Even though (at the time of writing) no official announcement has been made by either team, it appears that Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek has left nAv and joined Energy eSports, replacing Thulani “LighteRTZ” Sishi.
After a post from Donovan “nod” Fourie was apparently removed from the local CS:GO South Africa Facebook group, he made another post asking why it was removed. Saying that it referred to “a rant about teams poaching players and basically raping the community”, head admin of the group Alastair “Lag_Beast” Bouman stated that he did not delete the post and that “there is no history to check who did”.
After it was also stated that Sonic was “poached” from nAv by Energy eSports and that he will replace LighteRTZ as the 5th in the team, what ensued was a battle of words with comments from both teams as well as the community. It started with nAv’s nod stating that the move “doesn’t help the community”, which prompted a reply from Energy’s Ruan “ELUSIVE” Van Wyk:
Energy’s Ashton “Golz” Muller also joined in, confirming that Sonic has joined their team:
nAv’s Stephan “-sV-” van Tonder also entered the comments with a prompt response from Golz:
Golz further made a lengthy post trying to explain their decision for bringing Sonic into Energy with all the accusations of him cheating still being rather fresh in the minds of the community and also welcomed Sonic to the team:
nAv’s Connor “KING” Laming had a different view than nod:
After nod had a go regarding sponsors, Energy’s James “zerOchaNce /cb/” Wijnberg also joined in the conversation:
You can read all the comments on the post on the CS:GO South Africa Facebook Group.
Now: Let me get into this from my side, not as a journalist reporting on this, but as a player and a member of this community.
For one, I don’t see a problem with the fact that Energy approached Sonic for trials. It’s a well-known fact that players gets approached all the time and a player such as Sonic is currently gold for any CS:GO team with all the attention that he has gotten following his recent individual performances. We have seen the effect he had on the Veneration eSports team since joining and also the effect he’s had since joining the nAv team.
The only thing I’m worried about is something that I keep referring to during games that I cast. Synergy and cohesion. It’s one thing to have a team with top fraggers & aimers, but it all depends on how well these players get together. How quickly they can get used to the play styles and working together. Will they do what Maikelele was allowed to do with NiP and let Sonic do what he wants, or will they try and control him and try and grow him the way that they want him? Only time will tell, but we will see the team in action this Sunday in The Community Cup.
The expected team for Energy eSports for Sunday is as follows:
The thing that bothers me the most is that this has drawn so much attention and had players and fellow community members throwing personal insults around. Players switch teams often in South Africa with some players forming new teams every year and getting new players. Every now and then our top teams need to make a change – Bravado Gaming and Damage Control did it recently, now it is Energy eSports’ turn. Sonic is a high profile player, yes, but this is something that happens all the time, locally and internationally.
As I said, Sonic is worth gold at the moment. Hackusations aside, I feel that he is playing extremely well and he might just be the 5th that Energy needs to tip the scale in their favour with their battle against Bravado Gaming. That said, Damage Control is also on the lookout for a new 5th player and I really do hope that we will have a proper 3 way battle for that number 1 position in the Telkom Gaming League in 2015.
To me this is paving the way for a very exciting 2015.
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