smooya to fill in for Denial in IEM Sydney qualifier

Owen "smooya" Butterfield will step in for Denial in the second North American open qualifier for IEM Sydney, the former BIG player has revealed.

The 19-year-old Brit will fill the spot left vacant by Dimitri "Detrony" Hadjipaschali, who opted to stay with Bravado, leaving behind the team he had helped to reach the top 30 in the world ranking.

The news comes just hours after BIG confirmed that smooya had stepped down from the active roster to make way for Johannes "nex" Maget, who returns to activity after a period on the sidelines due to a wrist problem.

smooya will play for Denial in this weekend's qualifier

In a follow-up Twitlonger post, smooya revealed that he hopes to further his career in North America to "work on my craft and have zero distractions outside of the game."

He will become the second AWPer to stand in for the South African side after Peter "ptr" Gurney, who helped the team to reach the Round of 16 in the first qualifier, in which they were eliminated by TeamOne.

Denial will compete in the second qualifier, which will be held over the weekend, with:

South Africa Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek
South Africa Rhys "Fadey" Armstrong
South Africa Ruan "ELUSIVE" van Wyk
South Africa Johnny "JT" Theodosiou
United Kingdom Owen "smooya" Butterfield (stand-in)

South Africa Rhys 'Fadey' Armstrong
Rhys 'Fadey' Armstrong
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
454
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.14
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
534
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
462
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1056
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
South Africa Dimitri 'Detrony' Hadjipaschali
Dimitri 'Detrony' Hadjipaschali
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
388
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
513
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
South Africa Ruan 'ELUSIVE' van Wyk
Ruan 'ELUSIVE' van Wyk
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
From Germany to South africa :D Good luck men!
2019-02-02 01:43
#4
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Spain Miki2K 
150 ping warrior
2019-02-02 01:43
#16
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
LOL
2019-02-02 01:44
C9 smooya C9 tarik C9 RUSH C9 autimatic C9 stanislaw C9 Rambo EZ major legendary status
2019-02-02 02:48
#52
jasonR | 
North America J_Nasty 
No thank you
2019-02-02 02:51
+2
2019-02-02 14:19
#53
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Germany chillhase 
Rambo who?
2019-02-02 02:54
their coach
2019-02-02 03:00
They made 4 movies about him. The only man I’d trust solo more is xyp
2019-02-02 03:04
#183
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Sweden Zaser5 
Rambo would fricking kill Danish noob
2019-02-02 10:48
I never doubt xyp in a 1v1
2019-02-02 17:04
#64
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India spiderCAKE 
New coach
2019-02-02 03:22
Dude was a legend before you were born.
2019-02-02 03:46
pathetic newfag
2019-02-02 06:27
#103
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Lithuania arres 
Even more pathetic old fag
2019-02-02 08:18
im 25
2019-02-02 08:37
well hes prolly 12 so yeah u r old to him ^^
2019-02-02 08:58
im following the scene since the CPL days thats like more than half of my life for real FeelsOldMan :(
2019-02-02 09:28
cant do it. i call bullshit.
2019-02-02 09:53
#203
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Pakistan ^NewB 
+1
2019-02-02 13:26
meh, age is just a number. see yourself as more experienced rather than old ! ;)
2019-02-03 17:46
#109
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Indonesia Astranesia 
sad
2019-02-02 09:04
#198
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Australia tenroh 
3D|Rambo legendary NA cs 1.6 player
2019-02-02 12:50
kio > stan and rush and smoo
2019-02-02 03:38
#75
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CIS rednaksi 
+1
2019-02-02 04:00
-1Billion I represent my seprm also.
2019-02-02 08:46
C9 needs to be more NA
2019-02-02 08:47
#212
