Complexity Gaming have confirmed their full five man CS:GO lineup as the end of 2019 marks a fresh start for the North American organisation.
Earlier this month, veteran British rifler turned in-game leader Rory "dephh" Jackson was removed and Shahzeeb "ShahZaM" Khan was benched from the team.
K0nfig joins after a buyout from his OpTic Gaming contract. After a self-benching last month of the entire OpTic lineup due to being left in a difficult position after the parent company buyout left them on the market but under contracts that made finding a new organisation hard and new acquisitions impossible to sign.
While OG is rumoured to be entering CS:GO after their back-to-back TI victories in Dota 2, negotiations with other organisations for their benched players seems to have stalled this debut.
Poizon was one of the names linked to this future project, but it appears Complexity have seized the opportunity that the delays caused to allow them to sign the star Bulgarian AWPer.
These big changes come after a turbulent year for Complexity's CS:GO team.
While the previous lineup had peaked with a Legends spot earned at the FACEIT Major 2018 in London, they failed to find further significant success in 2019.
Complexity signed 15-year-old FPL prodigy Owen "oBo" Schlatter in June following the departure of in-game leader Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz to NRG Esports after qualifying for the ECS Season 7 Finals that also took place at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London.
Thrilled to welcome the young gun Owen “@obocsgo” Schlatter to the #COLCS roster.— Complexity Gaming (@compLexity) June 3, 2019
Obo will be gearing up to put his talent on display alongside the team at the #ECS7 finals in London this week.
Welcome Obo to the #COLFamilia! #WeAreCOL pic.twitter.com/qPWtL0pNmM
Obo is now the longest-serving member of the Complexity roster, with just 157 days passing since he was signed.
With Cloud9 also facing their own struggles this year, Complexity signed one of their two remaining Major-winning players, Will "RUSH" Wierzba, after an all-new C9 roster was announced in July.
At the same time, Benjamin "blameF" Bremer was brought in as an IGL from a Heroic lineup that had seen growth and improved results under his leadership. Now leading a roster with an average age of 21 with a stable future and modern training facilities behind them, this will be a test to see how far he can push a lineup of young talent once more.
These additions now mean Complexity, while based in Dallas, are a predominantly European squad. Rules state they can compete in the Americas qualification route for the next Major under circumstances such as if players have been in said region for at least two months before the start of the qualifiers.
Complexity had to withdraw from ESL Pro League Season 10 as two of their players had previously been part of other teams this season, so the next Major cycle will likely be the next international challenge for the newly international lineup.
To correct some errant reports: #COLCS is unable to attend ESL Pro League in L.A. next week as the league has ruled our 2 new players ineligible because they previously competed with other teams this season.— Jason Lake (@JasonBWLake) November 6, 2019
We look forward to ESL's next season!