FURIA enlist co-owner André Akkari as coach for IEM Rio Major

The team will have their professional poker player co-owner backing them up during their home Major.

FURIA will have neither of their regular coaches standing behind them in their IEM Rio Major campaign, and will instead field co-owner André Akkari in the hope his presence will benefit the team in tense situations during matches.

The information was first reported by Dust2.com.br, who reached out to ESL to confirm that the change had taken place in time for the roster deadline, as well as to FURIA for comment on the reason for the swap.

Akkari said the decision for him to join the team for the Major was made by head coach Nicholas "⁠guerri⁠" Nogueira, who hopes that the co-owner can help in high-pressure situations. Akkari is a seasoned poker professional, having won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2011, and co-founded FURIA in 2017 alongside CEO Jaime Pádua and fellow investor Cris Guedes.

André Akkari will coach FURIA in Rio

By stepping in for the Major, Akkari will take the place of assistant coach Marcos "⁠tacitus⁠" Castilho, who stood behind FURIA at the previous two PGL Majors and their respective RMRs, as well in Stockholm for the IEM Rio Americas RMR.

FURIA's head coach guerri is not eligible to stand behind the team at Valve-sponsored events due to his ban for the coaching bug, which was imposed by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) in late 2020.

guerri received concessions toward his ban due to fully cooperating with the esport watchdog's investigation and offering evidence of his innocence, resulting in a reduced ban length for ESIC member events. However, Valve refused to apply those concessions to their own bans, and as a result guerri remains unable to participate in Valve Majors until the end of 2023.

Akkari stated on Twitter that FURIA made every effort to resolve the situation with Valve, enlisting lawyers in hopes that they could argue their case and have guerri's ban lifted in time for the Major. The effort proved to be in vain however, and instead Akkari himself will be behind the squad during their campaign, while both guerri and tacitus will back up the team off the server with pre-match and analytical help.

FURIA's roster on the server for the IEM Rio Major is:

Brazil Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan
Brazil Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato
Brazil Yuri "⁠yuurih⁠" Santos
Brazil André "⁠drop⁠" Abreu
Brazil Rafael "⁠saffee⁠" Costa

Brazil André Akkari (coach)