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India spiderCAKE 
Why?
2019-02-02 15:55
+1
2019-02-03 06:22
#120
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Bulgaria coolmen1 
No please thank you
2019-02-02 10:10
#170
 | 
Denmark Dy_Arceus 
Good lineup actually or seangares
2019-02-02 10:23
#199
 | 
Russia GramDEL 
-stanislaw +elige then would work
2019-02-02 12:57
#205
 | 
Latvia TeMMkA 
Well... Playing 6v5 they would probably stand a chance to get into top 10.
2019-02-02 13:56
Rambo is coach
2019-02-03 00:49
#215
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Turkey Acein 
smooya rush autimatic kio flusha
2019-02-02 16:28
+1
2019-02-02 04:59
#15
 | 
Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
LOL
2019-02-02 01:44
well better than ptr
2019-02-02 02:59
Denial are NA, not Africa. It's why they joined Denial, to play in NA. Where have you been?
2019-02-02 04:09
#194
NiKo | 
Belgium KLou 
didn't he bench himself lol
2019-02-02 12:22
#211
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Brazil FerW 
This is a progress
2019-02-02 15:55
Everything is correct, Just apartheid connection lul :D
2019-02-02 16:37
#2
nEGRo | 
South Africa NIGGGAA 
bot
2019-02-02 01:43
#41
RapeN | 
Finland ENCEL 
Smooya in denial
2019-02-02 02:19
#3
kNgV- | 
Japan kayenji 
wut?
2019-02-02 01:43
#5
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Brazil centjeefizik 
brooklyn
2019-02-02 01:43
Wtf?
2019-02-02 01:44
#7
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Europe b7ack0ut 
OMEGALUL
2019-02-02 01:44
??? Lol
2019-02-02 01:44
#9
kNgV- | 
Brazil codezera 
expected
2019-02-02 01:44
#10
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Finland lasarus 
Interesting, Should've stayed in BIG tbh
2019-02-02 01:44
Come on, BIG wanted Nex back anyway, read between the lines .. Smooya was probably just a temp solution all the time.
2019-02-02 01:50
#81
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
They took smoya because they couldnt buy tizian and another german player from ATX at the same time(not enought money), if i remember corectly, since they could get xantares now, they dont rly need smoya now.
2019-02-02 04:55
#98
NBK- | 
Germany S0rceress 
I'm not sure if money was the problem, in an interview gob b said that they had a special contract w alternate that if they buy Tizian they can't buy syrson and vice versa
2019-02-02 08:10
#122
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Bulgaria coolmen1 
Yup.
2019-02-02 10:11
#11
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United States YANGGANG2020 
smooya will recolonize south africa for england
2019-02-02 01:44
#90
 | 
United States xiquo 
OMEGALUL
2019-02-02 07:02
#96
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
Lol XD
2019-02-02 07:51
ahahaha
2019-02-02 08:11
LUL xd
2019-02-02 10:10
#155
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Poland bakusiell 
HAHA
2019-02-02 10:19
#187
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Ukraine illinoize 
Huahahaha
2019-02-02 11:08
#197
 | 
United Kingdom C4Golden 
That's the plan :)
2019-02-02 12:47
#236
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United Kingdom munt_ 
fuck, our plans have been exposed through a shitpost
2019-02-11 18:31
#12
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Hong Kong GoGirlAbbie 
wtf lol
2019-02-02 01:44
cool
2019-02-02 01:44
#14
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Finland lassereino 
Nice
2019-02-02 01:44
#17
 | 
Australia |bruh| 
sorry but what the absolute fuck sorry but what the absolute fuck sorry but what the absolute fuck
2019-02-02 01:44
#18
 | 
Iceland caverat 
wow
2019-02-02 01:45
#19
 | 
Brazil Vitor_IS 
wtf lul
2019-02-02 01:45
#102
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Poland Pytn9 
sm♿♿ya
2019-02-02 08:15
Hmm
2019-02-02 01:46
people that talked shit about dekay on suicide watch
2019-02-02 01:46
Hahahah
2019-02-02 01:47
#24
SpawN | 
Argentina luch0c 
sorry but what the absolute fuck sorry but what the absolute fuck sorry but what the absolute fuck
2019-02-02 01:47
What a downgrade. Fak
2019-02-02 01:49
#27
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Denmark Zorrondo 
