sLowi benched in HAVU, set to join free agency in August

Olli "⁠sLowi⁠" Pitkänen has been moved to the bench after four years with HAVU as the Finnish organization continues its rebuilding phase.

sLowi has become the second HAVU member to depart the struggling Finnish team after Taneli "⁠disturbed⁠" Veikkola stepped down from the coaching position at the end of May.

The 26-year-old has been moved to the bench following a storied four-year career with the organization, during which he played over 1000 maps on HLTV and reached a high of 14th place in the world ranking.

sLowi will join the free agent pool in August after his contract expires

sLowi played myriad roles for the Finnish squad during his four years, from AWP to entry to in-game leader, winning several local LANs and online tournaments, and was the longest-tenured player on the team.

One of his best individual showings came at Flashpoint 1, where HAVU placed third and he was the top player at the tournament with a 1.25 rating across 26 maps. He also shined at the IeSF World Championship in 2018, a small international LAN in which he was also the highest rated player in his team's championship run.

"We've experienced many bad and happy moments together, celebrated many trophies together," says Lasse Salminen, HAVU CEO. "Due to difficult first half of 2022 we face big changes with our CS:GO team. This means us having to give sLowi a farewell.

"This isn't the only change happening and we will update you once final decisions have been made. I want to thank sLowi for these years together and wish him all the best in future!"

The Finn will remain on HAVU's bench until his contract expires on July 31st, after which he will join free agency. Meanwhile, the team will be looking to add a fifth and a coach during their restructuring phase to try and bounce back from a lowly 94th place in the world ranking.

HAVU are down to:

Finland Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen
Finland Jani "⁠Aerial⁠" Jussila
Finland Otto "⁠ottoNd⁠" Sihvo
Finland Joona "⁠Sm1llee⁠" Holmström

Finland Olli "⁠sLowi⁠" Pitkänen (benched)

Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1275
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Finland Joona 'Sm1llee' Holmström
Joona 'Sm1llee' Holmström
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
170
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Finland Taneli 'disturbed' Veikkola
Taneli 'disturbed' Veikkola
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
250
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
Finland Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen
Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1121
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
943
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
LETSGOO
2022-06-28 16:08
7 replies
Is Sergej finally coming back?
2022-06-28 16:25
2 replies
no
2022-06-28 16:26
1 reply
#83
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Hungary H0bbesCS
epic F
2022-06-28 17:27
Zoreee
2022-06-28 17:37
3 replies
zehn or doto
2022-06-28 18:06
2 replies
+1
2022-06-28 19:07
#135
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Finland d0udy3160
Brb zehn because he has been 2nd caller earlier in his career
2022-06-30 11:55
who
2022-06-28 16:08
#3
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Romania Lacerta
What
2022-06-28 16:09
#4
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China Zhusha
aleksib return to finnish cs finally
2022-06-28 16:09
2 replies
no unfortunately
2022-06-28 16:11
Zehn replacing him
2022-06-28 17:05
#5
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Finland JammuCSGO
OOF, unfortunate
2022-06-28 16:09
3 replies
why u think this is unfortunately?
2022-06-28 16:13
no, it is not
2022-06-28 16:35
#124
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Finland 5way
fortunate
2022-06-28 23:55
according to rumors -ottoNd +zehN + doto
2022-06-28 16:10
21 replies
#23
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Europe Nictake
Why would they bench ottond? Best player in team and only experienced viable main awp in finland. Rather bench botereal or xseaven
2022-06-28 16:14
10 replies
personal issues
2022-06-28 16:14
motivational issues or smth, not performance related
2022-06-28 16:15
4 replies
+1 to nickname
2022-06-28 16:26
3 replies
#108
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Finland giliuss
Hey im still learning finnish. Could you be kind and translate the nice message this gentleman has as his nickname? It must be something amazing and cultural like finnish always is :D
2022-06-28 19:54
2 replies
Jani’s (aerial’s) dick on ass
2022-06-28 20:39
1 reply
"in" not "on"
2022-06-28 21:23
apparently issues between players/personal issues
2022-06-28 16:25
#136
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Finland d0udy3160
We have 3 good awp players. Allu ottond and jamppi. I think jamppi told he would be returning cs later this yea. Autumn if I remember right
2022-06-30 11:58
2 replies
#137
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Finland Faifainei
Hoping it would be +jamppi but it seems really unlikely imo.
2022-06-30 13:43
1 reply
#140
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Finland d0udy3160
+1
2022-07-01 15:55
Who awp
2022-06-28 16:15
9 replies
xseven
2022-06-28 16:16
1 reply
#74
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Europe Nictake
oh no
2022-06-28 16:52
everyone awps on havu :DD (n0rbert malding)
2022-06-28 16:34
5 replies
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2022-06-28 17:11
Damn i forgot about this :DDD
2022-06-28 17:20
1 reply
one of the classic and best moments of finnish CS :D
2022-06-28 17:28
xaxaxaxa :Dd
2022-06-28 18:20
kkkkkkkkkk
2022-06-28 22:24
aerial :D
2022-06-28 18:08
#8
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Montenegro Putikainen
now zehn
2022-06-28 16:10
Are they actually getting aleksib or what other Finnish IGL is out there? Dont tell me they signed allu, no fucking way
2022-06-28 16:10
26 replies
they will get doto and zehn. havu can't afford to buy aleksi
2022-06-28 16:11
11 replies
Zehn is great. One of the most underrated players. I think this could work but I dont know who can IGL out of these 5
2022-06-28 16:13
8 replies
doto will be igl xseven awp
2022-06-28 16:13
7 replies
You sure? According to what zehn has said in the past it would make sense for him to igl.
2022-06-28 16:16
6 replies
rumors are saying that doto will be igl
2022-06-28 16:17
5 replies
#63
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Finland AksuNd
What rumours?
2022-06-28 16:35
4 replies
Ottond will get benched too. Xseven awp doto igl
2022-06-28 16:38
3 replies
#86
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Finland AksuNd
I know that but I feel like zehn is going to be the igl and doto/xseven awp
2022-06-28 17:31
2 replies
doto said he wants to igl
2022-06-28 18:21
doto is igl, hes been selling himself as igl lately and have took the bite
2022-06-28 20:16
Aleksib will soon be kicked for the poor results and after that even McDonalds can afford him.
2022-06-28 16:23
1 reply
hhhahaha delusional hater. even if he got benched his buy out would be too much to havu
2022-06-28 16:25
there is sunny but i doubt they signed him. Most likely doto and zehn
2022-06-28 16:12
13 replies
sunny does have team tho
2022-06-28 16:13
12 replies
does he?
2022-06-28 16:14
9 replies
yes msl supra oskar nodios sunny
2022-06-28 16:14
8 replies
sounds like a pug team but ok
2022-06-28 16:15
7 replies
they lost 0 games in esea season
2022-06-28 16:15
6 replies
they play esea? or where?
2022-06-28 16:16
5 replies
they played esea. now only practice not any games atm
2022-06-28 16:16
3 replies
ok thx for info
2022-06-28 16:16
2 replies
np
2022-06-28 16:17
and source is sunnys instagram
2022-06-28 16:17
#70
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Europe Rokiz
yh in open :DDDDDDDDDD literally proves nothing they don't have org. Going 14-0 as all ex pros in one team vs random lvl 10 mixes.
2022-06-28 16:45
“Team”
2022-06-28 16:14
1 reply
yeah a team a real team
2022-06-28 16:15
He actually already joined Team Temp, Allu's project; twitter.com/TwistaCSGO/status/1540333451..
2022-06-28 16:12
1 reply
I had missed that tweet, thx
