TSM Bench JACKZ From Counter-Strike Lineup

17 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 17 Jan 2024
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  • On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, TSM announced the benching of Audric “JACKZ” Jug
  • The 31-year-old steps down from TSM’s lineup less than four months after joining
  • As a result, TSM will opt out of the first IEM Chengdu Qualifier
JACKZ (Getty Images)
On Wednesday, January 17, TSM announced the benching of Audric “JACKZ” Jug from the active Counter-Strike lineup. The decision comes during the Intel Extreme Masters China 2024 Qualifiers, which TSM will skip until they find a replacement.

In the announcement, TSM haven’t unveiled why JACKZ was let go from the lineup, but confirmed that they’re actively looking for a replacement ahead of the second IEM China 2024 Qualifier. Moreover, TSM noted that the team will now focus on building on team synergy, suggesting that JACKZ didn’t fit in well with the rest of the team.

With JACKZ out of the roster, TSM are left with Valdemar “valde” Vangsa, Madalin-Andrei “MoDo” Mirea, Timofey “interz” Yakushin, and Joel “joel” Holmlund. It marks the second time this month that TSM field an incomplete roster.

On September 3, TSM announced the signing of Allan “Rejin” Petersen as a new head coach to replace Remy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam and parted ways with Cai “CYPHER” Watson, who left for BLEED Esports. Two days later, TSM added joel on a trial and are now again one man short of fielding a complete lineup.

No Official Reasons For JACKZ’s Departure

TSM have not stated why JACKZ left the active lineup, however, shaky results or lack of synergy might have something to do with it. Since TSM re-entered the Counter-Strike scene in September, they’ve not achieved much.

Besides winning ESEA Cash Cup: Europe - Autumn 2023 #3, finishing ESEA Season 47: Advanced Division – Europe in third place and reaching the semifinals of ESL Challenger League Season 46 Relegation: Europe, TSM have not shown much.

Their only appearance in an A-Tier event, the CCT Online Finals #4, ended with a seventh-eighth-place finish. Yet their worst result came last week, when TSM crashed out of PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: European Open Qualifier #2 in 17th-32nd-place with a defeat against HAVU.
JACKZ was the lowest-rated player during his time at TSM, averaging a 0.99 performance rating. And while his individual performances might’ve contributed to JACKZ’s departure, the French Counter-Strike pro also confirmed that the roster struggled to find the needed chemistry to perform.

Still, despite leaving TSM, JACKZ intends to keep competing.