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Woxic reportedly benched from mousesports after ESL One Cologne

Published: 24/Aug/2020 6:52

by Andrew Amos

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Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker is reportedly being moved to the bench on mousesports after the European team bombed out of ESL One Cologne in 13-16th. He will be replaced by Aurimas ‘Bymas’ Pipiras, who joined the team from FaZe Clan earlier in August.

Woxic was once the star AWPer for a mousesports roster that seemingly came from nowhere. After joining the organization in 2019, he and the rest of the squad quickly rose up to one of the best in the world, peaking at rank two.

However, since the move online, mous have struggled. They have failed to find their footing in almost every event, except for a second place in ESL Pro League Season 11. In the Regional Qualifiers for the Rio Major, mous have finished dead last in one, and second-last in another.

Mousesports with ESL Pro League Season 10 trophy
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Woxic (second from right) is reportedly being benched from mousesports.

The squad is biting the bullet to make changes ahead of the final chance to make it to Rio 2020. Woxic is reportedly getting benched ahead of the final push to the November major, with new sixth man Bymas replacing him, according to a report by 1pv.fr.

The decision was made due to a combination of in-game performance and attitude, according to sources close to the team.

The breaking point was ESL One Cologne, where the European hopefuls were knocked out in 13-16th ⁠— once again dead last. Their straight-sets demise included a 2-0 loss to MAD Lions, where Woxic posted a 2-19 performance on Nuke.

Rumors of Woxic’s departure started circulating after he tweeted out a waving hand emoji after mous’ loss over the weekend. There were also statements that Woxic was removed because he was toxic, which the player denied.

“Whoever [I’ve] played [with] already knows I’m not toxic,” he said. “I will give more information soon, thank you for your support.”

Bymas is reportedly taking Woxic’s position on the roster, but not his role. The 16-year-old rifler did show up in some performances for FaZe Clan, but won’t be able to fill the void left by Woxic as an AWPer.

Those duties will instead fall to ChrisJ, the flexible Dutchman for mous. He isn’t new to AWPing, having picked up the role back in 2017, although he hasn’t touched it as much recently with Woxic in the mous lineup.

Mousesports are yet to confirm Woxic’s benching, or who exactly his potential replacement is. We will update you once more information arises.

CS:GO

CSGO pro fnx accused of leaking private video of Twitch streamer without consent

Published: 6/Jan/2021 17:41

by Calum Patterson

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Professional CS:GO player Lincoln ‘fnx’ Lau has been accused by Twitch streamer and esports host Renata ‘Elfa’ Schozen of sharing private videos of them together without her permission. He allegedly shared them in a WhatsApp group.

On January 5, Schozen explained that she and fnx had started a physical relationship in 2019. During the relationship, fnx recorded an intimate video of them together, which Schozen alleges he later sent to WhatsApp group without her consent.

Schozen explains that she was made aware of the incident from three separate people, explaining that regardless of whether the video was made with consent, distributing it publicly was not.

Alongside a screenshot of the video in question, the streamer shared a conversation with fnx via Instagram.

“I am not afraid, I have countless witnesses who prove what I say,” Schozen said in a follow-up tweet. “He may even delete the video and retaliate in some way, but this will not be in vain, I want justice for me and for all the others, I know that I’m not alone.”

Schozen also posted a video, which sounds like fnx talking. In the video he says (via translation): “A girl sent me a message saying that one of you, not sure if it were the CS guys or Titan, who was in the group, can’t remember if I’ve sent anything… saying that one of you sent a video of mine having sex with some girl. I’m gonna meet her this week and she’s gonna tell me who did it. I’m asking you guys to tell the truth about what happened, otherwise it’s gonna get worse later.”

Schozen is also a lawyer, and has said “I have a copy of the video, I have more than one eyewitness to prove it;” I am a lawyer and I know the consequences of untrue information in a judicial process.”

Fnx currently plays for Imperial Esports. He has previously represented MiBR, Immortals, SK Gaming, and Luminosity. He also had a short stint on 100 Thieves, before the organization temporarily left CS:GO.

The accusations come following a series of other allegations in the Brazilian esports scene, relating also to League of Legends and Rainbow 6 players.

Brazilian CS:GO streamer Gaules said of the controversy, “I wanted to tell the victims that you shouldn’t justify anything and that you shouldn’t feel guilty or wrong for something that happened either! To abusers [I hope] justice is done! I hope that one day women can feel safe!”

In 2020, esports had a widescale ‘Me Too’ movement, that lasted a number of months, as community members came forward with stories of abuse.