tow b steps down from BIG; DuDe becomes head coach

The organization has been preparing for the switch since September.

Tobias "⁠tow b⁠" Herberhold has decided to step down from BIG due to personal reasons, the organization has announced. To replace him, the German side has promoted the assistant coach, Dustin "⁠DuDe⁠" Großmann, to the head coach position. tow b has not ruled out a potential return as an advisor in the future.

The 36-year-old had already made the decision not to extend his time with BIG in June and the organization began to plan around it shortly afterwads, bringing in DuDe in September as an assistant coach to slowly prepare for the transition ahead of 2021.

tow b leaves BIG after a year and a half

"It was a tough but well-considered decision that I made already during the last player break in June," tow b said in a statement. "I might come back in the future in an advisory role for BIG, but now I will return to work for SkinBaron.com that I co-founded in 2016. I will focus again on marketing activities and product management."

BIG brought in tow b from Sprout in mid-2019 as a replacement for Alexander "⁠kakafu⁠" Szymanczyk as part larger overhaul of the Berlin-based organization's CS:GO division, which saw Fatih "⁠gob b⁠" Dayik retire and Denis "⁠denis⁠" Howell get benched.

The team went on to undergo another key change at the beginning of 2020 with the addition of Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische and Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne, with whom they clinched the No. 1 spot in the ranking in the middle of the year and remained there for a month and a half after winning three consecutive tournaments, DreamHack Masters Spring, cs_summit 6, and DreamHack Open Summer.

The coaching change comes ahead of the start of the 2021 season, which will officially begin on January 17 for BIG with the ESL Meisterschaft Autumn playoffs, where Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz & co. are set to face Rhein Neckar in the semi-finals. The German team are also slated to participate in the IEM Katowice play-in stage, which will have eight spots at the main event on offer, on February 16-17.

With DuDe replacing tow b as the team's head coach, BIG's lineup now looks as follows:

Germany Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz
Germany Tizian "⁠tiziaN⁠" Feldbusch
Turkey Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş
Germany Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische
Germany Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne

Germany Dustin "⁠DuDe⁠" Großmann (coach)