2022-06-28 16:29
#13
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Hong Kong Opekp
Allu next
2022-06-28 16:12
#15
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Denmark EqualCSGO
What is a sLowi?
2022-06-28 16:13
THE EMPEROR OF HARTOLA
2022-06-28 16:13
#22
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Turkey edsvi
Small loss for cs , big loss for finland cs
2022-06-28 16:14
9 replies
this is good thing to Finnish cs
2022-06-28 16:15
Biggest lost for Finnish cs was that nobody here signed Jimpphat.
2022-06-28 16:26
6 replies
to be honest mouz nxt is probably a better opportunity for Jimpphat then havu
2022-06-28 16:42
5 replies
yes, good for godpphat bad for finlando
2022-06-28 18:23
4 replies
nope, like u see in mouz nxt, jimpphat isnt puitting the numbers thats needed in havu, he will be goat in 2 years and then he will be in finnish team.
2022-06-28 20:17
3 replies
what? he is playing good, ofc he wont get 1.3 rating when he isnt the star player of the team like he used to
2022-06-28 20:42
2 replies
hes playing okay, hes not the star, hes playing t side best position, ct side hes playing positions he wants to play, mirage b house is his favorite position, nuke ramp is his favorite position etc. he still need to get used to that professional cs, in 2 years he will be like spinx today and then he be like blamef
2022-06-28 21:03
1 reply
Yes those are the positions he wants to play, but still mirage b is not a position where you get farm rating. Also Havu would definitely take him if he just wanted to join as heis clearly the best option for them.
2022-06-28 21:41
#125
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Finland 5way
this is a big win tbf
2022-06-28 23:58
That's a pretty...slow transition to free agency.
2022-06-28 16:14
#32
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Poland moistu
zehN doto Aerial xseveN sergej
2022-06-28 16:15
3 replies
sergej not playing and sm1llee better anyway
2022-06-28 20:17
1 reply
#113
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Poland moistu
sergej still better in inactive
2022-06-28 20:24
#112
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Finland LIPISMIES
This would be something!
2022-06-28 20:21
+Jamppi
2022-06-28 16:22
1 reply
wont happen
2022-06-28 16:24
#44
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Finland AliSabid
Expected
2022-06-28 16:22
Finally I swear these guys don't even play seriously. The new roster with ottoNd and Sm1llee looked better on paper yet played 100x worse. doto and zehN were praccing with HAVU like a week ago so hopefully that's the final roster and doto can make himself a solid IGL. I think he has potential.
2022-06-28 16:22
4 replies
unfortunately they just don't have proper awp
2022-06-28 16:23
1 reply
Yeah sad
2022-06-28 16:24
#101
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Sweden skorpan
Where’s zoree??? Best finish player
2022-06-28 18:40
1 reply
Playing with allu Also in the military
2022-06-28 19:02
+sunny for firepower
2022-06-28 16:28
ok
2022-06-28 16:29
+allu +sunny +jambolo
2022-06-28 16:30
1 reply
Nice bait
2022-06-28 16:38
disband havu pls
2022-06-28 16:33
What happened to Havu? From solid top 30 to this
2022-06-28 16:41
1 reply
sAw left for ence
2022-06-28 22:28
I hope slowi can blossom again. Used to love watching Him before he was IGL. His second awp was a treat to watch
2022-06-28 16:48
Sadge
2022-06-28 16:50
sad
2022-06-28 16:51
#75
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Finland Emvi
stupid bodybuilder <3 I hope both temp and havu can rise in rankings
2022-06-28 16:54
2 replies
#119
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Europe Nictake
That "stupid bodybuilder" joins temp tho
2022-06-28 21:29
1 reply
#128
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Finland Emvi
Exactly, I hope it works for both
2022-06-29 03:53
I forgot HAVU existed. They didn't play for so long already
2022-06-28 16:55
And now - sm1llee pls
2022-06-28 16:55
Finnish scene fell off so hard ngl, major finalist to this.
2022-06-28 16:58
1 reply
#126
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Finland 5way
true, even mongolia owns finland nowadays like wtf
2022-06-29 00:00
#79
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Albania tanzania89
now -Sm1lle go get sunNy and zehN , than ez top20
2022-06-28 17:01
Rip goat slowi, you were the mens)))
2022-06-28 17:30
#89
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Hungary TheBudi34
when +zehn +sunny +doto
2022-06-28 17:44
Finnish scene is done
2022-06-28 17:45
#91
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Greenland CharlieeUK
remember that hltv article last year? HAVU? The new ence or somthing just cos they done well in a pinnacle cup or some thing LOL
2022-06-28 17:56
1 reply
That's not what the article said lmao
2022-06-28 18:59
necessary move, but who's gonna igl
2022-06-28 18:06
-ottoNd +Zehn/doto +Jamppi
2022-06-28 18:15
2 replies
#99
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Other _n1ght
No way he leaves Liquid for HAVU lmao
2022-06-28 18:30
1 reply
I'm sure he'd be glad to leave V*lorant to form the best Finnish team
2022-06-28 18:58
juho?
2022-06-28 18:36
#102
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Finland Nollegee
Good move
2022-06-28 18:46
We clearly miss a real strong finnish team. I really hope they finally get a strong and long lasting team :D
2022-06-28 19:38
Apeks next
2022-06-28 21:54
#127
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Finland 5way
fucking finally
2022-06-29 00:01
#130
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Korea jin67300
Finally + aleksib back to havu
2022-06-29 09:34
#131
based | 
Seychelles vikr
omg
2022-06-29 10:11
-Sm1llee +sergej/zehn/doto +Aleksib Source: trust me bro
2022-06-29 12:37
Aerial xseven doto zehN spargo = new HAVU
2022-06-30 08:52
SONNI AKA BULL WILL FIND NEW HOME FAST I GUESS??
2022-06-30 13:43
#139
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Finland Faifainei
Havu has good players like aerial, xseven, otto but if they dont get good igl results are gonna stay meh.
2022-06-30 13:49
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