XANTARES signs new contract with BIG

The former Space Soldiers star has committed his future to the German team ahead of the ESL Pro League Season 12 playoffs.

BIG player Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş has signed a new contract that will keep him on the current No.5 team in the world until the end of 2021, it was announced on Monday.

The Turkish player has been an integral part of the team since his arrival from Space Soldiers in December 2018. He has averaged a 1.15 rating for the German team, who spent eight weeks at No.1 in the rankings in the summer after a dominant run that saw them win DreamHack Masters Spring and cs_summit 6 before the player break.

XANTARES will continue to play for BIG through 2021

"Together with the #BIGFamily, who I joined back in 2018, we have achieved great success in 2020," XANTARES said. "I am delighted to announce our decision to extend my contract. I have no doubt that – together with all your support – my team and I are going to do the best we can to continue with all our success in 2021."

The announcement of XANTARES' contract extension comes as a timely boost for BIG, who will take on Spirit on Tuesday in the first round of the ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe playoffs. The German team finished the round-robin stage with a 5-2 record, silencing their critics after bombing out of ESL One Cologne in last place.

Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
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very important to keep him in the team
2020-09-28 19:11
He is feeling thank you
2020-09-28 19:12
Germany Bier
Nice we apreciate having Xantares in our team! #goBIG
2020-09-28 19:18
Finland AleksiBOT
Turkish Beast
2020-09-28 19:24
Pride of Armenia!
2020-09-28 22:37
Turkey Xenza
armenia ?
2020-09-29 09:54
xantares's parents are from armenia.. You didint know that? :DD
2020-09-29 10:00
he is from bayrampaşa . i saw he
2020-09-29 11:01
Turkey Xenza
you dont know anything man he is pure turk :D
2020-09-29 12:53
no he is armenian xantares= armenian missile
2020-09-29 13:53
2020-09-29 21:38
go drink some vodka
2020-09-29 09:57
Wait till lans are back. You'll want him out pretty quick lul
2020-09-28 19:52
2020-09-28 20:22
2020-09-28 21:36
exactly lol great to have him #goBIG
2020-09-28 19:28
lmao +1
2020-09-28 19:49
2020-09-29 01:05
+1 he is their 3rd best player after all
2020-09-28 19:12
Azerbaijan lDarKl
he is actually best player in team but they are doing team work so rn 3rd best for offical matches cuz he is playing a lurk on t side and usually b player on everymap
2020-09-28 19:15
tabseN by far the best. syrsoN and xantares both maybe equal.
2020-09-28 20:22
Tabsen is heart and soul of that team for sure.
2020-09-28 20:59
Turkey TheKaiser
Tabsen is probably most important player but most important and best is different imo.
2020-09-28 21:02
El Salvador des0va
stats show us he is best in the team. you can look their individual performance in tournaments which they won.
2020-09-28 20:17
His career is over once LAN starts
2020-09-28 22:15
Switzerland f3ni_
2020-09-29 05:03
xantares cs online OMEGALUL
2020-09-29 19:25
Netherlands WitnessMe
2020-09-28 19:11
2020-09-28 19:45
like your scene xd
2020-09-28 20:44
2020-09-29 05:46
2020-09-28 19:11
Ok but does it last five years?
2020-09-28 19:12
1 year more
2020-09-28 19:13
North America 007DBR9
probably 3
2020-09-28 19:15
"contract that will keep him on the current No.5 team in the world until the end of 2021"
2020-09-28 19:45
reading is very hard for the average hltv user
2020-09-28 19:57
2020-09-28 21:19
2020-09-28 22:28
Israel xazetti
2020-09-28 23:07
2020-09-28 19:11
Sweden RaaCCooN
2020-09-28 19:11
Germany BIG2020
NICE BOYS! Lets go Can!
2020-09-28 19:12
2020-09-28 19:12
2020-09-29 09:59
wtf u really ?
2020-09-29 11:17
top 1 2020
2020-09-28 19:12
2020-09-28 19:12
2020-09-28 19:12
How much
2020-09-28 19:12
1 kebab 1 ayran 1 girl
2020-09-29 10:00
2020-09-28 19:13
Worth it
2020-09-28 19:13
i mean hes the best jerman player . he needs to be kept in the team
2020-09-28 19:13
Do they communicate in german? Does he speak it fluently?
2020-09-28 20:29
I think he started learning german, but i dont think he speaks it fluently
2020-09-28 21:21
Sweden shonk
he speaks english
2020-09-28 21:34
they communicate in english and switch to german when xantares is dead xantares was supposed to learn german this year with a private german teacher but the whole corona situation delayed their plans
2020-09-29 10:42
Denmark pdxm
2020-09-28 19:13
2020-09-28 19:13
Dead player
2020-09-28 19:14
what a stupid move for xantares...
2020-09-28 19:14
+1 BIG would be better without him
2020-09-28 19:15
what a stupid comment
2020-09-28 19:16
United States Goldfram
2020-09-28 19:40
So this is what negative iq looks like
2020-09-28 19:59
2020-09-29 07:06
