Kassad Confirms Changes Are Coming For BLEED Esports

09 Feb 2024
Tit Krajnik 09 Feb 2024
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  • Aleksandar "kassas" Trifunovič confirmed changes are coming at BLEED Esports
  • The news comes shortly after BLEED Esports' disappointing performance at YaLLa Compass Spring 2024: Contenders Stage
  • Kassad has yet to confirm what changes are set to happen
BLEED Esports
BLEED Esports
On Thursday, February 8, the current head coach of BLEED Esports Counter-Strike team, Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunovič made a Twitter post, stating that changes are coming. The post was made shortly after BLEED Esports' disappointing performance at YaLLa Compass Spring 2024: Contenders Stage, which seems to have been the final straw.

The Serbian Counter-Strike head coach followed up the tweet indicating that conversations with the players and the team had already started and that the Singaporean esports organisation will soon announce what changes will be made to the roster.

"My tweet means exactly what people think it means; we are most likely going to shake up our lineup in the following weeks. The whole lineup was rushed due to scheduling, and it obviously has more than a few shortcomings, and the competition is brutal."

A Shaky Start For The New Project

BLEED Esports is a new Counter-Strike team, formed at the start of 2024, with the signing of Laurentiu "lauNX" Tarlea and Cai "CYPHER" Watson as the latest additions. The roster has since played just a dozen of matches but struggled to show much and had a particularly poor display at YaLLa Compass Spring 2024: Contenders Stage.

BLEED debuted at PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: European Open Qualifier #1, where they made it to the fourth round, but lost against Entropiq and thus failed to qualify for the closed qualifiers. They've since attended a few other lesser events but haven't produced much, with early exits from RES Western European Masters: Spring 2024 - Open Qualifier #1, European Pro League Season 13, and Intel Extreme Masters Chengdu 2024: European Open Qualifier #2.

Last week, BLEED Esports entered YaLLa Compass Spring 2024: Contenders Stage and won their first match against 9INE, adding their second consecutive win on Thursday against Passion UA. However, that match was the one which led to the team starting discussing roster changes.

BLEED Esports won the series 2-1, but barely made it past the Ukrainian squad who fielded their founder, Arsenal left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko as a stand-in for the second and third map.

With Zinchenko, Pasion UA won the second map after a bizarre turnaround when they recovered from a 3-11 deficit, humiliating BLEED Esports and all of its players. Zinchenko ended the second map with a higher performance rating than four BLEED players and posted better performances than Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov and Josef "faveN" Baumann on the third map. Yet his team fell short and lost 11-13.

This was the latest of a long stretch of poor showings from BLEED, who've not found any traction since the team came together at the start of 2024. Kassad has acknowledged that the project will need a lot of work; however, he also stated that he won't be complacent about performances.

It's unclear who and when BLEED Esports will replace, but it was confirmed that some changes are on the horizon.