Giants close CS:GO division

The team around Ricardo "⁠fox⁠" Pacheco has been released from the Spanish organization.

Giants has closed its male CS:GO division and release the current team, the organization has announced. The Spanish side made the decision to cut the division six months after its acquisition of x6tence, who currently fields the Danish squad around Marcus "⁠maNkz⁠" Kjeldsen, ranked 50th in the world.

"Since the acquisition of x6tence by Good Game Group, a business group of which Giants Gaming Esports is a part, we faced a difficult dichotomy to resolve if we wanted to keep both groups in Valve's competitive circuit," the organization's statement on its website reads.

fox and company part ways with Giants

Giants has been one of the biggest names in the Iberian region for the past three and a half years in CS:GO, having first fielded Spanish-majority lineups before slowly transitioning towards a Portuguese roster from 2018 onwards.

After losing four of their members to SAW at the end of 2019, Giants' latest roster was built throughout 2020 around long-time member and leader fox. The team peaked at No. 54 in the ranking in November, shortly after qualifying for Nine to Five 6 and placing in the top eight at the main event.

According to a report by Fraglider, the Portuguese lineup has been linked with a move to OFFSET, whom three of their players represented in 2019.

Giants had the following squad:

Portugal Ricardo "⁠fox⁠" Pacheco
Portugal Filipe "⁠NOPEEJ⁠" Dias
Portugal Paulo "⁠pr⁠" Silva
Portugal Francisco "⁠obj⁠" Ramos
Portugal Rui "⁠RIZZZ⁠" Lima

