This year is being marked by returns to the CS:GO competitive scene by several veterans. In June, Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Robin “flusha” Rönnquist confirmed their return to Valve’s shooter with the refoundation of a new Swedish team.
A few days before the end of the first half of 2022 with IEM in Cologne, two Ukrainian legends, Vladyslav “bondik” Nechyporchuk and Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev, have also announced their returns to the competitive scene of CS:GO after their departures from ONYX and KHAN.
After the end of the IEM Cologne, we will be able to see the experience of these four players on the scene of their respective rosters. Though they have a small period to train to the fullest, we are sure that there will be no problem for such professionals as them. While the performance of the two teams remains to be seen, let’s take a closer look at the current mood of these CS:GO legends.
EYEBALLERS Returns to Action
The Swedish-based organization was founded in 1998 to compete in different FPS video games, including CS. EYEBALLERS had great players during its history and even won the CPL Summer Championship in 2004, but four years later it closed its doors until 2022.
In 2021, flusha tweeted about a new internationally level project behind him and his teammates. It turned out later that the two former CS:GO legends, JW and flusha, brought back EYEBALLERS after having acquired the rights from the former owners. Best of all, Jesper and Robin are not only the new majority owners but also players of this new mythical team. In addition, JW will be the first executive director of the organization fourteen years after his return.
JW and Flusha
Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Robin “flusha” Rönnquist are two veterans and three Major champions, all of them with fnatic. On the cover gg website, you can check out all the detailed info of these two shooters, such as statistics, achievements, and results, among others.
In the second half of the 2022 season, these two legendary Swedish players will compete under the name of EYEBALLERS with their current teammates, including Sapec, Svedjehed, and SHiNE. These three players are not over the age of 19, and have yet a lot to learn from the two CS:GO veterans.
EYEBALLERS’ Sponsors and its Current Roster
Through an exclusive interview with Dexerto, Jesper “JW” Wecksell has announced this new project. He considers it a challenge to form new stars and talents. With the experience of JW and flusha in the competitive scene, the trajectory of this mythical team will have to be taken into account in the short term, but success lies in the direction of the offices rather than within the server.
The Swedish organization already has three sponsors, including JBL Quantum, Bitskins, and Peas of Heaven. Though they already have sponsors from three completely different brands, we think that the team expects to grow more. Below, here is the current roster for EYEBALLERS:
- Jesper “JW” Wecksell
- Robin “flusha” Rönnquist
- Anton “Sapec” Palmgren
- Casper “SHiNE” Wennerberg
- Leo “Svedjehed” Svedjehed
A New Mythical Team That Mixes Youth and Veterans
Vladyslav “bondik” Nechyporchuk has confirmed a new Ukrainian roster on his Twitter account, tagging all his teammates in the current team. This news comes just a few days before the end of the first half of 2022 with IEM Cologne.
Bondik has already begun to look for an organization to represent in the next CS:GO competitions since he wants to create a long-term project from the first moment. We will have to wait to find out if any club supports this team that mixes youth and veterans.
Bondik Takes Over the Role of IGL Within the Server
Vladyslav will take over a function of IGL of the new Ukrainian team. In addition, according to several international media, the team will be trained by Oleksandr “Shara” Hordieyev. Although it is hard to predict the outcomes of such roles, the truth is these players returned to the competitive scene for a reason. So, we are sure that this team will find sponsors in the not too distant future.
Edward as an Insurance for the Teams’ Success
The performance of this team remains to be seen, but the most nostalgic of the shooters are sure to take a look at Edward’s performances. Ioann is considered a CS legend mainly thanks to all the titles won with NaVi from 2014 to 2019, a period in which he had to lift a Major after losing three finals.
The experience and veteranship of Bondik and Edward will form the roster with the youth of three other young Ukrainians, as seen below:
- Yaroslav “isk” Issakov
- Alexey “Alex666” Yarmoshchuk
- Stanislav “fostar” Ostashevsky
The first two have not competed since March after their departures from Into the Breach and HellRaisers, respectively. As for fostar, the Ukrainian shooter has been benched in 1WIN for a couple of months due to the signing of Ihor “lollipop21k” Sołodkov.