Rumors: Imperial to buy out try from 9z

Brazilian esports club Imperial is in talks with 9z about the transfer of Santino "try" Rigal. Dust2 Brasil reported this citing its own sources. The organizations have not yet officially confirmed this information.

Note that the 19-year-old Argentine AWPer has been on 9z's bench since last year – the esports athlete departed the team's starting five in October 2023 due to health issues. In March 2024, he announced that he was ready to return to competing.

According to Dust2 Brasil, Rigal will replace Henrique "HEN1" Teles, who has represented Imperial since last July. The Brazilian recorded an average rating of 1.15 during his time with the team.

Imperial placed last at the recent FiReLEAGUE 2024 Global Finals tournament in Buenos Aires, as well as secured a ticket to the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 20. The roster currently occupies 28th place in HLTV ranking.

Current  Imperial's lineup looks as follows:

 Vinicius "⁠VINI⁠" Figueiredo
 João "felps" Vasconcellos
 Henrique "HEN1" Teles
 Kaiky "noway" Santos
 Lucas "⁠decenty⁠" Bacelar

 Rafael "zakk" Fernandes (coach)