DaZeD has chosen to focus on streaming for now

DaZeD steps down from GX; witmer to fill in

The veteran in-game leader has stepped down from his team due to motivational issues.

Sam "DaZeD" Marine has announced on Twitter that he is stepping down from his ESEA Mountain Dew League squad GX due to a lack of motivation and drive. This comes after a hard loss to Gale Force and a very poor individual performance by DaZeD himself.

The former iBUYPOWER player will now focus on his YouTube channel and Twitch stream. The spot left vacant on GX will be filled by Shawn "witmer" Taylor, formerly of Enigma6 and Mythic. The young AWPer was last seen standing in for Rogue in the ESL Pro League, as Collin "wrath" McSweegan was not yet 16 years old.

The GX lineup that will finish out Season 26 of ESEA MDL is as follows:

  • Canada Keven "AZK" Lariviere
  • United States Braxton "swag" Pierce
  • United States Matt "Pollo" Wilson
  • United States Michael "dapr" Gulino
  • United States Shawn "witmer" Taylor
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November 2, 2017 01:03AM
Heavyrock1212
Saw it coming
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November 2, 2017 01:03AM
Wonton
Dust2 Birthday cake!
There was so much hype over some of the Ex-iBP coming back as well, curious to see how their roster will develop as well as what offers Brax may potentially take.

Sucks to see him step down but if he's not in the right mindset he won't be able to play at that level good enough, glad to see him making his own decisions.
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November 2, 2017 04:21AM
gojanJESUS
steel will keep the na dream aliev
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November 2, 2017 04:23AM
witmer
MDL
Fragadelphia Winner
Very excited to be playing with some of my best friends in this game. Have won LANs and had lots of awesome real life experience with brax & dapr. Pollo is also a good friend of mine outside of the game, and while I don't really know AZK yet in that aspect, from past online interactions with him dating all the way back to our CS:S days he was always a pleasure to talk to.

It is also an exciting prospect to be AWPing again, after a long hiatus from the gun I am excited to give the AWP journey another go and see how far I can push myself this time. I have absolute faith in my teammates to set me up and I hope to be able to open & close rounds for them going forward.

For the last 5 or so months, I was real with myself in what I wanted and what would truly get me to play my A-game again, and came to the conclusion that it was being apart of a squad that could truly be described as elite. I thought I had that feeling before in CS:GO, but I really believe that now I have the capacity to check the scoreboard, see the names of the players on my team, and that alone wills me to play my absolute best (especially since I hit TAB a lot lol).

We still have lots of work to do, and we don't have a lot of breathing room as the record I entered the team with essentially means we cannot more than one match if we want to be safe in terms of a playoff berth. The competition this season is stiff, but all of my teammates have already proven after just one day of practice that we are all on the same level of self-motivation and all have the same goal in mind. It's so satisfying for that to be established not only so early, but automatically. No one had to be amped up to start putting in the extra dirty work already, everyone expects nothing but the best of themselves and each other and that is what excites me the most.

I have never been on a squad of this callibre in my career in CS:GO, and I am determined to see just how far we can push this thing. Maybe I'm a little biased and/or hopeful, but I think it's a lot farther than anyone - including ourselves - thinks it will be.

also shoutout to my first post on dust2, didnt know this was already released joe cmon ya gotta tell me these things!!
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November 2, 2017 04:49AM
DamiX
witmer tier 1 AWPer
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November 2, 2017 04:55AM
Lumsen
Dust2 Birthday cake!
Gl
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November 2, 2017 05:20AM
RomanEmpire
Should have this statement in the post, not in a comment.
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November 2, 2017 05:21AM
Qvist
Lets go. Hope you win IT all
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November 2, 2017 05:47AM
Matela
I wish the best to you! I believe that you can fill in the spot left and you will shine! Just focus on the long run! GL HF
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November 2, 2017 07:32AM
Tabsen
gl shawn!
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November 2, 2017 08:51AM
Joe
Dust2 Birthday cake!
Go get them! Excited to see you back in action!
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November 2, 2017 09:22AM
Luc4sCS
Gl
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November 2, 2017 09:29AM
CS_CeeJ
Dust2 Birthday cake!
gl witmer
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November 2, 2017 10:35AM
dikas
lez go witmer
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November 2, 2017 10:45AM
devil
-1 for joe
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November 3, 2017 10:25AM
wayz
ez for witmer
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November 2, 2017 09:21AM
7EG3ND
Expected. DaZed has been streaming and releasing YouTube videos for so long, I didn't think he'd be able to keep up with playing professionally again. It's sad to see, but I'm glad he's man enough to step down instead of getting kicked. Gl for the future, DaZed. Gl to GX to finish out the MDL season.
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November 2, 2017 10:33AM
dikas
:(
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November 2, 2017 10:45AM
osorandom
eUnited
Dust2 Masters winner
Good luck witmer I know you’ll kill it this season
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November 2, 2017 10:52AM
KeyziiN
Even tho, i really like dazed.
I think Witmer maybe, could be the best replacement for him.
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November 2, 2017 11:45AM
Almighty
I am glad that DaZed decided to step down himself, it would be tough for someone to still have passion for the game competitively after being out of the scene for so long. Granted his other former teammates are still going at it, he just doesn't have the drive he did earlier in his career and at this point in his life steaming/YouTube would be the better career. I'm still excited to see how GX fairs because the current team they have definitely has the talent to perform very well and make an impact in the scene.
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November 2, 2017 12:58PM
Narky
Dust2 Birthday cake!
Noooo :'(
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November 2, 2017 12:58PM
Perry
Dazed "threw" such an opportunity to be pro again. I guess his skins i mean skin isn't thick enough to handle the pressure.
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November 2, 2017 01:30PM
dylan0
Sad to see DaZed drop off so fast. I guess steel had some points about DaZed's thoughts going into MDL.

GL to Witmer,
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November 2, 2017 08:45PM
des
sad to see
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November 2, 2017 11:27PM
Waga
Good. At least Witmer has more motivation than Dazed.
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November 3, 2017 01:25AM
virtus
MDL
LETS GO SHAAAAAAWN
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November 3, 2017 09:45AM
okay
very upset to see dazed quitting so early.. but i'm also very excited to see witmer have another chance
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