xsepower announces free agency

The 23-year-old Russian AWPer had spent the better part of 2021 on forZe's bench.

Bogdan "⁠xsepower⁠" Chernikov will be moving into free agency, the player stated via his Twitter on Wednesday.

The announcement comes around seven months after xsepower was moved to forZe's bench along with Dmitriy "⁠facecrack⁠" Alekseyev in favour of Aleksandr "⁠zorte⁠" Zagodyrenko and Aleksandr "⁠KENSI⁠" Gurkin. The new roster just recently qualified for the playoffs of ESL Pro League, ahead of G2, Virtus.pro, and Sinners.

xsepower is now free to pursue other opportunities

xsepower was one of the key components of forZe's successful rise throughout 2018 and 2019, averaging a 1.20 rating in 2019 on the way to a trophy at Copenhagen Games and a second place finish at BLAST Pro Series Moscow.

The team and xsepower himself hit a rough patch of form toward the end of 2020, which saw him cut from the team, with all of his last three events with the Russian squad seeing him fail to reach a 1.00+ rating.

Since that time the AWPer, along with facecrack, has linked up with ex-HellRaisers core Nikolaj "⁠kalinka⁠" Rysakov, Dmitriy "⁠ProbLeM⁠" Martinov, and Nikita "⁠JIaYm⁠" Panyushkin, playing under the name bankaPEPSI.

That mixed team has played at various qualifiers and tier-two events, as well as the EPIC League Regional Major Ranking event. Most recently they failed to advance through the Funspark ULTI Europe Regional Qualifier, finishing behind teams like AGO, O PLANO and MAD Lions.

The move leaves forZe with the following roster:

Russia Evgeny "⁠FL1T⁠" Lebedev
Russia Almaz "⁠almazer⁠" Asadullin
Russia Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov
Russia Aleksandr "⁠zorte⁠" Zagodyrenko
Russia Aleksandr "⁠KENSI⁠" Gurkin

Russia Anatoliy "⁠liTTle⁠" Yashin (coach)

Russia Nikita 'JIaYm' Panyushkin
Nikita 'JIaYm' Panyushkin
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
481
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.73
Lithuania Nikolaj 'kalinka' Rysakov
Nikolaj 'kalinka' Rysakov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
Russia Aleksandr 'KENSI' Gurkin
Aleksandr 'KENSI' Gurkin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
299
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1351
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Russia Almaz 'almazer' Asadullin
Almaz 'almazer' Asadullin
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1266
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
Russia Dmitriy 'ProbLeM' Martinov
Dmitriy 'ProbLeM' Martinov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
495
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
Russia Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
516
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1599
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Russia Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1061
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
Ez hr
2021-09-01 12:50
2 replies
Ez pepsi
2021-09-01 13:28
FACECRACK deserves a T1 team
2021-09-01 14:19
#2
SANJI | 
United Kingdom SAMER7
1
2021-09-01 12:51
Can be a star if he finds some consistency. Hoping he does that :D
2021-09-01 12:51
1 reply
he could find consistency in G2 *cough* Kappa
2021-09-01 22:13
#4
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Europe Kephea
n1
2021-09-01 12:51
let's go
2021-09-01 12:52
lets go sexpower
2021-09-01 12:52
Ez for g2
2021-09-01 12:52
POGdan SEXpower in action inc
2021-09-01 12:52
#9
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Hong Kong sti11fac
bogdan
2021-09-01 12:52
Good awper + sex power, 2 deals in 1, take him as fast as possible
2021-09-01 12:52
#11
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Japan Inlivino
ripperino
2021-09-01 12:52
Who?
2021-09-01 12:52
Star in making
2021-09-01 12:53
he needs to find consistency. Ez star awper
2021-09-01 12:53
1 reply
#82
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Estonia thisba!tes
It's amazing how he is continuing fight even if his hands was broken
2021-09-01 15:44
#15
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India aR__
Crazy how long he has gone without a team, he is INSANE.
2021-09-01 12:55
mouz? col? eg? fnatic?
2021-09-01 12:55
13 replies
I dont think top 15 international team will sign him idk why
2021-09-01 13:01
8 replies
Because no one wants a russian on their team unless its simple.
2021-09-01 13:11
7 replies
#31
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Slovakia passiv
who is not russian :D
2021-09-01 13:21
3 replies
The people in Mouz, Col, EG and Fnatic are not russian.(?) You said top 15 international team.
2021-09-01 13:24
2 replies
He meant that s1mple is not Russian.
2021-09-01 13:28
1 reply
Ah, yes, my bad, CIS/Russian
2021-09-01 13:33
> s1mple > russian
2021-09-01 13:30
1 reply
partly
2021-09-01 16:11
s1mple isn't russian
2021-09-01 14:02
#62
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Denmark twinseN
Fnatic
2021-09-01 14:05
TBH i want to see him in extremum, xsepower is a big upgrade from gratata. Extremum is a russian org so i dont think it will be hard for him to join extremum. The only thing is i doubt the aussies want to go their separate way and it will cause them to lose their rmr points as well.
2021-09-01 15:10
2 replies
nonono don’t touch grati😕
2021-09-01 15:15
#94
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Russia TorToroych
That a good point
2021-09-01 17:10
finally
2021-09-01 12:56
who
2021-09-01 12:56
Who
2021-09-01 13:01
He is not good anymore. rip
2021-09-01 13:03
Someone better pick him up fast Gl
2021-09-01 13:04
Matchfixer
2021-09-01 13:04
guy is a huge awp abuser - 68% awp kills - he can't rifle
2021-09-01 13:06
2 replies
no shit hes an awper dude
2021-09-01 13:57
1 reply
most awpers are 40-50% awp kills because guess what you have to rifle sometimes. being shit at rifling makes you a less versatile awper and less valuable plus he hasn't even been that good recently
2021-09-01 14:00
mouz +xsepower
2021-09-01 13:09
1 reply
They have torszi, they just have to wait a couple months
2021-09-01 13:58
#27
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Bulgaria onegrit
Ok
2021-09-01 13:13
Good experienced strong awper, dont know how is his englando but Fnatic should consider him instead Jackinho
2021-09-01 13:13
4 replies
#49
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Estonia thisba!tes
His english is good as far as I know
2021-09-01 13:38
i think smooya would be better for fnatic
2021-09-01 13:51
2 replies
Just keep Jackinho he played well this tourney
2021-09-01 14:09
Depends on how well brits can handle each other, but yes Smooya would be an upgrade also.
2021-09-01 16:20
Sexpower
2021-09-01 13:16
-s0mple +sexpower
2021-09-01 13:19
#32
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Australia csRIOTgo
XSEXGODPOWER
2021-09-01 13:22
nobody wants fanboy of kennys
2021-09-01 13:22
El1an to G2 xsepower to Entropiq
2021-09-01 13:23
15 replies
#36
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp
el1an to G2 LMAO
2021-09-01 13:27
14 replies
yes? It's a huge upgrade.
2021-09-01 13:28
13 replies
#44
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp
why would they take this ruski bot? no skill, no behavior, no proper English, schoolboy
2021-09-01 13:32
12 replies
definitely 0/8
2021-09-01 13:35
1 reply
#47
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp
cope
2021-09-01 13:36
Wtf are you talking about if you don't even know him? -8/8
2021-09-01 14:00
kazaha porvalo
