June 27, 2022

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Group Liquid bench CS veteran shox and head coach adreN

Group Liquid have introduced that they’ve benched Richard “shox” Papillon and their head coach Eric “adreN” Hoag from their Counter-Strike: World Offensive workforce.

The final occasion that the French veteran and American coach will compete in a Group Liquid jersey shall be IEM Dallas the place the squad positioned within the prime eight after shedding within the group stage to Cloud9.

Within the announcement on June 19, Group Liquid mentioned that they’re exploring choices for his or her future lineup. shox’s departure was first reported by Dot Esports in Could.

“At this time we’re asserting that shox and adreN are stepping down from out lively lineup as we discover all of our future choices for our roster,” Group Liquid mentioned.

adreN has been part of Group Liquid’s CS workforce a number of occasions through the years, each as a participant and coach. The group signed him as a coach in 2018 earlier than parting methods in 2020 to make approach for Jason “moses” O’Toole. He then rejoined the workforce in 2021.

shox is a storied participant from Europe that has performed CS for over a decade. The 30 yr outdated has performed for varied European workforce like Group Vitality, Titan and G2 Esports. That is his first stint with a North American workforce.

Group Liquid went by a retooling of their roster on the finish of 2021 and early 2022 releasing the core of the 2020 and 2021 squad in Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip, Michael “Grim” Wince and Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo. In that point they added shox, Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella after his time in Valorant and Additional Salt stand out Joshua “oSee” Ohm.

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Within the six months that the squad has been collectively they managed a number of prime eight finishes at ESL Professional League Season 15, IEM Dallas and within the North American RMR qualifiers for the PGL 2022 Main Antwerp. On the PGL Main, Group Liquid did not make it out of the Legends Stage, profitable no maps in that section of the occasion.