bit is set to play in North America once again after previously competing with oNe for 15 months
9z's CEO Francisco "Frankkaster" Postiglione has announced that the organization's CS:GO team is set to move to North America sometime in 2021. In the announcement, Frankkaster said the team's goal is to "seek a place in MDL and then [qualify to] ESL Pro League.
¡FIN DE AÑO! 🎉— 9z Team (@9zTeam) December 31, 2020
Les compartimos unas palabras de nuestro fundador @FrankkasterX para recordar todo lo que hicimos este año y contar todo lo que se viene para 2021.
Gracias por su apoyo, por un 2021 todo violeta 💜#TodoVioleta 💜 @ClaroArgentina @AORUS_LATAM @LogitechG pic.twitter.com/GPlELMzOpj
The Argentinian-Uruguayan lineup is currently ranked as the tenth best team in South America, and recently claimed second place finishes at Gamers Club Masters VI and Aorus League 2020 Season 4.
While the majority of the lineup is likely unknown to North American fans, the team's IGL Bruno "bit" Lima is a well-regarded name in world Counter-Strike, having been a part of the legendary 1.6 MIBR lineup. More recently, bit competed in North America alongside oNe, notably attending the StarLadder Berlin Americas Minor in mid-2019.
The team's coach, Rafael "zakk" Fernandes is another familiar face, having coached the likes of Luminosity, Immortals, and Tempo Storm in North America. Former Argentine MIBR player Ignacio "meyern" Meyer is also on the team's books, however he is unlikely to be a part of 9z's North American plans as he has been linked with a move to KRU, a new esports organization owned by Manchester City soccer team player Sergio Agüero.
- Franco "dgt" Garcia
- Maximiliano "max" Gonzalez
- Bruno "bit" Lima
- Santino "try" Rigal
- Rafael "zakk" Fernandes (Coach)
- Ignacio "meyern" Meyer (Inactive)
9z will likely have to start their North American journey in ESEA Open Season 36, with registration closing for all divisions on January 11th.