CSGO team shockingly performs mid-series players in pro tournament

North American CS:GO team Strife made the stunning decision to drop Danny ‘cxzi’ Strzelczyk from their roster mid-game during their ESL Challenger League match against MIBR on March 17th.

Strife opted to cut cxzi after a 16-5 loss to MIBR after earning just the first map of the best-of-three series in the ESL Challenger League, a $50,000 online tournament for teams from North America , had received.

cxzi finished the game at the bottom of the scoreboard with 5 frags and 17 deaths which contributed to his 0.45 HLTV rating – one of the worst performances of his career.


cxzi (second from left) with his team after winning Fragadelphia 16 in early March

Austin ‘AAustiN’ Urb came in as a replacement for the second map of the series, Dust2, where Strife was also clearly beaten by MIBR, this time with a 16-6 result.

After a long hiatus between maps, the removal of cxzi Mid-Series was announced on stream by the casters, who couldn’t hide their shock at the decision.

According to, Strife will add Matthew ‘D4rtyMontana’ Paplawskas as a new fifth player. After losing to MIBR, the team currently sit fifth in Group B of the ESL Challenger League with a 2-3 record.

The decision to remove cxzi came as a surprise to many given Strife’s recent success. The team, currently ranked No. 54 in the world by, won Fragadelphia 16 earlier this month and then defeated Evil Geniuses in the first open qualifier for PGL Major Antwerp American RMR.

However, they might not secure any of the 16 spots at the LAN event, which will feature teams from across America. CSGO team shockingly performs mid-series players in pro tournament

Emma Bowman

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