Infinity make move to Mexico City
Costa Rican organization Infinity are set to move their Latin American CS:GO team to Mexico City this week, Dust2.us was told by team coach Aldair "alone" Torres. This move will see the CS:GO team join the organization's League of Legends team in the Mexican capital.
This move has been a long time coming for Infinity, as Dust2.us was first informed of the team's plans to move to Mexico by the team's captain, Andrés "spamzzy" Correa, back in September 2020. However, due to COVID-19 and other roster issues severely derailed those plans until now. The main reason the organization have been battling for so long to get the team into Mexico is the severe ping disadvantage the squad currently have against North American opponents.
The team's Colombian and Peruvian contingent currently contend with pings ranging from 70-200ms depending on the server. When the team completes their move to Mexico City their average ping to most NA servers will be 50ms; not a luxurious ping by any means, but its far better than their current conditions.
With this move, Infinity join a number of organizations that have moved to Mexico to take advantage of the ability to play NA events online with a good ping while paying less living costs than in a Major American or Canadian city. ATK, MIBR, and paiN are based on Monterrey while GODSENT used to be based there as well.
Despite being out of the conversation as a notable North American team for some time, Infinity have been mainstays in the region's competitions for more than three years. Infinity played their first North American event in 2019 when ESL changed the format of ESL Pro League to include four dedicated spots for Latin American teams. As such, Infinity had the opportunity to play on LAN in Los Angeles and rub shoulders with the then-vibrant North American scene.
As such, when ESL decided to axe the American division of ESL Pro League and move to their Louvre Agreement franchise model, it was likely a gut punch for Infinity as the team lost an opportunity to continue competing against top-tier opposition in a LAN environment. While ESL gave them a spot in ESEA MDL Season 33, the team were at a severe disadvantage due to playing from home in South America. After surviving Season 33 Relegation, the team were relegated in Season 34 and have since been struggling to climb out of ESEA Advanced. While moving to Mexico City doesn't guarantee success, it will help the squad even the playing field.
Infinity's lineup currently consists of:
Andrés "spamzzy" Correa
Francisco "k1Nky" Alvares
Joel "tor1towOw" Rios
Renato "pacman^v^" Morales
Bryan "Marro" Valles Valenzuela
Aldair "alone" Torres (Coach)
Stephane "GuepaRd" Cazottes (Assistant Coach)