As Rogue attempts to finalize a buyout with Outlaws AWPer Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, NRG Esports has stepped in and attempted to purchase the player, according to multiple sources. This has happened with CeRq already practicing with the other Rogue players while waiting for the buyout to be resolved.
It is unclear when NRG first attempted to contact the young AWPer, but according to one source, Rogue learned Monday of NRG’s pursuit. The buyout conversation between Rogue and Outlaws has been ongoing for weeks, which matches an emerging trend of lengthy and difficult buyouts in professional Counter-Strike. CeRq ultimately has the choice to join either organization, as long as either one can come to an agreement with Outlaws. If CeRq decides to join NRG, the backup option for Rogue is unknown.
The new Rogue lineup consists of Spencer “Hiko” Martin, Josh “shinobi” Abastado, Daniel “vice” Kim and Collin “wrath” McSweegan, with CeRq the desired fifth and final player to join the roster. After acquiring the spot earned by Enigma6, Rogue will play in the ESL Pro League Season 6, which begins Aug. 22. Of the 14 North American teams, six will qualify for the finals, which will take place in Denmark in December.
NRG declined comment.