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.

RpK, xms, devoduvek join Team EnVyUs

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Team EnVyUs have picked up former G2 player Cédric "RpK" Guipouy alongside newcomers Alexandre "xms" Forté and David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic.

The announcement was made Saturday, along with confirmation nV had agreed to "basic transfer terms" with G2 Esports for players Nathan "NBK" Schmitt, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and Dan "apEX" Madesclaire.

"We are excited to welcome long time veteran Cédric 'RPK' Guipouy," said nV in a news release. "Christophe "SIXER" Xia returns and Vincent "Happy" Cervoni will continue to captain the roster. We welcome the challenge of assisting young players in Alexandre "xms" Forté and David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic so that they can have a springboard into top level competition."

Despite winning the DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca Major in 2015, nV’s performance steadily declined throughout 2016, though they pulled off a first place finish at WESG 2016.

At the ELEAGUE Major 2017, the cracks in the foundation of nV's roster showed. The team was unable to make it out of the Group Stage, placing in the bottom eight. NBK, kennyS and apEX voiced their wishes to leave nV and join G2 thereafter.

"The players on our team have always received our undivided attention and with that, we have respected the wishes and decisions of NBK, kennyS and apEX to make a change,” said nV in their release. "A tough, but necessary decision given the status and performance of the team in recent times.

"We wish those players health and happiness as they continue on in their careers."

The new roster of Team EnVyUs is as follows:

  • Vincent “Happy” Cervoni
  • Christophe "SIXER" Xia
  • Cédric "RPK” Guipouy
  • Alexandre "xms" Forté
  • David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic

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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.

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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.

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G2's NBK: 'We obviously want to wipe out the past year, but also want to build something together on the long term'

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Nathan "NBK" Schmitt is a support player for G2 Esports, which is home to the French super team that formed from G2 and Team EnVyUs. It will be the first pairing between French superstars Richard "shox" Papillon and Kenny "kennyS" Schrub, however the team has not had the hottest start as they did not qualify for IEM Season XI Katowice.

NBK took the time to answer questions from theScore esports, talking about moving forward with his new team and the current state of the roster.

With this new French super team, it looks as though you guys are already on a good path in 2017. If 2016 was the parity era, ​as Thorin put it​, is 2017 the year of recovery, both for your team and other teams? What are your predictions for the CS:GO scene as whole in 2017?

I think 2017 will be the most competitive year of all time on CS. So many teams are looking great on paper, and with the end of 2016 with many tied teams, it’s only getting harder from there!

For ourselves, we obviously want to wipe out the past year but also want to build something together on the long term. It will take some time for us to be on the same page but we also want to perform as soon as possible.

This roster, or at least a similar configuration of it, has been the community’s dream French team for a long while now. Was this a similar sentiment from yourself or other players? How long in the making was this team?

Not especially our thought. We put this roster together because we felt that it was the right thing to do, to have a team hoping to last on the long run. It was rather clear who was going to play together and it didn’t take too long to sort it out.

The current setup for the team is shox retaining the in-game leader role, though some had theorized yourself or even Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro taking over as IGL. Why was this ultimately the setup that the team decided on? Will the other expected roles be kept (e.g. Dan "apEX" Madesclaire entry, you and bodyy support)?

It just feels like the natural thing to do. We are all going to handle our “natural roles” and will be able to focus on them.

shox has had some good results as an IGL with G2 during the past year and it was natural to have him continue that way, especially with SmithZz [Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux] as a coach to help him now!

Even though this is a dream team, there’s undoubtedly a lot that will need to be worked on. What are some of your first impressions with the team? What are the primary areas of focus (individual play, team play, map pool, etc.)?

So far there is a lot of things that we need to work on. From the get-go we wanted to work on six of the seven maps and get the basis everywhere, establishing a kind of standard that we can play on each map.

We need to all follow the same ideas and aim towards the same point, and that’s gonna be our biggest challenge as we come from different backgrounds. All in all, we have SO MUCH to work on but at least we have the time to do so.

Inferno instead of Dust II will be used in the latest Active Duty map group, what are your thoughts on this? How does this potentially affect G2?

I think getting Inferno in the map pool is a great thing. The map was always home to many intense games and I’m looking forward to see intense best-of-three finishes on that map! We obviously loved Dust2 too, but it has to be visually changed. Let’s see how that goes!

