Updated below to include statement’s from NRG and peacemaker
NRG’s Counter-Strike team has severed ties with Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu only three weeks after hiring him, according to multiple sources.
Peacemaker was hired Nov. 18 to be the team’s general manager and coach. His hiring came about a month after leaving his position as Team Liquid’s coach. According to sources, the reason for the sudden change in heart was immediate disagreement between peacemaker and NRG’s ownership about the direction of the roster in 2017.
NRG had a majority European roster and appeared to have added Kevin “Keev” Bartholomäus in November in hopes of having a majority German team. But upon hiring peacemaker, he planned to turn NRG into a North American team, according to a source close to the team.
At least one NA player was being recruited by peacemaker and had even agreed to contract terms before finding out he would not be a member of the roster weeks later. NRG has been in serious discussions with at least two other NA players, according to sources. Even with the departure of peacemaker, NRG will still look to field an NA roster.
After originally finding success as coach of the Brazilian team Tempo Storm (now Immortals) early this year, peacemaker helped coach Team Liquid to the final of the ESL One Cologne Major in July. His departure from Team Liquid was also highlighted by a similar “disagreement” with ownership regarding the terms of his position.
UPDATE: NRG has given confirmed the move to Slingshot and given a statement:
“Luis is an incredible talent with great insight. Ultimately we had separate visions for the future of NRG esports as it relates to CS:GO and have decided to move in separate directions. Luis expressed interest in taking his vision and expertise elsewhere and we’ve come to an agreement to allow him to pursue other opportunities. We wish him the best in his future endeavors. Any organization will be lucky to have him.”
UPDATE 2: Peacemaker has issued a statement:
“When I accepted NRG’s offer not long ago, I thought it was a great challenge, not only for me but for NRG as well. I’ve said that before and it’s worth repeating. Building a team from scratch and dealing with multiple different players at the same certainly made our lives a bit harder. “Know thy self” I know I will never commit to something I truly don’t believe in, and during this process with NRG we found ourselves with a couple different visions concerning players and how we should move forward. It was a difficult decision, but I decided to step down and let NRG follow their vision without causing any drama or tension. Following your priciples is never easy, but I believe in humility, grace and passion. I am not gonna lie, this is probably the worse chapter of my csgo career but I am hungry and really looking forward to my future in 2017.
“I would like to thank NRG for understanding and respecting my decision and I wish them nothing but the best with their CSGO Roster.
“Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu.”
Cover photo by Patrick Strack/ESL, eslgaming.com