North American esports organization Rogue has purchased the rights to both the core players of the Enigma6 Group and Spencer “Hiko” Martin, according to multiple sources. Rogue will play in ESL Pro League Season 6 after obtaining the slot earned by the former Enigma6 roster.
Rogue wasn’t the original organization interested in Hiko and the Enigma6 players. Evil Geniuses was close to signing the group of players last month before talks broke down after a disagreement, according to sources. Once talks were irreparable, Rogue expressed interest and a deal was struck. One source explained that James “GBJame^s” O’Connor, Hiko’s former coach in Team Liquid, was brought in to mediate the transfer of players.
The lineup for this new team includes Hiko, Josh “shinobi” Abastado, Daniel “vice” Kim, Collin “wrath” McSweegan, and an additional player who will be added soon, according to a source.
The whereabouts of Hiko’s new team have been heavily pondered after he left Team Liquid, the only North American roster to reach a Major final, in January. His passive and bombsite anchor play style left him with few options, with most teams lacking a competent AWP or an in-game leader. Hiko’s experience playing at the highest level is his largest attribute, having made five Major playoff appearances. While this roster isn’t the one people expected for Hiko, it is a perfect place to show he can still play at the highest level. There are six playoff spots for North America in ESL Pro League, meaning Rogue has a realistic chance to qualify for the finals.
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