The North American side formerly known as Swole Patrol has found a new home in Lazarus. It’s signing every member of Swole Patrol and adding some new additions to the roster.
The lineup now consists of Jordan “Zellsis” Montemurro, Braxton “swag” Pierce, Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik, Michael “daprcs” Gulino, Gage “Infinite” Green and Daniel “fRoD” Montaner as head coach.
Proud to officially introduce our #Lazarus CS:GO Team:https://t.co/WLO3wdG8QwJordan @Zellsis MontemurroBraxton @brax1wnl PierceYassine @Subroza TaoufikMichael @daprcs GulinoGage @Infinite1csgo GreenCoach: Danny @OfficialfRoD MontanerPowered by @LogitechG pic.twitter.com/MCgT44nZwWLazarus (@Lazarus) April 4, 2019
Lazarus is still a relatively new name in the world of competitive CS:GO, but is most well known for its female side, "Lazarus fe", who clinched silver at WESG. Its previous male CS:GO team competed under the name "SetToDestroyX" which dates back to 2015. It was a squad which enjoyed mixed success in amateur tournaments before competing in bigger events like WESG and CEVO a couple of years later, before eventually disbanding in late 2017.
Taking a look at Lazarus' revamped roster, two names in particular stand out: Zellsis and swag.
Zellsis showed flashes of brilliance with his time on Cloud9, so he’ll have something to prove now that he’s joined a fresh team.
Meanwhile, swag is arguably one of North America’s most promising talents, but he simply hasn’t been able to shake off his involvement in the iBUYPOWER skin betting scandal which took place at the very beginning of his CS:GO career. Ever since then he’s struggled to find a place in a cohesive roster and fulfil his potential. Here’s hoping he has a chance to shine with Lazarus.
It’s worth noting that swag’s been banned by Valve from competing in their sanctioned events due to his involvement in the betting scandal. This automatically rules out Lazarus from competing in Minor and Major tournaments, but they will still be able to compete in third party events.
Many prominent CS:GO pros have called for swag’s ban to be lifted numerous times, and since he’s definitely “served his time”, so to speak, you just never know if he’ll be given a second chance. Either way, it’s great to see another North American organisation emerge and it’ll be interesting to see if they’ll begin challenging some of the top teams in the near future.