Report: G2 Esports to sign 3 EnVyUs players, Happy to form separate team

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The long-rumored French shuffle may finally be upon us, as a report from FlickShot's Guillaume "Nel" Canelo says that two super teams will be forming from the ashes of the current G2 Esports and Team EnVyUs CS:GO rosters.

According to Nel's report, G2 is set to drop Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom and Cédric "RpK" Guipouy and move Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux to a coaching role in order to sign three members of Team EnVyUs: Nathan "NBK" Schmitt, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and Dan "apEX" Madesclaire.

The report also says that the players left out of this French super team will be making a team of their own, and that it will be led by current EnVyUs player Vincent "Happy" Cervoni. While it is unclear which organization this roster would sign with, Nel states that the team will feature RpK, current nV player Christophe "SIXER" Xia, current LDLC player Alexandre "xms" Forte, and David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic, who currently plays for Team Vexed.

This second French super team will reportedly be coached by Counter-Strike: Source player Damian "maLeK" Marcel, and have reportedly been approached by several organizations, including EnVyUs.

According to Nel, most of the players left out of the shuffle have either found a new home or have received new offers. ScreaM has reportedly received an offer from FaZe Clan to replace Phillip "aizy" Aistrub, who is reportedly going to North to replace Reuben "RUBINO" Villarroel. The other player left out is former G2 and current LDLC player Kevin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans, who was allegedly going to head up the second French super team, but was left out of the process.

Ex6TenZ has since tweeted at nV and RpK.

According to Nel's report, this is how the two French super teams might look:

G2:

  • Richard "shox" Papillon
  • Nathan "NBK" Schmitt
  • Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
  • Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
  • Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro
  • Eduoard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux (coach)
Second Team:
  • Vincent "Happy" Cervoni
  • Cédric "RpK" Guipouy
  • Christophe "SIXER" Xia
  • Alexandre "xms" Forte
  • David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic
  • Damian "maLeK" Marcel (coach)

theScore esports has reached out to G2 Esports and Team EnVyUs and will update this article with their response.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Ocelote on G2's French super team: 'Having Kenny playing together with shox? That's like having Messi playing with Ronaldo’

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G2 Esports are no stranger to making big CS:GO roster moves, but team owner and CEO Carlos "Ocelote" Rodriguez says that his newest team is a cut above what the organization has had before.

In February, the organization picked up three former Team EnVyUs members, including French CS:GO legend Kenny "KennyS" Schrub, and put them on a roster with Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro and Richard "shox" Papillon. Despite both KennyS and shox being titans of the game, the two had yet to play on the same team and Ocelote says that the idea was mostly the players. And when they presented him with a chance to make the team up happen, he couldn't say no.

"Putting this team together was a once in a lifetime opportunity," Ocelote told theScore esports. "Like, having Kenny playing together with shox? That's like having Messi playing with Ronaldo. That opportunity, I couldn't let it pass. I couldn't let it go. I had to make sure we seize upon that opportunity, no matter what."

Ocelote also mentioned that G2's investment in the current CS:GO roster is the single largest monetary investment the organization has ever made, and went as far as to say he believes it's the largest in CS:GO history. While he did not disclose specific numbers, Ocelote pointed out that G2's high-profile and high-cost CS:GO transactions with their 2015 Polish roster and the roster that was eventually sold to FaZe Clan also set high watermarks for future CS:GO contract buyouts and salaries.

"I think the current situation we are in is partly due to us, a little bit. When we put together the Kinguin team, essentially, not only the buyouts that we paid, but also the buyouts we got paid together with the salaries that we paid were simply above everyone else's,' he said. "That kind of started a trend, and right now with our CS:GO team, we did it again essentially. Right now our CS:GO team is the biggest investment the club has made up to this date, and I'd go and say that it's the biggest investment made in the history of CS:GO by a club as well.

Ocelote says the team recently had a boot camp in Berlin, where they were practicing macro play and team coordination. The goal is to develop slowly, he says, and become the team they want to be — the best team in the world.

"This is an investment, a bet, so to say, in the long run," Ocelote said. "We will likely have this team for many years to come. We don't want to just win one event and move on, this team will have unconditional support to become a legendary team in the future. I don't know if it's going to happen or not, but are going to do the work to make it happen."

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

kennyS, SIXER reveal the real story behind the fabled Dragon Lore AWP

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In myth and legend, a weapon can be a hero's defining aspect, to the point where their names and stories become inseparable.

King Arthur had Excalibur, Thor had Mjölnir and, in the CS:GO pantheon, there's no duo more iconic than Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and his Dragon Lore AWP.

That gun was the same AWP that he took to the Grand Finals of the ESL One Cologne 2015 Major. It was also the one he had during his first and only Major victory at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015. And it was the same gun he had when he pulled off moves like this:

This is the story of KennyS' AWP, more affectionately known as the Magic Stick. There are many like it, but this one will forever be known as his.

"The Magic is kinda related to my game style and people's opinion about me," kennyS said. "It basically means something that you can’t see, like magic, so I try to make it a real part of me."

However, the Magic Stick's journey does not end with kennyS. When he left Team EnVyUs in February, he gave the fabled weapon — and to an extent part of his legacy — to former teammate Christophe "SIXER" Xia.

