Giants announce new roster with two additions

Giants have announced the signing of Omar "⁠arki⁠" Chakkor and Claudio "⁠Cunha⁠" Cunha to fill the spots left open in the roster by Luís "⁠ZELIN⁠" Lousada and Joao "⁠KILLDREAM⁠" Ferreira.

Giants released two players this summer, ZELIN and KILLDREAM, whose exits were announced in July and August, respectively. The latter of the two has since embarked on a new challenge after signing for Keyd and will return to Brazil after a stint in the South American country in 2016-2017 with paiN.

arki will once again play for Giants

To replace the two exiting players, Giants have procured the services of Spanish veteran arki, who played with Ricardo "⁠rmn⁠" Oliveira in a previous iteration of Giants, and 22-year-old Cunha, a former member of k1ck.

The changes come after Giants fell short in local tournaments with two semi-final runs at Masters League Portugal and the Superliga Orange Finals despite beating Movistar Riders earlier on in the year to qualify for BLAST Pro Series Madrid. They then came in sixth at their only international LAN with a 1-0-4 record, where their sole victory came against NIP, although they managed to play close matches against ENCE and Cloud9.

"I'm astonished by our progress after such a short time, I couldn't be more satisfied with the players we've chosen."

- Ricardo "⁠AIm⁠" Almeida, Giants coach

Giants are now:

Portugal Ricardo "⁠fox⁠" Pacheco
Portugal Ricardo "⁠rmn⁠" Oliveira
Portugal Christopher "⁠MUTiRiS⁠" Fernandes
Portugal Claudio "⁠Cunha⁠" Cunha
Spain Omar "⁠arki⁠" Chakkor

Portugal Ricardo "⁠AIm⁠" Almeida (coach)

