BIG bring back smooya, nex; denis benched
In the official announcement, BIG specified that smooya is coming in as a replacement for denis, and should be taking over the main AWP role. Unlike smooya, nex will not be stepping into the lineup immediately as his recovery from the injury that saw him sidelined in May is not fully done, but is "nearly completed".
Additionally, Alexander "kakafu" Szymanczyk has also stepped down from his position within the coaching team, with BIG set to provide further information about the composition of the coaching staff "in the upcoming weeks".
These changes are a result of the management board and gob b being "convinced that a major change was needed", with the decisions being "difficult and tough on a personal level":
"2019 has been a challenging year so far, but every difficult situation comes with opportunities to make the right decisions. We went through many difficult and challenging periods and we always managed to overcome those times with hard work and dedication. But not everything went as expected this year and we had different expectations at the beginning of 2019. For this reason, we decided to make significant changes within our CS:GO division. The decisions we had to make were difficult and tough on a personal level. We are not a „cold“ organization, we believe in friendship, team spirit and all of us have a good heart – we are a family and share the same values. That is why I want to express my gratitude to all of the people who are affected by those decisions." - Daniel Finkler, CEO
"We took our time to evaluate the best possible roster for the second half of 2019, which will feature the return of the “UK hope” smooya and our founding member nex. Owen worked hard for his second chance, so did nex for his comeback. Of course, I’m sad about gob not being in the team anymore, he is a longtime friend of mine and was the reason of our success in the past, but we will see him soon in another important position in BIG. Let’s go BIG! #gemeinsam" - Christian Lenz, CGO
BIG are now: