BIG sign faveN in transfer of "unprecedented size in German CS"
BIG have completed the signing of faveN and moved Nicklas "gade" Gade to the bench to make space for the new addition, the German organization has announced. The 21-year-old joins the team from Sprout in a transfer BIG claim to be of unprecedented size as the most expensive deal for a German player in Counter-Strike history.
His addition comes as the latest in a long line of player moves between two of the western European country's biggest organizations, following in the footsteps of the likes of coaches Niclas "enkay J" Krumhorn and Tobias "tow b" Herberhold as well as Florian "syrsoN" Rische and Nils "k1to" Gruhne.
Boasting some very impressive numbers over a three-year tenure with Sprout and averaging a 1.18 rating in 2021 in his best year individually since he burst onto the scene, faveN had been tipped to get the call up for some time.
He now joins BIG at a time when the team has been unable to improve their results following the signing of gade, who joined the squad during the summer off-season to fill the void left by the departure of Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş to Eternal Fire.
They have been struggling to contend for deep runs at the biggest events in the latter half of the season with the Dane, most recently placing 9th-12th at IEM Winter and 7th-8th at BLAST Premier Fall Final, with a runner-up finish at DreamHack Open November being a highlight of an otherwise unimpressive resumé as of late.
With the new boost in firepower, BIG will be hoping to regain the lost ground and return to the kind of form that had seen them compete for titles in 2020.
"faveN has been in the international spotlight with his excellent performances over the last 12 months and has been on the shortlist of many clubs," BIG's CEO, Daniel Finkler, said in a statement. "In a historical context, the transfer is the most expensive deal for a German player. We are absolutely convinced that faveN, with his outstanding qualities and ambition to play at the world's top level, is a perfect fit for BIG."
"Playing for the best German team was always a dream and now it has become reality," faveN said about the move. "My goals with BIG are to first to become a top 10 team again, and to win big tournaments of course. I'm more motivated than ever and can’t wait to play the first games with my new team!"
BIG boast the following team:
Niclas "enkay J" Krumhorn (coach)
Nicklas "gade" Gade (benched)