Israeli organization Finest part ways with Jeremy9000
Finest, an Israeli esports organization that currently boasts a primarily Swedish team, have parted ways with Jeremy "Jeremy9000" Gray after nearly 16 months at the helm of their CS:GO and VALORANT rosters.
His departure from the organization seems to be a part of Finest's attempts to reorient themselves under new leadership, having also released their Belgian manager Dylan "spiroo" Lo Vetere on April 3rd.
During his time with Finest, Jeremy9000 helped spearhead Finest's expansion which included moving away from fielding Israeli lineups to more ambitious international lineups based around journeyman IGLs. The team's first two international rosters, built around Azeri and Bulgarian IGLs Maksim "t0rick" Zaikin and Ivan "Rock1nG" Stratiev, failed to gain traction which led to a new team being built around Swede Robin "robiin" Sjögren.
This team helped Jeremy9000 claim his first trophy under Finest as they won ESEA Advanced Season 38 over Nemiga before later going on to make playoffs during ESEA Premier Season 39. Unfortunately for Finest and Jeremy9000 their later decision to cut robiin led to a period of instability on the team that lasted for much of the 1st quarter of 2022.
During this time the team shuffled through numerous players and coaches including current Davenport Panthers coach Colin "koi" Thor, perennial stand-in Niels "NaToSaphiX" Christian Sillassen, and former Fnatic IGL Maikil "Golden" Selim. When the dust settled, Finest ultimately went with a Swedish core with former Fnatic/NIP player Simon "twist" Eliasson.
This team has recently found success, making top eight during ESL Challenger League Season 40 after besting SAW and SKADE in the European division's GSL group stage. Despite coming out of the turmoil with another potentially winning squad, Jeremy9000 was seemingly considered surplus to requirements. His exit from the team is in stark contract to Finest's founder and CGO, Ruvik Milkis, heaping praise on Jeremy9000, calling him "one of the best managers I have ever worked with" in his farewell message.
Dust2.us attempted to reach out to Ruvik and Jeremy9000 for more insight on his removal from Finest. Ruvik provided the following statement:
"Over the last few months, there was a need for improvement in the management of the finest pro divisions and the current management wass unable to find a solution to our ongoing problems in both departments. Dylan is young and very talented and I am sure he will find a new path in his career very quickly, he is just getting started. Jeremy was with us for over a year and we managed to make amazing progress during this time but we had to make a change at the managerial level of the teams. Right now, I'm rebuilding, reshaping, and implementing a new management system on the teams in every parameter possible, and soon we will announce our new management team on both divisions, VALORANT and CSGO."
Jeremy9000 declined to comment for the article.
Finest consist of:
Guy "anarkez" Trachtman
Rasmus "kreaz" Johansson
Kristjan "shokz" Jakobson
Simon "twist" Eliasson
Niclas "PlesseN" Plessen