Snax and Lekr0 listed for Vitality and G2 respectively highlight the Substitute list.

2 weeks after the official roster lock, ESL has revealed the rosters for the IEM Road to Rio RMR. The list gives us insight into some of the interesting substitutes registered for the event. It includes Academy players, benched members, and veterans alike.

k0nfig's injury forced MistR to be Astralis' IEM Road to Rio Substitute
Image via Adela Sznajder/ESL Gaming/ESPAT

Astralis already know far too well that a good substitute is important for IEM Road to Rio. MistR from Astralis Talent will be stepping into the roster as k0nfig suffers from an ankle injury. Much like Astralis, many teams have included academy players as their substitutes. C9, BIG, NaVi, NiP and OG have all listed the obvious names from their academy rosters.

Interestingly, BIG and NiP have listed their academy players Elias “⁠s1n⁠” Stein and Max “⁠maxster⁠” Jansson instead of main team benched members Nils “k1to” Gruhne and Nicolas “Plopski” Gonzalez Zamora. Cloud9’s substitute, Daniil “⁠alpha⁠” Demin, comes from their largely unknown academy team.

Vitality Snax, G2 Lekr0

On the completely opposite side of the age spectrum are the numerous veterans listed as the substitute at IEM Road to Rio. Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson for FaZe is the obvious move, but his fellow Swede Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson being listed for G2 will raise a few eyebrows.

Snax will be the IEM Road to Rio Substitute for Vitality

Vitality, had used Bubzkji as a substitute at PGL Antwerp, but have listed Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski as their substitute. The Polish legend last stood in for Lotan “Spinx” Giladi on ENCE, and has moved to Vitality just like Spinx. Finally we have 00nation listing 35-year-old Ricardo “fox” Pacheco as their substitute who previously played with Epitácio “TACO” de Melo in the SK Gaming days.

A number of teams have chosen not to list a substitute. The most prominent name to skip out on a substitute is Liquid who’d need coach Damian “daps” Steele to step in, in case of emergency.


IEM Road to Rio Europe RMR A

  • 1WIN: Artem “⁠mouseTT⁠” Karyagin
  • Astralis: Mikkel “⁠MistR⁠” Thomsen
  • Aurora: No substitute
  • B8: No substitute
  • Bad News Eagles: No substitute
  • Cloud9: Daniil “⁠alpha⁠” Demin
  • ECSTATIC: No substitute
  • Eternal Fire: Yasin “⁠xfl0ud⁠” Koç
  • FaZe: Olof “⁠olofmeister⁠” Kajbjer
  • fnatic: Peppe “⁠Peppzor⁠” Borak
  • G2: Jonas “⁠Lekr0⁠” Olofsson
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas: Max “⁠maxster⁠” Jansson
  • Sprout: No substitute
  • GamerLegion: No substitute
  • Spirit: Myroslav “⁠zont1x⁠” Plakhotia
  • forZe: No substitute

IEM Road to Rio Europe RMR B

  • Benched Heroes: Thomas “⁠Thomas⁠” Utting
  • BIG: Elias “⁠s1n⁠” Stein
  • ENCE: Henri “⁠HENU⁠” Ylilehto
  • FANTASY: No substitute
  • HEET: Lucas “⁠Lucky⁠” Chastang
  • Heroic: Nicklas “⁠gade⁠” Gade
  • K23: No substitute
  • MOUZ: Aurimas “⁠Bymas⁠” Pipiras
  • Monte: No substitute
  • Natus Vincere: Daniil “⁠headtr1ck⁠” Valitov
  • OG: Max “⁠Marix⁠” Kugener
  • SAW: No substitute
  • Sangal: Marko “⁠kressy⁠” Đorđević
  • Falcons: Jayson “⁠Kyojin⁠” Nguyen Van
  • Vitality: Janusz “⁠Snax⁠” Pogorzelski
  • Outsiders: Timur “⁠buster⁠” Tulepov

IEM Road to Rio Americas RMR

  • 00NATION: Ricardo “⁠fox⁠” Pacheco
  • 9z: Gustavo “⁠tge⁠” Motta
  • ATK: No substitute
  • ARCTIC: No substitute
  • Complexity: No substitute
  • Evil Geniuses: Wesley “⁠viz⁠” Harris
  • FURIA: Lucas “⁠decenty⁠” Bacelar
  • Imperial: No substitute
  • Infinity: Stephane “⁠Guepard⁠” Cazzotes
  • Isurus: No substitute
  • MIBR: No substitute
  • Nouns: No substitute
  • O PLANO: No substitute
  • Liquid: No substitute
  • TeamOne: No substitute
  • paiN: Gabriel “⁠nython⁠” Lino

IEM Road to Rio Asia RMR

  • Rare Atom: ZhiHong “⁠aumaN⁠” Liu
  • Grayhound: No substitute
  • IHC: No substitute
  • JiJieHao International: No substitute

Will we see any more substitutes forced to step in? Will Astralis be able to perform with MistR? Stay tuned to esports.gg for the latest CS: GO news and updates.

Arnav Shukla - Writer of the Month: July

Arnav Shukla

Writer of the Month: July | Twitter: @xL_csgo

I am a hardcore Counter-Strike fan who loves to watch and write about CSGO. A student of the game's history and a bad player in game.