shox allowed to explore options outside of Apeks

The Frenchman is on the hunt for a new home after just three months of service with the Norwegian organisation.

Apeks have announced that Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon has been allowed to explore his options on other teams. The organisation stated that the Frenchman will "not be a part of our active roster moving forward," explaining that a "difference in vision" was the reason for the decision.

The news came after the entire main roster withdrew from competition back in September following a string of poor performances, citing the team needed "time to reflect and evaluate."

shox is set to depart the Norwegian organisation after a short-lived three-month stint

shox completed his surprise signing with the Norwegian organisation back in August, joining the European combine after a failed stint with Liquid in the first half of the year, with the 30-year-old later commenting that his decision to move himself to the bench was "inevitable."

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Following the addition of the French veteran and Justinas "⁠jL⁠" Lekavicius and the transition of Martin "⁠STYKO⁠" Styk to the role of the in-game leader, the team were unable to produce many noteworthy results in spite of their roster overhaul over the summer. Their unusual decision to head stateside to compete at Fragadelphia 17 failed to bear fruit as they finished in 3-4th place following a disappointing 1-2 loss to BIG Academy in the semi-finals.

The side's biggest let-down, however, came in the form of their inability to qualify for the IEM Road to Rio Europe RMR, missing out on a spot at the Major-qualifying LAN after unsuccessful runs through all four open qualifiers.

This shock absence from the all-important Regional Major Ranking event also resulted in shox losing his prestigious record of attending every Major since CS:GO's release, an achievement that is now held by just one player: Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen.

Apeks and shox will possibly be awaiting the conclusion of the IEM Rio Major for a chance to evaluate their options, with teams and players alike often using the end of the biggest event of the season as a chance to bolster their ranks or seek out new opportunities.

As of now Apeks currently have the following players on their books:

