Dust2 Digest: Top news from May 2023
The Dust2 Digest is a monthly digest recapping all the most important and impactful pieces of NA CS news each month on the Dust2.us and HLTV news networks.
After months of playing in Europe on NA servers, AWPer Jonathan "b0denmaster" Bodenmalm announced he would be stepping down from the starting lineup at ATK.
The woes at ATK continued when former player Jonathan "djay" Dallal announced his departure just hours after b0den's news, sending multiple allegations at the way of the organization about payments and negotiations.
To wrap up the ATK trilogy, the organization signed short-term contracts with a new lineup and the owner made a statement, ushering in a new era for the organization.
News hit weeks prior to IEM Dallas that Complexity's star AWPer Håkon "hallzerk" Fjærli was in danger of missing the event due to Visa issues, something that would eventually come to fruition for the lineup.
During Paris, BLAST sold out of the 4,000-capacity Spring Finals event set to take place in Washington D.C. on June 7th. After some time, BLAST eventually opted to sell more tickets to the event.
Looking back at the Major, here were some highlights across the Challengers and Legends stage ahead of Vitality's Paris victory.
After over three years with the organization, analyst and assistant coach Anton "AntO_oNNN" Van Gorp announced his departure from Complexity.
Lastly, the tenured Liquid rifler Nick "nitr0" Cannella announced that IEM Dallas would be his final ride with Liquid as he will be stepping down from the starting lineup. For possible replacements, be sure to check out the article above.
BLAST Paris Major results
Liquid: 5-8th, Champions Stage
FURIA: 15-16th, Legends Stage
paiN: 9-11th, Challengers Stage
Complexity: 12-14th, Challengers Stage
Fluxo: 15-16th, Challengers Stage
ESL Challenger League S45 top eight
2nd: EG Black
7-8th: FLUFFY AIMERS
7-8th: Party Astronauts
ESEA Advanced S45 regular season standings
1st: Torch EC
4th: No Impact
ESEA Main S45 regular season standings
2nd: Hite Gaming
4th: Holly Molly
5th: Mach 5
7th: so ez lol
8th: RICE NATION
Notable roster moves