Pimp signs for Liquid - Official

Liquid have confirmed the addition of Jacob "Pimp" Winneche to their roster.

A mere two days ago, ESPN's Jacob Wolf reported on Liquid setting their sights on Jacob "⁠Pimp⁠" Winneche, who would become the permanent replacement for Eric "⁠adreN⁠" Hoag, who was relieved of his duties in early June.

Both the addition of Josh "⁠jdm64⁠" Marzano instead of Kenneth "⁠koosta⁠" Suen and now Pimp, who will take adreN's place in the team, have been confirmed by the North American organization.


Pimp officially joins Liquid

For the time being, Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev will act as a stand-in, as previously announced, and play ECS Season 1 Finals (June 24-26) and ESL One Cologne (July 5-10), the latter of which the new addition cannot attend due to participating in the European Minor with SK.

After being contacted by HLTV.org, Liquid confirmed that the squad will start practising with Pimp shortly after the major.

"You don't get presented an opportunity like this very often in your life, so I had no doubt when Liquid reached out to hear if I was ready to help them and myself take a step forward in our careers." Winneche said in a statement on Liquid's website.

"I have great confidence that the roster we have assembled is one that can compete with the very best out there, just as I have confidence in myself finding the form I once had during my times with Western Wolves and Dignitas.

Liquid now have:

United States Spencer "⁠Hiko⁠" Martin
United States Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski
United States Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella
United States Josh "⁠jdm64⁠" Marzano
Denmark Jacob "⁠Pimp⁠" Winneche

Ukraine Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev (stand-in)
Brazil Luís "peacemaker" Tadeu (coach)

