BIG unveil new academy team

The German organisation has finally put together a new roster with top prospects.

BIG announced on Thursday the new members of their academy squad. The five players, all aged between 18 and 19, were chosen after an extensive selection process that began in mid-January.

The initial shortlist consisted of over 120 players who impressed in the German FACEIT hub GoBIG League. The selection panel, which included the academy team's coach, Tugay "⁠TuGuX⁠" Keskin, and BIG legend Fatih "⁠gob b⁠" Dayik, considered several criteria, including potential, tactical awareness and communication skills.

BIG are just beginning to see the fruits of their academy project, which was launched in 2018 to guarantee a steady influx of talent in the German Counter-Strike scene. The previous academy roster, which included current ALTERNATE aTTaX duo Karim "⁠Krimbo⁠" Moussa and Max "⁠PANIX⁠" Hangebruch, peaked at No.80 in the world rankings and won 99Damage Liga Season 15.

"I am very excited to see how the team will develop in the coming months under the leadership of our academy coach, Tugay," BIG CEO Daniel Finkler said in a statement. "He brings a lot of experience from his years as a professional player.

"The goal is clear: We want to prepare these five top talents for a stint at a professional level step by step, together with our partner OMEN, and train their skills accordingly."

BIG Academy, who will compete in the next edition of 99Damage Liga, have the following roster:

Germany Niklas "⁠NIKZEj⁠" Burmeister
Germany Alex "⁠DuubLex⁠" Fominych
Germany Thierry "⁠Sanshine⁠" Müller
Germany Tim "⁠tazmin⁠" Maier
Germany Tom-Niklas "⁠Sw1ft⁠" Ruhnke

Germany Tugay "⁠TuGuX⁠" Keskin (coach)