GIGALUL from BIG to a tier 5 nonamers
2019-02-02 01:51
denial > big
2019-02-02 12:47
Brazilians still butthurt.
2019-02-02 13:19
Go chow tine
2019-02-02 23:03
what timeline is this?
2019-02-02 01:53
#29
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Poland cGev 
Excuse me, wtf?
2019-02-02 01:54
started at the bottom now we here oh wait
2019-02-02 01:56
#185
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United Kingdom H3nryG 
Didn't think it could get worser than German team tbh.
2019-02-02 10:58
Meme Played top 10 in your first serious team
2019-02-02 11:13
What the fuck is happening with denial
2019-02-02 01:57
From big to this lul
2019-02-02 01:59
Britain messing around with their colonies again lul
2019-02-02 02:01
#34
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Argentina Fa7e07 
150ping FeelsBadMan
2019-02-02 02:02
Why would they pick up a shitkid who's gonna have to play with high ping instead of finding someone from North America?
2019-02-02 02:03
#36
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United States Gagey 
Smooya to na?
2019-02-02 02:03
Best UK player with best RSA team PochGamp
2019-02-02 02:07
#38
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United States btescobar 
unexpected
2019-02-02 02:15
#39
god | 
Turkey style_ 
Wow smooya fell pretty fast
2019-02-02 02:17
#43
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Russia v0x1k 
talk about it men.
2019-02-02 02:20
He's only 19 so he can rise again. I just don't think he fit in BIG well.
2019-02-02 15:05
#40
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Panama Cyain10 
From top 15 to top 100 in a day
2019-02-02 02:19
#42
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France 9550 
they prefer to play with a guy with 150 of ping rather than ptr with ~30 xD
2019-02-02 02:19
low key smooyas probably on par with ptr when he has 150 ping. Hes a good aimer
2019-02-02 03:49
#44
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Brazil centjeefizik 
k
2019-02-02 02:23
german jokes
2019-02-02 02:32
Smooooooooya to FaZe for washed up GuardiaN
2019-02-02 02:36
#65
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India spiderCAKE 
-1
2019-02-02 03:26
+1
2019-02-02 05:33
i dunno why he leaves big, unless there's more we didnt know which is fine. such weird timing too.
2019-02-02 02:36
#49
tarik | 
Turkey s699er 
He just said in his Statement that he wants to wait out the major for good offers
2019-02-02 02:42
#48
s1mple | 
Brazil afxsaw1 
Dafuq?
2019-02-02 02:42
NOW THIS IS EPIC
2019-02-02 02:55
#55
tweNty | 
Ukraine Nagluzz 
africa needs smoooooooya
2019-02-02 02:59
Does smuya speak southafrican?
2019-02-02 02:59
English is south africa second language
2019-02-02 15:54
How is this guy still relevant? i mean now hes playing for south africa so i guess hes on his way down but still, they deserve better.
2019-02-02 03:06
LOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL
2019-02-02 03:08
Hope they get better results! :D Goodluck smoooooooya
2019-02-02 03:12
He "left" by his own, just like felps did last time Only silly people believes it
2019-02-02 03:17
Like taco did .........................................
2019-02-02 03:34
#89
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
-1 ntc > sk
2019-02-02 06:56
#66
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Poland KasPro 
VP GONNA QUALIFY
2019-02-02 03:30
#67
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Finland Smoonah 
smoooooooonah
2019-02-02 03:32
#69
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
who? never heard of a player named smooya
2019-02-02 03:36
#71
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Germany NiceC 
gl smoo
2019-02-02 03:43
Wtff
2019-02-02 03:58
It's very playable to grind with 150ping. I have to crush enemy in NA faceit so ez
2019-02-02 04:12
Tbh i think they feel like proper 21th germans now, but they need to get one more from turkey to get the numbers right aswell i mean whats the harm with one more HOHOHOHOHHOHOHO
2019-02-02 04:26
swedistan talking
2019-02-02 09:25
#79
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Brazil Seleskva 
why don't they get someone without lag?
