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CSGO: Vitality and G2 reportedly agree to Shox deal

Published: 14/Sep/2019 19:07 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 20:21

by Scott Robertson

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After a New Legends stage exit at the Berlin major for G2 Esports, and after NBK was benched by Team Vitality, it is being reported that G2 are sending Richard ‘shox’ Paillon to Vitality for just under half a million dollars.

Following the benching of NBK after Berlin, numerous rumors surrounding the two premier French teams in Counter-Strike began appearing left and right. G2 were rumored to be approaching players from CR4ZY, a move that the CR4ZY CEO criticized and labeled as “poaching.” shox was initially rumored to be in consideration, but just days ago, it was reported that G2’s asking price was too high.

But a deal has finally been made, according to 1pv. Apparently, G2 reduced their asking price and Vitality raised their initial offer, and the two organizations settled on a transfer number within the $350-450k range. It is being reported that both organizations will make an official announcement some time next week.

Many fans seem critical of the move online, suggesting that shox could be unwilling to take a backseat role to IGL ALEX and future star zyWoo, but French CS reporter @neLendirekt, who broke the story, defended the move on Twitter:

“Decisions are taken by XTQZZZ, ALEX is the leader, the star is ZywOo and shox is aware and accepted the conditions.”

Both Vitality and G2 began their StarLadder Berlin runs in the New Challengers stage. But despite the stronger showing in that stage by G2, it was Vitality who advanced through the New Legends stage to make playoffs. 

G2 were eliminated after back-to-back losses to AVANGAR and Renegades, and Vitality were also eliminated by AVANGAR in the quarterfinals.

The two teams played a combined 30 maps in the Berlin major group stages, but didn’t face each other once. After Berlin, Vitality were forced to pull out of BLAST Pro Series Moscow after benching NBK.

StarLadderVitality in their white jerseys at StarLadder Berlin

The reported new roster for Team Vitality:

Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin (in-game leader)
Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire
Cédric “RpK” Guipouy
Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut
Richard ‘shox’ Papillon

Nathan ‘NBK’ Schmitt (benched)

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

CaseEsports land1n
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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.