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FORZE signs El1an⁠ and sstiNiX⁠ to CS:GO roster

The duo replace Jerry⁠ and zorte on the squad.

FORZE has announced two new CS:GO player signings with  Aleksei "⁠El1an⁠" Gusev and Dmitry "⁠sstiNiX⁠" Khlebnikov. The announcement comes almost a month after the org announced it was putting three of its five-member roster on the transfer list. 

El1an and sstiNiX will replace replace Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov and Aleksandr "⁠zorte⁠" Zagodyrenko on the team. The other player still on the transfer list is Vladislav "⁠Krad⁠" Kravchenko.

The announcement mentions Jerry and zorte will be moved to the bench as they seek out new opportunities. Krad continues to play on the team for now. 

Who are El1an and sstiNiX?

Former Winstrike player and most recently on K23, El1an is a 24-year-old Russian player. He was also a part of Team Entropiq which rose to the top of the CS:GO esports ladder in 2021. The team was a formidable challenge for several Tier 1 teams and El1an was a major contributing factor. His performance has, however, dropped off significantly after his time on Winstrike. While on K23, the team struggled to find decent results often placing in the bottom half of the leaderboard. 

Eighteen-year-old sstiNiX does not have much experience. He last played for INVSN Team competing in several smaller tournaments. While his team’s results were nothing to write about, the player had some great individual performances. 

FORZE’s CS:GO roster

FORZE’s current CS:GO roster is as follows:

  • Vladislav "⁠Krad⁠" Kravchenko
  • Aleksei "⁠El1an⁠" Gusev
  • Aleksandr "⁠shalfey⁠" Marenov
  • Evgeny "⁠r3salt⁠" Frolov
  • Dmitry "⁠sstiNiX⁠" Khlebnikov
  • Artem "⁠Fierce⁠" Ivanov (coach)
  • Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov (benched)
  • Aleksandr "⁠zorte⁠" Zagodyrenko (benched)

FORZE is currently playing in the Russian Cybersport League 2023: Regular Season where the top eight teams move on to the LAN finals. At the time of writing, FORZE is ranked 6th in the leaderboards. It will be interesting to see how the roster changes play out for the team during the remainder of the regular season. 

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