United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
218
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
340
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
808
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
461
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
371
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
386
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.64
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
346
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
426
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.71
Liquid top 1 NA
2016-06-15 20:35
32 replies
ez for Pip
2016-06-15 20:36
15 replies
yee_lmao1
2016-06-15 20:36
liquid top 10 team again
2016-06-15 20:38
12 replies
2016-06-15 20:41
11 replies
on hltv they are, not in reality
2016-06-15 20:41
10 replies
#136
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Denmark Mortiii
Onlyway na get gut is with eu player
2016-06-15 21:06
1 reply
oh they could easily do it with someone like tarik they wouldn't need pimp if it weren't for everyone being locked under huge contracts
2016-06-15 21:21
If you think the metrics/formula HLTV uses to judge teams is useless, you should create your own.
2016-06-15 21:09
7 replies
True dat. While not the best possible algorithm, they don't use a bunch of arbitrary numbers for rankings. It's based in reality.
2016-06-15 21:47
When did he say it was useless? Also why the hell do people need to be experts to give their opinion on something? NA education LMAO
2016-06-16 14:34
5 replies
The quote: "not in reality". If it was stated as opinion and not fact I'd have no problem. My education is fine. I'm working on my Masters Degree, thank you.
2016-06-16 14:59
4 replies
oh now i get it you're saying liquid is actually top 10 atm NA brain :D
2016-06-16 15:51
3 replies
#261
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South Africa BrucieBoi
new to liquid , googley eye and block hed 4hed wp superstars wp
2016-06-16 17:33
1 reply
Read my comment below. Not new to Liquid, btw. I prefer Cloud9 (but hard to cheer when they're doing badly). I like Optic. I like TSM a little. I like some EU teams, but whatever.
2016-06-16 18:27
I'm actually not saying that. Please re-read my comments. HLTV ranks are based on a number of factors, not just "current form" and "opinion". It's also based on such things as past events and placing. What probably keeps them in the top 10 is the semi-final appearance and near take-down of the #1 team (LG) at the last major. I shouldn't have to explain this to you, but apparently I do.
2016-06-16 17:37
ez for claMEISTER
2016-06-15 20:47
Lekker pik
2016-06-15 20:36
3 replies
;)
2016-06-15 20:37
#135
 | 
Liechtenstein xLy^
in Danish that means "delicious dick."
2016-06-15 21:04
1 reply
In Dutch too although 'dick' in this sentence refers more to friend/pal
2016-06-15 21:16
ez ayayayay
2016-06-15 20:36
GG NA scene trying to be relevant with EU players
2016-06-15 20:36
6 replies
Look, another EU dickrider who's from a country totally irrelevant to the CS scene entirely. You're rooting for teams in EU that aren't even your own. Before you try and say the same for me, I live in NA and was raised in NA, but regardless I don't give a shit about dickriding my country. But at least I live in a country with a relevant scene, whereas you have to root for countries like Sweden and France, because your own country blows
2016-06-16 00:14
2 replies
But.. But fox is best *memes*
2016-06-16 01:17
1 reply
4Head
2016-06-16 02:40
#221
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United States KpleeZy
nt fox
2016-06-16 02:42
Your only relevant player is 10x worse than most NA pros
2016-06-16 08:06
1 reply
Yeah pasha (bestest)
2016-06-16 15:35
LG top1 :D
2016-06-15 20:36
AA
2016-06-15 20:39
true
2016-06-15 20:55
Gratz Pimp, u've always hanged in there even in the tough times. Finally really payed of :)
2016-06-15 21:33
12
2016-06-15 20:35
1 reply
but what about p1mple???
2016-06-15 21:16
Not even remotely close
2016-06-15 20:36
#5
fox | 
Portugal ZendeR_
expected.
2016-06-15 20:36
Gl pimp!
2016-06-15 20:36
noice
2016-06-15 20:35
#12
 | 
World poxop
was close xDD
2016-06-15 20:36
This was VERY unexpected! N1, Liquid
2016-06-15 20:36
#15
 | 
Iraq 4st
watz
2016-06-15 20:35
expected move ez for yee_lmao1
2016-06-15 20:36
Få helveøøøøøøø
2016-06-15 20:36
#19
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Finland joona
n1
2016-06-15 20:35
Let's go
2016-06-15 20:35
#22
 | 
Finland Helvetti
