LOS Release Their Counter-Strike Team

21 Feb 2024
Tit Krajnik 21 Feb 2024
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  • After less than a month, LOS released thier Counter-Strike team
  • The news comes following a rough showing at North America PGL Major Copenhagen Americas RMR
  • The majority of the roster was signed on a loan from other teams.
LOS Counter-Strike (credit: via Twitter (@losgrandesgg))
On Wednesday, February 21, Brazilian Counter-Strike team LOS announced they're disbanding the project. The news comes just 44 days after announcing the new lineup, bringing an early end to what seemed to be a promising lineup.

As reported, LOS Counter-Strike players have already purchased tickets to fly back to Brazil, where they'll likely return to the sidelines, as the majority of the LOS roster was made up of players who joined the organisation on loan from Imperial and Fluxo.

The early disbandment of the LOS Counter-Strike project comes after LOS failed to perform at North America PGL Major Copenhagen Americas RMR qualifier, where they placed 12th-14th, with just one victory.

Interestingly, LOS decided to compete in the North American RMR rather than in South America; however, the decision didn't net any positive results for the new lineup. 

"At the beginning of the year, we took advantage of some market opportunities and put together a team, resuming our trajectory within CS, a project that our fans had always asked for."
"Working hard with the group over the last 60 days, we have ended our partnership today by mutual agreement. During this time, we have identified the need to change direction and pieces, which for us, as an organisation at the moment, is not interesting. We wish the players all the success and hope to see them again in the future."

A Rough Journey Comes To An End

LOS came together at the start of January 2024 as a new Brazilian Counter-Strike team comprised mostly of benched players. However, despite the high ambitions, LOS failed to accomplish much in the 44 days the roster stayed together.

After successfully qualifying for PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: North American Qualifier, LOS exited the event in 12th-14th place and thus missed their chance to compete for a PGL Major Copenhagen ticket. But to make matters worse, LOS also struggled to show much in the qualifiers that followed.

In mid-January, LOS crashed out of Intel Extreme Masters Chengdu 2024: North American Open Qualifier #1 and #2 in ninth-16th place, to which they added another failed qualifying run at Ace North American Masters Spring 2024: Open Qualifier #1 and #2.

Their most recent joint competitive endeavour happened last week, when LOS attended ESL Challenger at DreamHack Melbourne 2024: North American Open Qualifier, but didn't make it past the first round, thus securing their sixth early exit from a qualifying event.

As a result, LOS decided to pull the plug on the project, releasing  Leonardo "leo_drk" Oliveira, Jhonatan "JOTA" Willian, Henrique "t9rnay" Menacho, Allan "history" Lawrenz, Paulo "short" Ballardini, and coach Jhonatan "jnt" Silva back to free agency and their former teams.