junior to stand in for Bad News Bears on loan*

The AWPer will reunite with Alan "⁠Shakezullah⁠" Hardeman and Gabe "⁠Spongey⁠" Greiner, whom he previously played alongside on Triumph.

* Update: FURIA have confirmed that they have loaned Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson to Bad News Bears for their matches in ESL Pro League Season 14.

junior is set to complete the roster of Bad News Bears for ESL Pro League Season 14 as part of a short-term loan agreement with FURIA, sources with knowledge of the situation have told HLTV.org.

The 20-year-old AWPer would fill the spot left vacant by Peter "⁠ptr⁠" Gurney, who announced his retirement from CS:GO on Tuesday to pursue a career in poker.

junior will stand-in for Bad News Bears in ESL Pro League

junior has been on the sidelines since stepping down from FURIA's active roster in June, stating at the time that he needed a break to reset and recoup as his "mental [was] shot." His performance had taken a steep downturn on the Brazilian lineup, where communication issues and building pressure played a part in junior averaging a 0.92 rating — a far cry from his performance the previous year (1.13 rating).

The move will mark a reunion between junior, Shakezullah and Spongey, who all played together on Triumph in 2020, and massively bolster the firepower of the team ahead of their appearance at ESL Pro League.

junior will stand-in for the roster at the event, which is set to play out online in Europe and will kick off on August 16, with Bad News Bears residing in Group A alongside the likes of Heroic, Astralis, and Vitality.

With junior’s addition, Bad News Bears' roster will be:

Canada Jonathan "⁠Jonji⁠" Carey
United States Michael "⁠Swisher⁠" Schmid
United States Gabe "⁠Spongey⁠" Greiner
United States Alan "⁠Shakezullah⁠" Hardeman
United States Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson (on loan for EPL S14)

United States Nathan "⁠madcow⁠" Retterath (coach)

Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
915
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1113
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
United States Gabe 'Spongey' Greiner
Gabe 'Spongey' Greiner
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
595
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.62
United States Michael 'Swisher' Schmid
Michael 'Swisher' Schmid
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
371
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
United States Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
617
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
281
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
#1
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Turkmenistan MilkEnjoyer
neat!
2021-08-04 20:00
21 replies
Junior back with shakezullah expecting a 1.4 rating over the whole event
2021-08-04 20:02
9 replies
YES LETS FUCKING GOOOOOOO
2021-08-04 20:10
1 reply
Ez for Jonathan "Jonty" Carey and co.
2021-08-05 07:36
+1
2021-08-04 20:10
+1
2021-08-04 20:41
lets goooo
2021-08-04 21:05
+1
2021-08-04 21:36
+1
2021-08-04 23:45
+1
2021-08-05 03:47
+1
2021-08-05 13:57
But who's paying the loan???
2021-08-04 20:18
9 replies
Me
2021-08-04 20:26
3 replies
me too
2021-08-04 20:30
2 replies
Me as well
2021-08-04 20:54
1 reply
same here
2021-08-04 21:11
ptr's winnings from poker
2021-08-04 21:37
3 replies
ahaha +1
2021-08-04 21:47
ptr wanted to save funds by not travelling to EU so he can have more poker chips on table ))
2021-08-04 21:49
men ))))))
2021-08-05 13:58
the taxpayers around the world
2021-08-05 07:50
Now -Jonji +TariK and ez
2021-08-04 22:56
#2
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Canada hsal
BRING BACK PTR
2021-08-04 20:01
who?
2021-08-04 20:00
12 replies
#9
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Canada KappaTieSey
currently the second best awper in usa xd
2021-08-04 20:04
11 replies
ok
2021-08-04 20:02
6 replies
nice edit
2021-08-04 20:02
1 reply
nevermind
2021-08-04 20:03
oSee better than both
2021-08-04 20:02
1 reply
second best awper i forgot about osee ****
2021-08-04 20:04
#22
honda | 
Brazil kindo
but saffee isn't american lmao original comment before editing: saffee is the best AWPer in usa
2021-08-04 20:03
1 reply
junior was playing for the brazilian team and i got fucked up
2021-08-04 20:05
so like 500000th best in the world
2021-08-04 20:04
1 reply
precisely
2021-08-04 20:05
#141
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Russia Thfthf
The 1st is Stewie?
2021-08-08 03:41
1 reply
no osee
2021-08-08 19:11
#4
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United States Em_
pog
2021-08-04 20:00
NA saved
2021-08-04 20:01
5 replies
#104
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United States yee47
Hopefully so. NA is such a passionate region for CS, it sucks seeing all the lower Tier Orgs move onto Valorant. I miss the days when there was an overflow of teams and talent in NA, hopefully BnB and Extra Salt can take that next step and really challenge people on LAN.
2021-08-04 22:16
4 replies
+1
2021-08-04 22:27
+1 when EPL had 14 teams and all of them had orgs
2021-08-05 11:41
#136
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Japan Peine
"NA is such a passionate region for CS, it sucks seeing all the lower Tier Orgs move onto Valorant." That sentence made me laugh
2021-08-05 15:01
1 reply
#140
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United States Herabitix
nt no scene
2021-08-07 15:37
#6
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Namibia KhT
nice
2021-08-04 20:01
#7
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Czech Republic Starold
who will stand for who?
2021-08-04 20:01
3 replies
#14
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Czech Republic Starold
on what?
2021-08-04 20:01
It's the NA scene it doesn't matter
2021-08-04 20:02
junior stands in for ptr (because he retired)
2021-08-04 20:04
cool
2021-08-04 20:01
#10
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Finland MONARQUE
LETS FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-08-04 20:01
ok
2021-08-04 20:01
#12
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Czech Republic Starold
xd
2021-08-04 20:02
who is this guy? why don't you go for kobruh or oSee?
2021-08-04 20:01
2 replies
OSee already has a better thing going with Extra Salt. Or theoretically better anyway
2021-08-04 20:07
#58
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United States gweees
Kobruh LULW also osee is playing for Extra Salt who is 10x better than BNB rn
2021-08-04 20:18
ptr is selfish. should have left after esl pro league instead of right before
2021-08-04 20:02
20 replies
#32
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United States Swisher
He wanted to play EPL but we felt as a team it would be more beneficial to bring in a potential 5th player that we could grow with for the event. Love pete and I still wished he could of been with us.
2021-08-04 20:04
19 replies
ah i understand. Thx for explaining and best of luck. I'll be watching all of your games <3
2021-08-04 20:05
That makes sense. Rooting for yall dude
2021-08-04 20:07
Real Swisher
2021-08-04 20:08
#51
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Peru tosta
neat. best of luck in EPL hoping i see some upsets
2021-08-04 20:09
best of luck in EPL :)
2021-08-04 20:12
#62
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United States gweees
gl in EPL man
2021-08-04 20:18
#73
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France Carrotaboy
Gl man
2021-08-04 20:28
GL!
2021-08-04 20:28
#80
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Canada Femtal
Good luck in EPL go make NA proud boys :)
2021-08-04 20:38
#82
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United States thespecht
GL
2021-08-04 20:52
Good luck man, will be rooting for u guys, ps, get tarik as a sub 😀
2021-08-04 20:55
i don't even follow NA cs but somehow i can't help but root for you guys glhf in epl!
2021-08-04 21:17
GL in EPL dude!
2021-08-04 21:50
#101
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Brazil Anarchybr
GL man, I’m cheering that you guys do well and Junior got his game back!
2021-08-04 21:52
GL
2021-08-04 22:15
OMG I PLAYED DM WITH U BRO <3
2021-08-05 03:48
GL my guy :)
2021-08-05 11:42
#132
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Latvia heywire
Rekt these haters trying to start drama respect.
2021-08-05 13:04
#133
 | 
United Kingdom Xteria
Good luck in epl 👍
2021-08-05 13:51
Nice!! This should be better for him because he should be comfortable, they speak English fluently
2021-08-04 20:02
cool
2021-08-04 20:03
ok
2021-08-04 20:03
#26
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Germany Pellinskii
I wonder if PTR was actually kicked for Junior because this is a pretty massive upgrade for BNB
2021-08-04 20:03
5 replies
Ptr retired and junior is on a loan
2021-08-04 20:04
2 replies
#38
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Germany Pellinskii
well PTR retiring couldve been a product of BNB telling him they want to remove him for Juinor
2021-08-04 20:05
1 reply
#71
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Europe bevern
I dont think they can buy out Junior. When are his contract over?
2021-08-04 20:26
#46
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United States Rayduh
No it’s not, actually trust me on this one
2021-08-04 20:07
#32 He was cut.
2021-08-05 04:15
BnB to playoffs now ez
2021-08-04 20:04
#28
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United States hellokappa
BNB TO THE MOON
2021-08-04 20:04
#37
honda | 
Brazil kindo
gl junior hope you get in better shape during your bnb trajectory
2021-08-04 20:05
Get Tarik too in place of Jonji!
2021-08-04 20:05
good for junior, massive upgrade bnb
2021-08-04 20:06
#41
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Brazil rodgropen
Junior is a nice addition on Loan, but they should go for a young awper to make the roster more attractive for orgs. Someone like CoJoMo
2021-08-04 20:06
2 replies
junior is 20, only 2 years older than Cojomo. Not exactly old. I think orgs also want people that have played on top teams like furia.
2021-08-08 22:40
1 reply
#146
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Brazil rodgropen
True, but Junior is only on Loan. And i can't see BnB paying his buyout without an org.
2021-08-16 15:09
Great news to hear!
2021-08-04 20:07
#43
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United States Rayduh
Lmao who would’ve thought
2021-08-04 20:07
#47
 | 
Hong Kong Odravkeo
should have been tarik
2021-08-04 20:08
#49
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United States Dugaid
BNB TO THE MOON
2021-08-04 20:08
I mean they will be last in groups anyway but it will be online so who knows. Jonji will drop 40 each game tho im sure
2021-08-04 20:08
i hope he can roll back to the triumph days, he was super solid there
2021-08-04 20:10
#56
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Germany Nachofish
epic stuff
2021-08-04 20:13
#57
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Brazil Donda615
q pena TATATATATATATATATATATATA TRATRATRATRATRATRATRA PAPAPAPAPAPAPAPAPAAPAPAPA POOOOOOOOUU PUUUUUUUULLL POOOOOW
2021-08-04 20:17
-jonji +grim
2021-08-04 20:18
that's pog
2021-08-04 20:18
good for him
2021-08-04 20:19
damn... he had that chance on tier1 with furia but I mean holy shit, like if you're an NA pro player, chances are you'll always be stuck in the lower tiers and with the current situation... even moreso
2021-08-04 20:20
very good
2021-08-04 20:21
#66
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Spain Nepomu
Junior and goat shakezullah pog
2021-08-04 20:21
#67
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Canada firtlast
junior incapable of t1 play rip
2021-08-04 20:23
NBK v2 wow
2021-08-04 20:25
Looking forward to seeing what this team can get done!
2021-08-04 20:26
#72
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Serbia Dusan837
that would be good
2021-08-04 20:27
I like this move from a gameplay perspective but I can’t help but worry that this will scare away any tier 2 org that would pick them up because of junior’s buyout
2021-08-04 20:31
2 replies
#78
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Japan Kosaki
His buyout is prob $5
2021-08-04 20:31
Furia dont look or sound like an org that would cuck their players , they let Hen1 get away pretty easily too , selling him on a price lower than his base and let him get away on his own choice through its worth noting that his brother connection was the driving force behind it all. They can obviously try and wait to cash out on Junior as much as they can but he would just be wasting his time on the bench their while Furia have no plan to go back on English comms again and ruining his time in the meantime. They might let him go off quite easily too .
2021-08-04 22:48
#77
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Japan Kosaki
Time to go 0-6
2021-08-04 20:31
worst player lol
2021-08-04 20:35
#85
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Asia Blitzer
there isnt a better awper than him in NA atm (available of course)
2021-08-04 20:56
#87
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Chile cristiaan
EZ CLAP GL
2021-08-04 21:06
furia won't have more awp?
2021-08-04 21:20
1 reply
arT is AWPing.. junior has been benched for about 2 months now
2021-08-04 21:47
#93
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Canada _penguins
The perm is back baby!!! BnB to the moon!!!
2021-08-04 21:43
xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2021-08-04 21:44
I´m happy for Junior that he is playing in a team again ^^
2021-08-04 21:48
noiceeeeeee
2021-08-04 21:51
#102
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Brazil Anarchybr
I saw this coming as soon as ptr retired! GL junior, I hope you do well and get your confidence back! Not a fan of Jonji but cheering for BNB. Also, I hope this means we will see news of +saffee or +coldzera soon...
2021-08-04 21:55
Junior + Tarik + Rush + 2, would work in NA
2021-08-04 22:20
Nice
2021-08-04 22:42
#110
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United States okuulanda
hell yeah dude i love furia but that was absolutely not the right fit for him. hope he can perform better now that he's more comfortable
2021-08-04 23:23
#111
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Albania aplasa
nice
2021-08-04 23:36
rip ptr
2021-08-04 23:46
Hope they get an org
2021-08-05 00:18
#115
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Brazil oldStar
Poor BNB...
2021-08-05 00:39
I wish junior was swedish, I like this boy
2021-08-05 00:53
junior falls apart
2021-08-05 01:00
Pog
2021-08-05 01:14
wont make a difference...i like the bears but i dont see them winning one match especially with shake...he is a curse to teams
2021-08-05 01:33
0.89 Rating, bot junior
2021-08-05 02:16
1 reply
cause he was with furia and his mental state was not good, with Na boys and a few former teammates he'll do a lot better.
2021-08-07 05:35
Yes! Let's go junior, ma boi. Shakezullah with you too? Its a wrap.
2021-08-05 03:45
#125
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Chile cap_
gl Junior, despite of his run in furia he got my respect for doing his best for the best of the team, keep it up boy.
2021-08-05 04:52
#126
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France Uexo
Yoo that's cool
2021-08-05 05:28
well that’s such a nice move the core is back together, I wish you the best of luck in epl
2021-08-05 08:10
#137
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Germany frankturv
#BringHen1Back
2021-08-05 15:55
expected
2021-08-06 11:55
#144
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Hungary F1z3s
leggo
2021-08-11 23:33
#145
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Brazil bandindin
junior > abysm >>>> honda
2021-08-11 23:34
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