Yee_lmao was right
2016-06-15 20:45
n1 fail try SK dont sing again with lineup? LG inc to SK confirmed!
2016-06-15 20:36
1 reply
SK is picking up glaive. Heard it here frist
2016-06-16 07:46
#25
 | 
United States Tryx[M]
nice
2016-06-15 20:35
#28
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Serbia Strumfleus
ez
2016-06-15 20:35
damn
2016-06-15 20:35
nice
2016-06-15 20:35
ayyy
2016-06-15 20:35
n1
2016-06-15 20:35
EXPEXED
2016-06-15 20:35
Expected.
2016-06-15 20:36
n1
2016-06-15 20:35
WOW I ARENT EXPECT THIS XDDDDDDDDDDD
2016-06-15 20:36
#44
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United States SjD
nice
2016-06-15 20:35
rip, but n1
2016-06-15 20:36
ez
2016-06-15 20:36
nice
2016-06-15 20:36
LoL Pimp
2016-06-15 20:36
loool
2016-06-15 20:36
lmao
2016-06-15 20:36
ez 4 daneland
2016-06-15 20:36
wow so unexpected
2016-06-15 20:36
Rofl
2016-06-15 20:36
yee_lmao1
2016-06-15 20:36
#60
 | 
Ukraine gungrave
i dont even ....
2016-06-15 20:36
GL HF pip
2016-06-15 20:36
#62
 | 
CIS STAboss
P1mple
2016-06-15 20:36
WOOOHHOOOOOOO LETS GO NA CS FTW BOIS
2016-06-15 20:36
P1MP BEST PLAYER DENMARK EZ LIQUID LIFE
2016-06-15 20:36
#70
 | 
Spain Alser
Good luck Pip
2016-06-15 20:37
NA last hope
2016-06-15 20:37
What a name, liquid pimp xD
2016-06-15 20:37
#75
 | 
Finland San1_
who?
2016-06-15 20:37
dat mistake doe NA ROSTER CHANGE
2016-06-15 20:37
Who knew
2016-06-15 20:38
Gj by liquid
2016-06-15 20:38
Pimp carry now
2016-06-15 20:38
10/10 read ty
2016-06-15 20:38
#83
 | 
Finland R1PST3R1
TOP 1 INC
2016-06-15 20:38
gl to pimp playing with s1mple. anyone playing with s1mple probably needs a blessing if they want to survive being on a team with him
2016-06-15 20:38
Liquid will lose all the matches with Pimp. And soon Pimp will left from Liquid like S1mple. P1mple inc
2016-06-15 20:39
retarded move
2016-06-15 20:40
7 replies
Why?
2016-06-16 06:04
6 replies
Because they had better options than pimp, probably even in NA. Also, he will feel homesick a few months later just like S1mple.
2016-06-16 17:28
5 replies
Who were better options that are available?
2016-06-16 17:39
4 replies
They could buy out someone from C9, CLG or from other org, or, if they wanted a cheaper option, they should have brought someone with potential from the lower tier teams in NA just like they did with koosta.
2016-06-16 18:05
3 replies
So who on c9 or clg would be a better option than pimp? The only questionable ones would be shroud, Tarik or stew. And noone of them are really better than pimp. Bringing in a player from lower tier is not even close to as good as signing pimp. You say "retarded move". Sry but I don't think your explanations to why is retarded are very wrong.
2016-06-16 19:29
2 replies
Tarik or stewie are way better than Pimp, trust me. Pimp is not even the best player on his team
2016-06-16 20:10
1 reply
Tarik better than pimp? LUL
2016-08-17 22:08
wow! congratz to him!
2016-06-15 20:40
Unexpected
2016-06-15 20:40
So is he gonna play with Liquid in Cologne? Rosters had to be locked June 3rd.
2016-06-15 20:41
2 replies
S1mple is gonna play at Cologne
2016-06-15 20:43
Pimp played the EU minor with SK, which put him in the major system, thus making him locked to SK if he was attending the major.
2016-06-16 01:25
expected
2016-06-15 20:42
#98
 | 
Sweden godname
thats good for liquid
2016-06-15 20:42
he isn't even that good anymore, i dont understand why they would sign him. :P
2016-06-15 20:46
4 replies
Hes experienced aswell as better than the average NA player :D
2016-06-16 01:26
1 reply
true i guess.
2016-06-16 03:51
It was a problem with how the team was performing. SK I mean. They didn't gel. You think all the sudden in 6 months you aren't good anymore? He was raping last year. It was when he joined SK things changed.
2016-06-16 06:07
1 reply
he did alright 6-12 months ago, but both aizy and kjærbye was better than him, even at that time.
2016-06-16 17:28
Old news.
2016-06-15 20:46
-adren +pimp. great improvement Kappa
2016-06-15 20:46
#109
Sf | 
Turkmenistan Autista
expected
2016-06-15 20:47
N1 :) Gl and well deserved pimp.
2016-06-15 20:47
#111
nitr0 | 
Canada [z]
he is going to be fat again :(
2016-06-15 20:48
n1
2016-06-15 20:50
good pick Liquid :)
2016-06-15 20:50
wtf XD
2016-06-15 20:50
NA getting desperate H HA HA hA hA hA h hAh AH hA h hAH
2016-06-15 20:51
2 replies
Not really. Just any player that would be a good fit from NA is locked up in contract.
2016-06-16 06:08
1 reply
your right ... any player would fit in
2016-06-16 09:59
HAHAH PIMP!!! LMAOOOO. SHITQUID TIER 3 NOW
