vanity becomes the latest big name to fall victim to a lack of financial backing in North American CS:GO
After a month of no options panning out for the ex-Chaos roster, who were transfer-listed at the start of December, it came as no surprise when Anthony "vanity" Malaspina announced that he would be switching titles and focusing on VALORANT a few days ago when his release became official.
Pogchamp— Anthony (@vanitycsgo) January 1, 2021
vanity and ex-Chaos have won their last three events played, including IEM Beijing Haidian 2020 and DreamHack Masters Winter 2020. Individually vanity averaged a 1.13 rating in the former and a 1.06 in the latter. Chaos also won the first iteration of the ESEA Autumn Cash Cup series and bested the now Extra Salt roster en route to an event victory at FunSpark ULTI 2020 earlier this year.
vanity and his ex-Chaos teammate Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado were both members of the eUnited roster that attended the Americas Minor for the Berlin 2019 Major, where they were eliminated after going 0-2 in group play.
MarKE and the rest of vanity's former teammates have noted that they are open to offers in both CS:GO and VALORANT, but vanity is the first to announce that he will drop CS:GO entirely and pursue the new title full time. ex-Chaos still sit at #20 in the HLTV world rankings.
ex-Chaos are now:
- Erick "Xeppaa" Bach
- Jonathan "Jonji" Carey
- Nathan "leaf" Orf
- Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado
- Matthew "mCe" Elmore (Coach)
At this time ex-Chaos are still slated to participate in the Intel Extreme Masters XV - World Championship. That event is tentatively scheduled to take place offline in Katowice from February 16-28th, so ex-Chaos have until then to add a fifth player or withdraw from the event if leaf's health concerns remain an issue and be replaced by another team.