Raptors Esports Club have returned to Counter-Strike by signing projectx. They parted ways with their previous roster, with whom they won ESL Premiership Autumn 2023, upon the expiration of their contracts at the end of October.
A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS….
Introducing our new CS2 roster:
— Raptors EC (@RPTRSgg) November 13, 2023
The young organisation have elected to “take a step back in order to take a step forwards” and sign a team from a lower division, in this case, ESEA Main. That team also featured Szymon “deuce” Czapiewski, the coach for Raptor’s project. They are headed up by Lorenzo “LTH” Venanzi, a frequent EPIC.LAN mixer who finished top 6 at EPIC40 with flow-state. LTH touched upon the “upset” status of his LAN performances in an interview with UKCSGO at the event and will look to back up those words now that he is playing under an organisation.
The biggest name on the roster is Igor “Igorek” Kochany, one of the UK scene’s highest-rated young players who recently achieved a top 3 finish with Make A Wish at EPIC40. He is backed up by Ruby League rifler Connor “Finui” Finucane, who is IGLing the team, and Adrian “Cha0s” Zielinski, a journeyman within the UK scene best known for playing with Shuaib “shoobie” Saddique on teams such as SHUSHgg and If I Speak. Their fifth is Tuomas “Lyd” Tölli, who has several seasons of Main experience with CYBERMD and Incendia, but no HLTV games to his name as of yet.
They currently sit 34th in ESEA Main with a 5-1 record after 6 games (including one FFW), and LTH will be hoping to make a first playoff appearance after multiple seasons in the division. The team is also ranked #16 on the UKCSGO Rankings.
Raptors Esports Club are now:
Lorenzo “LTH” Venanzi
Igor “Igorek” Kochany
Connor “Finui” Finucane
Adrian “Cha0s” Zielinski
Tuomas “Lyd” Tölli
Szymon “deuce” Czapiewski (coach)