2016-06-15 20:53
gr8
2016-06-15 20:54
Now gift Magiskb0Y to dignitas pls.
2016-06-15 20:56
3 replies
-tenzki +magisk? :D
2016-06-16 01:27
2 replies
+1
2016-06-16 09:59
exacly this! And also -MSL +gla1ve/Friis (depends on what they need the most - an IGL or a dedicated AWPer).
2016-06-16 11:56
Lol Pimp is always talking about that Western Wolves form, that was 4921482 years ago...
2016-06-15 20:59
pimp + s1mple = p1mple
2016-06-15 20:59
Great signing. Pimp has strong fundamentals, makes good decisions, and is consistent. Building consistency around Elige and nitr0 to wreck shit is a good move.
2016-06-15 20:59
omg ez top 1 NA and world top 5 with this lineup
2016-06-15 20:59
Gl pimp and bois
2016-06-15 20:59
#130
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Sweden Trojka03
I think its ridiculous to credit the ESPN writer for this when Yee already had announced this is happening before ESPN.
2016-06-15 20:59
5 replies
Considering ESPN is a reputable website that can be counted on to have reliable sources, it makes complete sense. Why would you cite some random guy on Reddit, who has deleted his account, as the main source of this info? Whether or not he was right is a moot point. He didn't reveal his sources at all, and couldn't be counted on to do so.
2016-06-15 21:37
4 replies
#175
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Sweden Trojka03
You don't have to cite a random guy on reddit, but you don't have to pretend that the ESPN guy "broke" the story either, since the story was already pretty much out there. ESPN didn't reveal their sources either which would be dumb for both Yee and any journalist and result in them losing those sources forever.
2016-06-15 22:10
3 replies
If you aren't going to cite the random guy, whom you have no idea is reliable or not, why wouldn't you state that ESPN broke the story, if they were the first reputable source to do so? Some random guys on Twitter break club news for football before it happens, but they never get cited either. It's always the reputable journalists. This is no different.
2016-06-15 22:55
2 replies
#195
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Sweden Trojka03
I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this topic then mate.
2016-06-15 23:07
1 reply
Well at least it was a civilized conversation
2016-06-15 23:08
ez money
2016-06-15 21:01
PogChamp
2016-06-15 21:04
Now MagiskBoy for Tenzki and Gla1ve after Major for MSL! CajunB MagiskBoy K0nfig Gla1ve Rubino sounds good
2016-06-15 21:07
2 replies
+1
2016-06-15 21:27
I would actually like to see that
2016-06-15 21:57
Yeah nice move TL bring a choker to a pretty Solid team Kap-pa
2016-06-15 21:08
#142
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United States ViKaLiBuR
Practising? SiEGED | CSGO Genius
2016-06-15 21:09
Great signing for Liquid. Hope he does well.
2016-06-15 21:10
#144
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Lithuania Afgan`
s1mple , p1mple heheheheheheh
2016-06-15 21:11
Pimp must really be desperate to make a move like this. EliGE himself said on twitter that Liquid's practice schedule was shit and didn't help them at all, and that their semi-finals run at the major was only lucky. How does Pimp think that this will change magically any time soon?
2016-06-15 21:13
3 replies
Lmfao, getting a consistent practice schedule is a magical change all of a sudden? And weren't these comments made in regards to them removing their previous coach? You'd certainly think they have worked on fixing the issue.
2016-06-15 21:35
2 replies
getting a consistent practice schedule is a magical change all of a sudden? lol well it definitely helps when you actually have practice dedicated to something that helps your team be more coordinated as a unit. I think you're right about the second thing though although after adding peacemaker they're not showing any signs of improving... I doubt that after going 0-8 in ELEAGUE they've improved much though.
2016-06-15 21:43
1 reply
Dunno about the improving part, just remarking on the practice bit. I'm guessing if they did get peacemaker, he certainly has them practicing. Yeah they did look bad in e-league, but I think that's also down to them knowing adreN and koosta weren't going to work out. Both of them really dragged the team down. They were still implementing the style of play peacemaker wants, also.
2016-06-15 22:58
where is that guy who was talking about ocean? :D
2016-06-15 21:17
2 replies
Lol u took the bait
2016-06-15 22:11
1 reply
