Team Envy intends to re-enter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and sign North American AWPer Josh "jdm" Marzano, Kory "SEMPHIS" Friesen, Steve "reltuC" Cutler, and Tayler "Drone" Johnson, according to multiple sources close to the organization and players. They are expected to compete in Season 8 of ESL Pro League North America in the spot retained in relegation by ex-Splyce last season.
JDM has not played on a professional roster since February, when he was benched on Team Liquid for Keith "NAF" Markovic. In early June, JDM announced his free agency and later mentioned in a now-deleted tweet that he would play ESL Pro League in the upcoming season. The JDM and EnVyUs connection was documented by DBLTAP in a “Sources Say” column last month.
SEMPHIS, reltuC, and Drone played together on ex-Splyce last season alongside David "DAVEY" Stafford and Ricky "Rickeh" Mulholland, the latter in relegations. Rickeh left to join Rogue following their relegation performance and it appears DAVEY is currently without a professional roster. At this time, it is unclear who the team will select as its fifth player.
Team Envy has not participated in professional Counter-Strike since late June, when the organization released their active roster full of French veterans. Following their release, the org expressed interest in returning to CS:GO with a North American roster that would be closer to its Texas headquarters.
DBLTAP has reached out to Team Envy for comment.
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