Ricky “floppy” Kemery has been signed by Extra Salt, according to a statement on the team’s Twitter. No stranger to the roster, floppy has previously played with Johnny “JT” Theodosiou and Josh “oSee” Ohm on both ATK and Cloud9. The 21-year-old American also played as a substitute with the team during the Aug. ESEA Cash Cup.
We're excited to welcome @floppyCSGO back to @CSGO on @ExtraSaltGG
He'll be making his debut at this weekend's @ESEA Cash Cup ahead of our European trip to @ESL Pro League Conference next month.#SALTERS
👕 https://t.co/nyDcFrWj6L pic.twitter.com/0zATzEUGz0
— Extra Salt (@ExtraSaltGG) October 21, 2021
After a short stint on Cloud9’s VALORANT roster, floppy is returning to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and taking up the place left vacant by the departure of Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek.
“I’ve decided to take some time away from CS and the team,” Sonic said in a tweet. “Things have been hard for me mentally in recent times and so I wish to step away and recollect my thoughts. I’ll update you all when I’m ready.”
A promising up-and-coming NA talent, floppy left CS:GO on Apr. 19, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire Cloud9 roster was listed for transfer as the organization planned its departure from the CS:GO scene amid a terrible financial year for NA CS. Floppy joined the Cloud9 VALORANT team for a few months before he announced he was leaving via a Twitlonger, where he spoke about how he was feeling burnout from competitive FPS games. At the time, he was considering many different future options, including a potential return to VALORANT.
Floppy returns to a struggling Extra Salt team. The South African/North American roster has had poor showings in recent events. They fell short of qualifying for the PGL Major Stockholm at the final qualifier, IEM Fall. Most recently, they lost in the finals of the NA ESEA Premier Division 2-3 to Party Astronauts. The win would’ve guaranteed them a spot in ESL Pro League S15.
Extra Salt’s new roster is as follows:
Johnny “JT” Theodosiou
Josh “oSee” Ohm
Justin “FaNg” Coakley
Edgar “MarKE” Maldonado
Ricky “floppy” Kemery
Tiaan “T.c” Coertzen (coach)