Germany Tobias 'tow b' Herberhold
Tobias 'tow b' Herberhold
Age:
36
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
38
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
1338
KPR:
0.82
DPR:
0.69
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1603
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1385
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1420
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1612
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
Austria Alexander 'kakafu' Szymanczyk
Alexander 'kakafu' Szymanczyk
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.69
#1
Boo | 
France mbl4
Why tho ?
2021-01-09 14:01
9 replies
he will comeback to sprout
2021-01-09 14:10
5 replies
the article even states that he'll return to work for skinbaron.com and maybe return to BIG as an advisor in the future sprout wont change their coach in the near future anyway
2021-01-09 14:16
4 replies
#39
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Japan Yuukek
What difference does it make who the coach is if Gob b decides everything there?
2021-01-09 14:21
3 replies
Gob b has little to no involvement to BIGs main cs roster for quite some time now
2021-01-09 14:23
2 replies
#135
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Namibia Nachofish
false.
2021-01-10 20:49
1 reply
its true, he plays valorant for big. before that he was looking after the big academy talents. he is also casting some events in the national cs:go scene.
2021-01-10 21:18
the news that Tobias “tow b” Herberhold has decided to step down from his duties as head coach indefinitely due to personal reasons, and will be replaced by Dustin “DuDe” Großmann who has been preparing for the role since September.
2021-01-09 14:14
#30
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Sweden Lagge15
It is said in the article
2021-01-09 14:16
#107
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Finland 5way
read the article maybe?
2021-01-09 17:13
Dude perfect
2021-01-09 14:01
hmm
2021-01-09 14:02
#4
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New Zealand SkirmishX
dude becomes coach
2021-01-09 14:02
6 replies
what dude? Ive been reading all around and no one is telling me what dude became coach
2021-01-09 14:31
5 replies
dude dude dude became dude
2021-01-09 14:37
2 replies
He was woman before?
2021-01-09 17:18
1 reply
yes exactly
2021-01-09 22:17
dude
2021-01-09 16:02
Andrzej "DuDe" Duda
2021-01-09 17:45
GL!
2021-01-09 14:02
#6
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Australia Kuunto
Damn this some sad times, say pog if you agree
2021-01-09 14:02
#7
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Other M@GNU5
wtf are these series of unexpected roster changes
2021-01-09 14:02
HAHAA 0/8 BAIT
2021-01-09 14:02
dude best player ever
2021-01-09 14:03
dude
2021-01-09 14:04
No more towb funny moments this is so sad , like if you agree
2021-01-09 14:05
2 replies
#79
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Argentina WaSTe_D
+1 best face expressions in the entire scene
2021-01-09 15:16
#89
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Turkey TiksavLee
Agree. He always managed to make me laugh.
2021-01-09 15:44
#12
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Jordan Zereeni
rip
2021-01-09 14:05
Thats sad :(
2021-01-09 14:06
Dude
2021-01-09 14:07
RIP
2021-01-09 14:07
#16
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
ahhaahhahahahahaah
2021-01-09 14:08
auf geht's DuDe
2021-01-09 14:09
#18
imoRR | 
Turkey Xetax
DuDe WTFF
2021-01-09 14:09
Wtf... Noooooooooooooooooooooooo Why??????????
2021-01-09 14:11
5 replies
#36
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Germany F0kussi3rt
As the article says: Personal Reasons. They didnt kicked him or sth he dont wanna be in this position probably to spend more time with his family
2021-01-09 14:19
3 replies
He wants to focus on skinbaron... Fucking skins instead of developing the German scene
2021-01-09 14:24
2 replies
No an easy way to work from home if LANs are back so he can stay with his family and doesnt need to travel around the world or to the teamhouse that often
2021-01-09 21:19
1 reply
True but it's still sad
2021-01-10 00:10
cant understand it either. sooooo sad :((((. hopefully big cant hold their current stautus
2021-01-10 00:19
#21
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Germany BIG2020
GL in the future ja?
2021-01-09 14:11
DuDe where's my car
2021-01-09 14:12
sad
2021-01-09 14:12
#24
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Indonesia segopecel
sprout=big academy 2.0
2021-01-09 14:13
look at this Dudeee
2021-01-09 14:13
1 reply
Nonono
2021-01-09 15:20
dude where's my car
2021-01-09 14:14
oh fuck thats gonna be really bad for BIG
2021-01-09 14:15
4 replies
#45
nex | 
Germany m1soooo
I dont think.so
2021-01-09 14:27
3 replies
Well I hope to be wrong but tow b was like a dad to them, he‘s given them so much structure and discipline. Dude has big shoes to fill
2021-01-09 14:29
2 replies
#62
nex | 
Germany m1soooo
I think tow b was a good coach, but if Dude does his job right there's nothing to fear
2021-01-09 14:41
1 reply
yeah of course you're right. guess we'll see what happens but all eyes will be on dude now
2021-01-09 16:17
#29
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Iraq remind00
what why
2021-01-09 14:15
3 replies
#129
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Cyprus shmoe
read the fucking article moron.
2021-01-10 03:33
2 replies
#131
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Iraq remind00
i only read title so thats why i ask can you awnser
2021-01-10 12:19
1 reply
Read more if you want to know
2021-01-10 13:50
all the best for u tow b
2021-01-09 14:16
#33
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Thailand hahahoha
who?
2021-01-09 14:17
Tow b steps down from big and became head coach? Unclear
2021-01-09 14:17
#35
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Europe jigglepeek
oh noes. he was the last person i played with during the 1.6 era with which was active in the scene. :(
2021-01-09 14:19
3 replies
Star again, go pro
2021-01-09 18:02
