Team Liquid is in serious discussions with OpTic Gaming about acquiring Counter-Strike players Will “RUSH” Wierzba and Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas, according to multiple sources close to the organizations. Rush and Mixwell would likely replace Jacob “Pimp” Winneche and Josh “jdm64” Marzano on the active roster.
According to one source, the deal has a “50/50 chance of happening,” leaving some players on both teams questioning their future. It is also a matter of contractual demands, rather than an agreed buyout price, that has kept the deal from being completed thus far. If Pimp is replaced, he would likely return to Europe after almost a year of playing in North America with Liquid, according to sources close to the player and team.
After losing in-game leader Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz to Team Liquid early last month, OpTic is a shell of the team that won ELEAGUE Season 2. OpTic decided not to continue with stand-in Spencer “Hiko” Martin, who played with the team during DreamHack Las Vegas and IEM Katowice, and will be reduced to only two core members if RUSH and mixwell leave the team.
OpTic made waves toward the end of 2016 after winning ELEAGUE Season 2 and finishing second at ECS Season 2, but after failing to reach the playoffs of the ELEAGUE Major in January, stanislaw left, and the team has cratered. Liquid, meanwhile, hasn’t even played a LAN since acquiring stanislaw and now could potentially add two of his former teammates.
Team Liquid and OpTic Gaming did not initially respond to requests for comment.
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