2020-09-29 10:01
wrong decision
2020-09-28 19:14
ONLINETARES Dead on LAN bad sign for BIG
2020-09-28 19:15
+1 same for astralis tho keeping ecolai device reedtz and not replacing him with god xyp9x
2020-09-28 19:18
I disagree.
2020-09-28 19:36
4 major titles.
2020-09-28 20:00
god xyp9x also has 4 majors
2020-09-28 21:20
Yea but Goat Devve has 2 major mvp's Astralis goat team of the whole counter strike series and Devve goat of csgo
2020-09-28 22:37
dev1ce relies too much on his team, take gla1ve's and xyp9x's breaks, when they left, he started performing much worse.
2020-09-28 22:38
Well of course they performed a lot worse when out of nowhere they had to build a new roster and with no good available players relied on Jugi or Snappi
2020-09-29 07:57
yea but my point he isn't that good mechanically speaking, players like s1mple and zywoo can carry their team sometimes to victory just by themselves.
2020-09-29 11:03
Of course if you are just too good for everyone, but I like the stable team structure more when the team is built so perfectly that everyone functions like they should. That's why Na'Vi loses when Electronic has a bad day or when only Zywoo plays good and Astralis were consistent for 2 years
2020-09-29 11:30
yeah but we're talking about dev1ce individually right now and his team doesn't have a place in our conversation.
2020-09-29 11:32
Maybe you should not just repeat BS and check the stats. You can check also the last comment here. Maybe you can get some informations.
2020-09-28 22:56
Bulgaria goshyy
5 year contract!
2020-09-28 19:17
he is not from brasil
2020-09-28 19:24
Bulgaria goshyy
of course not! he is turkey!
2020-09-28 21:20
2020-09-28 19:18
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Ukraine Najara
2020-09-28 20:07
so its a good decision to renew his contract when only online matches can be played
2020-09-29 06:11
2020-09-28 19:18
Turkey M@CHINE
Space Soldiers ....................
2020-09-28 19:18
2020-09-28 19:21
how much
2020-09-28 19:23
Brazil KingDavi
2020-09-28 19:23
How much?
2020-09-28 19:24
2020-09-28 19:25
Tabsen says its important to be like a family. I think they achieved this family thing in their them. Nowadays we see how important it is. Look for example: FaZe Clan
2020-09-28 19:27
Like old LG/SK/MIBR
2020-09-28 19:30
Didnt fnx fuck everyones girlfriend? Yeah nice family
2020-09-28 19:46
He's that perverted brother-in-law
2020-09-28 20:10
FNX alpha male, other MIBR players beta cuks Also, no FNX no Major
2020-09-29 10:21
Turkish Aim 😎
2020-09-28 19:27
Germany Koalafire
A lot of Turkish player have fantastic aim which could Form a decent tier2 team, but the biggest negative point is the missing brain, as they like to lose a lot of 5vsX
2020-09-28 19:48
Hungary szia
Very good news
2020-09-28 19:27
He's a good player but need to prove himself in lan Good luck in the future!
2020-09-28 19:30
2020-09-28 19:31
Brazil Fir3ss
Let's go Online clan!!!!!!!
2020-09-28 19:34
2020-09-28 19:36
Damn for a few moments i thought XANTARES signed with other team lmao
2020-09-28 19:37
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Estonia qoznyyy
lol ye same, maybe because i saw word "new"
2020-09-28 19:43
They're keeping him until lans start again
2020-09-28 19:41
Yea he says 2021 which is kinda specific, you might be right unless he proves himself on LAN
2020-09-28 19:46
Austria doMK0
You guys are crazy :) ithinks its more about if BIG can hold him, i am sure he had some great offers
2020-09-29 06:55
2020-09-28 19:45
imagine what would happen if c9 could have stolen him.
2020-09-28 19:50
woxicle kavga ederler surekli
2020-09-28 19:53
if Alex worth 1.5kk. How much is Xantares worth?
2020-09-28 19:55
2020-09-28 20:15
tbh i dont think the BIG players are getting an insane amount of money because germany doesnt give a shit about esports but BIG org pays their team house where they all could theoretically live and also they are paying for food and pretty much everything else the players need so they have a very carefree life
2020-09-29 10:45
Worth more than Spoonmaker Diamond en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoonmaker%27s_Dia..
2020-09-29 11:07
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Australia popoto
2020-09-28 19:56
2020-09-28 19:56
I know BIG have problems recently, but signing a long term contract with XANTARES is not a good option for me, rn. he is playing really well, but I think the time when he will start to play weak are coming sooner than later, and it's a big risk for BIG.
2020-09-28 19:58
1 year is not a long term contract
2020-09-28 20:05
It's only 1 year? I thought it was 3. Then it's not a long term at all.
2020-09-29 16:06
Lol how its gonna be big risk? He is top5 rifler rn and while other teams dealing with top50 players signing for at least 2-3 years contract unlike BIG. Its a good decision but it has to be at least 2 years contract imo.