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
Portugal Rui 'RIZZZ' Lima
Rui 'RIZZZ' Lima
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Marcus 'maNkz' Kjeldsen
Marcus 'maNkz' Kjeldsen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
154
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
924
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Portugal Filipe 'NOPEEJ' Dias
Filipe 'NOPEEJ' Dias
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
161
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
Portugal Francisco 'obj' Ramos
Francisco 'obj' Ramos
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
290
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.63
Portugal Paulo 'pr' Silva
Paulo 'pr' Silva
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
233
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
very sad to hear this news
2020-12-20 15:27
11 replies
#3
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Romania Anonym20
why?
2020-12-20 15:28
8 replies
L
2020-12-20 15:28
1 reply
#94
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Japan Yuukek
L - leopard 🐆
2020-12-20 17:09
because im a huge fox fan obviously
2020-12-20 15:28
5 replies
#100
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United States Gla1veGOD
Why?
2020-12-20 17:18
2 replies
#102
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Denmark Paramed1c
:D
2020-12-20 17:31
Seems like someone needs to close his internet page, gtfo 🤦‍♂️
2020-12-21 09:50
USA first moon landing
2020-12-20 18:55
1 reply
that was fake.
2020-12-21 09:46
#75
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Indonesia lumayan
Why?
2020-12-20 16:32
Huge plus bro
2020-12-22 05:38
Sad :(
2020-12-20 15:28
#4
seized | 
Europe rehzy
F
2020-12-20 15:28
damn
2020-12-20 15:28
Legends never die. Yeet
2020-12-20 15:28
13 replies
fox is a legend but his fanbase god damn
2020-12-20 15:29
12 replies
is he?
2020-12-20 16:12
1 reply
he means to our scene
2020-12-20 17:55
I couldnt expect less from fox "Mãos de Cimento (concrete hands)" Pacheco
2020-12-20 16:20
1 reply
fox "da pezinho?" Pacheco
2020-12-20 20:12
his fanbase are just some stupid kids
2020-12-20 16:21
7 replies
Like you
2020-12-20 18:55
6 replies
no thanks, I don't suport male chauvinists
2020-12-20 19:55
5 replies
Omega LUL male what?
2020-12-20 19:56
4 replies
oh sorry, that's too intrinsicate in America that you don't even know what this
2020-12-20 19:58
3 replies
Imagine calling some one chauvinist on internet go back to Twitter kid
2020-12-20 20:05
2 replies
Not calling you, calling fox do you want the video?
2020-12-20 20:08
1 reply
#140
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Portugal Kuba12
i want the video, yeah, show it
2020-12-20 20:46
expected from these bots, their fanboys must be crying xaxxaxaxaxaxax
2020-12-20 15:28
#10
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Bulgaria R34
fox should just retire at this point
2020-12-20 15:29
11 replies
#28
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Finland JooonsMO
Why? just because he is old doesn't mean he can't play cs. I hope he plays as long as he has the passion.
2020-12-20 15:38
8 replies
#48
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Portugal Zeveryn
Dude is way past his prime and he is a dad now, he can be a successful streamer and stop playing competitively
2020-12-20 15:57
6 replies
#77
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Germany Koalafire
Would he actually be watched by a lot of Portuguese guys? Isn't gaules from Brazil the Mogul of the cs scene in Portuguese?
2020-12-20 16:37
2 replies
we don't really watch Gaules, I, for example don't know anyone who watches his streams. Everytime a tournament sells the rights of transmission to streamers, the "portuguese stream" is always from Gaules, and we don't want that, we want Portuguese from Portugal, and not some guy from Brazil. And fox already streams on Twitch twitch.tv/Officialfoxcn
2020-12-20 18:00
Do not think like that, Portugal and Brazil are different countries. But i watch Gaules when Saw are on t2 events, cuz they support Portuguese teams as we support Brazilian teams. Zorlak is the mogul of the cs scene.
2020-12-21 09:57
#91
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Finland JooonsMO
I just don't get that argument "Dude is way past his prime". That is so irrelevant. If players had to retire after they hit their prime we would just delete half of the playerbase. If the guy wants to play then let him play.
2020-12-20 16:58
He can play in lower tier cs and still do what he loves. I don't know why people insist in "old" pro players to retire
2020-12-20 17:48
1 reply
+1 fox should be able to play until he says it's time... and as long teams want him to play for them. He said in an interview that his objective now it's to grow this lineup into the future, helping PR and Nopej to keep improving because if they rise, they can carry our scene on the long haul. And i support this idea.
