LDLC.com have announced that they have signed the newly formed French team known as Mercenary.
The French organisation opted to disband their previous CS:GO division earlier in the week as a response to losing three of their players, Dan “apEX” Madesclaire, Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian and Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez, who were poached by Titan.
Only Vincent “Happy” Cervoni remains from the previous lineup, with LDLC buying Richard “shox” Papillon and Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey out of their contracts with Epsilon. The last two players, Nathan “NBK” Schmitt and Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux also join LDLC, after being released by Titan.
The new LDLC team, who are off to a successful start in FACEIT’s $50,000 League after beating dignitas and HellRaisers in their first two matches in the tournament.
“Here is a fresh start for this team, and a second chapter for LDLC,” Nathan “NBK” Schmitt told LDLC’s website.
“We trust that this collaboration will please both parties and that it will allow us to evolve as a team.
“Speaking to [LDLC chief] Anothony, we could tell how much LDLC are motivated and how much they trust our team.
“We have only practiced two days, and we already feel a natural chemistry between the players, which is indispensable for having good results in the long-run when you are playing at a high level.
“We are making thousands of mistakes and we still need to learn how to play with each other. I will also also have to work on how to lead a team, a role that is new for me.”
LDLC.com have also confirmed that Emmanuel “MoMaN” Marquez, a former 1.6 and Starcraft II player, will remain as the team’s coach.
Next week, LDLC will be taking part in the online qualifiers for ESWC France, which will see them face off against BST and webSPELL.
LDLC now have the following CS:GO division:
Nathan “NBK” Schmitt
Richard “shox” Papillon
Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey
Vincent “Happy” Cervoni
Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux