Winstrike sold their slot in PEL to Se7en; roster changes banners as well.
Russian eSports organization Winstrike Team has closed its PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds division. The club has sold its slot in the PUBG Europe League to Se7en eSports team, which recently staffed its roster. In the third phase of PEL, which will take place from August 30 to October 6, Se7en eSports will represent the CIS together with Natus Vincere.
The former participants of Winstrike have moved under banners of another Russian organization CrowCrowd, which, due to visa problems, parted with the participants of its former roster - Anatoly “SeT i7” Khlevny, Vitaly “TheTab” Karkeshkin and Dmitry “Kemba7” Rozhkov.
Comment by CrowCrowd General Manager, Alexei Peskov:
To my deep regret, participation in PEL for CIS teams entails a number of difficulties, one of which we did not manage to overcome — we couldn't get German national work visas for players in time. Unfortunately, the League does not provide necessary visa or travel support, although the League is held in Berlin and wants you to be there almost all year round.
Despite the forced replacements, we are pleased to welcome the Finnish roster in our ranks. As for the guys, the organization leaving PEL would have meant the end of their participation in the League. As for us, not getting visas could cause serious penalties for us from the League. So I think we really helped each other out
SeT i7 and TheTab have joined the new Jokers squad, which will take part in the third phase of the “League of Challengers”. Kemba7, who won first place in the Nations Cup as part of the Russian national team, would stand-in for KataNa Team in PEL Contenders.
Winstrike have signed their PUBG roster in January this year. The team placed fourth in the PEL Phase 1, finished top 9 in the first major of the season (FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic). This squad has earned themselves $37 000 prize money total.
CrowCrowd failed at the off-season PEL Kick-off Cup championship and placed 7th in the second phase of the PUBG Europe League, earning $15 000 and retaining a place in the top division of the league.
New CrowCrowd roster
Finland, Finland, FI Timu “Teme” Cocco
Finland, Finland, FI Mise Bowl Malkamaki
Finland, Finland, FI Jona "Nookie" Norvoren
Finland, Finland, FI Olli “Tiikzu” Saarikoski
Finland, Finland, FI Mark “Krimson” Senior (coach)