October 6 update (6pm PT): pashaBiceps has confirmed he is returning to CS:GO pro play. He will be the leader of Team Liquid’s new academy roster, named “Liquid Biceps.”
“I missed so much this esports thrill, so I’m returning to being a player. I gathered talented youngsters and created Liquid Biceps, with whom I will play in [the Polish Esport League]. Let’s see what Papi can do,” he said in an October 6 tweet.
PAPI IS BACK! 💪
I missed so much this esports thrill, so i'm returning to being a player. I gathered talented youngsters and created 𝐋𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐝 𝐁𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐬, with whom I will play in @pleleague. Let's see what Papi can do. 😁Thanks @teamliquid for motivation! Show must go ON pic.twitter.com/XYxUnf5Wfe
— paszaBiceps (@paszaBiceps) October 6, 2020
Earlier: Polish CS:GO legend Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski is reportedly set to make his return to pro play. The Virtus.pro star is expected to lead Team Liquid’s new academy roster after joining the organization as a streamer in August.
It’s been a while since Virtus.pro’s hayday in CS:GO. The Polish squad was once at the top of CS:GO, duking it out with the likes of Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Titan for the title of the best team in the world.
At their peak, pashaBiceps was one of their stars. He could fill almost every role on the roster, swapping between rifler and AWPer when it was needed. However, since departing from the active roster in December 2018, pasha has all but vanished from professional CS:GO.
He had a short stint on trial with new Polish squad AGO in 2019, but has since picked up streaming on a more-full time basis. The 32-year-old might be falling for the competitive itch again though, and could be rejoining the pro scene.
According to reports by ‘PolishLeaks,’ pashaBiceps is set to lead a new era for Team Liquid in CS:GO. The veteran will reportedly be the star player on the new Liquid Academy, based out of Poland and competing in the Polish Esport League.
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Team Liquid’s current CS:GO roster competes in North America, but they aren’t foreign to European talent. They were once the home of Ukrainian AWPer Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, who needs no introduction.
Liquid also houses other esports teams in the region. Their Dota 2 team is based out of Sweden, their PUBG team also competes in PCS Europe, and they are also home to one of Europe’s strongest Valorant rosters.
We're getting a buff 💪💪💪
Please welcome our new friend @paszaBicepshttps://t.co/E1Qp9diMUs pic.twitter.com/WU5SpOBiRY
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) August 5, 2020
pashaBiceps likely won’t return with his old Virtus.pro teammates though. Snax, byali, NEO, and TaZ all play on different Polish CS:GO rosters. While it’s unclear what Liquid’s direction with the squad would be, it’ll likely look to new horizons in the Polish scene.