gob b announces retirement
gob b was a part of BIG since the organization's inception at the start of 2017, moving back from North America to build a team that would put Germany back on the Counter-Strike map. During gob b's tenure in BIG, the squad peaked at #6 in the rankings and managed results such as reaching the playoffs two Majors (PGL Krakow and FACEIT London) and finishing second on their home soil at ESL One Cologne.
gob b's legacy reaches further back into history than BIG, though, as he was the part of the 2015 mousesports lineup in CS:GO, as well as mousesports lineups in CS 1.6 with whom he won two IEM seasons and many national championships.
In 2019, BIG has struggled with roster issues and poor form has followed, seeing them eliminated from the Major in Katowice with an 0-3 record, as well as briefly drop out of the top 30, where they have been a mainstay since 2017.
Following BIG's elimination from the Europe Minor which will see them miss out on the Major in the city they are based in, Berlin, gob b has decided to hang up his mouse and finish his playing career. The experienced veteran will remain a part of the BIG organization, though, and transition to a managerial role.
"As many of you have already guessed, I will end my career as a player. First of all I want to thank all the fans and my team. Without you I would have never played this long. You were my motivation and inspiration.
"I got a lot of messages that I shouldn’t stop playing. This is not the end and I will of course continue to be with BIG. I just felt it was time for me to take on a new role. The team and the management want to support me in every way and I appreciate that very much. Maybe some of you are sad but I can assure you and underline it again it is not an end. It is a new chapter and I hope for the support you have given me throughout my career.
"I hope you understand that I want to have some time for my family and friends, before I take on my new role in BIG, which all these years came definitely too short. Of course, I will always stand behind the team and hope for your support. We had a disappointing six months, but right now, we need you more than ever. We will do everything we can to improve ourselves, but we need you, to do it #gemeinsam. I hope you can understand and comprehend my decision. I just need a little break to prepare myself for the upcoming tasks. I have some plans you can look forward to. I hope you understand my decision and I am sure, together we will once again have great and beautiful moments."
"In love, your gobelante" - gob b
As gob b steps down, BIG is now down to four players. In the announcement, the organization revealed that they "decided to restructure the CS:GO division" and will announce further roster changes "later this afternoon".
BIG currently have the following lineup: