G2 part ways with shox

G2 have announced that they have mutually parted ways with Richard "shox" Papillon to "allow him to pursue other opportunities."

The 27-year-old was reportedly benched after the team's disappointing showing at the StarLadder Major, where the French side placed 9th-11th after missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a 2-3 record in the New Legends Stage.

The move came at a point when rumors spread around about G2's plans of going international with signings of Nemanja "nexa" Isaković and Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač from CR4ZY as part of a restructuring of the team, which would also include the benching of Lucas "Lucky" Chastang.

shox's time with G2 is at an end

For the time being, Lucky remains a part of the team, who are currently in New York, set to compete at the ESL One stop kicking off later on Thursday with Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey standing in for the squad.

shox had been a part of G2 for over three-and-a-half years, since the organization signed the last iteration of Titan featuring Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans, Cédric "RpK" Guipouy, Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux, and Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom.

He was the only player of that roster who stayed with the organization throughout multiple periods of restructuring, including the early-2017 combination of Envy and G2, the return of SmithZz and Ex6TenZ in mid-2018 and their subsequent departure in late-2018, when G2 created the core of the current team with the signing of Audric "JaCkz" Jug and Lucky.

Under the G2 banner, shox won several international titles including ECS Season 1 Finals, ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, and DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017, and remained one of the few players to compete in every top-16 stage of a Major to date.

“It’s been almost four years already… a player’s career is made up of highs and lows, indescribable joy and deep despair. In the nearly four years that I’ve spent with G2, I’ve experienced all these emotions. The road was never easy, the teammates I had along the way numerous, and I won’t forget any of them.

"I may not have always made the right decisions, not received the support I’d hoped for, but I’ve always been guided by the same principle – my love for this game and the vision I have for it. Thank you to everyone that has followed and believed in me, and even to those who didn’t, but followed me anyways," shox said to g2esports.com.

Now, the legendary player is reported to be on his way to Vitality as a replacement for Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, who was benched following the StarLadder Major.

G2 currently have:

France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
France Audric "JaCkz" Jug
France Lucas "Lucky" Chastang
France François "AmaNEk" Delaunay
France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey (stand-in)

France Damien "maLeK" Marcel (coach)

