Giants announce new roster with former eXploit trio

Giants have announced their roster for 2020, which includes Ricardo "⁠fox⁠" Pacheco, Claudio "⁠Cunha⁠" Cunha, and three former eXploit players.

Early reports by Fraglíder in December of 2019 hinted fox and Cunha could be out of the Portuguese superteam formed under the umbrella of Giants, but a twist in the plot led to the Spanish organization keeping the 33-year-old AWPer and letting go of the other two players that had formed the team's core since its inception, Ricardo "⁠rmn⁠" Oliveira and Christopher "⁠MUTiRiS⁠" Fernandes.

fox will spearhead Giants' new project

Omar "⁠arki⁠" Chakkor migrated with rmn and MUTiRiS, as well as coach Ricardo "⁠AIm⁠" Almeida and analyst Arlindo Torres. Together they created sAw, a new organization that will play the upcoming Orange Unity League, a rebrand of LVP's Superliga Orange. The rift in the team's old core left Cunha's future up in the air, and although the 23-year-old had been a part of the last iteration of Giants, it was unknown if he would join fox in his new venture. It has now finally been confirmed the he will be one of the starting five in the new Giants lineup.

The three players rounding out the roster are Renato "⁠renatoohaxx⁠" Gonçalves, Filipe "⁠NOPEEJ⁠" Dias and Bruno "⁠BLOODZ⁠" Mourão, whose biggest achievement in 2019 was winning the Portuguese LPCS Masters 2019 with eXploit—a victory that gave them access to the OMEN Atlantic Challenge 2019 in Lisbon, where they played against DETONA and Heretics.

Unlike sAw, Giants are part of ACE, a Spanish association of esports organizations that includes the likes of Movistar Riders and x6tence, and are expected to play a new league put together by ACE teams that is yet to be announced instead of LVP's Orange Unity League.

Giants' new roster is:

Portugal Ricardo "⁠fox⁠" Pacheco
Portugal Claudio "⁠Cunha⁠" Cunha
Portugal Renato "⁠renatoohaxx⁠" Gonçalves
Portugal Filipe "⁠NOPEEJ⁠" Dias
Portugal Bruno "⁠BLOODZ⁠" Mourão

Portugal Vasco "⁠vsk⁠" Santos (coach)

Portugal Vasco 'vsk' Santos
Vasco 'vsk' Santos
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.35
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.30
DPR:
0.93
APR:
0.12
Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Portugal Claudio 'Cunha' Cunha
Claudio 'Cunha' Cunha
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
120
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.12
Spain Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
541
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Portugal Filipe 'NOPEEJ' Dias
Filipe 'NOPEEJ' Dias
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
161
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Portugal Renato 'renatoohaxx' Gonçalves
Renato 'renatoohaxx' Gonçalves
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
147
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.75
APR:
0.15
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
34
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
924
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
840
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Portugal Ricardo 'AIm' Almeida
Ricardo 'AIm' Almeida
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
59
KPR:
0.44
DPR:
0.76
APR:
0.13
Portugal Bruno 'BLOODZ' Mourão
Bruno 'BLOODZ' Mourão
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
170
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
EZ GOD FOX
2020-01-17 13:30
24 replies
#6
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United States Bonger
botfox should retire already
2020-01-17 13:30
19 replies
wow why is you racista against brazil
2020-01-17 13:34
8 replies
WHO ???
2020-01-17 14:12
Brazil? Stfu! Fox is portuguese not brazilian.
2020-01-17 15:05
5 replies
fox is russian
2020-01-17 16:03
#83
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United States codgun
fox is hungarian wtf
2020-01-17 16:26
3 replies
Fox is South African isn't he?
2020-01-17 21:40
2 replies
He are mens)))
2020-01-18 21:39
1 reply
True
2020-01-21 20:28
KEKW
2020-01-17 19:29
fox has been making money from CS for almost 15 years why would you tell him to stop? YOU stop, you SUCK!, how much have you made? he'll always be in e-sports... Hes a legend in Portugal and rightfully so
2020-01-17 16:39
7 replies
#92
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Portugal faizk
respect! you got a good point, Sir!
2020-01-17 17:32
1 reply
yeah good point
2020-01-18 03:45
+1
2020-01-17 18:04
Back to PT nub and stfu. PT opinion is irrelevant. Uk cs > pt
2020-01-18 21:40
3 replies
#128
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Portugal natoshka
uk cs = bait kekw
2020-01-18 23:21
2 replies
Foxcs = bad at the game.
2020-01-19 12:41
1 reply
#132
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Portugal natoshka
the guy who says pt opinion is irrelevant ur either dumb or just a virgin... grow up your 3rd world mentality kid
2020-01-20 14:28
#89
D7 | 
Europe hachim
They are doing good and fox is rekting the semi-pros on esea... it means at least that he is still better than the averege... soo let him play
2020-01-17 16:58
1 reply
#91
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Portugal faizk
+1
2020-01-17 17:32
Portuguese FaZe clan inbound
2020-01-17 13:31
1 reply
Faze is full of well known washed up players. Giants with washed up nonamers.
2020-01-18 21:40
33 btw
2020-01-17 13:33
EU VI DA BASE! EU VI DA BASE CARALHO! EU VI-O DE FACA NA MÃO!
2020-01-18 12:25
NONAME TEAM POG
2020-01-17 13:30
1 reply
#27
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Indonesia lumayan
+1
2020-01-17 13:42
GOD LIKE ROSTER
2020-01-17 13:30
#4
God | 
Poland henlo
THE GLOCK DROPPER IS BACK
2020-01-17 13:30
cool
2020-01-17 13:30
#7
jOELZ | 
Europe skrekc
Isn't it worse than previous one
2020-01-17 13:32
5 replies
Yes
2020-01-17 14:55
not only that, this is probably the worst pro team that's ever been anounced
2020-01-17 17:39
3 replies
+1
2020-01-17 19:13
be ready when u will see renatohax rekting
2020-01-18 00:54
c9 experience?
2020-01-18 15:11
BOTA NOPEJ
2020-01-17 13:31
1 reply
#82
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Portugal MattyMyimb
Godcelo
2020-01-17 16:13
Solid tier99 team
2020-01-17 13:31
1 reply
#28
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Indonesia lumayan
+1
2020-01-17 13:42
LMAOOO, from arki, rmn and MUTIRIS, to this, what a shame
2020-01-17 13:31
6 replies
+1 Fall from grace imo
2020-01-17 13:39
#90
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Portugal Flux37
Ainda vais comer os dentes espanhol, tá mas é calado!
2020-01-17 17:13
4 replies
lol chill
2020-01-18 12:03
1 reply
#120
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Portugal Flux37
Aqui é assim
2020-01-18 15:53
#121
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Portugal D1recT
Relax men wtf? He has is opinion, id u wana insult anyone go insult the hate comments Cause they’re useless
2020-01-18 17:35
1 reply
#122
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Portugal Flux37
E vaiiii
2020-01-18 18:38
No way
2020-01-17 13:32
Ez glock droper
2020-01-17 13:32
