MarKE's departure could mark a serious change in the way Ze Pug Godz plays
Dust2.us has learned that Maxim "wippie" Shepelev will be replacing Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado on Ze Pug Godz, with wippie's departure coming just days after ex-Recon 5 finalized their roster ahead of ESEA MDL Season 35.
Soham "valens" Chowdhury told Dust2.us that the team decided to part ways with wippie on mutual terms after wippie expressed interest in becoming the primary AWPer for ex-Recon 5 while the team wished to continue utilizing Jet "jet-" Gao in that role. As a result, wippie left the team to pursue different opportunities.
wippie's search for a new team was short-lived as he joined Ze Pug Godz's ESEA roster less than an hour after leaving ex-Recon 5. wippie confirmed to Dust2.us that he will be joining Ze Pug Godz in place of MarKE, however he was unable to comment on the reason for MarKE's departure.
Dust2.us reached out to a number of Ze Pug Godz players, including MarKE, with no response being given at the time of publication.
The change could have interesting implications for Ze Pug Godz's structure moving forward as although wippie wants to primary AWP, the role is already filled by Austin "Cooper-" Abadir.
With wippie moving to Ze Pug Godz, the two lineups now look as follows:
|Ze Pug Godz||ex-Recon 5|
Both teams' next outing will be ESEA MDL Season 35, which is set to begin on August 31st.