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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.

nV's Happy on Ex6TenZ: 'I also was supposed to join forces with him'

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Vincent "Happy" Cervoni Schopenhauer is the in-game leader and rifler for Team EnVyUs, as well as a staple in the French Counter-Strike scene. nV was unable to qualify for IEM Season XI Katowice, but the team have kicked off ESL Pro League Season 5 on a high note after they defeated French rivals G2 Esports 2-0 and split their series against FaZe Clan 1-1.

In the aftermath of the French shuffle in 2017, Happy spoke to theScore esports and gave a bit of context on the situation and moving forward with his mixed team.

First off, you haven’t really said much about the French roster shuffle. Last we spoke, this was a classified topic, but now that it’s out in the open, do you care to share your thoughts on the situation? Is this a case of history repeating?

That’s true, everyone went on TwitLonger about their time in EnVy and their future. I kept things to myself and I will probably for a little bit longer, if I ever bring this up again. Too much happened during the EnVy 2.0 team and I still am not comfortable talking about it today.

The only thing I can say is, yes, history has repeated itself with a different immediate outcome for me. Now there are three teams in the French scene, and I’m genuinely curious to see what happens six months from now or even a year. I’m already glad to be a part of it, considering how it all turned out.

LDLC captain Kevin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans Tweeted to Cédric "RpK" Guipouy when reports of the new nV roster surfaced. Is this something that you can speak about and provide context for?

I wish I could provide you with information, but out of respect for Ex6TenZ, I won’t. A lot of negotiations and talks happened during that period of time, with numerous players.

I also was supposed to join forces with him, but now all rosters are supposed to be locked. I just wished it went smoother than it did.

You’ve retained your role as captain, but does that also mean you’re still in-game leading? What’s the role setup for the rest of the team?

Yes, I will be the full time IGL and captain for this team.

As people may recognize we have a really mixed team, with up and coming and experienced players. One of the main goals is to make everyone progress into one direction and with only one goal. We are currently still trying to figure out game plan and roles, but we are in good spirits. It’s just too early to tell when we are going to achieve this goal.

A side goal, if you can call it that, is to make a team that will last and to change how the French scene works within itself. And maybe, with some luck, produce a more solid and healthy way to work with each others. It’s time to reshuffle the hand we have been dealt with.

You’ve already played a number of officials with this lineup, but unfortunately you guys did not qualify for IEM Katowice. What are your first impressions of the lineup? Where do you guys need to improve?

We sadly lost a tough game against heroic after a 15-10 lead in regulation and a 3-0 in overtime, they went on to beat G2 and qualify for IEM Katowice.

I think the players all saw how much potential we have in this line up, and that is important. After a day of practice we managed to finish 3-1 against FaZe and G2 again [in ESL Pro League].

We have so much to improve and I have so much to learn also. I can’t outline the details yet, but we are currently working on the basics, what used to make LDLC and EnVy great. It’s a Titan-esque task that requires day-to-day attention.

We know we have the skills to be great, we just need to come up with a good game plan.

The Active Duty map group has changed pretty significantly, swapping Dust II for Inferno. What are your thoughts on this?

I think the map is interesting, but what the hell happened to Banana? I already tried and worked many grenades on it, and it’s a bit of a pain. I know people never really understood how to deal with choke points, how to counter it, especially in the lower scene.

A view of Banana on the remake of Inferno

I already thought it was a mistake to remake that map, I felt it was the best map. It could be so tactical and it also allowed raw aim to express itself on certain timings. But so be it, I think the main concern to me is the fact that the sky box from Arch/CT spawn to Banana is blocked. They should open it again to allow more gameplay with the smokes, especially now that they buffed the T-side with 10 more seconds, and a more open world map.

I think the meta game will retain some aspects of the old one, but it will be a huge change, and teams that used to be really good on it might feel completely lost now. It really makes me wonder what they will do with Dust II, but all of these thoughts will be discussed more on my stream.

This interview was edited and condensed for clarity.

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.

Report: ScreaM to join EnVyUs

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Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom will join Team EnVyUs, according to a report from HLTV's Lucas "LucasAM" Aznar Miles on Wednesday.

The reported move comes after ScreaM's release from G2 Esports on Feb. 3 and amidst reports of the player receiving offers from FaZe Clan. However, according to Flickshot.fr founder Guillaume "neL" Canelo, ScreaM's negotiations with FaZe fell through.

ScreaM has already played 11 maps with nV as a stand-in, while David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic was attending Assembly Winter 2017 as a stand-in for Vexed Gaming.

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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