so sAw > Giants?
2020-01-17 13:36
4 replies
#35
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
By far
2020-01-17 13:51
#46
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Portugal 34itaNz
current sAw >>>> best giants ever lul
2020-01-17 14:08
1 reply
Not better than Blast giants
2020-01-17 17:36
Yes
2020-01-17 18:29
#23
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Portugal ImCooL
Nopeej os acctually a pretty good player but not sure about bloodz and renatohax
2020-01-17 13:37
2 replies
#48
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Portugal 34itaNz
bloodz good igl but lacks sooo much in firepower...
2020-01-17 14:09
1 reply
#53
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Portugal ImCooL
Yup
2020-01-17 14:23
So bad
2020-01-17 13:38
fox top 3 2020, watch out zywoo
2020-01-17 13:42
1 reply
1
2020-01-18 01:14
BOT Fox
2020-01-17 13:43
#30
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Poland SebL
Dissapointed.
2020-01-17 13:48
#31
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Argentina XaiDN
Ok
2020-01-17 13:48
#32
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Europe LoookATme
fox KKKKKKKKKKK
2020-01-17 13:50
#33
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
What a shame
2020-01-17 13:51
lmao every new giants roster gets worse than the last and they were bad to begin with, fox should have retired by now
2020-01-17 13:51
how is this fox guy still given contracts lmao and why is portuguese cs even a news
2020-01-17 13:52
2 replies
They were going to get rid of fox but then some new sponsor approached them with a lucrative deal if they kept fox which has a lot of marketability so they actually sacked everyone except him lmao .
2020-01-17 17:50
+1
2020-01-17 20:56
people saying team got worse but trust me, it was already awful and it will be as bad :)
2020-01-17 13:53
Trash team
2020-01-17 13:56
#39
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United States Melanin807
Dead CS scene with a dead csgo team
2020-01-17 14:01
Any portuguese willing to explain what's going on in the pt scene ? This team is awful, why is it so ? rmn, killdream, mutiris, zelin, etc are all better imo, why did they get rid of them ?
2020-01-17 14:03
8 replies
They are indeed better. Ex-giants (now sAw) wanted to kick fox, basically the org kicked them and kept fox. They are mad with each other so fox needed to pick other players, so he decided to pick the best young talents. Not bad, but not a top 30 team for sure, theere are indeed better pt players
2020-01-17 14:06
6 replies
#47
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Spain Minixx77
"young talents" all of them are 23+ except one who is 18yo LOL
2020-01-17 14:09
1 reply
Upcoming talents*? Idk what's the expression
2020-01-17 14:22
Alright, thanks. Any ideas what is the beef between them ? Also why did killdream not join them in sAw ? Imo rmn is a lot better than fox and they could build a really strong pt team with ZELIN, obj, rmn, mutiris & killdream. I only followed this scene some times ago and it feels like the strongest players cannot work together :s
2020-01-17 14:28
3 replies
#55 Basicly there are to many egos within PT. They aren't as active as they should and they don't pracc has much as they should. Fox only goal is to be the best within Portugal. Mutt RMN and Arki want to do better internationally. The rest of the player like zel1n and killdream, so were told his cause they are as lazy a fox, and didn't want to putt the praccing hour as well, at least not for the amount of money they were geting from giants.
2020-01-17 14:35
#58
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Portugal he1zen
Right now, the sAw lineup is the strongest possible to be made. Zelin is playing in OFFSET with obj, rizz, zlynx and kustom while killdream is free agent (killdream may be added to offset or exploit if things doesn't go well) . Exploit also had to change 3 players and they added sark, misk and pr to the lineup. Right now, Portugal got the most competitive year since the csgo era started with 1 strong team and 3 others equally good.
2020-01-17 14:38
pt scene will never thrive cuz the top pt players are fucking divas and think that they're good and demand conditions without proving shit. So they basically get mad at the tiny difference of opinion within the team. Basically no one has +50Iq to realize that a team needs time, consistent practice and to play matches especially on lan. Not keep changing rosters every 3 months, no one will thrive like that
2020-01-18 12:07
#71
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Portugal ZePagode
Only guys who watch zorlak will talk to you
2020-01-17 15:23
welcome back fox!
2020-01-17 14:04
#42
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Europe H1P_STER
Who cares?
2020-01-17 14:06
#44
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Ireland IX!
RETIRE BOOMER
2020-01-17 14:07
1 reply
Lol at least we have Teams not like Ireland who hasn't a single pro player.
2020-01-17 18:33
#45
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Spain Minixx77