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1241
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
957
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
605
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
France Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.16
DPR:
0.51
APR:
0.08
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
781
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
France Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
523
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
619
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1247
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
#1
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Poland cinos 
unlucky
2019-09-26 15:25
#11
Subroza | 
Morocco Op1xoN 
unlucky
2019-09-26 15:25
hah flag checks out
2019-09-26 15:26
expected
2019-09-26 15:26
#44
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Germany AdiZen 
shox to heretics confirmed
2019-09-26 15:29
Vitality*
2019-09-26 15:57
Papilloned
2019-09-26 16:14
lucky?
2019-09-26 15:26
You beat me mens :( gg mon ami
2019-09-26 15:26
#25
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United States fade4182 
Thoigjt everyone mnew this, vitality shosx
2019-09-26 15:26
#2
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Canada CharizoMC 
Expected
2019-09-26 15:25
Lol
2019-09-26 15:25
#4
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United States Stoplight91 
Not first
2019-09-26 15:25
dsa
2019-09-26 15:25
FRENCH SCENE IN 2K19 LUL
2019-09-26 15:26
Well kebab scene OMEGALUL
2019-09-26 15:34
#124
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Italy kaiiserr 
PepeLaugh
2019-09-26 16:22
well curl scene HYPERLUL
2019-09-26 16:35
SHUT UP
2019-09-26 15:35
Rip spacesoldier
2019-09-26 16:08
France is currently ranked #5, #13. Heretics just outside at #32. Two teams in top 30 looks pretty solid to me. What about Turkey? Just realized that your best team is ranked #82 and that a french player is helping the squad. Omegalul, what a tool you are.
2019-09-26 17:27
French scene could have potential if they didn't recycled the same 6-7 players every month or so
2019-09-26 18:17
Won't deny that. There's plenty of talent but equally plenty of ego. Zywoo is nothing but a lucky coincidence.
2019-09-26 19:28
#7
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Palestine zwe 
nice
2019-09-26 15:26
#8
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North America fernando_123 
good choice
2019-09-26 15:25
#9
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Malaysia ez4harimaumuda 
oh no
2019-09-26 15:25
LEGEND
2019-09-26 15:25
#12
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Greece NaviGuy 
why mens((
2019-09-26 15:25
lul
2019-09-26 15:25
#14
dennis | 
Sweden korkeen 
"allow him to pursue other opportunities."
2019-09-26 15:25
Yep, that's a good euphemism of saying "We want to get rid of this overpaid, undedicated burden."
2019-09-26 17:37
Wow
2019-09-26 15:25
#16
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Estonia naityflatroo 
L0l
2019-09-26 15:25
#17
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Belgium mikoko123 
RIPPO
2019-09-26 15:25
Welcome to Vitality!
2019-09-26 15:25
k
2019-09-26 15:25
POG
2019-09-26 15:25
#23
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Chile nachooww 
sorry bra:(
2019-09-26 15:26
#26
feqew | 
Denmark KalleWoW 
Finally
2019-09-26 15:26
Still one of the best riflers around.
2019-09-26 15:26
In your dreams maybe
2019-09-26 17:35
#159
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Switzerland sl4p3z 
He will Be stronger under ALEX igl trusf me
2019-09-26 19:46
Shox is one of the best minds and most skilled players in the pro scene and is a legend ! Nobody can deny this ! Whoever it is
2019-09-26 23:12
Who gives a shit about the past currently he isnt even top 40 but of course flag checks out
2019-09-27 01:18
expected from an american ! flag checks out too
2019-09-28 17:36
Ohh nooo actual opinions created by facts and not random bullshit i must be so american
2019-09-28 18:20
honestly i'd love to see him play with zywoo they have very similar playstyle and skill level
2019-09-27 09:01
#28
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Ukraine spark_magical 
expected
2019-09-26 15:26
#29
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France FrighTyyy 
So he joins Vitality for free?
2019-09-26 15:26
lmao no
2019-09-26 15:29
#96
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France FrighTyyy 
It sounds stupid, but "mutual agreement" sounds like it.
2019-09-26 15:54
#61
shox | 
France Zyw0o1v9 
400k$ approx
2019-09-26 15:34
#31
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Spain BlaNcoW 
Welcome to Vitality shox
2019-09-26 15:26
hello vitality
2019-09-26 15:26
#33
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Hungary malomkarom 
What a surprise, absolutely hasn't been known for like 2 weeks at all.
2019-09-26 15:27
:( Vitality confirmed
2019-09-26 15:27
#98
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France FrighTyyy 
So sad :(
2019-09-26 15:54
Welcome +nexa and +hUnter
2019-09-26 15:27
#36
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Germany L1lK1M 
shox pretty sick player... I'm curious how the new VItality will look like!
2019-09-26 15:27
#37
