Official: Titan sign LDLC trio

MIRAA
September 3rd, 2014 18:19

Titan have announced via their website that they have signed LDLC.com trio Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian, Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez.

Titan were the catalyst for the wave of roster changes that is affecting the upper echelons of the French CS:GO scene, with LDLC and Epsilon also affected.

As previously reported, Titan will be parting company with longtime members Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux, and also with Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, who had been part of the team since January 2013.


apEx joins Titan along with KQLY and Maniac 

To replace them, Titan poached LDLC for three of their players, Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian, Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez. This means that apEX will reunite with Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans following a brief spell in VeryGames in early 2012.

"It’s with a great pleasure and a lot of enthusiasm that I join Titan today," Madesclaire told Titan's website.

"Having previously already played with all members of this team, I am confident about our ability to face this new challenge." 

Titan will be hoping to return to winning ways with these changes following a series of disappointing results in recent events.

The French giants finished runners-up to Virtus.pro at Gfinity 3 but then bowed out of ESL One Cologne in the groups - the second time in a row that they failed to reach the playoffs in a major event.

The new Titan lineup will be making their first appearance tonight as they take on fnatic in their FACEIT League opener.

With these changes, Titan now have: 

Belgium Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
France Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian
Switzerland Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez 

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1395
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Hovik 'KQLY' Tovmassian
Hovik 'KQLY' Tovmassian
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
250
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1229
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1279
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1260
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1341
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
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Russia lamp` 
nice
2014-09-03 18:19
#22
Russia ilg 
-Maniac +shox -ex6 +happy and top1
2014-09-03 18:23
#36
suNny | 
Finland m1skaa 
Shox and happy are in a better team
2014-09-03 18:27
+1 sure
2014-09-03 18:29
this
2014-09-03 18:29
yeah, 3dmax/ldlc/whateveritwillbe will be top 4 teams
2014-09-03 18:37
In france.
2014-09-03 18:45
Indeed
2014-09-03 18:53
this
2014-09-03 19:38
i heard ex6 good captain, but like team top4 french nvm
2014-09-03 18:29
#92
India anxF 
IMO, This move will answer the most Dramatic Question of French scene. Who is the Best IGL in France? . Ex6 is going to lead 3 new players, also we will see how efficiently he will use KQLY ! Whereas Happy has totally New Team to lead. . Cant wait to see this team face each other at LAN. #HypeIsReal.
2014-09-03 18:54
Titan will have a more professionnal structure, including the gaming house and a more professionnal approach so they will probably be better in terms of structure and overall leading, they will play alot more hence improve alot more and it will give more room for Ex6TenZ to work. On the contrary, I think the one with the huge role in Mercenary is shox, he knows 3 of the players in his line-up, played with kioshima for like 5 months and he played for years with SmithZz&NbK so he's the one with the best insight and knowledge about the playstyle this team will have, I wouldn't even be surprised if Happy just start to be an early game&round caller while SmithZz and Shox would pick up the mid-round calls, leaving Shox&Happy in the clutch situations. There is no debate and no such "drama" considering this question in the French scene. Ex6TenZ is the most professionnal and the most strategic leader, but Happy is just the best leader overall because he gives his players enough freedom and structure to use them at their proper potential and his skill and consistency is just above any other player currently.
2014-09-03 19:15
+1 Agree. But i see so many peoples on HLTV arguing on Best IGL in France. So i thought, maybe this move will make things more clear to them. And god knows if mercenary got picked by a good organization who provide them Gaming house like stuff and a maybe Coach too. Then both ex6 and happy will have equal chance to prove them.
2014-09-03 20:56
They will get picked by LDLC but they probably won't have a GH anyway, shox probably still don't want it but they will be able to bootcamp @ LDLC and it's probably enough if they put enough effort in their training, specially shox/NbK/SmithZz (more the 2 latest because they are the only one in the current line up that became worse than who they were with the time...)
2014-09-03 21:23
THIS!
2014-09-03 18:59
-KQLY +shox -Maniac +NBK Ex6TenZ is the smartest player in the whole team.
2014-09-03 23:05
it really doesn't mean anything if you're the "smartest" player if it doesn't translate to effectiveness in the game. ex6tenz was bottom fragging consistently and is one of the only players who I can spectate and at times wonder what hes doing playing at this level.
2014-09-05 08:19
He calls for the team and frags reasonably well for such a great in-game leader/caller. It's sort of like Fifflaren when he was calling. Not a consistent fragger but was a pretty good caller/igl.
2014-09-05 09:02
+1
2014-09-04 07:58
wp
2014-09-03 18:54
#101
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Russia lamp` 
ty
2014-09-03 19:02
bestest
2014-09-03 18:20
GL
2014-09-03 18:20
Weird line up.... gl
2014-09-03 18:20
n1
2014-09-03 18:20
Good Luck
2014-09-03 18:20
n1
2014-09-03 18:20
n1
2014-09-03 18:20
- maniac
2014-09-03 18:20
#10
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
Still cant understand why LDLC guys broke that excellent team what they have... inb4 2 months max.
2014-09-03 18:20
higher salary
2014-09-03 18:24
Actually not.
2014-09-03 18:26
#64
World MOI 
So why, i mean i just don't get it if the money money isn't the main raison. Just because Maniac wanted so badly to play with ex6tenz?
2014-09-03 18:37
Yes
2014-09-03 18:56
bad
2014-09-03 18:20
Its a downgrade tbh, a miracle if they perform better than the old lineup
2014-09-03 18:21
Getting kennys in a team is never a downgrade
2014-09-03 18:23
huh? kennys has been in titan for months
2014-09-03 18:24
Downgrade for ldlc, upgrade for titan
2014-09-03 18:26
Smithzz is a better support than Maniac apEX might be a little better rifler than NBK KQLY is just ??? they already have a dedicated top awper, what is the use for second dedicated awper? Seems alot like a downgrade to me, atleast on paper.
2014-09-03 18:32
k
2014-09-03 18:36
+1 but apEX is a lot better at rifling than NBK, imo
2014-09-03 18:41
agreed it's not even close, nbk has been very underwhelming since shox left.
2014-09-05 08:21
apEX a little bettre than nbK? please , he's miles better, besides he's very capable in midround calls
2014-09-03 18:54
He was talking about Titan, not LDLC, I think.
2014-09-03 18:26
#13
Thailand KimS 
No more boy band??
2014-09-03 18:21
#14
markeloff | 
Bulgaria w7r 
no shox, no party
2014-09-03 18:21
#15
Russia ilg 
1month
2014-09-03 18:21
Thats not how french scene works lol.
2014-09-03 18:42
#16
fnx | 
Norway Trypticon 
Bonne chance!
2014-09-03 18:22
xPeked Mercenary still better. If they do -smithzz +fxyo/kennys/kqly imma jizz in ma pants
2014-09-03 18:22
bad team fu nub Exbtnz and 2 awp (kennys and KQLY).....
2014-09-03 18:22
kennys nothing with riffle. just 1
2014-09-03 18:24
whatt he is a great rifler
2014-09-03 19:52
top4 french?
2014-09-03 18:24
-maniac +fifflaren
2014-09-03 18:24
GLHF to the team! Hope it'll get good results.
2014-09-03 18:25
To be honest, Mercenary look stronger.
2014-09-03 18:25
Putting 2 scopers in the same team is a bad idea IMO
2014-09-03 18:26
Kennys is good rifle also
2014-09-03 18:46
agreed he's the 2nd best rifle on that team, but people don't give him the proper credit for it.
2014-09-05 08:22
that mistake xD
2014-09-03 18:26
yeah......
2014-09-03 18:28
no shoxieJESUS, no win.
2014-09-03 18:27
#39
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China L3ViN 
r u kidding me! 2 of the best awpers, what a waste!
2014-09-03 18:28
#62
