Envy owner hastr0: "We're still willing to apply a good budget to CS for the right opportunity"

The North American organisation's chief admitted that the team "haven't performed the best in CS for a while."

Envy owner and Chief Gaming Officer Mike "hastr0" Rufail has not ruled out a return to professional Counter-Strike in the future. In a series of tweets, he commented on the organisation's plans for the scene following the disbandment of its roster and coaching staff before the start of the 2021 tournament season.

Envy's decision came as a surprise to many after the organisation made a $2 million investment in 2020 to become one of the founding members of Flashpoint. Only two months ago, Mr. Rufail had reaffirmed Envy's commitment to Counter-Strike and pledged "a larger budget" for the team in 2021 than in the previous three years.

hastr0 does not rule out a return to CS if "the right opportunity" comes along

In a statement issued on Monday, Envy noted that it will "continue conversations to improve the Counter-Strike competitive scene with tournament organizers like B Site and CS:GO developer Valve." Flashpoint 2 was the only tournament in which Envy competed in the second half of the season, with the team finishing in 7th-8th place, picking up just one victory from four matches.

"We are still willing to apply a good budget to CS for the right opportunity in the future," the Envy owner said on Monday, "No one would be happier than me if that comes in 2021.

"Let's be honest, we haven't performed the best in CS for a while after being former world champions with our great French rosters. It was time for a hard reset and we are performing at a top level in so many other games right now. Will keep you guys posted."

Mr. Rufail went on to praise the team's players as well as coach Jakub "⁠kuben⁠" Gurczynski. All six have been made available for transfer as HLTV.org had reported earlier on Monday.