Brazil Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Rafael 'saffee' Costa
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
424
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
Brazil André 'drop' Abreu
André 'drop' Abreu
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
198
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.63
Brazil Marcos 'tacitus' Castilho
Marcos 'tacitus' Castilho
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.73
Maps played:
38
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.76
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1042
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1028
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.58
cool
2022-10-15 01:04
5 replies
they're snaking tacitus wtf
2022-10-15 02:18
4 replies
Could just mostly be that they feel the co owner will be better for mentality, since most of the analyst's work is done outside the server and hey might not be the best coach FaZe had their team manager as coach instead of innersh1ne and won antwerp
2022-10-15 02:23
3 replies
#66
jks | 
Australia bryte
Analysts may know more but most people already have game plan going in and it’s better to get a hype man coach for a team like furia. A very momentum based team
2022-10-15 03:24
they actually had innersh1ne at Stockholm, so in their case it was trial and error i suppose
2022-10-15 03:51
faze said that it was better to have the analyst close to the coach offline so they could fully focus on preparaing for the upcoming matches
2022-10-15 10:17
cool!
2022-10-15 01:04
#3
Jame | 
Brazil neblina
GOD AKKARI HE WILL TEACH HOW TO PLAY POKER ON TACTICAL PAUSE GOD
2022-10-15 01:04
5 replies
#28
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Brazil !nStinct
+1 GOD GOD
2022-10-15 01:33
#38
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Argentina cheapdeed
+1111
2022-10-15 01:51
Akkari gonna karri
2022-10-15 02:13
1 reply
Good one
2022-10-15 23:15
#53
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Brazil high_fall1
+128
2022-10-15 02:24
#4
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Brazil clonado
CSGO is like a poker game indeed.
2022-10-15 01:05
expected
2022-10-15 01:05
poker coach = better decisions = major title
2022-10-15 01:07
8 replies
art is gonna start gambling like a genius. 100% of pistols won, thanks akkari.
2022-10-15 01:28
7 replies
poker is not gamble, it's a heavily skill game
2022-10-15 15:55
6 replies
lets not kid ourselves poker is at least 30% luck, sure its skill heavy but luck plays a big part on it
2022-10-15 16:30
5 replies
bro, I literally live from poker and I can assure you do not understand what you are talking about. Luck would be at max 20%, poker sucess comes from making loads of good decisions in a decent amount of time, so it is always designed for the long run. Then, luck will no longer impact, don't bs about stuff you don't know.
2022-10-15 16:59
4 replies
no matter what you do for living, poker will always be related to gambling. even if luck is 20% or 0% relevant. you will find a poker table in the same room as a slot machine. they are really linked in the eyes of the public.
2022-10-15 17:19
3 replies
Now you are just changing subject, I'm not talking about public perception (btw, your public perception, as you can not speak for the whole) but about facts, and the fact is that it is a heavily skill game, otherwise there would not be pro players and the same people winning over and over the big tournaments
2022-10-15 17:51
2 replies
well, you are the one who started disagreeing with the "art is gonna start gambling [...], thanks akkari" joke. Saying that it is not gamble. I just stated that poker evolves, at least partially, luck (as you agreed) like pistols in cs, that's why my joke worked in first place. And in #108 I was justifying why the joke worked. In short, you're mad at a joke and came here trying to deconstruct it. Congrats.
2022-10-15 18:31
1 reply
mad? LMAO get a life bro
2022-10-16 04:20
bruh just let tacitus handle it
2022-10-15 01:07
1 reply
it’s about the mentality of the players + tacitus tried twice
2022-10-15 08:03
All in ?
2022-10-15 01:07
#11
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United States zovint
xd
2022-10-15 01:07
GOD
2022-10-15 01:08
Poker talent will be transferred to csgo
2022-10-15 01:08
5 replies
"talent" is kinda too much for a regular midstakes grinder. Actually nevermind im retarded. Even playing midstakes online is superhard so oke, talent is a good word
2022-10-15 01:53
3 replies
Not everyone can be a professional poker player, its takes a considerable amount of talent, hardwork, critical thinking, and of course a nice sprinkle of luck =)
2022-10-15 03:47
1 reply
Ye i know bro, u right
2022-10-15 04:52
#81
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Brazil rude_kid
calling a WSOP champion a "regular midstakes grinder" LOOOOOOL i wish i had this "random hltv user ego" sometimes.
2022-10-15 07:23
All in on A
2022-10-15 06:01
#14