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China L3ViN 
-Ex6 +KioShiMa -apEX&KQLY +Shox&Happy
2014-09-03 18:36
agreed, if we ever saw happy, apex, kennys, shox, kioshima i think that line up has the potential to be #1 assuming they all meshed well and found a style that worked for them.
2014-09-05 08:25
#40
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Denmark Mrnobody 
Kick smithzz and get scream on that team, would be so much better then.
2014-09-03 18:28
+1
2014-09-03 18:29
#53
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
lol..
2014-09-03 18:32
Yea trade a consistent awper for a really inconsistent player great idea! -.-
2014-09-03 18:38
#121
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Denmark Mrnobody 
Consistent awp, haha u most be drunk. - Scream is insane when he have a free role.
2014-09-03 20:41
When shox was on verygames and he had a free role he still was not consistent-- Consistent and good > Inconsistent and sometimes insane
2014-09-03 20:53
#130
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Denmark Mrnobody 
When scream played with shox in LDLC before VG/titan he was so sick, and he would be again if they played together again!
2014-09-03 22:12
Yeah but that was along time ago and I think not being on a top team is good for him maybe he can get motivated to practice more and return to his old insane self!
2014-09-03 22:17
#133
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Denmark Mrnobody 
His good when he don't have a role to play, his like wantz in css a ffa/madfragger.
2014-09-03 23:13
gl for them :)
2014-09-03 18:29
n1
2014-09-03 18:29
Flamie make my babys plz
2014-09-03 20:03
np man
2014-09-03 20:12
nice, h8orz pls
2014-09-03 18:30
ex6 + maniac = 0 frag gg
2014-09-03 18:30
"Mercerererere" still has better line-up, but im sad cause titan is a great orga. and now they dont have so much potencial
2014-09-03 18:30
i thought they want a stronger team Kappa
2014-09-03 18:30
+1 this team looks weak apart from the double awp setup on ct...
2014-09-03 18:33
-maniac + mSx
2014-09-03 18:31
this lineup will fail and changes will be made again...
2014-09-03 18:32
#57
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Portugal maguire 
this lineup will be more successful than other french ones
2014-09-03 18:34
Top team Imo. This is my opinion about this team. I hope Ex6TenZ reads this: Focus more on yourself. Start fragging more and avoid hard tactics and calls. Be a good support player instead of complicated caller. Help someone of your teammates on site with good flashes/smokes etc. Let your team to play more flexible overall. Use every player on their best role/position. For example, leave kennyS room for breathe, don't tell him so much what to do, he can often entry frag for you and make crucial awp kills. He doesn't like to play under the pressure where he becomes very inconsistent. Maniac is player like "face" was in cs 1.6, which means he holds ALONE site on the best level (B on inferno, dd2 etc.) Put him on site alone with someone who will just help him a bit, you can be the man who helps him on every map. aPEX is good aimer, put him on hard spots to hold, for example short/quad on inferno and dd2, and KQLY on long/arch maybe. They can hold big sites like A on dd2, inf, mirage. They are perfect combo. KQLY is just like a 'flash', sick flick shots, unpredictable player. Double awp setup on SOME maps and that's it. GL Titan.
2014-09-03 18:36
haha cute shox team will rek u so hard in ur anus
2014-09-03 18:36
ex6tenz and maniac will put up a good fight to see who is the bottom-fragger
2014-09-03 18:36
I have my money on maniac
2014-09-03 18:41
GL but no shox, no win
2014-09-03 18:37
#68
shox | 
Lithuania despotz 
-KQLY +anyone and titan will be the best
2014-09-03 18:38
GL guys
2014-09-03 18:39
#70
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Sweden addi- 
Silly season
2014-09-03 18:39
disband in a few weeks
2014-09-03 18:39
kennyS and KQLY the same team feels weird to me. It could either work out great or fail horribly.
2014-09-03 18:40
on*
2014-09-03 18:40
