On Friday, Mongolian rifler Chinguun “hasteka” Bayarmaa was officially unveiled as part of IHC’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive lineup.
Hasteka will play under IHC’s banner in the Regional Major Ranking event in place of Tengis “sk0R” Batjargal. The player, who has been a part of IHC for around a year, was released from the lineup earlier this month to the surprise of many.
Fans expected IHC’s Mongolian lineup to represent the team in the Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia tournament following an impressive series of performances in previous international competitions. During the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice in February, where the team notably faced off and defeated Cloud9 and FURIA, sk0R was acknowledged as IHC’s highest-rated player throughout the Poland tournament.
This and IHC’s obvious improvement with their previous lineup contributed to the CS:GO community’s confusion concerning the organization’s decision to bench sk0R. After the early March announcement, the player took to Instagram to clarify that leaving the lineup was not his decision.
IHC’s current roster includes hasteka, Garidmagnai “bLitz” Byambasuren, Tuvshintugs “Annihilation” Nyamdorj, Sodbayar “Techno” Munkhbold, Baatarkhuu “Bart4k” Batbold with sk0R benched.
Hasteka was a part of Clutch for four months before signing with IHC. During his time there, the Mongolian player reached a 1.03 average rating at tournaments like the ESL Challenger League Season 43 Asia-Pacific and MESA League Season 3.
Hasteka earned his highest rating of the year in the Paris Major closed qualifier, where he reached a 1.10 rating in four maps. Despite his impressive performance, Clutch placed 7-8th in online competition, ultimately failing to qualify for the Paris Major.
Despite his previous team’s inability to qualify, hastaka will debut with his new lineup in the Paris Major RMR next month. IHC are also preparing to participate in two other international events in April, such as the ESL Challenger Melbourne and the IEM Brazil.