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Radu M. | 15. August 2022

Recent roster changes among top CS:GO teams

Despite the ongoing player break, there’s currently a lot going on in the professional CS:GO scene, with every top team trying to prepare for the upcoming tournaments as well as possible. The first on the calendar is ESL Pro League Season 16, followed by IEM Major in Rio.

Among the teams that have made important roster changes in recent weeks, the most important ones are Team Vitality, Sprout, Team Falcons, and Apeks.

Team Vitality

Despite making big roster changes at the beginning of the year and having one of the best CS:GO players on the roster — Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut, Vitality’s 2022 has been, at least until this point, a poor one.

The team’s solution was to part ways with Kevin “misutaaa” Rabier and bring in Lotan “Spinx” Giladi from ENCE. The 21-year-old is said to be quite strong and his determination to succeed might give the French club a boost in the coming months.

Sprout

Another CS:GO team that made important roster moves recently is Sprout. The players who were brought in for the upgrade are Rasmus “Zyphon” Nordfoss and Ismail “refrezh” Ali. The first of these two players is a former Copenhagen Flames member, while the second one needs no introduction because his contribution to Heroic’s success is well-known.

Team Falcons

Falcons went from being a no-name team with a modest roster to having several of the strongest players in the history of French CS:GO. This team now features Nathan “NBK-“ Schmitt and Kevin “misutaaa” Rabier.

NBK- was bought from MOUZ while misutaaa was bought from Vitality. The only problem is that both of them were underperforming at their previous teams, so we’ll have to see if this move changes anything in their desire to succeed.

Apeks

Apeks seem to be in the process of changing most of the existing roster and in the last nine months, they’ve totally reinvented themselves. The latest player who was brought in is Richard “shox” Papillon, who’s one of the most famous French competitors in CS:GO.

Just like other top players who have moved recently to different organizations, shox will need to find his will to succeed if he is to continue playing at the highest level. He’s 30 years old, which means he’s slowly approaching the age when the opportunities for esports athletes at big titles start diminishing.

The former team he played for was Liquid, where he only stayed for six months before heading to the bench. Optimistically, he’ll be able to play for a few more years and achieve something meaningful with Apeks.

Header: Team Vitality