North American Counter-Strike team Rogue has benched Josh “shinobi” Abastado for the remainder of the ESL Pro League season, according to multiple sources. Shawn “witmer” Taylor, a former member of the core lineup, will stand in for shinobi.
Witmer was the only option for Rogue, which already used both of its allotted roster moves for ESL Pro League earlier in the season. It is unclear at this time why Rogue isn’t able to play out the season with shinobi but it is the latest in a mounting number of obstacles the team has endured this season. They began with Collin “wrath” McSweegan being too young to compete for the first 10 matches of the season. Rogue then lost its original target for AWPer, Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, to NRG Esports at the start of the season.
Danish AWPer Casper “cadiaN” Møller joined the team in September to replace the spot meant for CeRq. Since then, Rogue has gone 3-9, bringing its season-long record to 4-16. With only four matches remaining, Rogue has no chance to reach the LAN finals in Odense, Denmark in December. Rogue’s 13th place standing leaves the team in jeopardy of having to play a relegation match after the season to keep its league spot.
Rogue declined comment.