CLG have released player Peter "ptr" Gurney, according to an official statement on the organisation's website.
The North American squad rose to prominence after they were picked up by their current organisation CLG as the ex-mouseSpaz lineup back in January.
With minimal offline exposure at the time, CLG attended MLG X Games Aspen 2015 and had a fairytale debut with a 16:14 upset of LDLC on de_dust2. In that game, it was primarily Peter "ptr" Gurney who shone as both the team's AWPer and a charismatic player for motivating the team.
CLG's quickly rising prospects were somewhat diminished in coming months however. Despite putting in a solid performance at the ESL One Katowice 2015 qualifiers, the next month saw the team return to Poland only to not be able to make it into the top 8, losing in groups alongside the fellow struggling North Americans of Cloud9.
|ptr shared in his team's rise up until his release from CLG (photo hltv.org)|
Brief respite was granted when CLG managed to win the CEVO-P Season 6 finals at the MLG.tv arena, despite that being purely a regional affair. But a need for change started to become apparent when CLG finished a paltry 5th-6th place at the ESEA Season 18 finals, although the event itself was an overall disappointment for North America.
When news started swirling earlier this week that Gurney had been benched by CLG, it was still purely conjecture. However, keen-eyed observers may have noticed that Gurney began to quietly distance himself from his team, culminating in his removing all CLG logos and related descriptions from his Twitter last night.
The news has now officially broken in a CLG press release which confirms that Gurney is no longer part of the team. In the release, the team's manager Jeff Fonseca had this to say:
|"I know I speak for everyone on the team when I say it’s with a heavy heart that we are releasing our friend Peter “Ptr” Gurney from our roster. Peter has played an intricate roll for us since we signed with CLG in January of this year. He has been our designated AWPer and teammate since we began playing with him last year. Peter has had some amazing performances and has fought alongside us to achieve many hard-fought victories. We wish him the best in his future endeavors and look forward to seeing him in upcoming tournaments,” Fonseca said.|
CLG are therefore currently left with this lineup:
Stephen "reltuC" Cutler
Pujan "FNS" Mehta
James "hazed" Cobb
Tarik "tarik" Celik
With their declaration of seeking a fifth player in the immediate future, CLG will no doubt be making the news again once their roster is filled.
Clg has released me. I wish them nothing but the best in the future and thank them for the time they gave me. I have something in the works— Peter Gurney (@Ptr_tv) April 29, 2015