Poland Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
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2021-01-11 21:46
9 replies
United States Yabashira
Just stop letting Nifty be GM and the team might be good.
2021-01-11 21:47
6 replies
2021-01-11 21:55
1 reply
+1 Managers should manage, coaches should coach, and players should play. I am all for giving input and suggestions, but ultimate there has to be some separation for a smooth operation.
2021-01-11 21:59
Grandmaster Nifty pog
2021-01-11 21:57
3 replies
3k elo better than magnus
2021-01-12 06:35
2 replies
GM Nifty beats stockfish and Alpha zero blindfolded
2021-01-12 07:24
1 reply
difficulty 1 tho, maybe not that hard
2021-01-12 07:25
2021-01-11 22:01
Turkey piriSHIP
2021-01-11 23:41
India OOFmiester
2021-01-11 21:46
2021-01-11 21:46
United States kami917
This is bullshit saving face. He showed his true colors in his exchange with Deekay
2021-01-11 21:47
16 replies
Serbia XD___
what did he say
2021-01-11 21:48
14 replies
"I can buy lots of better things for far less money, doesn’t mean I have to buy them." When asked why he doesn't bench his current (at the time) trash roster and get ex-chaos who cost nothing at all, would accept way lower wages than the current team and are a way better team xddd
2021-01-11 22:27
9 replies
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Poland RoDaK
Lmao how to kill an org.
2021-01-11 22:38
2021-01-11 22:38
and how is this his true colors and how is it negative?
2021-01-11 23:54
6 replies
dont shoot the messenger
2021-01-12 01:38
Guy said he has money to invest, he's willing to invest in cs still, but he publicly said he's not currently interested in chaos or flusha/sunny/auti(for now) who wouldn't ask for inflated salaries, allegedly. He mentions how envy were csgo world champions with their french rosters and that it's time to rebuild, implying he is aiming for top 10-15 but he also says he doesn't have the financials to get the chaos guys, free agents with minimalistic demands. Makes sense? Probably not because it's just as confusing if you'd read the thread yourself, but that's the best tldr I can offer.
2021-01-12 03:10
4 replies
He wants to get a better team than chaos? Whats the problem here? I mean chaos is not going to be top 10 team. Where does he say he doesnt have financials for chaos? In that tweet he says he does.
2021-01-12 10:02
3 replies
twitter.com/hastr0/status/13229754001176.. twitter.com/hastr0/status/13476357159250.. he specifically talked about exchaos somewhere too but I cba to look for it
2021-01-12 10:16
2 replies
I really don't see what is so bad about what he is saying... It looks like he wants to take some time to evaluate the market instead of jumping on the first oppurtunity that opens up. Let's say your car breaks down and you need to buy a new one. Do you buy the first car you see that is better than your old car, or do you want the best car for your money and take some time to evaluate?
2021-01-12 11:00
Okay he isnt saying he doesnt have money, he actually says he's going to put in more money than before. Why no chaos is because they werent good enough. But using 15million to buyout players here and there is not smart, but thats how you could get a good team.
2021-01-12 16:31
Canada firtlast
he said, ain’t nothing gonna break my stride
2021-01-11 23:59
3 replies
aint nothing gonna slow me down
2021-01-12 11:00
2 replies
Canada firtlast
i’m runnin and i wooon’t touch ground
2021-01-12 14:59
1 reply
2021-01-12 15:06
will see have reason for this.
2021-01-11 23:08
France Uexo
2021-01-11 21:47
2021-01-11 21:47
Wtf he still want a lineup or I'm crazy??? This guy's have a ocean of money to throw on the flames
2021-01-11 21:47
2021-01-11 21:47
You mean like Chaos ?
2021-01-11 21:47
9 replies
Namibia Nachofish
+1 but idk maybe its too late for that now
2021-01-11 21:49
8 replies
I know
2021-01-11 21:50
Finland Khroni
ex-chaos +1 could be still a decent move considering that its just 1 person replacement and they are right next to EG in the rankings somehow
2021-01-11 21:56
6 replies
2 people have left chaos now i think, Vanity to VAL, Xeppaa to C9
2021-01-11 21:58
5 replies
Finland Khroni
ah nvm then i just went off rankings and saw 4/5 of them
2021-01-11 21:59
United States Bhu_Tang
leaf is in Valorant too only Jonji and MarKe aren't taken yet. There's a lot of young players still available though, and I don't doubt that Vanity would turn down a big offer in CS. However, there's still Cooper_, wrath, and a lot of young talent to choose from
2021-01-11 22:06
2 replies
Jonji and marke are playing valorant too. i havent seen any ex chaos player playing fpl other than xeppaa in a while
2021-01-11 22:48
1 reply
i saw jonji playing fpl on junior stream a couple days ago
2021-01-11 23:34
vanity has officially moved to Valorant, leaf quietly moved to Cloud9 Blue in Valorant, and Xeppaa is in talks with Cloud9 CS:GO but nothing official has been said yet
2021-01-12 00:40
Russia Vigilance
He could have picked up Choas roster instead of a dogshit roster where Nifty kicked anyone who he didnt like
2021-01-11 21:48
1 reply
2021-01-11 21:53
2021-01-11 21:50
He shouldnt have kept Snake Nifty
2021-01-11 21:53
Slovakia xaboff
"If the right opportunity comes" Chaos are literally free agents you fucking nitwit (if they're not signed by c0ntact yet)
2021-01-11 21:56
4 replies