Speculation as to why kennyS gave up the Magic Stick ran rampant in a Reddit thread on the matter, and one of the most upvoted comments claimed that the gun belonged to the nV organization, and not kennyS.

Since he was leaving the organization, Reddit detectives surmised that the legendary AWPer was probably forced to return the gun to the org. However, the reality of the situation was not only much different, but was far less elaborate.

"The real story is simple, I really liked playing with SIXER," kennyS said. "He became a friend really fast and I know he liked my Dragon Lore. When I left EnVyUs, I felt bad for SIXER and I didn’t want him to forget the time we spent together.

"It was a pleasure for me to give him my Dragon Lore."

Between intense dabs and goofy high fives the friendship that kennyS forged with SIXER was on full display during nV's LAN events.

"Before the shuffle, at a LAN I wanted him to lend me his Dragon Lore and he was like 'No, you will never give me back the skins, I know you,' joking of course," SIXER said. "And after the shuffle, I played with him and he saw my new Dragon Lore. He asked me, 'Where did you get this skin? You bought it? You’re crazy, you should have told me before. Sell yours, I will give you mine as farewell gift.'

"I was like, 'Can you stop kidding please?' And when I realized he was serious I proposed to pay him or something, but he declined."

kennyS' Dragon Lore Magic Stick has been used by SIXER ever since and has remained unmodified since the trade.

"I didn’t change anything for the simple reason that it was a gift from my bro and it already looks nice," SIXER said.

kennyS' Dragon Lore Magic Stick, in all it's glory

As for kennyS, he's already 'forged' a new Magic Stick, making use of the Asiimov skin, a skin which is arguably more synonymous with the French pro than the Dragon Lore. While nostalgia played a part in this decision, it also represents a fresh start.

"I didn’t go for something different because I was nostalgic of my Asiimov time and also because I don’t like the new skins (Elite Build, Worm God, etc.)," kennyS said. "It also makes me feel like I was starting again, like a new beginning even though I used it for a while in the past."

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah. You can follow him on Twitter.

ScreaM joins EnVyUs

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Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom has officially joined the Team EnVyUs ranks, the organization announced on Tuesday.

ScreaM has already played a number of official matches, including a match against G2 Esports in the ESL Pro League, with the team amidst heavy speculation that he would be joining nV after his negotiations with FaZe Clan allegedly fell through.

nV's full lineup was initially announced on Feb. 4, and did not include ScreaM. However, ScreaM had been standing in for David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic in several matches, including the match against G2. The organization has yet to make a statement regarding devoduvek's status with the team.

RELATED: FaZe's karrigan: 'We decided to go with [NiKo] instead of ScreaM'

ScreaM is one of the biggest guns to come out of the French CS:GO scene and was ranked ninth in HLTV's top player from 2016. He's best known for his "tapping" style of shooting, which, while less less favored in CS:GO, he uses with great success.

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ScreaM will make his official debut with nV's new roster in their ESL Pro League Season 5 match against HellRaisers and will try to qualify for SL i-League Season 3.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah. You can follow him on Twitter.

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EnVyUs coach maLeK on new roster: 'None of us could have expected such a great mood within the team'

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Days after Team EnVyUs confirmed the signing of Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, the team's coach Damien "maLeK" Marcel spoke to theScore esports about the results of their week-long bootcamp and his first impressions of the latest lineup.

ScreaM is considered one of the deadliest fraggers in the CS:GO scene and was ranked ninth on HLTV Top 20 players of 2016. As such, maLek says that he was a welcome addition to the lineup.

"I’m really happy about it, he is what we needed for a complete and well balanced chemistry," maLeK said. "He has a great impact in the team, in and out of the game. I already feel that he’s taking his responsibilities."

But ScreaM's road to nV was far from smooth. Prior to signing on with the team, it was reported that the star rifler received an offer from FaZe Clan. While FaZe elected to instead acquire former mousesports star Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, it was later revealed in an interview with Finn "karrigan" Andersen that the decision to acquire NiKo over ScreaM was a conscious one.

ScreaM's signing comes after the tumultuous formation of nV's latest roster following the French Shuffle. maLeK said nV has had a positive attitude throughout the bootcamp despite expectations otherwise.

"We actually enjoyed the bootcamp a lot, and to be honest, none of us could have expected such a great mood within the team, but now we got a lot of work to do," maLeK said. "We will take it step by step, and we can already feel that things are going to be nice."

While positive attitudes can go a long way for a team, maLeK is realistic about the short-comings of a fresh roster that formed less than a week ago.

"I think our strengths are also our weaknesses," he said. "In the French scene it is quite new to have a top team with players which haven't played much together before.

"Everyone has a good mindset, craves the grind and pushes themselves as far as possible. In the meantime, we can obviously say that it might take time to get deep map pool and all those kind of details experienced teams have."

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah. You can follow him on Twitter.

Great play or misplay : jdm's 1v5 Clutch Ace vs. EnVyUs at ELEAGUE Major 2017

theScore esports staff 14h ago

During the 2017 ELEAGUE Major's group stage, Team Liquid faced off against Team EnVyUs on Cache. It was looking like the match was in the bag for Envy. However, JDM came in clutch and claimed the ace against EnVyUs.

But was this a great play, or a terrible misplay?

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