nex steps down from BIG; to undergo surgery
The announcement follows Saturday's signing of Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş to BIG, which was shrouded in uncertainty, as the organization did not specify whom the Turk would be replacing on the active roster.
The German organization has now added that nex has been suffering from wrist pain and that both sides decided after ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals that he would withdraw from competitive play in order to undergo treatment, which will include surgery, thus stepping down from the team.
"After a very turbulent and successful year 2018, we want to aim even higher in the upcoming periods. For months, Johannes "nex" Maget has been suffering from wrist pain, which affected his performance," BIG's CEO, Daniel Finkler, said in the announcement.
"After the ESL Pro League Finals in Odense, we mutually decided that he will now go for professional treatment in Berlin. Everybody in BIG wishes him a speedy recovery, and we will provide him with every support needed until he is ready to play again.
"With Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardes we have signed one of the world's best players with outstanding talent, who will be a permanent addition to the team. Welcome to BIG, XANTARES!"
Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić (coach)
Johannes "nex" Maget (inactive)