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Sweden D24_Tic 
bye shock
2019-09-26 15:27
#38
Brollan | 
Finland olskab 
ie?
2019-09-26 15:28
he was still in org with contract
2019-09-26 15:28
later!
2019-09-26 15:28
kioShiMa Pog
2019-09-26 15:28
#41
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Myanmar xdcc 
unexpected wow
2019-09-26 15:28
Pls win New York G2..don’t want lucky kicked :(()
2019-09-26 15:29
Not very well engaged :(
2019-09-26 18:03
Didn't see this one coming yes
2019-09-26 15:29
#47
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY!
2019-09-26 15:30
#53
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Sweden meistr0 
Its called roster changes. And they happen after every major lol.
2019-09-26 15:31
#71
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
That's right,don't teach me buddy.It's just weird that all these changes are happening in the same day
2019-09-26 15:39
#79
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Sweden meistr0 
"It's just weird that all these changes are happening in the same day" Not really. And it isnt exactly millions of changes. NRG (EG) obv announced this since they play ESLNY in a few hours. G2 announced Shox leaving just before as well & will probably use Kio on trial for a few events. Coldzera joined FaZe which also was expected from several days since photos came out etc, and obv same here, they had to announce it since they are playing vs EG in a few hours.
2019-09-26 15:45
#48
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United States boombl4eatyou 
g2 top 1
2019-09-26 15:30
#49
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Sweden meistr0 
*Pretends to be shocked* Well, it was expected for a while now.
2019-09-26 15:30
sure . GO LEGEND
2019-09-26 15:30
noob g2 lmao
2019-09-26 15:31
#52
Snax | 
United Kingdom LFX 
"Other Opportunities" lmao obviously Vita
2019-09-26 15:31
#54
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Russia YML1234 
See u in Vitality)))
2019-09-26 15:31
#112
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Bangladesh drvken 
yes)))))))))
2019-09-26 16:08
Rip shoxie
2019-09-26 15:32
ScreaM to G2
2019-09-26 15:32
welcome to Vitality
2019-09-26 15:33
I mean, -shox +kio isnt an upgrade, but it isnt a big downgrade aswell.
2019-09-26 15:33
They should bring NBK and AZK to form powerful 3-letter-K-finished trio with RPK.
2019-09-26 16:19
Hahahahhaha
2019-09-26 16:25
#59
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Poland kinkers 
kenny should have left and search for a better team instead of shox
2019-09-26 15:34
#60
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Sweden Trkmag 
Lotta moves now
2019-09-26 15:34
#62
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Europe Spurgumeister 
Kioshima joins xd
2019-09-26 15:34
Thank you Shox !
2019-09-26 15:34
#65
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United States n0bodya 
welcome to vitality
2019-09-26 15:34
#67
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France cedd 
god damn i love vitality so much more with shox <3
2019-09-26 15:36
#68
Brehze | 
Russia MH- 
-lucky +shox
2019-09-26 15:37
Pepehands
2019-09-26 15:38
#70
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Serbia Ch11co 
Dumbass move shox was the 2nd best if not the best player
2019-09-26 15:38
+1 all they needed is to kick Lucky and sign k1o
2019-09-26 15:41
#81
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Serbia Ch11co 
Yeah
2019-09-26 15:47
#100
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Norway k3ron 
shox won't play with k1o.
2019-09-26 15:54
Yeah just like s1mple won’t play with guardian right? Cuz they had a conflict like 2 years ago lmao
2019-09-26 16:12
#117
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Norway k3ron 
s1mple says "there are no conflicts between us, we always shake hands with each other" Did k1o/shox said smth like that?
2019-09-26 16:15
And did they say opposite? No, exactly
2019-09-26 16:15
#119
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Norway k3ron 
They still didn't play in a same team since 2015 :)
2019-09-26 16:16
Nice logic So if s1mple never played with coldzera in the same team it means they have a conflict?
2019-09-26 16:20
#123
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Norway k3ron 
You don't get it. Everybody knows there's a conflict between shox and k1o, that COULD BE the reason they don't play with each other. s1mple had a conflict with a coldzera, week later both of them stated they're fine.
2019-09-26 16:22
Yeah just like everybody “knew” there was conflict between s1mple and guardian which was complete bs
2019-09-26 16:33
#131
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Norway k3ron 
Everybody had a conflict with each other in Na`Vi back in 2017. That's fact.
2019-09-26 16:34
You’re still not saying anything relevant
2019-09-26 16:55
#138
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Norway k3ron 
What's the point of your reply then?
2019-09-26 16:56
He was third at best Kennys >>> Amanek >>
2019-09-27 01:20
#165
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Serbia Ch11co 
Tbh amanek is good but doesnt step up when its needed
2019-09-27 01:42
#72
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Brazil ttt19 
Faze is real madrid of csgo so Faze.Shox incoming
2019-09-26 15:40
#99
