Joey "CRUC1AL" Steusel revealed he would be parting ways with Splyce's Counter-Strike division via Twitter just four days ago. Today he joined up with defusekids.
Defusekids is happy to announce that @CRUC1ALcsgo will be joining us. @shk_csgo becomes the team's coach! #defusekids #welcomeJoey pic.twitter.com/QTSkKnDoTJ— Defusekids (@Defusekids) March 13, 2017
CRUC1AL joined Splyce alongside Asger "AcilioN" Larsen and Mongolian Enkhtaivan "Machinegun" Lkhagva both of which have previously moved away from the team. The team failed to win its first relegation match against RUSH before it got a second chance against Selfless due to a spot left vacant by Echo Fox which had been unable to field a team by the deadline presented by ESL. Upon losing a second relegation match, Splyce found itself losing AcilioN and then CRUC1AL, the final member of the attempted international lineup.
The latter will play alongside previous teammates Kaj "kajsk1ng" van Staalduinen and Fréderic "Monu" Dewever with the final two roster spots being filled by Vincent "v1N" Brouwer and Gido "CYTARO" Brouwer.
The Dutch player will once again have to attempt to work his way of the European ladder with a new squad.
HLTV was given the following statements by two of the players on defusekids including CRUC1AL.
"After just over 7 months i've decided to return home to Netherlands. I learned a lot in many different ways in Splyce which I hope to bring to my new team going forward. I've decided to join a Dutch team which I feel has alot of potential with time. We will start by bootcamping for 1 week before attending Copenhagen Games next month. For expectations we will train a lot (5 days a week, 6-7 hours a day). Hopefully with time we will see the results come through. I believe a lot in this team over time to hopefully have a competing Benelux team on the map!"
- Joey "CRUC1AL" Steusel
"We have decided to revamp an old name to create our own player-owned organization. Picking up Joey is the next step in realizing our dream to develop a relevant team with players of our own region. The next step in doing that is attending Cph Games and competing in all online qualifiers."
- Kaj "kajsk1ng" van Staalduinen
defusekids CS:GO roster:
Joey "CRUC1AL" Steusel
Kaj "kajsk1ng" van Staalduinen
Gido "CYTARO" Brouwer
Vincent "v1N" Brouwer
Fréderic "Monu" Dewever