2020-12-20 18:11
+1
2020-12-20 16:07
PT scene is so bad that a mummy is literally shitting on those kids 0 talent
2020-12-20 16:22
He's probably the highest paid CS player in Iberia, why would he retire?
2020-12-20 17:00
fox oldest active pro player? :v
2020-12-20 15:29
2 replies
Taz is the oldest. He was born on June, 1986.
2020-12-20 16:43
1 reply
Damn he he is very old compared to these young upcoming kids, would be nice to see him still compete. He has had some nice plays in FPL.
2020-12-20 16:46
we will never forget the good moments <3
2020-12-20 15:29
oh no :(
2020-12-20 15:29
#20
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Portugal spongeboy
OMG FOX AND JKAEM PLAYING TOGETHER AGAIN
2020-12-20 15:30
1 reply
hope so too
2020-12-20 16:07
#21
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Australia B_Tannen
Fox was destined for greater.
2020-12-20 15:30
Booooo
2020-12-20 15:32
Understandable tbh
2020-12-20 15:35
#26
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Spain elskio
Movistar Riders are the next
2020-12-20 15:35
2 replies
I hope at least mopoz gets a good team, he is a great player
2020-12-20 16:20
#122
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Portugal he1zen
Hope it doesnt happen, it would be great to see a movistar riders lineup with alex, mopoz, steel, sausol and sunpayus. Great potential there to be honest, 3 experienced guys with 2 talents
2020-12-20 19:28
F
2020-12-20 15:38
gg
2020-12-20 15:45
shingeki no kyojin
2020-12-20 15:39
#31
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India IridiuM
F
2020-12-20 15:41
Thank you giants org for closing CS go squad. Was useless from he beginning
2020-12-20 15:42
2 replies
Thank you giants org for closing CS go squad. Was useless from he beginning
2020-12-20 15:54
1 reply
xD
2020-12-20 17:45
bye giants...
2020-12-20 15:43
Who???
2020-12-20 15:45
NA CS IS DEAD
2020-12-20 15:45
1 reply
Kekw
2020-12-20 15:52
fox_34_years_new_team_found
2020-12-20 15:48
Down with spanish/portuguese cs please 🥰 thank you
2020-12-20 15:48
7 replies
#93
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Switzerland noxer*
saw >> literally any UK team
2020-12-20 17:07
#96
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Portugal Davdio
nt english no scene
2020-12-20 17:10
5 replies
#125
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Portugal reNyX
english is a language not a country O.o
2020-12-20 19:37
1 reply
#141
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Portugal Davdio
i know man.. but what's the name of england citizen? im talking about him, not about country. And yes, i can say british as well, but i dont really care about it.
2020-12-21 00:26
Sorry, I like Spanish/Portuguese outside CSGO. Inside CSGO, most toxic players to play with.. Sorry my friend.
2020-12-21 01:58
2 replies
#153
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Portugal Lost_fly
we think the same of you brits, you are the most toxic guys after russians
2020-12-21 17:42
1 reply
No problem, but I rarely come across Brits in CSGO. In Spain servers which I sometimes connect to, it's always a 3-4 stack of people who refuse to speak anything but portuguese/spanish, and call me retarded, troll, cancer etc. I honestly think both nations are the worst. Maybe Spanish are worse than Portuguese, but it's all because of the stacks, people are empowered to be toxic to you knowing they won't get kicked by their friends.
2020-12-21 20:12
#40
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Portugal skiLfuI
f
2020-12-20 15:49
#42
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Australia jed123
NO NAMERS. SKIP NEWS
2020-12-20 15:49
#46
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Canada GGNORE33
well, conflict of interest with x6tence team :)
2020-12-20 15:55
RIP Good luck Fox and his teammates!
2020-12-20 15:59
Portugal CS lol... almost bad as polish
2020-12-20 15:59
#53
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Romania own420
kinda sad to see the portugese scene die
2020-12-20 16:00
2 replies
It's not dying dude...
2020-12-20 19:29
1 reply
#124
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Romania own420
well there are many portugese teams maybe saw carrying it
2020-12-20 19:34
#58
sausol | 
Switzerland x676
They announced it 6 months ago when they acquired x6tence that they would disband the csgo branch at the end of the season. Now csgo is only under the x6tence brand. It has nothing to do with Valorant.
2020-12-20 16:17
This is what happens when you lose to k23
2020-12-20 16:17
late december 2019 - old giants core decides to kick fox but the organization refuses and keeps fox - saw was born 1 year later - giants close cs division - saw ranked #25 VERY NICE
2020-12-20 16:20
1 reply
fox rating > arki rating anyway saw is the biggest fluke team holy fuck
2020-12-20 18:25
ok im sad now. I hope they find a new home as soon as possible. CS needs you, Fox. ps: Big fan here,cometoBRAZILL
2020-12-20 16:18
3 replies
"According to a report by Fraglider, the Portuguese lineup has been linked with a move to OFFSET, whom three of their players represented in 2019." if hltv talks about a report it always happends
2020-12-20 16:20
2 replies
its a done deal
2020-12-20 16:23
Probably just 3 or 4 of them excluding fox.
2020-12-20 16:24
#62
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Poland SebL
They were showing a little bit of life left in them, honestly if they would work a lot they could be good with this roster I think. I think Giants made this decision to early.
2020-12-20 16:19
It's crazy to me that all these guys are still active in CS. I remember praccing against k1ck, exotic, defs and wizards a lot in 1.6 back in 2009-2011. Played so much against foxj, JUST, MUtt, rmn and arki. Really cool guys.
2020-12-20 16:20
7 replies
Sorry to disapoint u but JUST didnt play back then xD
2020-12-21 20:56
6 replies
#164
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Portugal antCB
not the same just. but you're too new to the scene to even know it.
2020-12-22 11:26
5 replies
? i play since 2005 and im not remembering of any just beside this one LOL In that time that he was talking the best players where, fox, mut, rmn, ehz, dzt, Coachi, shouw, axon, darky and kezznit.... back then i played competitively against this guys, and i played in some good teams so that make's it even more strange, since then i was the igl of my teams so i was the one studying them xD
2020-12-22 13:38
4 replies
#167
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Portugal antCB
"i play since 2005 and im not remembering of any just beside this one LOL". ok. k1ck.com/09/newspt/58 - this just ! put your nickname here then. might know you too ;) EDIT: I might be wrong (doubt it) but I think he played with Coachi in some other team (maybe when weapon/quick were playing too). There was also "another just" (spelled his nickname jhzt) that played for Area76.
2020-12-22 15:37
1 reply
ur right, i totally forgot about this guy... But same way, it was a good player but nothing more, when the level grew he was left behind.
2020-12-22 23:32
Ah yes, I remember coachi, weapoN, axon and SHOUW as well. What team did you play for? Maybe I know it, I knew most semi pro teams back then since I played them a lot and also were active in all pracc channels on irc and had my own channels as well :)
2020-12-27 18:33
1 reply
its arsh to remember or even knowin me ... my nick was shk (shekino/shek), i played for teams like myRevenge// skill2perfect // Team-Hardstyle ( tag was }{ ) // FunkyGamer's // KustomDream's (was a online shop that supported events back then and gaming org) etc.. I played for a little time for exotic back then to.. but that was more close to CSGO transition.
2020-12-28 20:00
Fox legend 34 years old. Maybe time to think of retirement? Is he the oldest active player?
2020-12-20 16:20
2 replies
#79
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Portugal Lost_fly
not the oldest #19 , but he is a father now and that brings a lot of complications
2020-12-20 16:39
What do you expect him to do? Drop the csgo money and get back into a minimal wage security guard job in some warehouse during the graveyard shifts? He will obviously keep milking it as long as possible, specially considering he has a son now.
2020-12-21 19:00
i am better than him wtf are you even saying? so its mean i am legend?
2020-12-20 16:31
#76
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Hungary Shiron212
sad
2020-12-20 16:33
Hi Ricardo, double cheese with the big mac and a large fries plz 😎👍
2020-12-20 16:39
F I hope fox gets his last chance to join a international roster and try
2020-12-20 16:50
wwwsad news
2020-12-20 16:51
#87
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Portugal ZePagode
ofc they kick 3 players and now they are the best portuguese team and #25 in HLTV ranking
2020-12-20 16:54
rip, offset here we go
2020-12-20 16:56
F tugas
2020-12-20 17:09
finally, these players don't deserve one big org like giants
2020-12-20 17:11
F
2020-12-20 17:17
#101
TBD | 
Hong Kong DG84
Who cares about T3+ team xD
2020-12-20 17:24
#103
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Ukraine alexftw
met rizzz and his mates in mm beat them 16:14 ez :D
2020-12-20 17:32
sad news, idk how giants had this squad for a very longo time, they have money they could afford a better team like SunPayus,Sausol,Blastinho + 2
2020-12-20 17:34
18 replies
Lol, u have to name one... Or a better team or a team with sunpayus, sausol and blastinho xD
2020-12-21 20:58
17 replies
? Sunpayus sausol and blastinho and 1000000 times better than the old giants core
2020-12-21 21:19
16 replies
LOL let me laugh
2020-12-22 13:30
15 replies
Only good 1 were Fox and he is older than Yoda
2020-12-22 17:09
14 replies
Nopej is way better than any of the names u wrote .. And pr is at least, same level.
2020-12-22 23:36
13 replies
12 replies