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Brazil Nicolito
pog poker master
2022-10-15 01:09
god akkari
2022-10-15 01:09
That's one weird move but I rate it nevertheless
2022-10-15 01:09
#17
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Brazil xofizz
all in with 7-2
2022-10-15 01:09
#18
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Pakistan LoOuU2
A surprise but a welcome one
2022-10-15 01:12
Actually good move. Furia with BR crowd and poker buff will be unpredictable
2022-10-15 01:17
3 replies
Not effective against Jame. No one counts the odds better than him
2022-10-15 01:28
1 reply
#107
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Brazil beugen1o
Jame time!
2022-10-15 17:18
#69
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Brazil Ties4
lmao
2022-10-15 04:22
#20
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Brazil dio_scuro
cool akkari goat
2022-10-15 01:24
#24
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
Why the fuck do they think this is a good idea? What will Akkari do during timouts? The coaches cannot cheer, scream etc., so he's pretty much useless
2022-10-15 01:30
9 replies
#29
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Brazil MrLucas
Furia has already demonstrated difficulties dealing with high pressure situations, I think it's a valid attempt considering what they are going to face
2022-10-15 01:33
8 replies
#41
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
So they should've chosen a fnx-type of coach to stand behind them. When facing a tough opponent, will you turn to Akkari to listen to what he has to say? That's absurd
2022-10-15 01:56
7 replies
#58
Jame | 
Brazil Adegr
Akkari is not gonna call. Thats Art's job. Most coaches hardly ever call either. His purpose is to help with the mind game as he has lots of experience in that field. Confidence (or lack thereof) is a big deal in performing well
2022-10-15 02:36
5 replies
#71
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
Furia's gonna do something that literally never worked out, which is winning a tournament with no coach or a coach with zero knowleadge of the game. Sorry for not agreeing with something this stupid.
2022-10-15 04:41
4 replies
#73
NAF | 
Canada Bak2BED
Furia never went further than quarters with a regular coach, so might as well try a man who has experience in mind games and keeping your cool
2022-10-15 05:19
#80
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Portugal whatanoob
You mean like Faze at the last major?
2022-10-15 06:36
faze won a major that way
2022-10-15 10:19
1 reply
#98
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
I didn't remember that tbh. But lets face it, faze were in a sensational phase when they arrived at the major -- and they're miles ahead of furia at the moment
2022-10-15 15:06
#61
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Brazil MrLucas
Yes? As far as I know he has a close relationship with the team and everyone in Furia respects him a lot (he is not just the team owner), he is the fnx-type of coach, not someone that is going to help game wise but someone to help with the team mindset and mental state
2022-10-15 02:45
#25
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Brazil MrLucas
That's something I wasn't expecting but why not I guess, maybe a 200 IQ move
2022-10-15 01:30
does that mean they'll retire if they go 2-7 on a map?
2022-10-15 01:31
1 reply
Yes lol
2022-10-15 09:07
#27
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Australia 360NoHope
thats my shark tank punt goat
2022-10-15 01:32
Let us see how this gamble pays off....
2022-10-15 01:35
Akkari is a monster, he did a lot for the BR CSGO scene, but isn't Tacitus better? I don't see Akkari helping more than Tacitus in timeout calls
2022-10-15 01:36
4 replies
#34
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Brazil GsV
i think both Tacitus and guerri will keep helping them out game, akkari it's only for the pressure on games, but yeah I would prefer Tacitus to be there too, fucking valve going insane on these bans, especially with apoka
2022-10-15 01:43
2 replies
1 more head thinking in a timeout I think is better, the mental and pressure part I would leave for the outgame, but well, if they who are there think it's better that way, ok
2022-10-15 02:09
1 reply
#50
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Brazil GsV
100% right, let's hope it's going to work
2022-10-15 02:13
#77
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Indonesia LosD
+1
2022-10-15 06:17
Does this mean Furia will fold round where they used to go all in?
2022-10-15 01:39
#33
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Brazil Frez7y
Not so bad
2022-10-15 01:43
Thanks ESIC !!
2022-10-15 01:47
1 reply
Shouldnt have cheated
2022-10-15 09:02
he will teach poker during the tech pauses
2022-10-15 01:48
what?
2022-10-15 01:53
this might be actually good, because most of the time what furia need is a psychological backup not tactical one
2022-10-15 01:53
