Metizport Bench Ztr

23 May 2024
Tit Krajnik 23 May 2024
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  • On Wednesday, May 22, Metizport announced the benching of Erik "ztr" Gustaffson
  • The benching ends ztr's six-month stint with the team
  • Metizport have yet to announce ztr's replacement
Erik "ztr" Gustafsson
On Wednesday, May 22, Norwegian-Swedish Counter-Strike 2 esports team Metizport announced the benching of Erik "ztr" Gustaffson. The 20-year-old in-game leader steps down from the active roster after six months, following a streak of underwhelming results since the turn of the year.

The 20-year-old Swede joined Metizport in December 2023 as a replacement for Jack "Jackinho" Strom Mattsson, allowing the latter to move away from his IGL duties. With ztr at the helm, Metizport found success and established themselves as one of Sweden's top Counter-Strike teams.

Metizport Are Making Changes

Since December, Metizport have regularly featured in some of the biggest tournaments, including BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2024, Elisa Invitational Spring 2024, and YaLLa Compass Spring 2024. However, they've not won any notable titles.

Over the last five months, Metizport have managed two Counter-Strike 2 tournament titles, at RES Western European Masters: Spring 2024 and Esportal LuckyCasino Cup 2024. Their success in bigger tournaments was far more limited.

Since winning the Esportal LuckyCasino Cup 2024 at the start of April, Metizport attended four more tournaments but failed to win a single one. Their best placement over that stretch came at CCT Season 2 European Series #1, where Metizport reached the semifinals.

So even though Metizport found traction under ztr, the team felt they needed some changes, as explained by Metizport's Head of Esports Morten "zEVES" Volan.

"Erik has grown significantly as a leader and been crucial to our project over the past 6 months, achieving great things together."
"However, every move is strategically planned, and sometimes things don't go as we initally thought it would. Despite some great results, we've still lacked structure and depth in our playbook for consistency."

In the announcement, Metizport unveiled that the team will now hold tryouts and play with different players in the coming tournaments to find a suitable replacement for ztr.

Ztr now becomes the second player to be put on the transfer list by Metizport, following the benching of Tim "susp" Angstrom, who was removed from the active lineup on May 6.

Metizport are currently fielding their coach Ahmed "abdi" Abdi, for their CCT Season 2 Europe Series 3 campaign, but will soon find a replacement player to fill in the gap.