Apeks withdraw from ESEA Advanced: "We need time to reflect and evaluate"

The decision comes after a slew of poor performances in recent weeks.

Apeks have revealed that they have withdrawn their main CS:GO roster from all of their upcoming tournament appearances, including ESEA Advanced Season 42, where the European mix were fighting their way through the upper-bracket of the playoffs.

The news comes just six weeks after the side completed their off-season overhaul, where the organisation recruited the services of Justinas "⁠jL⁠" Lekavicius and Major winner, Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon, while also moving Martin "⁠STYKO⁠" Styk to the in-game leader role.

Apeks are withdrawing their main roster from ESEA Advanced after several substandard showings

Apeks have failed to translate their recent, high-profile signings into tangible results in the server, notably missing out on a spot at the IEM Road to Rio Europe RMR following an overtime defeat to GamerLegion in the fourth and final open qualifier. Their inability to secure an RMR berth also all but puts an end to shox's record of attending every Major since CS:GO's release, one he currently shares with Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen and Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth.

The roster were also unable to live up to expectations in their surprise decision to compete at the recently concluded Fragadelphia 17 event in the USA, finishing in 3-4th place after a gut-wrenching 1-2 loss to BIG Academy in the semi-finals — a considerable blow considering their academy roster, Apeks Rebels, previously finished in second place at the prior iteration of the grassroots event.

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CCT Central Europe Series 2 was also a sub-par performance for the European mix, with STYKO and company bowing out in the group stage with a 1-3 record; following losses to eSuba (No. 96), HONORIS (No. 90), and Enterprise (No. 65). This run of poor form ultimately left the side unable to move past their peak at No. 62 in the world ranking.

"Due to our current state we have decided to withdraw the main CS team from all competitions." Apeks said in their announcement tweet, "our results have been far from good enough and we need time to reflect and evaluate until we feel ready."

Apeks have the following roster:

Sweden Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson
Norway Joakim "⁠jkaem⁠" Myrbostad
Slovakia Martin "⁠STYKO⁠" Styk
Lithuania Justinas "⁠jL⁠" Lekavicius
France Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon

Poland Jakub "⁠kuben⁠" Gurczynski (coach)

Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1976
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Lithuania Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius
Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
386
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
2053
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1352
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1604
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
2015
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.61
these rosters never win anything, incredible
2022-09-26 17:11
4 replies
+1
2022-09-26 19:18
#99
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Yugoslavia Acceb
Your problem was signing shox. You already have a better version of him in Styko you need fire power not diva Here's an idea pick up Thomas or boros. Boom top 30
2022-09-26 22:45
1 reply
boros = top 30 player
2022-09-27 02:54
#109
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Australia Aquaaa
they never will
2022-09-27 05:45
RIP BOZO
2022-09-26 17:12
#3
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United States Zedsamcat
Shox is the problem
2022-09-26 17:12
5 replies
#12
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Japan Dracielia
legacy players, just get nawwk out of this mfw
2022-09-26 17:16
4 replies
#86
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United States Zedsamcat
Nawwk is one of the good players on the team, I know shox is support but he's just playing bad. Potential support players that are free agents include szejn, Calyx, tiziaN and xfloud, all except tiz have played with international teams recently. There are also a bunch of players on rosters that could be poached with some money
2022-09-26 20:17
3 replies
#90
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Japan Dracielia
Shox isn't in his prime anymore and teams seemed to be understanding that as well. As much as I love the dude as a person he should start stepping up more or just go with the most safest option, content creating and making time with his family. Those benched EF players are probably not going to be picked up anytime soon unless a intenrational squad is commited. Nawwk is misused, just get him, he isn't the top but at least good enough to be in a consistent team.
2022-09-26 21:25
2 replies
+1 shox has had an amazing career and is one of the most decorated players in french cs, I think it's best for him to step away from the competitive scene and pursue other ventures
2022-09-27 00:20
1 reply
Would it not be useful to have him as a coach or analyst? He says the game in ways that others can't, even if his mechanical skill can no longer keep up.
2022-09-27 19:11
#4
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Germany PotFriend
-shox -styko +f0rest +lekr0
2022-09-26 17:12
16 replies
#13
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Sweden Chaunclawd
-jl +chawzyyy from bench
2022-09-26 17:16
8 replies
#15
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Lithuania CEOofwomen
delusional
2022-09-26 17:17
You want them to win right? jL was their second best player after nawwk
2022-09-26 18:06
5 replies
#46
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Sweden Chaunclawd
ye but want full swedish speaking roster
2022-09-26 18:19
4 replies
chawzy was a beast as a hybrid, with nawwk in the team he was a rifler and did poorly.
2022-09-26 18:28
3 replies
He was actually primary before Apeks and hybrid at Apeks. The main problem for him was that Styk0 exists. Styk0 was seen as a better player which he isn’t.
2022-09-26 18:41
2 replies
Well, in flowskola it was joel and phzy on awping duty, as well as in Galaxy Racer Joel was main awping before he decided to scam people and blacklist himself from any normal team, forcing him to play with villains of cs in Monte. While chawzyy was good on the awp, the decision was made more out of necessity.
2022-09-26 19:24
1 reply
Well of course but nonetheless he was signed based on his performance with the big green
2022-09-26 22:16
jL >>> botzy
2022-09-26 18:49
+1 this team doesn't really lack proper firepower. the issue is no identity and most likely lackluster chemistry. f0rest, Lekr0, jkaem, nawwk, chawzyyy/HEAP I think going fully nordic is the way to go here.
2022-09-26 17:45
6 replies
#26
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Sweden HusbyS
+1
2022-09-26 17:38
+1
2022-09-26 19:14
#73
roeJ | 
Turkey RV14
+1
2022-09-26 19:30
#79
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Sweden axelious
+1
2022-09-26 19:49
+1
2022-09-26 20:52
#117
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Norway Snaids
+1
2022-09-27 22:24
#5
broky | 
Sweden cslipo
They really can't stick to a roster and let them improve What team withdraws from playoffs
2022-09-26 17:14
1 reply
Clearly the team had other issues since the previous roster went longer with worse results
2022-09-26 18:50
need time to disband
2022-09-26 17:12
1 reply
+1
2022-09-26 17:15
solo players, what everyone expected?
2022-09-26 17:14
#8
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France MIK120
I mean yeah, watched most of their games. One of the best teams on paper & one of the worst teams on the server at the same time right now. Good luck. You really need to fix a lot of things.
2022-09-26 17:14
3 replies
"One of the best teams on paper" - ahhh, cmon bro. Styko, jkaem and shox are past their prime. renowned players, no doubt about that, but wayyy past their best games.
2022-09-26 18:24
#78
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World NukestrikE
"One of the best teams on paper" lol...
2022-09-26 19:48
1 reply
On tier 2 scene
2022-09-27 02:17
#9
JW | 
Sweden gNeJS
Should have kept the old team and changed up some roles. Having all the experienced boys playing the star roles is rarely the way to success.
2022-09-26 17:14
-shox +Zehn -⁠nawwk ⁠+Maikelele -jL +Maden -⁠jkaem⁠ +Emi Styko
2022-09-26 17:15
5 replies
#41
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Hungary TheBudi34
+1
2022-09-26 18:03
#84
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Canada h0ly_
that team would be horrible
2022-09-26 20:00
Maikelele???????? As much as i like him as a streamer he can't compete anymore in tier1/2
2022-09-26 20:28
2 replies
you miss da joke
2022-09-27 03:21
1 reply
Naa i remember old godsent and fpx lineup lmao just tought he was serious
2022-09-27 15:15
Remove shox and get a proper IGL
2022-09-26 17:16
3 replies
aleksib would fit here, as we are talking about tier4 CS.
2022-09-26 17:29
2 replies
Hes in nip…
2022-09-26 17:50
1 reply
Someone had to tell him that
2022-09-26 21:37
No team chemistry sadly. Apeks should pick up a duo from solid team like Fnatic did with nicoodoz and roeJ
2022-09-26 17:18
give them more time holy cow...
2022-09-26 17:21
disband is coming
2022-09-26 17:23
should've added an igl instead of shox
2022-09-26 17:28
1 reply
#77
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Czech Republic SkinnyD
