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Hastr0 suggests G2 CSGO players want to “jump ship”

Published: 30/Aug/2020 10:41 Updated: 30/Aug/2020 10:42

by Andy Williams


Envy Gaming Owner, Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail, has claimed that G2’s Counter-Strike roster are “already trying to jump ship” during a back and forth with the organization’s founder, Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodríguez.

G2 Esports and Envy are both titans of the esports realm. Both organizations have fielded world championship-caliber teams in numerous titles.


Envy has been around for seven years more than G2, but both teams have welcomed success from different areas of the esports world. While Envy’s seeds are deep-rooted in Call of Duty, G2 has built its legacy off the back of success in League of Legends and CS:GO.

And it is G2’s CS:GO outfit which hastr0 claims are ready to “jump ship,” despite being regarded as one of the best teams in the world.

KennyS celebrating for G2 Esports.
KennyS has been G2’s poster-boy and a pivotal part of the team’s surge to the top.

Hastr0 and Ocelote lock horns

After hastr0 detailed that his Envy organization had been involved in four out of seven previous Call of Duty World Championship Grand Finals (now five out of eight following Dallas Empire’s win), Ocelote Tweeted a laughing emoji in response to a sentiment which dubbed the Envy Owner as the “best general management and talent mind in all of esports.”

Following a short back and forth — where Carlos compared G2 to “3 Michelin Star, fusion cuisine high-profile restaurant” and Envy to a “3 Yelp Star family bakery store” — Rufail responded with claims that the G2 lineup is ready to fly the banner of another organization.

“Well, seeing as how your CS players are already trying to jump ship, not sure that comparison makes sense,” hastr0 began. “You might want to check on your cooks in the kitchen.”


The G2 Owner was having none of it and replied suggesting that Rufail had been “finessed,” while also claiming that Envy is an “old, dying dinosaur” — it’s worth noting that Envy was founded in 2007, while G2 (formerly Gamers2) was established in 2014.

G2 made their mark in CS:GO in 2016, after building what was dubbed to be a ‘world-beating’ roster featuring the likes of Richard ‘shox’ Papillon and Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom… The latter of which was ironically traded to, you guessed it, Team Envy.

However, Team Envy also has its legacy in CS:GO secure, becoming Major winners at Cluj-Napoca 2015. Of course, the Twitter exchange between the pair was mostly light-hearted, but there may also be a shred of truth mixed in there too.


How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal


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.


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.


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.