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CSGO legend pashaBiceps returns to pro play on new “Liquid Biceps” squad

Published: 5/Oct/2020 6:16 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 2:03

by Andrew Amos

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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.

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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.

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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.

pashaBiceps playing at Starladder Malta
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pashaBiceps hasn’t played professional CS:GO since mid-2019.

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.

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.

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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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