Tacitus wondering why the hell he was hired
2022-10-15 02:03
#43
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Brazil Anarchybr
What a shitshow. Valve not lifting guerri’s ban is one of the most ridiculous thing that clownfiesta of ESIC caused
2022-10-15 02:05
#44
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Portugal dracø
inb4 furia starts to read every enemy's IGL bluffs and gets every mid round call right. ez
2022-10-15 02:07
Clowns lmao
2022-10-15 02:07
Big brain move, imagine play with the CEO behind you
2022-10-15 02:09
the coach meta is about to change...
2022-10-15 02:24
#55
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Hungary szia
why no tacitus?
2022-10-15 02:24
#57
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Poland Ryunar
who?
2022-10-15 02:31
#59
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Canada _penguins
Tac is one of if not the best assistant coach in all of CS, such an odd choice.
2022-10-15 02:37
1 reply
#62
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Brazil MrLucas
To be fair, the most important part of his job (and I believe) the reason why they hired him was to help with the work before and after the games with analisys and other technical stuff
2022-10-15 02:49
lol play well or get the axe!
2022-10-15 02:38
1 reply
Lol +1
2022-10-15 08:56
#63
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Argentina WaSTe_D
Furia all gamba stacks on ct now
2022-10-15 02:52
”Guys guys theyre bluffing, dont fold the awp we got chips for it next round”
2022-10-15 03:03
1 reply
#70
Jame | 
Brazil humbl3
"ok kscerato if you clutch this you'll get a 50k raise"
2022-10-15 04:27
Should have been Neymar
2022-10-15 03:22
This isn't Omaha, Andre. Stick to your guns fella
2022-10-15 06:06
#78
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Brazil Yung_Leann
All in pre flop
2022-10-15 06:18
#79
green | 
Libya tblgk
ban ESIC
2022-10-15 06:23
#82
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Brazil rude_kid
it might work somehow. akkari knows pretty well the right time to be more conservative and the time to be more aggressive. I follow Akkari as a poker player for 11 or 12 years and his decision making skills are remarkable
2022-10-15 07:28
#83
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France Diodele
Why Andre Akkari? -Andre +Phil Ivey +Phil Hellmuth +Daniel Negreanu +Doyle Brunson +Tom Dwan +Antonio Esfandiari
2022-10-15 07:28
If Furia wanted to challenge major they should have ditch guerri after his ban, not having a guy behind them who knows game plan etc just hinders their strenght.
2022-10-15 08:45
4 replies
#99
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Serbia DjapeZ
They have him at every tournament except majors, and there is 2 majors a year max
2022-10-15 15:26
3 replies
I know this, but if they dont aim towards biggest trophies, what is the point of playing?
2022-10-15 15:53
2 replies
#102
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Serbia DjapeZ
Bcs hes good coach, there are many others great tournaments besides major, and his ban is till 2023
2022-10-15 15:55
1 reply
Not good enough for them to win anything still. I mean Faze have won major without coach behind them so i guess if enough work is done before tournament they can still win some trophies. Which they are failing year after year. Looks to me that Furia core is stagnated.
2022-10-15 16:02
Nice
2022-10-15 08:51
This is like the Furia version of groove in gambit
2022-10-15 09:03
Tells you how important coaches are in csgo lol
2022-10-15 09:07
#94
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Brazil AWFenrir
Big brain Akkari will take care of it
2022-10-15 11:01
Go FURIA
2022-10-15 13:14
#96
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Brazil drydden
If this works out the coach meta might change, instead of looking for seasoned players with tactical knowledge teams might go for mental coaches
2022-10-15 13:20
Wow, another awesome thing that will happen in this major..
2022-10-15 13:43
#100
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Brazil baea808
hahahaha awesome
2022-10-15 15:49
Valve's punishment to Guerri and Apoka is ridiculous. Worst company in the world, don't gives a damn about its community. Gaben has A LOT of luck that we love this game so much. Hope they review their desicion about accepting the reducement propoused by ESIC.
2022-10-15 19:10
Lol poker player with no cs background will be coaching furia... Lol RIP BRAZIL
2022-10-15 19:49
no neymar no win
2022-10-15 21:06
free apoka free guerri
2022-10-15 22:19
Coaches are pratically useless on stage after rule changes, so i guess akkari just wanted to be behind the boys Guerri and Tacitus will still provide insight pre and post matches
2022-10-16 01:26
Guerri unlucky
2022-10-16 11:19
#120
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Finland 5way
LMAO they should've just get me as coach
2022-10-16 17:49
1 reply
+1
2022-10-18 17:58
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