Xeppa to C9, Vanity to VaLuLrant
2021-01-11 22:52
chaos with the 2 man roster? yeah right retard what a deal
2021-01-12 01:39
lol trio gen g better then duo chaos
2021-01-12 02:39
1 reply
3+2 = 5 here ya go a roster
2021-01-12 06:38
The MIBR project????
2021-01-11 21:54
United States bleghfarec
the right opportunity just passed by last month but aight bro whatever you think
2021-01-11 21:55
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
You better hire someone who knows something about CS next time that you sign someone. You were paying tier S salaries to tier 4 players :S
2021-01-11 21:57
Poland Yomenik
michu is sad
2021-01-11 21:59
2021-01-11 21:59
vanity changed to VALULRANT Xeppaa is joining Clown9 Jonji is available leaf is available marke is available "We're still willing to apply a good budget to CS for the right opportunity"
2021-01-11 21:59
7 replies
this lineup has no IGL, but jonji leaf marke thomas smooya still sounds better than the current lineup imo (maybe keep Legija as a coach/IGL to help somebody to pick up the IGL role if capable)
2021-01-11 22:03
1 reply
Yes if envy is like no.51 this roster will be like rank 49 maybe
2021-01-12 08:00
leaf also changed to VALULRANT
2021-01-11 22:30
1 reply
2021-01-11 22:36
ex-100T + Twistzz
2021-01-11 22:43
2 replies
they all wanna go to europe and ex-100t are signed to EXTREMUM if I am right
2021-01-11 22:45
1 reply
No one has officially signed with extremum yet
2021-01-11 23:08
flusha sunny twistzz autimatic calyx
2021-01-11 22:07
2 replies
if i was envy i wouldnt gamble with an international team like this, they rarely work out. Rather buy a tier 2 team with potential and then upgrade a few players
2021-01-11 22:10
1 reply
yep. language matters a lot
2021-01-11 22:12
Georgia Megobari
You had a chance to sign ex-Chaos, dumbasses xd
2021-01-11 22:10
To play <30 matches in a whole year? OMEGALUL
2021-01-11 22:25
1 reply
I think Thomas only played one game with envy after transferring from endpoint hahahaa
2021-01-12 07:58
just get the MIBR guys, they will be 10 times better than this trash team with nifty
2021-01-11 22:30
There is a pretty good opportunity right now called signing ex-100T + Twistzz
2021-01-11 22:42
Sign Auti + Flusha + Sunny + 2
2021-01-11 23:01
ENVY.Lucas1, HEN1, leo_drk, v$m, kNgV and trk? it will be?
2021-01-11 23:03
3 replies
No they’re going to SK
2021-01-11 23:39
2 replies
Indonesia draizze
SK won't return to CSGO, their main sponsor didn't want to associate with CSGO.
2021-01-12 10:24
sk is a very winning tag to risk on a "promising" team
2021-01-12 17:03
Poland SebL
It's the correct move, this roster was dead for a long time already. They can build or get some nice team in Envy.
2021-01-11 23:30
Just sign ex-chaos ffs
2021-01-11 23:37
envy didn't care about cs anyway
2021-01-12 00:04
chaos will always be known as the team that could of been something special but just couldnt break through because of how dead the NA scene is
2021-01-12 00:29
Ex-100T + Twistzz? cogu's project? dead's project? Try to pry the ex-Chaos boys away from Valorant? You got options man, do something
2021-01-12 00:43
So buying chaos for free is not a good opportunity AHAHHA
2021-01-12 00:56
The statement "We are still willing to apply a good budget to CS for the right opportunity in the future" means absolutely nothing. If they had the good budget for CS the right opportunity would be there all the time. It means they don't have a good budget and will not do shit UNLESS Astralis players all become available for super cheap and nobody wants them.
2021-01-12 01:36
why the hell people talking about x chaos , they already went to valorant and c9...
2021-01-12 02:43
1 reply
AFAIK none of them have signed any contracts yet. Owner of their former org has said they were free transfer as well
2021-01-12 07:55
Just underpay some brazilians, their scene is dead anyway
2021-01-12 02:59
Money won't buy skill.
2021-01-12 03:04
1 reply
wtf ?
2021-01-12 10:32
Good investment
2021-01-12 08:05
France niouke
The guy wants a potential top1 roster for free. As they showed they are unable to actually build a roster from scratch. Hell since the first change of the original EnvyUS roster they haven't made a single successfull roster move. Speaks volume of their managment skills.
2021-01-12 08:24
this guy keeps on signing tier 10 players. smh.
2021-01-12 10:23
EnVyUs > Envy
2021-01-12 10:32
Sunny igl? Flusha igl? Automatic awp? Michu Calyx awp? Eyy woxic... Then it could be decent with two Turkish players... Another stupid team, pretty much too diverse, just like current one,but at least this is tiny bit better,unless woxic and Calyx then pretty sick.
2021-01-12 10:38
bodyy Maka JACKZ Lucky hAdji BUT YOU DIDNT WANT IT
2021-01-12 11:02
Clown 🤡
2021-01-12 12:03
the fact they kept Nifty for so long already proved how little they give a fuck about their CS team
2021-01-12 14:04
Missed out on Chaos...
2021-01-12 14:24
Chaos wasn’t the right opportunity?
2021-01-12 14:38
This guy really had faith in a team with nifty as awp, bot legjia and thomas LUL
2021-01-12 15:01
wat doink
2021-01-12 16:01
(same guy who said valorant would kill cs btw)
2021-01-12 16:32
He's an appalling business man and this is the result
2021-01-12 19:57
lmao ty for the freelo
2021-01-14 22:43
lmao apply a good budget to some bitches
2021-01-15 10:47
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