i'm just joking c:
2016-06-16 07:56
This is gonna fail big time. A few months and he will be back in Denmark
2016-06-15 21:19
1 reply
Yep >_<
2016-06-15 21:57
gonna fail hard pimp sucks
2016-06-15 21:25
why pimp? why him?
2016-06-15 21:30
daf
2016-06-15 21:34
oh god. pimp is toxic
2016-06-15 22:10
gl for liquid!
2016-06-15 22:12
God Pimp
2016-06-15 22:19
why pimp? :D
2016-06-15 22:21
i like this rooster
2016-06-15 22:30
pimp, I think, is quite good player, though sometimes he is inconsistent. so anyway good job for him.
2016-06-15 22:51
expected
2016-06-15 23:44
-nitro +s1mple top 5 confirmed
2016-06-15 23:55
#203
 | 
Sweden 4Sweeeden
GL. Pimp will rek NA scene ez.
2016-06-15 23:56
#206
 | 
Iceland _natas_
#pay me
2016-06-16 00:15
NA cs
2016-06-16 01:26
Pimp is that guy who just goes to whatever org offers him the most money. Just bounces org to org and collects high salary
2016-06-16 01:42
1 reply
no he isn't, he had got a big offer from a na team before but turned it down. Doubt you know the difference between players wanting to win and wanting money
2016-06-16 02:35
n1
2016-06-16 02:33
It's weird that Pimp has been around forever, yet I don't really remember him. I know he lost a bunch of weight a couple years ago, but I don't know much about his style of play or what he is really going to add to Liquid.
2016-06-16 02:53
1 reply
He was a good awper, imo awpers turning into riflers can become really good riflers.
2016-06-16 03:55
2016-06-16 02:56
nitr0 and elige are useless imo
2016-06-16 03:53
pimp is not that good, but if you're talking about liquid and NA scene, hes awesome! =] I hope liquid gets a lot better with this lineup
2016-06-16 04:06
3 replies
Well they were taking some of the best in the world to overtime or close to worth adreN so I'm sure this will put them in a good spot.
2016-06-16 06:09
2 replies
yeah man, the crucial point is, taking out adren and koosta you bring "calm" in the team you know? middle of rounds, clutchs etc, everything will get better, this is the key... liquid isn't tier 3 team they can't keep fucking with guys like adren or koosta hahaha
2016-06-16 06:25
1 reply
Yeah but did you see koosta on NME? I'm pretty sure he was cheating man youtu.be/UfFrlnCXyPU Yes it was Luminosity/Winterfox but that is some reaction and flicks. Idc who it was against he would've hit those shots. I can't blame liquid for giving koosta a shot at all after the way he played on NME. But he never looked anything like that. His reaction time was seriously so slow. Also he needs to develop some game sense.
2016-06-16 06:35
yeah man, its a gamble... like, coldzera was playing like monster in BR, when LG hooked him up, 50% of br's were hyped as fuck, and the other 50% were like "oh he will choke for sure lmao" you know? all pro players can go ham at some point, or for some time, all of them!! but consistency is a bitch, you never know what's going to happen, and talking about NA scene, I think it was a good gamble, I was suprised on how shity he became, he is skilled, don't get me wrong, but is like he's not "ready" yet you know? maybe with more experience with an "easier" team if that make sense, he can develop and one day being tier 1 material with consistency!
2016-06-16 06:39
#235
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United States MadCl0wN
ez pimp go go
2016-06-16 06:59
#239
allu | 
North America hesh
ez 4 stephen hawking
2016-06-16 08:12
s1mple (Stand-in) Kappa
2016-06-16 10:01
if only they replaced nitr0 with s1mple this team would be sick
2016-06-16 11:03
1 reply
drugs are bad for you mmmkay
2016-06-16 15:38
#244
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Singapore Trisha
Give pimp a five seven and the team is set lol
2016-06-16 11:03
ez for nerd
2016-06-16 12:00
Jdm and pimp with hiko very nice :)
2016-06-16 14:25
2 replies
WOW! good job to him, that's insane.
2016-06-16 14:39
1 reply
rip liquid should've kept adreN also trading koosta for jdm lel CLG top 1 NA now
2016-07-03 20:35
3 replies
koosta is shit
2016-07-03 20:44
1 reply
that's the proof i needed thank you
2016-07-03 22:13
and what about s1mple? he will join after cologne?
2016-07-03 20:42
2 replies
nope , pimp will replace s1mple after cologne
2016-07-03 20:43
1 reply
ok, ty
2016-07-03 20:46
And where simple will play?
2016-07-03 20:46
1 reply
idk new team . maybe he can join mouz , i doubt mouz would leave s1mple to another team
2016-07-03 20:52
ez pimp, wont choke match points.
2016-07-03 22:16
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