2020-09-28 21:03
1 year contract is perfect, it would be to big of a risk to give him 2 years in the team.
2020-09-29 16:07
Austria doMK0
What the f are you talking about? Which problems in BIG? When did he ever play weak? Xantares is a world class rifler, i am sure he had many other offers and that is why they only could sign him for 1 year to come
2020-09-29 06:58
Doubt he'd want to leave right now anyway. BIG are on the up, and are playing very well. Also team chemistry wise, it would be a waste to find another team and start from scratch, as there doesn't seem to be any issues right now.
2020-09-29 08:42
I think he is actually really overrated player, mostly because of his inconsistency, because I agree he is playing great sometimes, but sometimes he is playing really weak as for his role, +BIG always have an option to comeback to German speaking language if they bench him.And I don't think he had as many offers as ppl think.
2020-09-29 16:08
?? what problems they had one bad event which was cologne and that was right after the player break. EPL looked solid and tbh xantares can only integrate better in the team the more german he learns. BIG hasnt reached their peak performance yet
2020-09-29 10:49
The fact that without him BIG can be a fully German team is always making impact, +he has some weaks moments sometimes, 1 years is a good contract, more would be to big of a risk. And BIG are for sure not at their peak now, not even close.
2020-09-29 16:09
Brazil Catatauu
10y contract wtf
2020-09-28 19:59
This is not furia wtf
2020-09-28 20:16
United Kingdom 230IQUSER
2020-09-28 20:08
Europe watdoink
no balls to tell contract worth LUL
2020-09-28 20:10
wasting his career
2020-09-28 20:11
so he is learning german?
2020-09-28 20:15
He became already a jermen wtf
2020-09-28 20:17
true, now he has jermen member
2020-09-28 20:25
no. their teammates learning turkish.
2020-09-28 21:58
Mit Sauce ohne scharf!
2020-09-29 02:52
2020-09-28 20:16
should have signed with col,c9,fpx, contact etc
2020-09-28 20:16
Col=baiterF so it would be bad decision C9= already dead team lmao, alex overrated af maybe a tier2 team Fpx=who? Contact= who tf lmao Ect.= Who?
2020-09-28 20:19
wtf, either stupid or bait
2020-09-28 21:27
2020-09-28 20:18
Tier 5 player
2020-09-28 20:29
i remember anyone laughed 1st time and when BIG sucking dicks to be honest, I myself doubted the lineup and still do not understand how they win
2020-09-28 20:55
Syrson, tabsen or xantares gets untraded entry or 3k and round over. :()
2020-09-28 23:34
2020-09-28 21:09
Easily one of the best players out there just overshadowed by his lack of godlike consistency. Glad to hear he is staying in BIG. BIG needs him
2020-09-28 21:10
Lol, that's cool.
2020-09-28 21:12
Xantares Peek! Very nice!
2020-09-28 21:30
gj jermans, one more year being carried by the turkish god xantares
2020-09-28 21:43
2020-09-28 22:01
onliner clan
2020-09-28 22:47
A lot of people begann with this „Onliner“ BS when s1mple try to find excuses after he was humiliated by Xantares in a FPL game. Nobody checks the stats but begann to talk like this. Here in hltv you can check the stats. All these „simple repeater“ should do this if they don’t want to humiliate themselves like simple. His LAN ranking in 2016 was better as his online. If you don’t wanna spend so much time you can check a YouTube Video: Why Xantares is more as an onliner. Finally: all the next big events will be held online, wouldn't it even be an advantage to be an onliner? However imo BIG take the right decision with Xantares.
2020-09-28 22:48
Playing for kebabs
2020-09-29 01:04
ez 4 the best player to ever touch counter strike. #xantaresGOD top 1 #GODforgives_xantaresARENT
2020-09-29 01:17
kebab power
2020-09-29 01:28
Xantares keeping it big
2020-09-29 03:57
2020-09-29 08:30
TurkisH Machine XANTARES: L am so good MANNNN
2020-09-29 09:58
My nibba thats crazy But i dont remember asking
2020-09-29 10:03
turkish players signing and extending csgo contracts instead of joining uncle erdie to fight for him? HAHAHAHAHAHAH
2020-09-29 10:59
the country has 37 million men who can use weapons . I will ask something, why are we bad with armenia?
2020-09-29 11:13
such a braindead comment by a braindead greece guy
2020-09-29 11:26
When time comes, i know to use my brain really well. Till then, i keep trolling mongols like you
2020-09-29 13:48
LULWULTRA 30 iq caciki talking be ready for anything when the time comes
2020-09-29 16:20
lol stupid comment
2020-09-29 11:33
2020-09-29 11:37
Germany X5ander
turkish terminator !!!! playz with my boyz from BIG. Thats so fucking great !
2020-09-30 08:57
Bought time he resigned!!
2020-09-30 14:41
CIS pls_help
Easy for lantares
2020-10-21 23:34
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