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Complexity Gaming announced a new addition to its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive division on Friday, July 29. As revealed by the North American esports organization, Complexity has signed Håkon “hallzerk” Fjærli, who will succeed Paytyn “junior” Johnson.

A new AWPer

Complexity signed a new AWPer to hallzerk this Friday, joining North American esports organization Dignitas. The 22-year-old Norwegian CS:GO pro joins Complexity as a junior replacement, who has been moved to a substitute position within the team.

This is the first roster change within Complexity since January 2022, when the organization acquired the entire Extra Salt roster. But despite forming a new roster, Complexity has struggled to accomplish much over the past few months and haven’t won any tournaments together.

Given their lack of success, it makes sense that Complexity is looking for roster changes, especially at the AWP position. Junior, who showed promise last season, has struggled to match this year.

Since joining Complexity, he has had a disappointing average rating of 0.98 and has been particularly disappointing over the past three months, with an average rating of 0.84. That’s not to say he was the only player on the team who underperformed.

Ioannis “Johnny” “JT” Theodosiou, Justin “FaNg” Coakley, Ricky “floppy” Kemery and Michael “Grim” Wince have all posted shaky performance numbers this year, and especially in the last three months.

JT averaged 0.90, JT 0.75, Floppy 0.94 and Grim 0.94, with no Complexity players showing positive performances.

Interestingly, JT is by far the team’s worst performing player since April, with only two positive performances in the last 26 maps played and a 0.37 player rating in a game against Vitality in May.

Given the team’s overall lackluster performance, it was only a matter of time before Complexity announced roster changes.

Lack of success leads to roster changes

Roster changes in Complexity were slow in coming, as the team hadn’t accomplished anything since the start of the year. Notably, Complexity had their moments, but not once did they achieve anything in any of the big events they attended.

The North American CS:GO team started the year with a seventh through eighth place finish at Funspark ULTI 2021, and they added a 10th through 12th place finish at BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2022. March that Complexity won something, even if it was just qualifying for the PGL Major Antwerp American RMR Open, which at least earned them a spot in the American RMR.

Prior to RMR, Complexity competed in ESL Pro League Season 15, in which they finished 17th-20th with a 1-4 record. Luckily, they found some momentum in the US RMR, in which Complexity finished fourth and qualified for the Major.

Prior to the Major, the team also placed second in the IEM Dallas American Qualifiers, but could only place fifth-eighth at the BLAST Premier: Spring American Showdown 2022. Things did not improve at the Major, where Complexity finished in 20th-22nd place with just one win. (against IHF Esports) in their name.

Since their failure in Belgium, Complexity have participated in four events but have not finished above the top eight once. They landed 13th-16th at IEM Dallas, finished last at the Global Esports Tour Dubai 2022, ninth-12th at the Rootet Cup, fifth-eighth at the Elisa Invitational Spring 2022 and most recently crashed out from IEM Cologne in last place without winning a single match.

Their string of shaky appearances saw Complexity drop to 45th in the CS:GO World Rankings, which is the lowest complexity since January 2020.

As a BLAST partner team, Complexity will be showcasing its new lineup at the BLAST Fall Groups, scheduled for August 19-28.

Sharon D. Cole