100 Thieves withdraw from CS:GO, drop Brazilian roster

by Josh Bury Jan 31
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The Cleveland Cavaliers backed-100 Thieves have chosen to withdraw from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for 2018, citing "roster complications and ongoing visa issues" with their Brazilian roster.

In a statement on Twitter the organization's founder, Call of Duty legend Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag, called his former players "great to work with." He cited a still growing staff as an obstacle to providing players with sufficient support.

The team's roster included Henrique "HEN1" Teles, Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles, Lincoln "fnx" Lau and Bruno "bit" Lima. The players have all been released from their contracts, with the statement explaining that "we want to make sure that they have every opportunity to determine their own future and find a new home that will help them succeed."

Until last week, it also included Vito "kNg" Giuseppe, but he was removed from the team after a homophobic remark made toward community personality Duncan "Thorin" Shields as part of an argument on Twitter.

This is not the first controversy surrounding kNg, who also made a death threat on Twitter in response to a comment from Pujan "FNS" Mehta that several members of the then-Immortals roster had been late for their grand final match at DreamHack Montreal due to a late night of partying.

The roster's issues did not end when they joined 100 Thieves in December. With the three-player core of HEN1, LUCAS1 and kNg from the former Immortals roster, the team had enough members to qualify for the ELEAGUE Boston Major, but were unable to secure visas to attend.

"We cannot understate how disappointing this outcome is for our entire organization," 100 Thieves said in their statement. "It was a tough learning experience for all of us."

The 100 Thieves organization currently owns a spot in the newly-franchised North American League of Legends Championship Series.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.