2019-02-02 04:36
#101
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Germany PeKay 
Cuz hes better with 150 then local na shit?
2019-02-02 08:15
#80
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Pakistan ostraka 
I guess he could move to NA and have an ez career like the other European pros.
2019-02-02 04:45
What a step down for schmuja. I truly hope he can help make this SA roster rise.
2019-02-02 05:20
#88
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Sweden meistr0 
Well. Its just for IEM Sydney qual / IEM Sydney. Dont think he will sign with them.
2019-02-02 06:47
expected
2019-02-02 05:40
h@h@h@ goodluck silverplay
2019-02-02 05:43
#91
shox | 
India iejesus 
Smoooooooo
2019-02-02 07:08
Everyone hates on every move. When ur trying to get picked up you just want to play and show what u can do. It’s all he’s doing. Helping them out and still playing and staying sharp. Calm down
2019-02-02 07:09
#93
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Brazil cadik 
smooo kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ooya
2019-02-02 07:20
#94
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India Tritium 
Colony colionizes colonizer
2019-02-02 07:31
xD
2019-02-02 07:32
deserved hhaahaha
2019-02-02 08:04
Whyyyyy
2019-02-02 08:11
#108
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
smoooooooooooooooooooooooooyaaaaaaaaaaaa
2019-02-02 09:01
#110
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France StickyRice 
EZ Smooyafrica
2019-02-02 09:15
#113
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Poland Freeburger97 
from major legend team to tier 50 shitters OMEGALUL
2019-02-02 09:27
#114
 | 
Kyrgyzstan 21Almaz 
From pogchamp to lul
2019-02-02 09:45
#115
 | 
Europe Shingy 
-smooya -tarik -flusha -kioshima -autimatic amazing team.
2019-02-02 09:45
#117
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Good pick up by Denial even if it's just for the fact that smooya is very known and high-profile at the moment. This'll bring a lot more attention to Denial who really aren't a very well known team. And he can be decent too at times, though with that ping who knows.
2019-02-02 09:57
#118
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Poland Kleigen 
Butterfield will be bottom fragger as always.
2019-02-02 10:05
This is bigger Toxic than Simple tho
2019-02-02 10:14
#137
byali | 
Poland Kola2k 
haha lul
2019-02-02 10:15
#182
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France remyos 
Great oppertunity for smooya, happy for him!
2019-02-02 10:31
Denial. that is still a thing?
2019-02-02 10:49
This guy is so funny haha i love him
2019-02-02 11:23
Go to Disabled
2019-02-02 11:24
Smooo smorfing
2019-02-02 11:31
#192
REASTEN | 
Norway Noreg 
Who
2019-02-02 11:33
Smooya back to McDonalds m8
2019-02-02 11:59
LOL
2019-02-02 20:19
South Africa + UK, only needs an Australian to complete the trilogy
2019-02-02 12:42
and New Zealand's player
2019-02-02 13:19
+1 cricket/rugby top teams
2019-02-02 14:00
All that just to keep some turkish hardcore onliner. BIG really fucked that one up big time.
2019-02-02 13:21
xantares has the same stats on lan. also he left on his own accord.
2019-02-02 13:28
#213
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Indonesia v1ctin 
What abour ptr?
2019-02-02 16:14
SMOOOOOOOOOYA
2019-02-02 16:23
#217
REAL | 
Norway duffz00r 
hahhehahehae
2019-02-02 16:38
I guess those are his only options. That and NA shit teams.
2019-02-02 17:29
wtf :DDD tier 20
2019-02-02 17:42
nice
2019-02-02 18:58
#223
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Macedonia ydjoon 
work on his "craft" hahahaha you got benched cause youre so bad.
2019-02-02 20:53
#226
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Chile strong221 
detrony > smooya
2019-02-03 01:37
#229
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Spain LilWayne 
Hope they will sign him
2019-02-03 14:29
xaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-02-03 20:07
wow cool move
2019-02-03 23:15
#234
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Brazil nektroys 
but didn't he want to be the main AWPer?
2019-02-04 12:10
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