Juan "NagZ" Pablo Lopez and Carlos "axeddy" Alberto have both announced that they are looking for new opportunities outside of KRÜ Esports KRÜ Esports Latin America South Rank #3 as restricted free agents. Their announcements come after the team's last-place finish at this year's Champions.
Up until his recent announcement, NagZ had been part of KRÜ's roster since its inception in 2021 alongside Nicolas "Klaus" Ferrari. The two attended every single international event of that year and the next, most notably placing among the top four at 2021's Champions after upsetting Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #13 and FNATIC FNATIC Europe Rank #1 . On the other hand, axeddy joined the organization as a sixth player towards the end of 2022.
Unfortunately, NagZ's achievement of being one of the few players to attend every international LAN was snatched away after 2023's LOCK//IN event – KRÜ failed to qualify for Masters: Tokyo after an abysmal VCT Americas season saw them place last with an 0-9 record.
Despite missing out on a trip to Japan, the team had one more chance to attend Champions through the America's LCQ, and plenty of time to prepare. Entering the event as the worst seed and expected to go home winless, KRÜ raised eyebrows after eliminating Brazilian representatives MIBR MIBR Brazil Rank #1 and FURIA FURIA Brazil Rank #2 while only dropping one map. However, the real surprise emerged after KRÜ cleanly handled Leviatán Leviatán Latin America South Rank #1 and upset Cloud9 Cloud9 North America Rank #4 in the upper final. Only one match away from Champions, KRÜ once again struck down Leviatán in their rematch 3-1 to secure a ticket to Los Angeles.
This time, however, KRÜ were unable to perform upsets, bombing out of the group stage without winning a single map.
With a mediocre year – placing last in both international events they attended – concluded, KRÜ began making changes, first allowing axeddy to explore options before NagZ followed suit. Should he depart, the only surviving members from the original KRÜ roster would be Klaus and Angelo "keznit" Mori, who briefly departed the team in favor of Leviatán for several months.