KQLY can play rifles just fine, plus they are 2 completely different AWPs and can complement each other. And on top of that having dedicated AWpers is more of a burden than an advantage. Best teams in the history of CS didn't have dedicated AWPs, just overall awesome players (See NiP/VP or 1.6 except a very few cases like old markeloff). In fact the better teams rotate the AWP to fit every specific situation, not to fit a specific player. Also teams with a dedicated AWP are a lot more inconsistent: the weight of the team is on the AWPS shoulders. IF he carries, they can win, If he has a bad game, they lose for sure.
2014-09-03 18:49
Exactly so you would be better of with a solid riffler instead of KQLY, that was my point.
2014-09-03 18:53
what do you mean the best teams in the history of cs didn't have dedicated awpers? -3D had ksharp -NoA had shaguar -SK had walle/vilden -coL had fRod -Na'vi had markeloff the only legendary team in 1.6 that didn't have a true dedicated awper is fnatic
2014-09-05 08:34
GL HF
2014-09-03 18:42
ftw
2014-09-03 18:42
gj ex6tenz u fucked up
2014-09-03 18:43
#81
Russia zRo 
gl
2014-09-03 18:45
and epsilon ScreaM
2014-09-03 18:46
Why are people hating on KQLY & KennyS in the same lineup?? Both KennyS & KQLY are still top players & more than good enough with rifles vs. the top teams to be able to exist within the same team. So Titan loving their double-AWP set up has now just become even scarier as instead of KennyS & SmithZz, they running KennyS & KQLY - I know who i'd hate to face more lol.. I know we have lost LDLC & EPSILON who have showed some amazing potential recently but personally, all three of these teams look like they have potential to blow the scene wide open! All potential tournament winners given time :o CS scene is starting to look sexy again!
2014-09-03 18:47
Well, that's true. fnatic as well have double awp setup. :)
2014-09-03 21:52
ScreaM said that he is atm in Epsilon, so i guess that new LDLC/3dmax will be shoxie and others
2014-09-03 18:51
stupid mistake of titan to sign this team instead of mercanary
2014-09-03 18:56
KQLY wanted gaming house so he left ldlc :3
2014-09-03 18:59
#98
India h8or 
Titanfall Part-2
2014-09-03 18:59
#99
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India c0rvus 
RIP in PEACE Titan.
2014-09-03 19:00
Titanfall part.2 is real #gg
2014-09-03 19:01
needs more happy less existenz, smitz instead of maniac
2014-09-03 19:03
destined to fail once again. i expect changes within 3 months.
2014-09-03 19:04
That kenyyS profile photo cracks me everytime i see it :D:D:D:D
2014-09-03 19:11
n00bs all the way!
2014-09-03 19:12
lol some months ago kennyS told that he doesn't want to play with apex and apex has some ingame problems like a lot of pressures etc, i don't think that this lineup will last long sadly :)
2014-09-03 19:16
Didn't Apex get him kicked from ex-recursive when they signed with LDLC? He wasn't too happy with maniac either. hltv.org/news/12004-official-ldlc-sign-n..
2014-09-05 21:24
LOL, throw away your gaming house, and replace KQLY with shox, and you easily will be top1.
2014-09-03 19:16
Good luck.
2014-09-03 19:26
- old LDLC + mercenary go LDLC
2014-09-03 19:34
MERC>TITAN
2014-09-03 19:39
apEX kennyS Shox ScreaM fxy0 TOP 1 TEAM THAT WOULD CRUSH ANYONE IN THEIR WAY
2014-09-03 19:58
Everyone says ex6tenz is a good IGl bla bla bla, but he hasn't demonstrated anything yet in cs go, he is too overrated I dont get why he gets all that hype, he should have retired long time ago
2014-09-03 20:16
-Maniac -kennyS +NBK +shox top1
2014-09-03 21:04
Ex6TenZ best player.
2014-09-03 21:15
#128
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Greece her-1g 
they wont do shit. trust me
2014-09-03 22:00
+1 I feel like the entire french scene is just super dramatic nerds trying too hard.
2014-09-03 22:09
Three fragging machines and two decoy grenades. Somehow I don't see this working.
2014-09-04 00:57
i suspect the problem is with the Titan organisation. They've had a very unsuccessful season with their dota2 team too. But the fact is, the organisation with stable & sufficient funds will likely get the best team in the mid/long-run. Mercenary or any other clan without a well funded orga is destined to breakup within months. & teams that add new players don't find success soon. France going for some super team, we know how that has almost always failed in whatever sport / game.
2014-09-04 02:56
gl
2014-09-04 16:16
NBK, KennyS, shox, Apex + 1
2014-09-04 21:35
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