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:
24
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:
1999
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
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
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
2053
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
GL to him in future endeavours
2022-10-25 13:59
12 replies
Kjaerbye to Apeks
2022-10-25 14:04
3 replies
would be kinda cool ngl
2022-10-25 14:06
Seems likely
2022-10-25 14:20
he's out for personal issues, I dont see him joining any team for the time being
2022-10-25 18:18
shox to GamerLegion confirmed?????
2022-10-25 15:07
7 replies
Benching who?
2022-10-25 15:30
1 reply
Regali
2022-10-26 08:58
real
2022-10-25 15:42
shox will go to falcons
2022-10-26 09:51
3 replies
#132
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Netherlands MilaMoker
yea
2022-10-26 12:31
#136
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Romania daniels22
xd falcons need awp not lurker
2022-10-26 13:58
1 reply
team needs awp? shox awps no prob his 3rd most kills weapon is awp: hltv.org/stats/players/weapon/1225/shox
2022-10-26 16:48
#2
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Serbia Jnordz
haha noob shox
2022-10-25 13:59
6 replies
#75
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Antigua and Barbuda qezar
said pro Jnordz with all his achievements and successful pro career.
2022-10-25 15:36
5 replies
#124
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Serbia Jnordz
Well yes. At this point one could not be more dogshit then Shox :)))))
2022-10-26 00:08
3 replies
#130
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Antigua and Barbuda qezar
no, there is one who still can. His name is Jnordz
2022-10-26 10:12
2 replies
#146
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Serbia Jnordz
the butthurt is real, want some ointment?
2022-10-27 23:56
1 reply
#147
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Antigua and Barbuda qezar
If your butthurt is so real then it's best that you keep that ointment for yourself ;)
2022-10-28 07:21
lol
2022-10-27 08:50
shox god come to plano
2022-10-25 13:59
#4
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Greece wazerr
astralis shox
2022-10-25 13:59
1 reply
#74
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Germany Teuton1813
+1
2022-10-25 15:33
Sad final for a legend
2022-10-25 13:59
1 reply
Obviously he doesn't put hours in the game since he has family. Understandable, but that's not how things work
2022-10-25 15:17
expected
2022-10-25 13:59
Bot
2022-10-25 13:59
1 reply
#76
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Antigua and Barbuda qezar
said not-bot PINNACLE_MAJOR_IN_2023 with all his achievements and successful pro career.
2022-10-25 15:36
washed :(
2022-10-25 13:59
SH OMEGALUL X
2022-10-25 14:00
I got an option Retire
2022-10-25 14:00
#11
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Poland mimsonqq
i really like this guy but he was way to bad for apeks
2022-10-25 14:00
TSM Shox and Kjaerbye +k0nfig and device maybe
2022-10-25 14:00
3 replies
#48
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France P0vTr
Bangerzzzz 🔥🔥🔥
2022-10-25 14:41
#90
crow | 
Indonesia ycrows
might as well go full danish
2022-10-25 16:08
-Ax1le + Shox ez C9 fix
2022-10-26 14:57
F
2022-10-25 14:00
#14
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i dont think he is gonna find a new home any time soon , in a Tier 2 team at least. Liquid stint was shit , Apeks one was even shittier. His own individual performance is way worse too. The best chance would be to come out with a young French lineup like Amanek in LDLC Sad as a legend but it is what it is.
2022-10-25 14:00
3 replies
Maybe if he could transition into an IGL role for a french tier 2-3 lineup, but idk if he's interested in that
2022-10-25 14:05
2 replies
#25
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Pakistan LoOuU2
thats what i am saying , not necessarily as an IGL but his time seems to have passed and like any other veteran of a game who isnt cut it for upper echelons of the game anymore , he should field a young, unknown lineup of his own country
2022-10-25 14:07
He never was a smart playee or a leader personality. His career and achievements were based on sharp aim which he lost. I think he can retire at this point and focus on something else.
2022-10-26 00:02
#15
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Italy Antonio_
sad to see shox like this but maybe its time to retire, he has almoat done it all, no need to futher deminish his legacy.
2022-10-25 14:01
2 replies
bro, would you stop playing a game where you are known, you like and at same time earn money??? even if you go top a tier 2 team? let him do that, forget legacy lol
2022-10-25 18:57
1 reply
it kinda seems like it would be better for everyone if he transitioned into a media job - more weeks at home, maybe some streaming that takes fewer hours every day than a pro player schedule... he's a great guy with a fun personality and good CS mind, seems like the basics are there. much better than grinding t2/t3.
2022-10-25 20:12
RETIRE shox
2022-10-25 14:01
kcorp shox
2022-10-25 14:01
2 replies
#49
 | 
France P0vTr
Pog
2022-10-25 14:42
#73
 | 
Other Perrrrkele
with kennyS at the Paris Major, assuming they can qualify.
2022-10-25 15:32
#18
 | 
Poland moistu
-Djoko +shox
2022-10-25 14:02
hes career should be over after liquid
2022-10-25 14:05
#22
 | 
France DRAKII1
thats why he streams all day now...
2022-10-25 14:05
1 reply
#28
Snax | 
Europe Jezynt
Wasn't that obvious?
2022-10-25 14:11
Guess he is not willing to put in the hours any more.
2022-10-25 14:06
i heard shox suggested that apeks should stop playing like bots and try to break into the top30, but apeks strongly refused as beeing decent isnt part of their identity..
2022-10-25 14:11
valorant?
2022-10-25 14:13
Explore retirement shitter :()
2022-10-25 14:17
Retire shox pls
2022-10-25 14:18
#35
 | 
Netherlands RichHours
free KennyS and make French last dance
2022-10-25 14:22
Mega washed
2022-10-25 14:23
1 reply
#131
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France HUGO_BOX
Not really, when he was in Liquid he doesn't have the best role, he was waiting on a site, but his identity is to move around the map. He need that to be a good player.
