Vitality confirm shox transfer
Vitality have announced that they have completed the signing of a two-year contract with Richard "shox" Papillon, who has been transferred from G2 in what the organization described as the "most expensive transfer in Vitality's history."
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Vitality since the conclusion of the StarLadder Major, which saw Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt depart the roster while G2 also looked to undergo changes with aims of adding CR4ZY duo Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač and Nemanja "nexa" Isaković.
The rumors were further fueled by G2's temporary addition of Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey — a player Vitality also reportedly considered —, followed by shox's official departure from the Spanish organization, which he had represented for over three-and-a-half years.
In Vitality, the Frenchman joins two of his former teammates from various rosters of Titan and G2, Cédric "RpK" Guipouy and Dan "apEX" Madesclaire, with whom he won several international titles under the latter banner in 2016 to 2017.
Alex "ALEX" McMeekin will remain the sole in-game leader of the team, the organization has stressed, adding that shox is replacing NBK- on a "positional, like-for-like basis", and that the decision was made by the team's coach, Rémy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam.
The announcement comes just three days before the French side's participation at DreamHack Masters Malmö, taking place on October 1-6, where Vitality are set to meet TYLOO in the opening round of Group A. They are also set to play in their first season of ESL Pro League, whose 10th season will be played in October-November, and are confirmed to play at IEM Beijing (November 7-10).
Vitality's lineup now looks as follows:
Rémy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam (coach)
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt (benched)