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Romania silksz12 
Only if broky doesn t perform
2019-09-26 15:54
To be real madrid faze needs to actually win majors = champions league)))
2019-09-26 18:18
wtf nooo
2019-09-26 15:40
#75
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Portugal joaosenra 
Vitality Shox confirmed xp 100%
2019-09-26 15:41
Vitality: +Shox G2: +Kioshima +NBK -Lucky
2019-09-26 15:43
#84
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Mongolia Sythapilla 
-console bot_kick Lucky bot_add_G2 NBK
2019-09-26 15:48
At least they will have some structure with decent IGL.
2019-09-26 15:49
#77
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Brazil Roufas 
Good luck out there sir, you will always be a legend.
2019-09-26 15:44
#78
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France Il_padrino 
Expected But sad AF
2019-09-26 15:44
#80
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Argentina Chief02 
Expected
2019-09-26 15:45
#82
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United States Raptorial 
Pog
2019-09-26 15:48
#83
Twistzz | 
Canada ASH1 
GL Richard
2019-09-26 15:48
#86
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Finland rolezK1 
Imagine if Vitality actually fails to improve with shox and G2 improves now that Shox is gone LUL
2019-09-26 15:49
#91
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Chile strong221 
i think both are gonna improve
2019-09-26 15:53
#95
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Romania silksz12 
G2 for sure
2019-09-26 15:54
#87
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Poland dreamShow 
GL in Vitality Legend <3
2019-09-26 15:49
#88
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
no mens what a surprise
2019-09-26 15:52
#89
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Chile strong221 
vitality is gona shine G2 is gona shine too with this changes good times coming for the french scene
2019-09-26 15:52
G2 without their best player LULW
2019-09-26 15:52
#92
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Thailand hahahoha 
shox was the reason people care about G2. its like Cavs without LeBron, or Warriors without Curry
2019-09-26 15:53
#101
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
true
2019-09-26 15:56
#155
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Greece Petsos 
Shox and kennyS are the people that made g2 likeable .now the one is gone
2019-09-26 18:41
#93
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Norway k3ron 
I guess it's a perfect time to retire
2019-09-26 15:53
#94
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Romania silksz12 
Finally
2019-09-26 15:53
#97
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United Kingdom h4m 
Don't tell him
2019-09-26 15:54
#103
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Romania BCallen 
Shox---->Vitality
2019-09-26 15:57
shoxie :(
2019-09-26 15:57
Pretty wierd that they got rid off him before Lucky..
2019-09-26 15:57
welcome to vitality
2019-09-26 15:59
+nexa +hunter
2019-09-26 15:59
#108
shox | 
Russia nV_2015 
good luck, shoxiejesus!!!!
2019-09-26 15:59
dont like french scene but still i think shox is one of the all time greatest
2019-09-26 16:00
shoxilon
2019-09-26 16:02
#111
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Spain elskio 
lolol
2019-09-26 16:07
so sad :(
2019-09-26 16:14
expected
2019-09-26 16:18
#125
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
Vitality announces shox tmr
2019-09-26 16:24
he should replace olof in faze
2019-09-26 16:28
0/8
2019-09-26 16:52
Not really applicable since shox dont speak english that well.
2019-09-26 18:06
Four hundred k
2019-09-26 16:28
#130
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France DesmondHumes 
Legend
2019-09-26 16:33
RIP
2019-09-26 16:36
The Will regret it
2019-09-26 16:45
Shox to Vitality, -RPK +kennyS and ZyWoo to rifling. Ez french superstar team.
2019-09-26 16:54
He'll join Vitality
2019-09-26 17:06
#141
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Brazil Collee 
Good for him. gl shoxie
2019-09-26 17:35
#144
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
expected
2019-09-26 17:39
#147
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France stell__02 
WTF "mutually part ways" mean not any more contract so no tranfert fee no?? was supposed to be around 400k
2019-09-26 18:10
#148
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France Uexo 
Vitality Shox
2019-09-26 18:13
God shoxieYellow
2019-09-26 18:30
Goodbye my legend:(
2019-09-26 18:31
New team: Shox ScreaM SmithZz Ex6tenz Kio Maybe under 100T or idk TSM
2019-09-26 18:41
#154
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Poland Adisky 
bad choice for G2
2019-09-26 18:36
#156
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
Vitality shox ez major
2019-09-26 19:11
Ya no shit? He already joined vitality, obviously he parted ways with G2. What a useless post
2019-09-26 19:15
Really sad to see shox apart from G2 and kennyS. True legend and the goat of the game <3
2019-09-26 20:19
#162
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France p2l 
Vitality will win the next major with shox Mark my words
2019-09-26 23:13
That's the shocking news!! What happened they were good team!!
2019-09-27 11:12
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