SK Gaming’s Counter-Strike team will change organizations later this year, VPEsports report. Currently considered the best CS:GO team in the world, SK are set to make the move to North American org Immortals. The move is set to happen later in the year, upon the expiration of the players’ contracts.
The Brazilians shot to the top of the rankings through consistent performance throughout the year. Despite quarterfinal elimination at the Krakow Major in July and several more top 4 finishes at events like ESG Mykonos and ESL One New York, the squad returned to form in the fall, winning a total of three LAN titles: EPICENTER in October, BLAST Pro Series in November and ESL Pro League Season 6 finals in December. The team boasts not only HLTV's world No. 1 player for second year straight, Marcelo "coldzera" David, but also perhaps the best IGL in modern CS history in Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo.
SK Gaming's move to Immortals will restore the latter to their lost CS:GO glory. The brand lost its CS:GO presence in September, when Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe was dropped after controversial behavior during the final day of DreamHack Montreal. Upon his release, the Teles twins Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles and Henrique "HEN1" Teles chose to follow their team-mate, leading Immortals to lose on their Legends status for the Major. By the end of the year, Lucas "steel" Lopes would join Team Liquid and Lincoln "fnx" Lau would reunite with the former Immortals trio on 100Thieves, thus completing Immortals' CS:GO dissolution.
Currently, SK Gaming are in contention for the second Major championship for the brand and third for the core squad. The Brazilians are playing Fnatic in the fourth quarterfinal of the ELEAGUE Major and are looking the favorites to move on and face the winner of G2 Esports and Cloud9 in the semis.
Update 21:00 CET, Jan. 26: Independent sources have confirmed to Cybersport.com that the move will indeed happen later in the year.