The balls to the wall NRG Esports CS:GO squad has been underperforming for a long time. As a result, the management decided to make some changes, letting go three of their players, Fatih “gob b” Dayik, Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninic and Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz. After leaving NRG Esports, the players decided to stay together. Instead of looking for a new team, however, they announced that they have started their own CS:GO team, even paying buyouts for the players they wanted to play on the team instead of looking to find free agents, more or less proving that they meant business.
Who’s going to play for the team called BIG, formed by LEGIJA, gob b and tabseN beside themselves? Johannes “nex” Maget and Kevin “keev” Bartholomäus. While not part of the main roster, the German rifler, nex, was still a backup on mousesports, one of the Top 15 CS:GO teams in the world. The profile of keev’s team was much lower. While many people have heard of ALTERNATE aTTaX, it’s hard to take the team seriously in relation to squads like SK Gaming, Astralis, Virtus.pro or even G2 Esports. With one of the players being a backup and the other playing for a bad team, the buyout probably wasn’t very big at all. Still, the initiative is applaudable.
In the statement on BIG’s Facebook page @BIGCLANde, gob b said:
“After our 1-year stint with NRG in North America, Johannes (tabseN), Niko (Legija) and myself have decided to return to Germany and together create a German team that we’ve been dreaming about. We’ve always had this roster constellation in mind, that’s why we decided to pay the buyout for Joe (nex) from mousesports and Kevin (keev) from ALTERNATE. We would like to thank both organisations for a fair buyout offer and a fast communication. Our next upcoming match will be against mousesports (DH Las Vegas qualifier). For now we’ll be focussing on playing and adjust to the new situation and of course we have some great give-aways planned for you guys. We will be posting regular updates in the coming weeks! For all business related inqueries: email@example.com”
We probably won’t be seeing BIG in any Majors anytime soon, because, let’s be honest, none of the players enter the conversation about the best in the world, however, they could achieve some local or Minor success. After all, failing to win big in NA with a somewhat rich structure behind you does not victories in Europe with no backing make. Oh, well, at least the players are going to play with the people they enjoy, working to make money for themselves instead of an owner. Good luck!