Portugal Joao 'KILLDREAM' Ferreira
Joao 'KILLDREAM' Ferreira
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
394
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
454
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
Portugal Claudio 'Cunha' Cunha
Claudio 'Cunha' Cunha
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
66
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.74
Spain Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
258
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.70
Portugal Luís 'ZELIN' Lousada
Luís 'ZELIN' Lousada
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
311
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
35
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
777
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
555
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
Portugal Ricardo 'AIm' Almeida
Ricardo 'AIm' Almeida
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
57
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.76
#1
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Europe obvious
sike
2019-08-23 13:59
8 replies
-fox +natosaphix
2019-08-23 14:02
7 replies
#23
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Europe obvious
but its a portuguese team
2019-08-23 14:03
6 replies
1 spanish guy
2019-08-23 14:03
5 replies
spanish org
2019-08-23 14:05
3 replies
Who?
2019-08-23 14:29
2 replies
stop being stupid no one cares
2019-08-23 14:41
1 reply
#88
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Portugal ACEru
Ahaha
2019-08-23 15:48
#34
adreN | 
Switzerland 2022
Nt
2019-08-23 14:07
-arki +coldzera thanks
2019-08-23 13:59
7 replies
#15
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Poland humen))))
Yes he left MIBR to join Giats xaxa
2019-08-23 14:00
Coldzera to Fnatic
2019-08-23 14:05
5 replies
not sure if bait or just no knowledge
2019-08-23 15:02
3 replies
coldzera doesnt speak swedish
2019-08-23 15:03
2 replies
Yes he does
2019-08-23 18:00
im just kidding, but remember: everything is possible, since the Fnatic CEO says "they are looking for a international team"
2019-08-23 20:22
#112
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Portugal T3N3NT
U dont understand olof out of faze coldzera in, olof in fnatoc and flusha comig back also to fnatic
2019-08-23 16:27
Let´s go God Cunha
2019-08-23 14:00
#4
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Netherlands zeoligma
nice
2019-08-23 13:59
#5
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Finland j0nttu
nice
2019-08-23 14:00
#6
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Portugal qeijooo
FINALLYYYYYYYYYY
2019-08-23 13:59
#7
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Denmark oskarsports
who
2019-08-23 13:59
#8
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United States Yabashira
tier 3
2019-08-23 13:59
7 replies
clown9 struggling to win against tier3
2019-08-23 14:27
6 replies
#82
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Switzerland Odesza
Do we?
2019-08-23 15:03
5 replies
16-14 against giants
2019-08-23 16:16
4 replies
#105
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Portugal andrem34
They only. Have autimatic from the team that played giants lol
2019-08-23 16:22
2 replies
True lmao autimatic carried the game rly hard. And he is still wondering if they really struggle LOL
2019-08-23 16:23
1 reply
That roster of C9 Was Awful. It doesnt matter if Giants almost won them.
2019-08-24 19:33
#121
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Switzerland Odesza
match page? can't find any games NEW c9 played vs giants
2019-08-23 17:16
#9
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Portugal xxxruixxx
This is irrelevant for the HLTV front page.
2019-08-23 13:59
1 reply
#93
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Portugal faizk
cmon mate..
2019-08-23 15:59
Will they speak Português or Spanish?
2019-08-23 14:00
20 replies
Portuñol
2019-08-23 14:02
12 replies
#24
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Portugal RafaKimi
+1
2019-08-23 14:03
#29
fer | 
United Kingdom kanezz
+2
2019-08-23 14:04
+3
2019-08-23 14:05
+4
2019-08-23 14:09
#38
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Portugal Digassmen
+5
2019-08-23 14:09
+6
2019-08-23 14:11
+7
2019-08-23 14:28
+8
2019-08-23 14:51
#97
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Portugal Dann1x
+9
2019-08-23 16:07
+10
2019-08-23 16:55
1 reply
+11
2019-08-23 17:13
#137
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Portugal JB0
+33
2019-08-23 19:28
What Movie_Star said. It's cool, 'cause the last time I saw a player from another country joining a team with just 4 guys from the same country, including the coach, it didn't go really well (cough cough cough MiBR cough cough)
2019-08-23 14:13
3 replies
Arki's more used to play with portuguese players tho
2019-08-23 14:17
Spanish is more closer to Portuguese than english is so the adaption will be faster
2019-08-23 16:12
1 reply
Eu sei, vai ser muito mais fácil adaptarem-se do q os MiBR por exemplo
2019-08-23 16:17
Arabic. arki's name is OMAR.
2019-08-23 14:15
2 replies
Mutiris's name is Christopher
2019-08-23 14:35
1 reply
ok
2019-08-23 14:35
#11
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Portugal brunomsr
ok...
2019-08-23 14:00
#12
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Spain Mahtu
T5 team
2019-08-23 14:00
6 replies
better than anyone in your country btw
2019-08-23 15:48
2 replies
imagine being this delusional
2019-08-24 03:27
1 reply
people only talk about stats here lol ignorants
2019-08-24 18:26
#95
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Portugal faizk
one of the top orgs of your country with a portuguese team.. must be embaracing seing them win against your home teams! I can understand your comment!
2019-08-23 16:01
2 replies
yea, must be embaracing #PashaLondonSchool
2019-08-24 03:23
A portuguese roster is playing on a Spanish org cuz portuguese orgs are so fucking shittt
2019-08-24 19:39
Who?
2019-08-23 14:00
5 replies
shut up man you´re not funny
2019-08-23 21:20
4 replies
It was a serious question
2019-08-23 21:25
3 replies
of course
2019-08-23 21:26
#146
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Portugal Otosj
Lobanjica who? Cats who ? Carried by s1mple who ?
2019-08-24 00:44
1 reply
Hahhaha why so mad??
2019-08-24 07:24
ez for fox
2019-08-23 14:00
#16
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Portugal Diogo0814
Let´s go GIANTS. <3
2019-08-23 14:02
good line up. gl giants
2019-08-23 14:01
maybe -arki +stadodo
2019-08-23 14:01
2 replies
#27
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Portugal RafaKimi
Stadaddy wont leave offset, they wont make any changes anytime soon
2019-08-23 14:04
#126
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Portugal ZePagode
offset>Giants
2019-08-23 17:25
#20
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Portugal v1centeF
LETS GO GIANTS! <3
2019-08-23 14:02
#26
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Germany DEBlL
gl
2019-08-23 14:04
#28
fer | 
United Kingdom kanezz
??? o arki que vá a puta que o pariu tragam o stadodo ou o pr
2019-08-23 14:04
2 replies
O arki é monstro pá cala-te
2019-08-23 14:09
Offset não mudam.
2019-08-23 15:51
Lets go Giants!!
