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Overwatch pro BigG00se retires as Gladiators release multiple players

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Michael Gwilliam

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Finnish OWL support Benjamin ‘BigG00se’ Isohanni has retired from professional Overwatch after three seasons in the league as a member of the LA Gladiators.

On October 6, the Gladiators announced they were parting ways with BigG00se, his fellow support Jonas ‘Shaz’ Suovaara, DPS Jason ‘Jaru’ White and off-tank Hyung-seok ‘Bischu’ Kim.

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This now leaves six players on the Los Angeles roster with more sweeping changes possibly coming around the corner, as the minimum roster size allowed is seven.

Following the announcement from the team, BigG00se tweeted that he had an amazing time on the org, but would not be looking for another in the off-season. “I will be retiring from Overwatch as a player and take some time off to think what’s next in the radar,” he said.

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It’s unclear what exactly will be coming next for the support specialist – but Shaz may not be hanging up his mouse and keyboard for long.

“Going to take some time to think about what I will do next,” Shaz wrote after thanking the team for the three years he spent there.

Meanwhile, Bichu has stated that he will be looking for coaching or management opportunities. Jaru, on the other hand, has updated his Twitter to read “Hitscan player for ????” suggesting there may be news for him this off-season.

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As a team, the Gladiators have struggled to rise above the middle of the pack in the league, often falling short early on in playoff rounds. Still, the duo of BigG00se and Shaz were fan-favorites and will be a big loss for the organization and pro Overwatch.

The Overwatch League Grand Finals kick off on Thursday, October 8, when the reigning champions San Francisco Shock take on the Seoul Dynasty and the Philadelphia Fusion meet the APAC”s top team in the Shanghai Dragons.

Following those matches, the winners and losers will play each other in double-elimination games on Friday to determine the two teams that will meet in the Finals on Saturday to crown the 2020 Overwatch League champion.

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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