2 replies
to old, to ill. :/
2021-01-09 22:25
1 reply
Get well soon!
2021-01-10 01:21
#37
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Brazil Troll_JuJu
ITS MY DUDE DUDE, GO GET EM DUDE
2021-01-09 14:19
#38
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Indonesia whyt0b
Big Dude
2021-01-09 14:20
#42
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Germany F0kussi3rt
Today we lost another genius person in the German CS Scene. Hope we will see him atleast sometimes . Imma miss him.
2021-01-09 14:25
bruh
2021-01-09 14:25
#44
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
Big disbanding bruh
2021-01-09 14:27
Thank you for everything man Towb, Let's go dude.
2021-01-09 14:28
noooooooooo! :( tow b is a very good coach and one of my favorite coaches! I hope he gets through his personal problems and will come back to BIG Clan or another team as soon as possible! I wish best of luck to the tow b and DuDe! I believe DuDe will be a good coach, best of luck to the both!
2021-01-09 14:28
#50
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United States Will767
Lol Skin Baron must be making lots of monay
2021-01-09 14:30
7 replies
Gambling sites or skins sites always make a shit ton of money
2021-01-09 14:32
Just look at their company car mobile.twitter.com/SkinBaronDE/status/12..
2021-01-09 14:35
5 replies
holy shit mens
2021-01-09 17:04
#115
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Asia en1lykS
Wtf?! 😂
2021-01-09 18:06
Leased but still
2021-01-09 21:22
1 reply
#127
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Hong Kong DG84
As a company is better to lease ffs
2021-01-10 00:51
#137
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United States Will767
JEEZ BRO whatttt i want a Skin Baron now it looks so cool
2021-01-11 09:19
Thx for your good work!
2021-01-09 14:32
gg wp
2021-01-09 14:38
I am the dude
2021-01-09 14:40
#63
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Poland SebL
He was a pretty good coach I feel like, GL in whatever you do next. As for DuDe as a replacement, I'm pretty sceptic, but hope it will work out. GL BIG and tow b.
2021-01-09 14:41
dude
2021-01-09 14:43
GL DuDe he has good beard, too. Not as BIG as tow bs' beard but very good beard so it'll be ez. Thank Mr Tow b
2021-01-09 14:46
GOD DUDe omg 2021 BIG ERA COMFIRMED.
2021-01-09 14:51
Huge downgrade for BIG. towb was one of the best coach in 2020
2021-01-09 14:55
nice duddd
2021-01-09 14:56
valeriy zmishenko pog
2021-01-09 15:01
cool dude
2021-01-09 15:02
#73
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Poland Oleczeq
dude, is this for real
2021-01-09 15:03
#74
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Ukraine ksay
sad he is a great coach at least this is an impression i got form his interviews
2021-01-09 15:04
Which dude?
2021-01-09 15:04
#76
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Malaysia AtPdTrZ
title wound'nt be better
2021-01-09 15:08
#77
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France margheriti
maybe dude's a good coach, because as a player he was terrible
2021-01-09 15:10
1 reply
+1 same as ScrunK hopefully he soon becomes a coach too
2021-01-10 17:51
whos the dude
2021-01-09 15:15
1 reply
dude
2021-01-09 16:04
DuDe, how do you feel ?
2021-01-09 15:16
#82
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Germany Bier
Oh no, tow b was a blessing for big. Hope DuDe will do the job just as good or maybe even better 💪🏻
2021-01-09 15:24
Sad((
2021-01-09 15:27
sad. no more funny reactions((
2021-01-09 15:31
suh dude
2021-01-09 15:35
nice nice gl hf
2021-01-09 15:37
Sad he seemed to be one of the very few really good coaches.
2021-01-09 15:41
#91
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Turkey TiksavLee
Good Luck Tow B.
2021-01-09 15:45
Tow b had a better rating. RIP BIG.
2021-01-09 15:45
#93
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Ukraine XBOCT<3
bye boss
2021-01-09 15:50
#94
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World Beard43
DuDe? Sweet.
2021-01-09 15:56
smh at people saying he is leaving because of his company (skinbaron): He has two very young children which are probably the reason he is taking a break. It was already impressive that he coached for so long while having children, there are not many people that can accomplish so much: Having children, coaching a team to #1 while having a serious business company I wish him the best, enjoy your time with your family, you can always return to CS
2021-01-09 16:18
DUDE WITH HIS ABNORMAL 0.7 RATING
2021-01-09 16:30
n1 dude
2021-01-09 16:46
#102
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Kazakhstan Tarob
Duuude
2021-01-09 16:47
damn dude
2021-01-09 16:55
#104
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Chile cristiaan
to faze
2021-01-09 17:02
#106
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Sweden RaaCCooN
ok
2021-01-09 17:11
#108
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CIS sasha1608
AHAHAHAH GOOD LUCK TO DUDE!)
2021-01-09 17:14
BIG Dude :3
2021-01-09 17:24
#111
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Switzerland hoooooray
lol they look the same
2021-01-09 17:33
Welcome dude
2021-01-09 18:04
Guy looks like Woxic tf
2021-01-09 18:21
look at this DuDe
2021-01-09 18:33
duuuuuuuudeeeee
2021-01-09 19:08
#119
steel | 
Greece 1926
no more legendary reactions? 😭
2021-01-09 19:36
#120
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Hungary szia
GL bro
2021-01-09 19:37
-XANTARES +dude
2021-01-10 06:11
Cmon dude...
2021-01-10 12:32
rip big
2021-01-11 14:15
expected
2021-01-11 18:58
Today, when XIP 9-0 behind on Overpass, their coach managed to motivate them somehow and they are back in the game. On the other hand, I observed everything BIG against NIP; DuDe doesn't speak much, and his body language doesn't give much confidence. The coach of the team was more offen like Tabsen. After Tow B, I think this will be a big handicap for them. For now, DuDe doesn't seem to be able to replace it. Let's see what they will do tomorrow against Astralis...
2021-02-05 22:52
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