2022-10-26 12:26
Probably time to retire or go to french t3
2022-10-25 14:23
#38
 | 
Scotland Ludax
poor guy getting passed around more than the average pornstar
2022-10-25 14:32
he is done retire house
2022-10-25 14:34
#40
ele | 
Finland krep
Just retire already
2022-10-25 14:35
Shox, Forrest, KennyS, Boombl4, Kjaerbye should form a team and win 5 straight tournaments with ease. Most kills of all time in Csgo history 1. Forrest 2. Shox 3. KennyS
2022-10-25 14:37
#42
fox | 
Portugal synyp
Maybe he's cocky and still think that plays like in Envyus time
2022-10-25 14:38
-hooxi + shox (EASY) hooxi not handsome enough for g2
2022-10-25 14:38
1 reply
#133
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France HUGO_BOX
Mby he can be an IGL but, not good as a real IGL. His real role is to be free on the server, move with an AWP or an M4/AK and feel the game. He can be a 2nd IGL in a team but not the IGL of the team i think
2022-10-26 12:43
shox just stream please
2022-10-25 14:38
#45
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Estonia Kukkel
TSM shox and easy major
2022-10-25 14:40
come to eternal fire
2022-10-25 14:40
Shox asked to explore options outside of Apeks*
2022-10-25 14:42
4 replies
Shox forced to explore options outside of Apeks*
2022-10-25 15:08
3 replies
Shox is allowed to go outside while his team is still inside**
2022-10-25 15:41
Shox threatened to explore options outside of Apeks*
2022-10-25 18:18
1 reply
Shox threatened outside to explore options with Apeks
2022-10-25 18:32
Kcorp Shox and KennyS + Jackz and 2 others
2022-10-25 14:42
1 reply
Whats the point? They won't win anything
2022-10-25 15:08
#52
podi | 
Finland Mat0n1
Coaching maybe?
2022-10-25 14:43
that was quick x D
2022-10-25 14:46
shox should go to eternal fire as a leader ! wallah !
2022-10-25 15:01
He will become streamer like every retired pros
2022-10-25 15:07
should retire
2022-10-25 15:10
#64
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Egypt BomberMan_
maybe falcons? maybe heet? maybe streamer? maybe LDLC with amanek? new team with shox smithz kennyS lul.
2022-10-25 15:11
#66
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Russia mshkoda
Good ability is to retire in time
2022-10-25 15:15
#68
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Sweden extol88
f0rest Olof Kennys/Friberg Shox Neo! Lets go!
2022-10-25 15:18
#70
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Philippines B3nk4i
Damn teams are just passing around shox left and right
2022-10-25 15:26
#83
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Germany MTD3
retire into WWE league
2022-10-25 15:43
really?? it didnt work out?? color me surprised!
2022-10-25 15:47
welcome HEAP!
2022-10-25 15:48
#89
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World NukestrikE
He should retire...dont ruin your name even more please
2022-10-25 15:58
Sad
2022-10-25 16:12
#93
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France Akaii
KC Shox, then KC build around Shoxie and we're good
2022-10-25 16:56
#94
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Aruba defoliant
What can i say, washed man is washed. No disrespect to shox - he is a legend.
2022-10-25 17:00
Now just +shox +kennyS to falcons!
2022-10-25 17:14
"explore his options" as in "ask rpk if he can work as a cleaner in his garage"
2022-10-25 17:24
1 reply
+1
2022-10-25 18:05
Shox is one of 3 players to participate in every major, I think he is trying to keep that record by going to the gamer legion or some other major team
2022-10-25 17:25
1 reply
#126
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Finland Roccy3
No? its only dupreeh now
2022-10-26 06:50
30 yo washed up looking for options top kek
2022-10-25 18:05
cmon shoxie u can come back mens
2022-10-25 18:07
why not just go content creator? he obviously has 0 left in the competitive tank
2022-10-25 18:14
LUL
2022-10-25 18:17
Sad and unexpected, sadly I think this roster will need to bench STYKO and pick up a better fragger and an IGL
2022-10-25 18:23
outside of csgo***
2022-10-25 18:34
#108
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Hungary ShadYyBoy
Shox gonna destroy everyone again
2022-10-25 18:55
shox back to french CS. It was confirmed 1-2 weeks ago by sources in the french scene, he even hinted at it.
2022-10-25 19:27
Kennys and shox - they’re really back!
2022-10-25 19:28
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOF
2022-10-25 19:42
#115
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United States vox_3
literally forgot this guy exists lol
2022-10-25 20:15
#116
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Finland AliSabid
Expected
2022-10-25 20:16
Shox was still really good in vitality. It's like RPK dejavu.. He could be still really strong player
2022-10-25 21:22
what options?
2022-10-25 22:32
not sure the options want to explore him but aight
2022-10-25 22:33
#120
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Norway Gjellan
I guess this is the end for shox...
2022-10-25 22:34
Shoxie. It's time...
2022-10-25 22:44
so he failed NA and now Tier 4
2022-10-25 23:49
#125
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Brazil hugoooo
The downhill on shox's carreer is insane... time to become a coach dude
2022-10-26 06:18
Bring back money !
2022-10-26 08:18
It was a horrible signing...apeks should invest in young talents
2022-10-26 12:50
#135
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Slovakia Adwarin
sad for the legend :( so they found the problem
2022-10-26 13:20
Apex should be happy with vitality, why is he doing this to poor ex-teammate Shox?
2022-10-26 14:25
falcons
2022-10-26 15:43
Tier 3 team to end the career in would be a reasonable move gl
2022-10-26 19:46
#142
jL | 
Lithuania kamil3e
jL so goood!!!
2022-10-26 23:09
apex so far 0 results not even beating Academy teams sometimes, doesnt matter who plays for them. Dont think shox is that bad, the org is probably mismanaged and players dont fit each other, if he plays again im sure he can win some clutches so i expect shox to find a baguette team to show decent games again.
2022-10-27 01:33
gl shox
2022-10-27 09:03
ScreaM Karma
2022-10-28 17:47
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