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How An Old CSGO Journeyman Became the Stable Core of a World #1 Team

Published: 10/Aug/2020 12:01 Updated: 10/Aug/2020 12:03

by Joe Craven


Audric ‘JaCkz’ Jug was reaching retirement age when he was given a major shot in professional CS:GO, so just how has the French veteran managed to form the core of G2’s incredible roster?

While no roster has yet reached the same level as the Astralis dynasty, most CS:GO fans are in agreement that the current G2 roster are a group of players who have probably come the closest.

KennyS and JaCkz have formed the core of this outfit, with both French stars being around since 2018. The pair were joined by AmaNEk, huNter, and nexa over the course of 2019, and have reached impressive success in the aftermath.

Wins at Champions Cup Finals back in 2019 have been followed up by a 1st-3rd finish in the BLAST Premier Spring Regular Season, and second place at DreamHack Masters Spring event. While wins have been in short supply following the move online, G2 have continued to impress. They are one of the few teams who, on their day, look good enough to challenge anybody.

JaCkz has, alongside kennyS, formed the core of this roster. Here, we break down how he did it, and how he defied the odds as an aging CS:GO pro and made his way to the very top of one of the world’s most competitive esports.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.