2019-08-23 14:05
arki expected
2019-08-23 14:09
bury them already, 2 months max
2019-08-23 14:10
1 reply
#54
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Portugal Agricultor
Let's see...
2019-08-23 14:18
who cars?
2019-08-23 14:10
2 replies
Lighting Mcqueen, Luigi, Matt, Chick...
2019-08-23 17:23
1 reply
#133
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Portugal Digassmen
+1
2019-08-23 17:36
who?
2019-08-23 14:10
Nice,lets go portugal :))
2019-08-23 14:10
CUNHA IS A GOD!!! Let’s go! Easily one of Portugal/Spains best player.
2019-08-23 14:11
I just wanna see them be competitive in t2/t3
2019-08-23 14:11
4 replies
not goin to happen.. this is a donwgrade from the previous roster imo
2019-08-23 14:35
3 replies
We shall see, maybe they surprise this time.
2019-08-23 14:37
#87
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Portugal skiLfuI
Cunha has a way higher skill ceiling that zelin and killdream imo, and arki is experienced and plays well on lan (from what i've seen)
2019-08-23 15:36
#134
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Portugal Digassmen
Considering what aim said this team is far greater than the one before
2019-08-23 17:37
Expected
2019-08-23 14:12
GL Arki
2019-08-23 14:14
#51
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Portugal Agricultor
BORA GIANTS BORA GIAAAANTS
2019-08-23 14:16
roman?
2019-08-23 14:16
1 reply
It's on the team roman=rmn
2019-08-23 16:13
I thought it was RUBINO on the pic
2019-08-23 14:23
2 replies
budget rubino
2019-08-23 14:52
1 reply
#77
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Portugal migboss
LOL
2019-08-23 14:57
FOX WAS NEVER GOOD
2019-08-23 14:25
2 replies
#75
torzsi | 
Hungary HAWI
+1
2019-08-23 14:55
#84
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Portugal ImSad
+100
2019-08-23 15:11
#60
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Germany ConAction
thats so dumb
2019-08-23 14:31
who??
2019-08-23 14:32
interesting. they have potential to be the 3rd best iberian team
2019-08-23 14:40
3 replies
#68
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Portugal RafaKimi
Mad af?
2019-08-23 14:41
2 replies
#79
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Portugal idrisgo
He is being realistic
2019-08-23 15:00
1 reply
#86
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Portugal RafaKimi
Who are the 2 teams above them? As if Offset and Movistar are not having bad times too ^^
2019-08-23 15:35
#70
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Russia ArtyoMM
lets go caralho
2019-08-23 14:42
Untill they got a decent igl and coach no matter how many shuffles they do, they will never be competitive, might do a upste once a in wille in a bo1 but that's it
2019-08-23 14:52
1 reply
dont u mean until they disband and realise they dont know how to play cs?
2019-08-24 03:26
oof
2019-08-23 14:55
#76
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Ethiopia aNCIOn
why are you adding a 29 year old that I never heard of before to a lineup that needs fragging power. so dumb
2019-08-23 14:56
4 replies
#107
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Portugal andrem34
They dont need fragging power that was not even close their main problem
2019-08-23 16:24
1 reply
#115
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Ethiopia aNCIOn
depends on your standards. I rather see an unorganized team that can tactically grow and become top 20-30 than a team that will instantly be top ~60 but never move from there cause they dont have fragging power.
2019-08-23 16:45
#109
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Russia ArtyoMM
they have too much fragging power compared to tactic..
2019-08-23 16:25
1 reply
#116
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Ethiopia aNCIOn
2019-08-23 16:45
Not even the best team in Portugal at this point
2019-08-23 15:00
3 replies
#108
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Portugal andrem34
You are delusional if you think that
2019-08-23 16:24
#110
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Russia ArtyoMM
lmfao tkx for the laugh
2019-08-23 16:26
yeah twixy and stepa mix is looking strong
2019-08-23 17:35
grandpa roster lol
2019-08-23 15:04
#85
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Portugal ReallyGuys
What the frick is this? xD
2019-08-23 15:25
#91
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Spain mokerz
ESE ARKI ! ENHORABUENA BROTHER <3
2019-08-23 15:56
1 reply
+0,5
2019-08-23 17:29
FOX AHAHAHAH
2019-08-23 15:58
#94
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Portugal HATE30
kicking ZELIN to have arki.. that is a bold move imo..
2019-08-23 16:01
5 replies
Zelin is not as good as you think
2019-08-23 16:16
3 replies
#141
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Portugal idrisgo
says the fox fan xDDD
2019-08-23 21:00
1 reply
Good for you, nice argument
2019-08-23 21:22
#150
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Portugal D1recT
Don’t go there Zelin will never get along with fox and mut, different mindset But i hope zelin goes to Offset actually
2019-08-24 05:09
#111
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Russia ArtyoMM
u saw mutt livestreams, he talked about zelin mindset..
2019-08-23 16:27
#96
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Portugal faizk
For me the problem is the coach.. and i dont think any of the 2 new players better than killdream and zelin, but lets give them time! Go Giants!!
2019-08-23 16:04
6 replies
Aim is the best iberian coach, change my mind
2019-08-23 16:16
5 replies
#104
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Portugal faizk
coachi!!
2019-08-23 16:20
4 replies
what makes him better than aim?
2019-08-23 16:30
3 replies
#114
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Portugal faizk
Experience, gamesense, tactics, knowledge of the opponents.. /closed :P
2019-08-23 16:40
2 replies
coachi has basacly the same experience and how do you know your other arguments??? Are you fox, mut or rmn??
2019-08-23 16:50
1 reply
Mut said on stream that aim is better at coaching than coachi, because aim is more a tactical one and make theam play more to strats. Idk why so much hate one giants coach
2019-08-23 19:40
This lineup wont get far mark my words
2019-08-23 16:51
4 replies
#125
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Europe SAD!
You don't have to be a genius to know that...
2019-08-23 17:24
3 replies
Never said u have to. But i am ty for noticing
2019-08-23 17:26
2 replies
#131
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Europe SAD!
Teams from Iberia are dommed to failure
2019-08-23 17:35
1 reply
I knew that already which is why you called me a genius
2019-08-23 17:35
I would rather try a youngster like Twixxy than bring Arki in, but let's see how it goes. I wasn't impressed in the slightest by their coach on Mutiris' podcast, AIm sounded like a moron, which isn't a good omen for the team's future..
2019-08-23 17:27
#152
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Portugal GoDtK
Its so funny read hltv comments xD Will be nice to watch pistol rounds and ecos with arki and cunha in same team. Lets Go Giants!
2019-08-24 12:53
arki the thrower?)))))
2019-09-13 20:30
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