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100 Thieves to no longer field CS:GO roster

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100 Thieves will no longer field a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster after reports Friday that star Justin "jks" Savage would be transferred to Complexity, according to a story from HLTV.

The team will part with its majority Australian roster just a year after it signed the team that previously competed under the Renegades banner. Since October 2019, the team has continued to be among the elite in the North American region. Jks' move to Complexity was first reported by DBLTAP. 100 Thieves did not respond to a request for comment.

100 Thieves coach Chet "Chet" Singh retired from coaching Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at the end of September, signing a deal to help build and coach the new VALORANT roster of NRG Esports, his former team. 100 Thieves had not named a replacement.

100 Thieves first entered Counter-Strike in 2017 after it signed the ex-Immortals Brazilian roster led by twins Henrique "HEN1" Teles and Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles. Those players were released just over a month later amid immigration issues and public controversy surrounding player Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe, who made a death threat toward analyst Duncan "Thorin" Shields while on Immortals and continued to escalate the issue during his month on 100 Thieves.

Founded by former Call of Duty pro Matthew "Nadeshot" Hagg -- known for his competitive accomplishments on OpTic Gaming, which led to him becoming a highly-popular influencer post-retirement -- 100 Thieves first started as a merchandising brand. In 2017, the team took on funding by several venture capital groups backed by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and successfully applied for a franchising slot in the League of Legends Championship Series. Since then, the team has expanded into other esports.