Germany Max 'PANIX' Hangebruch
Max 'PANIX' Hangebruch
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
88
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Germany Niklas 'NIKZEj' Burmeister
Niklas 'NIKZEj' Burmeister
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
Germany Alex 'DuubLex' Fominych
Alex 'DuubLex' Fominych
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Germany Thierry 'Sanshine' Müller
Thierry 'Sanshine' Müller
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Germany Tim 'tazmin' Maier
Tim 'tazmin' Maier
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Germany Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
81
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
Germany Tom-Niklas 'Sw1ft' Ruhnke
Tom-Niklas 'Sw1ft' Ruhnke
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
German cs top 1
2021-02-05 00:42
19 replies
#2
OK | 
Australia B0OMER
nope
2021-02-05 00:43
5 replies
ez 4 Sanshine
2021-02-05 00:43
4 replies
#8
OK | 
Australia B0OMER
who
2021-02-05 00:44
3 replies
#17
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Netherlands n0b8m8
Thierry Müller
2021-02-05 00:46
2 replies
#116
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Germany Nachofish
they combined the dna of thierry Henry and Thomas Müller might be promosing
2021-02-05 17:45
1 reply
Good one! Literally 'laughed out loud'
2021-02-08 19:02
#7
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Brazil lorderedin
never
2021-02-05 00:43
wtf where is the source for this source?
2021-02-05 00:44
1 reply
2021-02-05 10:21
keep dreaming
2021-02-05 02:01
6 replies
#117
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Germany Nachofish
flair and flag keep dreaming
2021-02-05 17:45
5 replies
imagine beign a fan of sprout
2021-02-05 19:39
4 replies
#121
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Germany Nachofish
proportionally more successfull than faze will prob ever be but you keep dreaming maybe you should stick to fortnite and cod
2021-02-05 19:48
3 replies
how many blasts? how many esl trophies? how many iem trophies? 0
2021-02-07 23:24
2 replies
#127
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Germany Nachofish
did it rly take you almost a whole week to not read a reply properly m8? 0/8
2021-02-08 01:21
1 reply
mate i have better things to do! I have friends to see and cs to play so go watch sprout lose every match and win 0 titles
2021-02-08 10:30
Fak.
2021-02-05 05:08
XDDDD
2021-02-05 13:18
Sw1ft! Letz go! <3
2021-02-05 17:45
academy tournament soon
2021-02-05 00:43
6 replies
they should do it. get like academy kato and blast and all the events. When we back on lan they can also play there. Also as finals are like normaly later in day they can be like warmup. Doesnt need to be massive prize pool or top casters/hosts running it. Also lets newer casters and hosts have a chance.
2021-02-05 01:13
5 replies
the thing is it wouldnt be worth the money for the orgs to bring their academy teams to those tourneys... sadly
2021-02-05 01:19
#45
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United States BGS
Don't think we should be focusing on academy teams before we have a legitimate pro structure in place first. The sad truth of any amateur player (in any sport/video game) is that they have to live off very little while fronting most of the financial burden into getting into tournaments. Prize purses are not nearly big enough in the T1 scene to figure out how to boost lower level events where teams that may not have an organization can still attend in hopes of not only making their money back but winning money.
2021-02-05 02:28
0 IQ post
2021-02-05 06:40
i think it's the plan anyway, don't remember where i heard this, but they are preparing a new academy league (we already have nip, astralis, and now big, having a new academy team at the same time, it's not for nothing )
2021-02-05 12:41
Navi Junior will win 100% Navi Junior 1st Navi Youth 2nd 😂
2021-02-05 17:09
#4
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United Arab Emirates rehzy
Gg
2021-02-05 00:43
So this team is going to be calle SMALL
2021-02-05 00:43
4 replies
+1 smoll clan!
2021-02-05 01:40
lmao
2021-02-05 02:01
+1
2021-02-05 02:42
#55
saffee | 
Brazil uezu
Lul
2021-02-05 04:47
good team
2021-02-05 00:44
they all of 0 rating wtf
2021-02-05 00:44
3 replies
since none of them has played in a top german team yet... they had to apply for the casting and then a jury consisting of gob b and so on invited them to play together in a little tourney where they could see them in action and then they picked out the cherries from there
2021-02-05 01:21
2 replies
Oh ok ty
2021-02-05 02:53
1 reply
Yeah man, cut some slack for Small Clan
2021-02-05 05:37
#12
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Chile nachooww
gl
2021-02-05 00:44
BUG academy gl tho
2021-02-05 00:45
very good for cs scene, good job
2021-02-05 00:45
#15
bottle | 
Germany Azes
big academy already looking better than big
2021-02-05 00:45
1 reply
Top 3 confirmed
2021-02-05 09:35
cant wait for these new players to do well
2021-02-05 00:45
i hope they are good players like gambit.Y
2021-02-05 00:48
nice
2021-02-05 00:49
#20
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Chile cristiaan
gl bois
2021-02-05 00:52
TuGuX POG But why didnt BIG sign sesL? lol
2021-02-05 00:54
#22
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Turkey RENNNDER
HELAL DAYI
2021-02-05 00:57
worked well last time, gl!
2021-02-05 00:58
cool
2021-02-05 01:03
Duublex and Nikzej new superstars
2021-02-05 01:06
1 reply
DuubLex is worst fpl-c player
2021-02-05 01:51
who sre these guys
2021-02-05 01:11
1 reply
2021-02-05 09:12
#29
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Australia Beard43
BIG are a great org, GL lads.
2021-02-05 01:11
Hahahahahahahaahah
2021-02-05 01:19
1 reply
ur comment can only come from a lowiq person.
2021-02-05 22:10
Poh
2021-02-05 01:21
1 reply
Poh
2021-02-05 01:40
#36
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Turkey glitchmob
TUGUX DAYI GL
2021-02-05 01:26
Swift was legendary Swedish player in 1.5/1.6, he played for Nordic division, esu, team9, matrix along side with vesslan
2021-02-05 02:29
1 reply
nice
2021-02-05 22:09
#49
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Canada firtlast
sodaH? dukii? xenn? where are these upcoming german talents?
2021-02-05 03:03
5 replies
jerman cheaters
2021-02-05 03:21
1 reply
#59
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Canada firtlast
jerman young talents 😡😡😡😡
2021-02-05 06:38
duki an xenn 2 old and in a team sodawho?
2021-02-05 12:17
2 replies
Reply needs to have actual content, bro
2021-02-05 16:50
1 reply
sry bro only saw sodaH from urkain and know about sodatex from germany
2021-02-05 19:40
All these academy rosters are shit, none of them ever achieved something
2021-02-05 03:57
12 replies
#53
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Ukraine s1vs9mple
All except the flair you have
2021-02-05 04:20
1 reply
Ztr also looked quite strong last game against astralis :)
2021-02-05 06:41
#60
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Canada firtlast
gambit academy fnatic academy produced some good players
2021-02-05 06:39
2 replies
Yeah Brollan and Golden are from academy team if I remember correctly
2021-02-05 10:08
1 reply
#94
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Finland SamulisS
brollan wasnt in fnatic academy... acor was in north academy
2021-02-05 10:55
#71
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Netherlands Whatafz
Gambit academy was pretty decent
2021-02-05 08:37
That's...the point of academy teams
2021-02-05 09:29
the goal is not for the teams to achieve alot its for the players to gain experience and then jump to established teams
2021-02-05 11:03
1 reply
the real phoenix O.O
2021-02-05 16:49
You dont understand the purpose of academy teams. You dont understand investment into the future, thats why you cant achieve anything in your life!
2021-02-05 11:27
2 replies
Damn, i guess im gonna end myself, thanks kind stranger!
2021-02-05 12:23
1 reply
no problem bro. i hope you woke up
2021-02-05 14:44
#54
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Hungary szia
GLHF
2021-02-05 04:37
EU coming out with new teams while NA bleeds out
2021-02-05 06:48
2 replies
Money vs passion.
2021-02-05 07:42
1 reply
Sad Americans are only passionate for simping out and cashing out while Canadians make big league international moves
2021-02-05 08:03
#66
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
The last one went really good, I'm looking forward to seeing this one.
2021-02-05 07:54
Nice
2021-02-05 08:12
DAYIII
2021-02-05 09:30
He couldn’t spell sunshine properly? Lol
2021-02-05 10:06
#86
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Germany BIG2020
GL :)
2021-02-05 10:09
Sanshine ftw
2021-02-05 10:14
#90
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Germany Bier
Nice. #goBIG
2021-02-05 10:19
LETS GO DAYI aka TuGux
2021-02-05 10:30
#93
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Finland SamulisS
young legends
2021-02-05 10:54
#98
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Hungary Shiron212
Noice! Let's goo
2021-02-05 11:42
I thought sprout was big's academy team
2021-02-05 11:45
#100
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Turkey NreNE
Ezy for dayıııı
2021-02-05 11:46
nice
2021-02-05 12:27
expected
2021-02-05 12:28
Teaching kids how to find bugs to abuse))))))
2021-02-05 13:12
ez for little clan
2021-02-05 17:15
NC
2021-02-05 21:07
Huge honor to have played with Thierry in a team in summer 2018 and meeting him at ESL One Cologne 2018 at the final day <3 Good luck to you my friend!
2021-02-08 02:27
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