Team Envy's Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy will miss the remainder of the ELEAGUE Boston CS:GO Major due to an illness that has been affecting him throughout the tournament.
Envy currently holds a 1-2 record in the New Challengers Stage of the Boston Major, the first Valve sponsored Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event of 2018.
The New Challengers Stage uses a Swiss System format which, in simple terms, features best of one matches where each team plays a team with the same record as them. Three wins see a team advance to the next stage and three losses see them eliminated.
Unfortunately for Envy, their job just got even more difficult after it was announced that their current star player, RpK, cannot play the final day of the New Challengers Stage due to illness.
The news is not particularly surprising. In Envy's last match against Flash Gaming, the French veteran looked noticeably uncomfortable
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom, Envy's Belgian star, would later reveal in an interview with HLTV.org
that RpK was extremely unwell and unable to even walk.
Unfortunately, RpK's condition seems to have deteriorated even further as Envy CS:GO's manager revealed on Twitter that he won't be playing the remaining matches and the team's coach will be standing in.
The loss of RpK will be a massive blow to Team Envy who will face Quantum Bellator Fire in the 1-2 match-up before moving on to face another team if they win.
Damien 'maLeK' Marcel, Envy's coach, is a former Counter-Strike: Source player but has never played CS:GO at a high level.
The CS:GO Major rules state that once a payer has been replaced by a coach/manager, the change is permanent. This would mean that Envy will have to play the entire major with maLeK, even if RpK recovers from his illness.
The Team Envy roster for the remainder of the event will consist of:
- Vincent “Happy” Schopenhauer
- Christophe “SIXER” Xia
- Alexandre “xms” Forté
- Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom
- Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
- Cédric “RpK” Guipouy (benched/coach)