Lol u forgot to mention that sausol, blastinho and sunpayus have that statistics in a rank 130 team that most of the matche's are against easiear teams than Nopej gets in a ranked 50's team that has more matche's against hard teams. More than that... Giants win against good team's, and the 3 spanish star's team lose against all decent teams they go against... and even in iberian scene they are like top 4 ? lol
2020-12-22 23:53
11 replies
Not true xdxddx Giants were ranked higher but the teams they faced are worst than the teams the Spaniard did face in hltv
2020-12-22 23:55
9 replies
what ? u just need to search for matche's section in the players profile lol... The spanish guys played almost only against iberian teams, Giants have at least 4 Foreigner tournaments on record's .. The only match Zerozone has against foreigner team's is Sprout lol // And wygers everytime they played against foreigner's teams they loose ... Giants winned against Nexus 2 times 2-0, Copenhagen Flame's, Alternate ataxx, LDLC, and almost beat ESPADA, NEMIGA, lilmix and Izako Boars .. So try around... clearly iberian scene right now is SAW -> Movistar -> Ex-Giants (New OFFSET) and then u have wygers/zerozone and even in this place u have to count baecon that could beat any of the 2
2020-12-24 00:06
8 replies
???????????????????????? They played agaisnt better teams in hltv rating dont care from wherer they are or if they lost, we are talking about individual level omg. Iberian scene rn is sAw > Riders > Wygers
2020-12-24 00:24
7 replies
wtf ? the only good ranked team they played against or even the only one with better ranking then giants did was sprout lol and they lost... And wygers only played against low ranked foreigner's teams LOL and they lost the same way, everymatche's ! LOL so, dont lie... because u are in a site that gives u the chance to go see the historic of matche's and as u can see in their profiles, i wrote about every match that they have in their historic and Giants have a insanely better historic compared to wygers or zerozone LOL And by the way, u where the one talking about ranking's for the first time.. Now that u see that even in rankings wygers and zerozone are a joke, u say " dont care from wherer they are or if they lost, we are talking about individual level omg.". Thats obvious ... if u just play against better teams its way more dificcult to show what u can play.. that only play's in favour of pr and nopej... everytime they play against better teams they do great matche's... Sunpayus / sausol / blastinho, everytime they play against top 3 teams just show medium level, and when they play against foreigner's they dont play shit ! LOL Nope, and even pr are way better player's than the 3 spanish guys u where talkin about, that doesnt mean than in the future, the spanish guys cant become better, but right now that is not true... Nopej are the best talent in Iberic Scene right now.. by far.
2020-12-24 16:04
6 replies
mucho texto
2020-12-24 16:08
5 replies
well np, just answering that because u dont have more argument's xD
2020-12-24 16:24
4 replies
maybe its just cause im wasting my time with u cause ur arguments are wothless
2020-12-24 16:29
3 replies
AHAHAH I say facts to u and u answer " they are better because i say" basically..
2020-12-24 20:56
2 replies
u dindt say any fact bro, u even need to use google translate
2020-12-24 21:34
1 reply
Okay, get the bike.. Merry xmas !
2020-12-24 23:33
They were top 3 in iberian scene (sAw,Riders, ZZ) but they did only play together a couple months cause of org left csgo. Sausol were already the 6th player in Mixwells team
2020-12-22 23:58
finaly
2020-12-20 17:39
finally minus bots
2020-12-20 17:58
FOX MIBR. -VSM lul
2020-12-20 18:00
#115
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Spain chuggo
foxJ haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahaha
2020-12-20 18:28
RIP FOTBOX
2020-12-20 18:59
1 reply
+1 rip fotbox
2020-12-20 19:38
#127
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Israel Xpicyy
Expected from Budget Brazil time to move to SA now
2020-12-20 19:41
who
2020-12-20 19:45
F
2020-12-20 19:54
#134
JD | 
Poland PSZ
very good, fox is so fucking overrated
2020-12-20 20:02
2 replies
He may be overrated now, but he achieved 2 majors semi finals, and one of them was playing as stand in in sk, and he played pretty well, specially against VP... Good old days ;(
2020-12-22 01:38
Who overrates fox exactly nowaday? ^^
2020-12-22 09:36
Finally. Most overrated team/fox ever
2020-12-20 20:07
#145
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Portugal PUTZE
2020-12-21 01:58
1 reply
Amazing moments!
2020-12-22 01:57
fox KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-12-21 06:38
sad
2020-12-21 10:10
Faze release current roster, sign this with - fox + tense1983 EZ 2 major and 1 international
2020-12-24 23:43
#185
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Canada Ble01
who?
2020-12-27 07:17
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