fox lol retire already
2020-01-17 14:07
"we trust in the young portuguese talent" they have a 33 and a 26 years old...
2020-01-17 14:12
#51
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Germany KapioO
fox rip ....
2020-01-17 14:20
weak as fuck... he's just trying to be the best within Portugal, no wonder why his former m8s wanted to kick him... Just goes to show. I bet you he could have joined norvadind project and he refused.
2020-01-17 14:32
fox oldest pro?
2020-01-17 14:34
1 reply
#76
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Portugal djigass
active with team yes, but TaZ is older 6 months then fox
2020-01-17 15:45
Even more underwhelming than the previous roster, who cares
2020-01-17 14:39
Portugal is Bruno Fernandes good or overrated?
2020-01-17 14:40
9 replies
40\50M good
2020-01-17 14:47
overrated
2020-01-17 15:08
5 replies
Spotted the benfica fan
2020-01-17 15:26
#73
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Portugal xxxruixxx
Agree. He is not bad, but I don´t think he is good enough to play at MUFC (mmm....ok.... maybe good enough but not as one of the team´s star players). Besides, he´s not that young - he is 25 yrs old, which means he won´t get much better than what he is right now.
2020-01-17 15:28
3 replies
he is for sure better than perreira fred lingard so id take him any day
2020-01-17 15:46
1 reply
#78
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Portugal xxxruixxx
yh.. you´re right lol... those players are trash.... I guess I still think about ManUre as being of one of the top Premier League teams... XD
2020-01-17 15:49
#131
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Portugal NiteZPT
25 is young and the peek of a player's carreer is usually @29 yo he will develop and could be an amazing signing to ManUtd
2020-01-20 13:02
#74
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Portugal astacp
he is really good dude, and im not a sporting fan.
2020-01-17 15:34
#111
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Portugal idrisgo
He is gonna be Man United star player. 60M is a bargain
2020-01-18 00:44
I dont expect to do much
2020-01-17 14:48
fox should retire
2020-01-17 15:00
Meh I have no idea what to expect from this team tbh.
2020-01-17 15:01
#66
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Portugal Djidji93
nice
2020-01-17 15:02
No one bikes
2020-01-17 15:07
#70
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Brazil lusketa
actually it's impossible to surpass sAw's quality in portugal
2020-01-17 15:20
6 replies
lmao. zel1n killdream fox rizz zlynx here you go...
2020-01-17 16:43
5 replies
#88
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Brazil lusketa
ok, but we know thats not going to happen
2020-01-17 16:49
-zlynx + Cunha And maybe is better... "Maybe"
2020-01-17 20:55
1 reply
They need a propper igl, that was the real problem of Giants
2020-01-21 09:20
HLTV is a comedy forum now. Amazing. Rmn and Just out of the "best pt team" Oof...
2020-01-18 18:44
1 reply
they are pretty much on the same lvl. Just being overhyped cause a overperfmonce in one event, and i didn't call it "The best pt team" i called it a better team or a "at the same lvl team".
2020-01-21 09:20
#75
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Portugal astacp
saw is the best team on paper but its not that big of a difference and i see them loosing anytime to either giants or offset and even exploit. i like this decision from fox, he couldnt make a good international team so he gave an opportunity to some guys from his country that never had the chance to do this as a profession instead of making tempo storm v2.
2020-01-17 15:39
#80
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Hungary raffai
GodFox finally back
2020-01-17 15:56
#85
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Germany ConAction
OMG SO BAD HAHAHA
2020-01-17 16:41
Gl
2020-01-17 16:46
#95
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Portugal faizk
I believe OFFSET and sAw are better then Giants at this time. I wish Giants all the best. And fox is the goat of our Country for 15+ years without any doubts, so we keep cheering for him :)
2020-01-17 17:43
#97
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Portugal joaosenra
R.I.P Giants
2020-01-17 17:55
many glocks gonna dropped
2020-01-17 18:02
they could do OK if they put in a lot of work, but I doubt they will
2020-01-17 18:11
FOX XAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2020-01-17 18:35
wadoink fox
2020-01-17 21:07
#118
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Portugal Waakh
finally , mut and rmn leave .. they deserve better
2020-01-18 13:19
Rly weak roster for such an org! Doomed to failure.
2020-01-18 22:20
#129
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Portugal natoshka
so many washed up coments about pt scene and fox, guys who never will add nothing into cs come here like fox was their life target.. rofl get a life/job you 12yrs cunt fks
2020-01-18 23:27
Such a strong roster! GodFox finally back!
2020-01-20 22:14
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