as a broadcast talent and analyst in several of the biggest Counter-Strike events, including Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2023, IEM Cologne, and IEM Sydney 2023.
While he hasn’t hinted at a possible return to CS, kassad has announced that he has taken over the role of a head coach at BLEED Esports on Tuesday. As explained, he had many offers on the table, but eventually decided to join BLEED Esports, who’ll make its first entry into the Counter-Strike scene.
"Coming back to the competitive environment was a long consideration, but with the new game coming out, the competitive spark was just too strong. I was considering a lot of options and finally made my choice with BLEED."
BLEED Esports is a Singaporean esports organisation which has a strong presence in the esports world. The organisation already fields highly successful teams in Valorant and Dota 2 but has never before had a team in Counter-Strike.
As explained by kassad, there are many reasons that convinced him to join BLEED Esports. One of them being that he believes in the project and the team, which has a “healthy approach and vision of the game.”
Besides taking over as BLEED Esports’ Counter-Strike coach, kassad will also have other managerial responsibilities.
"BLEED gave me a little more responsibility than just being the head coach. They want me to lead the acquisition of players and assemble the whole squad based on the current market. My first task is finding two players for the IGL and AWP roles, those are the first positions I'll be looking for. I'm going to be hiring my own staff outside of that, too."
BLEED Esports has yet to announce its Counter-Strike roster, meaning that the organisation is likely still working on singing players. And with kassad joining the organisation, he’ll have a strong influence on who BLEED Esports will sign.
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