Styko will be good igl for sure, he just need a little time, shox is the best player to teach him, coz he was igl back in 2016 and has a lot of experience
2022-09-26 19:43
+1 rep for having the awareness to recognize and act on this, good call team
2022-09-26 17:30
Just disband and go to the better game, jk Just remove shox and put in a real igl and maybe they work
2022-09-26 17:33
shoxie, it's time my man
2022-09-26 17:34
1 reply
#75
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Germany Jonaah
i think he can still play pretty solid in a french speaking team
2022-09-26 19:41
#25
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Norway fuxzer
when they signed shox i knew the project was doomed to fail
2022-09-26 17:38
idk this org just seems cursed, can't ever get any notable results no matter the roster
2022-09-26 17:39
no surprize
2022-09-26 17:41
Also, management problem.
2022-09-26 17:43
Apeks bymas pls
2022-09-26 17:44
good move sign some young talent around jkeam and nawwk
2022-09-26 17:46
1 reply
Ztr, Nilo, Joel for example)))
2022-09-26 19:24
so sorry for jl but maybe they should go swedish or something
2022-09-26 17:49
#33
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Australia Skycap
jkaem to Encore
2022-09-26 17:49
No igl no win Just because you think someone can be a good igl it doesnt mean he will. It's probably the hardest and the moat important role in the team. Imo current results fit pretty nicely their igl lvl. No offence to styko but doing it for the 1st time won't make any team suddenly top 20. Dunno what they expected esp. after like 1 month
2022-09-26 17:54
1 reply
#38
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Slovakia Adwarin
+1
2022-09-26 17:56
#36
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Slovakia Adwarin
In my opinion, the problem is that you made STYKO an IGL and that shox no longer plays as well as he used to.
2022-09-26 17:55
#37
broky | 
Canada Kupo
Just a bunch of random players, this team doesn't really make sense... Apeks GM to blame.
2022-09-26 17:56
#39
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Hungary szia
Why withdraw during playoffs?
2022-09-26 17:57
Lol makes no sense
2022-09-26 17:59
#43
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Romania SkipLD
called it on their previous matches , I was 100% Apeks will drop them
2022-09-26 18:10
#44
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Brazil Frez7y
-styko -shox 2 bots.
2022-09-26 18:11
#45
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CIS Cresscent
Shox is just washed up. It's time to retire
2022-09-26 18:13
surely this means that shox wont be able to scam anymore orgs after they release him
2022-09-26 18:19
1 reply
He will stil scam LDLC or some other french team/org. Alex managed to scam fnatic despite mega scamming c9 before hand.
2022-09-26 19:23
This is definitely in the top 5 fastest disbands ever
2022-09-26 18:20
Its understandable, they're playing incredibly bad, but why would they not finish advanced first? Its just stupid to withdraw before they've been eliminated.
2022-09-26 18:35
4 replies
#54
FASHR | 
France Ansi
+1 this makes the most sense. they shouldnt need weeks to discuss whats wrong and how they want to fix it. There's so much pro experience in this team to deal with this efficiently already.
2022-09-26 18:40
Maybe fistfight inside the team
2022-09-26 18:51
2 replies
jL fisting shox anus :()
2022-09-26 18:55
1 reply
Why... I will have nightmares tonight.
2022-09-26 21:43
#52
JK | 
Asia flipflop
invest in promising youth rather than washed up veterans
2022-09-26 18:36
Just disband
2022-09-26 18:36
#56
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United States cybonics
Save jkaem
2022-09-26 18:49
I dont understand why a lot of org who were national went international its just dumb. Faze is the only one who worked and its one in 100 tier 1 teams. Compared to national team its nothing.
2022-09-26 18:56
2 replies
Yup 0IQ orgs.
2022-09-26 19:22
#76
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Slovakia GloryMole
Yeah it's a shame Mouz went from full german to international. Their German line up was so good...
2022-09-26 19:41
Team needs time to discuss with a lot of experienced players? Jesus, apeks..
2022-09-26 19:02
#63
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Brazil Anarchybr
They lack of IGL and firepower
2022-09-26 19:08
shox retire inc
2022-09-26 19:11
Nawwk/Joel/chawzyyy awp Grux/ztr/golden igl Jkaem/Heap/Joel/chawzyyy/plopski/f0rest/Nilo/grux rifle Devilwalk coach EASY top15 and basically a free lineup depening which route they go, ez 4 apeks.
2022-09-26 19:22
tragedy
2022-09-26 19:23
#74
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France Dunne_V1
1. Disband 2. See if one of the FA teams in RMRs makes it to the major 3. Buy their roster EZ sticker money
2022-09-26 19:33
fucking shit i would've gotten 300$ off of them losing today vs palomagods
2022-09-26 19:50
1 reply
also they are the biggest clownery of competetive csgo in 2022 20k/month for losing to esea advanced teams and getting destroyed by Enterprise etc..
2022-09-26 19:51
+ buzz
2022-09-26 19:50
#83
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World NukestrikE
still dont understand why they went for shox...
2022-09-26 19:51
I felt like they are doing kinda ok lately, or not? I mean this roster is together for short period of time, this is quite surprising to me.
2022-09-26 20:12
1 reply
btw trio nawwk jL jkaem plays above expectations, the rest two are questionmarks, but i would really like to know better what is going on over there. That has to be some serious issues between players?
2022-09-27 00:23
Shox to benched heroes?
2022-09-26 21:02
#92
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India slavloli
they have some of the best players and still fail to show anything international rosters are always a gamble
2022-09-26 21:39
#94
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Germany mrzxea_cs
RIP. At this point its confirmed they will sell their players
2022-09-26 22:15
This fix will make Apeks top15 instantly, and IT WILL HAPPEN! Apeks: Jkaem Entry ZTR IGL JOEL AWP nilo superstar Plopski "Support" DevilWalk Coach CharlesEmilNilsson Manager Honourable mentions: nawwk,HEAP,f0rest,peppzor,grux,chawzyyy
2022-09-26 22:33
2 replies
write an email to them
2022-09-27 10:43
1 reply
Sent twitter, what more can a man do?
2022-09-27 13:13
STYKO is just not fit to IGL honestly, should have picked up a solid IGL rather than getting shox
2022-09-26 22:37
kick shox and styko ffs
2022-09-26 22:39
finally matchfixers disband
2022-09-26 23:30
kekw
2022-09-27 00:28
Reunite BnTeT with jkaem
2022-09-27 02:18
1 reply
+1 So much this. Let BnTeT off the IGL shackle and hopefully he can shine once more.
2022-09-27 11:28
yes !!!
2022-09-27 04:37
nice
2022-09-27 11:30
they need to stop recycling old garbage
2022-09-27 17:11
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