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What CSGO players are still available as free agents or transfers?

Published: 16/Oct/2019 22:34 Updated: 16/Oct/2019 23:30

by Scott Robertson

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Over a month removed from the StarLadder Berlin major, and a plethora of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive talent is still available as free agents and on the benches of other pro teams.

What was expected to be a wild post-major roster shuffle has been relatively quiet. The biggest transfer to occur was one that was widely rumored and reported multiple times before it was officially announced, that being the transfer of coldzera to FaZe Clan.

There are still a huge number of available Counter-Strike players right this moment, as pointed out by French CS:GO reporter neLendirekt.

NeL delivers a long list of CS:GO veterans and up-and-comers, following up with the idea that just from that pool alone you could create “a couple of good international teams.”

Left off of this list are two of the biggest “available” names in Counter-Strike in aleksib and NBK. NeL is the reporter who broke the initial story that Dota 2 organizationOG was looking to bring in both players to be the centerpieces of their CS:GO roster.

In a later report submitted to Dexerto, CS:GO insider Jared “DeKay” Lewis reported that OG were “at odds” with ENCE and Vitality over transfer sums for the players.

But even if those two names aren’t included, the list of available players is still incredibly impressive. The recently departed OpTic Gaming roster is on there, which includes a terrific in-game leader in MSL, a potentially reformed star in k0nfig, and a blossoming talent in niko.

DreamHackMSL leading OpTic at a DreamHack event

The ex-Luminosity players (steel, boltz, and NEKIZ) are on there as well. Steel and boltz are both former major grand finalists, reaching the PGL Krakow finals in 2017, and boltz had an impressive campaign with MiBR before he was replaced with tarik.

The list of available players is also loaded with veterans from formerly legendary teams. Three members of the legendary Ninjas in Pyjamas are all available, in Xizt, friberg, and GeT_RiGhT, as are members of the Virtus.Pro legendary team: pashabiceps, NEO, and byali.

Some of these players may not stay on this list for very long, however. DeKay reports, according to multiple sources, that Swedish players freddieb and Draken will be heading to GODSENT soon. GODSENT recently made their return to CSGO with legendary player pronax leading the division.

GODSENT isn’t the only organization that promised to make a big move into Counter-Strike, and like GODSENT, the other organizations haven’t officially made the moves yet, for the most part.

Organizations such as 100 Thieves, Dignitas, and Misfits all indicated that they wanted to make their way into CS:GO, and have all remained quiet since then.

If any of those organizations do decide to make moves, or if other big moves do end up happening, you know to check in here to Dexerto to get all the info.

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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

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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.

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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
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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.