TSM returns to Counter-Strike esports after 6 years with new European lineup

The North American organization, TSM, has formally reentered the CS:GO competitive landscape as of Aug. 29, following a period of uncertainty.

This time around, TSM has made an investment in a European team instead of initiating a North American project. Its roster boasts prominent entry fragger Cai “CYPHER” Wilson, French veteran Audric “JACKZ” Jug, ex-Cloud9 support Timofey “⁠interz⁠” Yakushin, as well as experienced Danish player Valdemar “⁠valde⁠” Bjørn Vangså and Romanian newbie Mădălin-Andrei “⁠MoDo⁠” Mirea. Former Vitality and G2 head coach Rémy “⁠XTQZZZ⁠” Quoniam will be in charge of coaching the five-member team.

TSM has been planning a return to Counter-Strike esports since 2022. The roster was leaked on July 24, but the team experienced contract disputes with the organization. As reported by Blix on July 31, head coach XTQZZZ even admitted to withdrawing from the project. However, it appears that TSM and the squad have recently ironed out any previous issues.

There isn’t much information available about the roles each player will assume for TSM. It is anticipated that MoDo will be the primary AWPer and CYPHER will continue playing as an aggressive rifler initiating many set executions. Valde is likely to take on the in-game leadership, much like he did for teams North and OG, but this is yet to be confirmed.

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No clear information is available on when TSM will reintroduce itself in CS:GO. Currently, they aren’t in line for any high-tier tournaments in the near future. With an abundance of tier-two online cups, TSM is likely to be invited to one soon.

Green light for TSM comes just as CS:GO is winding down ahead of CS2‘s scheduled summer release. It’s likely that TSM will become more involved with the upcoming game.

About the author

Leonardo Biazzi

Staff writer Leonardo Biazzi serves as the CS:GO lead. Gaming has been a lifelong interest of his, culminating in a Journalism degree in 2018. Prior to his role at Dot Esports in 2019, Leonardo had been employed with Globo Esporte, a Brazilian outlet. In 2020 and 2021, he notably served as a senior writer at HLTV.org before making his return to Dot Esports, joining the staff team.

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