Bad News Bears disband
The announcement came shortly after Jonathan “Jonji” Carey was enlisted as a replacement for Nathan “leaf” Orf on Chaos, with Michael “dapr” Gulino taking to Twitter not long after the reveal to announce his own intention to switch over to VALORANT. The team had already suffered a blow in April after Austin “crashies” Roberts stepped down to pursue a career in Riot Games’ new tactical shooter.
The core of the Bad News Bears roster first came together in January 2019, rising to prominence after being signed by Riot Squad in June of the same year. The additions of Pujan “FNS” Mehta and Jonji helped propel the team to new heights as they went on to achieve a top-two finish in ESEA MDL Season 32, notably becoming the first North American team to earn a place in the grand finals of a Global Challenge event despite eventually conceding a loss to forZe.
The team, who were ranked No. 33 in the world, also made headlines when they played under the FunPlus Phoenix banner in Flashpoint 1, managing a 7-8th finish by outplacing the likes of Chaos, Envy, and c0ntact.
They were also slated to compete in the upcoming North American division of DreamHack Masters Spring, but will no longer take part in the event after the team chose to go their separate ways.
While dazzLe revealed that he plans to continue competing in CS:GO and dapr announced his intention to move to VALORANT, the future of Peter “ptr” Gurney and Mitch “mitch” Semago is currently unknown.
Bad News Bears consisted of:
Bad News Bears are disbanding due to players receiving other opportunities. i love counterstrike, no game can ever replace it for me. Even if the chances to make money are better in Valorant, i’m not going to switch as of right now. I’ll continue grinding the game i love
— will (@dazzLeGO) May 12, 2020