For the first time in Counter-Strike history, an Australian player has broken away from a team with fellow-countrymen to join an professional international team. It was announced overnight that Ricky “Rickeh” Mulholland will join Counter Logic Gaming to replace the outgoing Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik.

Rickeh parted ways with Renegades shortly before Dreamhack Master Las Vegas, where the team went on to use Swede rifler Simon “Atter” Atterstam. Tweets from Renegades players suggested that internal conflicts were the main factor in cutting Rickeh from the team.

A very talented AWPer and the star player of past teams, including Renegades and Team Immunity, Rickeh joins a CLG side in need of more star firepower. CLG’s strategic coach Chet “Imapet” Singh had this to say on Rickeh in the team’s news post:

“We decided on Rickeh because we were looking for a consistent and experienced talent. Rickeh has shown to be a strong rifler and playmaker in practice. In addition to rifling, he will also be our secondary AWPer in most maps. Koosta will remain our primary AWPer. Rickeh is a great addition to the team and I’m excited to work with this roster and to show that we can be a strong force in future LAN tournaments.”

CLG are currently sitting on a 4-2 record in the ESL Pro League and have a BO3 against Bee’s Money Crew in the StarLadder i-League qualifiers coming up.

CLG’s roster now consists of:

  • Kenneth “Koosta” Suen
  • Pujan “FNS” Mehta
  • Ethan “nahtE” Arnold
  • Stephen “reltuC” Cutler
  • Ricky “Rickeh” Mulholland