2021-09-01 14:39
8 replies
#81
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp
zavali dulo podsos
2021-09-01 15:39
7 replies
pososi huy churka
2021-09-01 16:13
6 replies
#88
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp
ruskiy fashist v chistom vide. kak milo
2021-09-01 16:33
5 replies
chel, ti pisesh >ruski bot k chemu ti ego nationalnost podcherknul, ne iz ksenofobskih pobujdeniy ly, a?
2021-09-01 17:00
4 replies
#90
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp
ti tipichniy ruskiy fashist. ne zrya Gitler so Sralinim v desna lupilis' do nachala 2 mirovoy
2021-09-01 17:01
3 replies
sralin ne russki ne nado eto dermo s nami associirovat
2021-09-01 17:02
2 replies
#92
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp
on sidel v moskve (v kremle)? zna4it vaw. Blyadimir Blyadimirovich tozhe ne 4isto ruskiy, a udmurt kakoi-to
2021-09-01 17:04
1 reply
ne, eto huesosi chistoy krovi) Bolshevistskaya banditskaya vlast` ne doljna priznavatsya legitimnoy, iz-za togo chto was nami pravyat bivshie komi eti pidori vse eshe shitautsya zakonnimi
2021-09-01 17:06
#37
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Russia sharazami
QUESTIONS?
2021-09-01 13:27
1 reply
YES
2021-09-01 14:01
good player
2021-09-01 13:28
It’s a shame he has been without a proper team for so long.
2021-09-01 13:29
#48
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Estonia thisba!tes
Let's go, Complexity! POG
2021-09-01 13:37
He’s solid but so many quality AWPers in the CIS scene. I feel bad for him. S1mple, Sh1ro, Jame, Degster, Elian, Zorte, iDISBALANCE, Mou…. he’s forced into an international roster or tier 3 CIS team
2021-09-01 13:41
3 replies
#71
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Russia CYETA
>mou >quality xse and deko could easily replace him
2021-09-01 14:35
2 replies
It's debatable but even if we say so, K23 is dumb loyal to its players and they'd still be tier 3
2021-09-01 14:57
1 reply
#83
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Russia CYETA
true
2021-09-01 16:04
#51
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
Toxic, just like Smooya :)
2021-09-01 13:48
#53
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Finland Doto_top1
Is G2 awake?
2021-09-01 13:52
#54
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Netherlands Whatafz
Who?
2021-09-01 13:57
must learn English and join the European team
2021-09-01 14:05
1 reply
#95
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Russia TorToroych
2021-09-01 17:13
#63
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Brazil hugoooo
Sick awper. (everyone saying "who?" should be banned)
2021-09-01 14:06
to EG for cerq?
2021-09-01 14:10
zorte is better now sadly
2021-09-01 14:10
astralis hello
2021-09-01 14:14
Gl Sexpower
2021-09-01 14:15
He can be a good addition to a tier 2/3 team. Wish him luck!
2021-09-01 14:21
Nice
2021-09-01 14:36
#74
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Hungary Shiron212
gl mens))
2021-09-01 14:41
I think he might be an upgrade for G2
2021-09-01 14:42
1 reply
Every AWPer except for s0mple would an upgrade over Botanke for G2 at this point
2021-09-01 19:36
#76
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Russia Veyles
G2 -Amanek +sexpower
2021-09-01 14:44
He is better than acor, mous should get him
2021-09-01 15:27
good luck mens)
2021-09-01 16:24
#96
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Poland SebL
Really good AWPer. I doubt he will stay teamless for long. However I doubt he will get better offer than staying in this bankaPEPSI team in quite some time. If this team would have a little bit more firepower, with one change or something, I think they could be good, and I think they should make some roster adjustment, take one young Russian talent or something, and search for an org. GL boys.
2021-09-01 17:59
4 replies
#102
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Russia CYETA
-problem +kair0n -kalinka +shalfey facecrack igl
2021-09-01 19:37
3 replies
#107
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Poland SebL
facecrack is playing really bad even now, if he would take IGLing his fragging would probably be even worse, and Idk. if that's good honestly.
2021-09-02 15:28
2 replies
#108
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Russia CYETA
if his calls would be good then why not. Hes experienced player
2021-09-02 15:29
1 reply
#109
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Poland SebL
Yeah, it's for sure time to take some less fragging role, like I don't think he can be a star-player of a team anymore, so maybe worth a try, idk.
2021-09-02 15:30
expected
2021-09-01 18:05
sad its happening two years after everybody wanted him, hopefully he can find a good team and live up to his potential
2021-09-01 18:14
#99
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Brazil Fusk4
uh, isnt him on bankapepsi??
2021-09-01 18:19
he could go to faze broky is better as a rifler/2nd awper
2021-09-01 19:30
He is a beast. Several T1 team could use him, especially under a good T1 leader he could be massive !
2021-09-01 21:24
about time, bankapepsi is beyond dead.
2021-09-01 23:46
#106
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Denmark Danny D3
He has long been one of my favorite players to watch. Hope he finds a team where he is free to perform to his ability
2021-09-01 23:58
#110
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Europe robo1234
Will he find success in Hellraisers like Dosia?
2021-09-02 18:24
CIS teams are full of great AWPers so he is not gonna pick this option I can see him in international team that needs good awper like GORILLAZ, FPX
2021-09-02 19:41
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