MoB Gaming Announces 2009 Roster
“In the post-CGS world, most players have decided to hop back on Counter-Strike 1.6 now that there is not as much support for the less popular Counter-Strike Source. With CS:S not being a major factor anymore, the game that everyone wanted to play, 1.6, is back on top. A new era of Counter-Strike is about to emerge, and yet again, there has been a major team change as MoB grabs some of the top CGS pro players to add to its roster” states the MoB website.
The new roster consists of Noah "StrikeR" Alvarado, Cyrus "org" Habibi, Albert "hahN" Hahn, Jimmy "foogz" Fogle and Hoang "s0nNy" Tran.
Many will likely recognize most, if not all of the names listed. Alvarado returns as the only old MoB player, while Habibi and Tran join after the Carolina Core and CGS’s closings. Hahn, formally of the Chicago Chimera, also returns from Counter Strike: Source and the CGS.
Fogle makes a return to 1.6 as well. "For me, the CGS dying basically re-invented my CS career," he said, "I had basically moved on from gaming in both mind and spirit knowing that the future was Source and CGS."
The team has potential, but Habibi says the team won’t be dominant immediately. "Are we ready? Yes. In winning form? Not yet. It'll definitely take some time, but I wouldn't be playing if I didn't truly believe we could dominate the rankings," he said.
"I feel confident that this team will be one of the top teams not only in the US but internationally as well," Alvarado added.
Dropping from the active lineup is Joseph "Perez" Perez, Ryan "Phamtastic" Pham, and Matt "Lim" Beahan. MoBDeep.net did not comment on the fate of those players.