Update at 11:23am EST: UNFAKE has revealed that he is still searching for opportunities in 2024 and he will only be standing in for KOI.
kamo began his career with NOM Esports NOM Esports Europe Rank #144 in 2022, earning them two top-three placements in VCL East Stages 1 and 2. Later that year, he had a brief stint with DSYRE DSYRE Europe Rank #13 , where he added a first-place finish to his name at the VCL Dach Evolution tournament. In 2023, he spent his time with GTZ Esports GTZ Esports Inactive , helping them to a double second-place finish in both splits of VCL: Portugal, then later ending the year at the top-four of EMEA Ascension play-ins.
ShadoW has been a regular on the European scene, spending his time at several iterations of the FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix Inactive , Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #47 , and Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Rank #7 rosters over three years. In 2023, he carried over his expertise to Apeks Apeks Inactive — levelling up the squad to become a powerhouse and finishing first twice in VCL NE: Polaris Splits 1 and 2. However, Apeks were one win short of being promoted to the EMEA partnership league after being defeated by Gentle Mates Gentle Mates Europe Rank #2 in the Ascension grand finals.
Former Team Queso Team Queso Inactive player UNFAKE has spent two years with the roster since 2021, racking up several top-eight finishes. In their most recent season, Queso had a similar trajectory to the aforementioned GTZ, finishing second in both splits of VCL Spain, then top-four at Ascension play-ins.
Following their acceptance into the first-ever EMEA partnership league, KOI signed a solid roster, with former IGL Jose "koldamenta" Luis Aranguren and Berkant "Wolfen" Joshkun being pieces. But even with name value, the roster had a rocky season, starting the year with a loss to NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #4 at LOCK//IN and then missing out on league playoffs. KOI gained some stability at EMEA LCQ, with wins over Team Heretics Team Heretics Europe Rank #165 and Natus Vincere Natus Vincere Europe Rank #6 . However, after falling to the lower bracket, KOI finished third — losing to NAVI — and just one more win from a Champions appearance.
kamo and ShadoW will play on the main roster, while UNFAKE and Wolfen will be reserve players. Koldamenta's future with the team is unknown at the time of writing.
The new KOI roster will debut at the Crossfire Cup 2023 playoffs on November 1.