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.
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
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