shox links up with SmithZz and three newcomers
The team's name has not yet been revealed, but features the two veterans with three lesser known French players and a part-time coach.
Richard "shox" Papillon announced on his stream the creation of a new team with the goal of qualifying for the BLAST.tv Paris Major. The French veteran reunited with former teammate and retired Major-winner Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux and three French newcomers.
The former Apeks player revealed that there had been contacts with Falcons, but that he didn't feel like joining back up with Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt and Kenny "kennyS" Schrub, something that "has been done and redone," and that he doesn't believe would go well years later.
shox also added that there was contact with LDLC, but he didn't want to join because he wouldn't have free rein since they have a whole structure and the 30-year-old is now ready to take charge and lead the team.
SmithZz, in his segment during the presentation stream, said that he's not trying to relaunch a playing career to get out of retirement, but that he has been brought on to add extra experience in trying to form the three neophytes until things are stable and he can move into a more managerial role.
Donning a One Piece sweater, shox presented his nakama one by one during the stream. Jeremy "Kursy" Gast, the team's hybrid AWPer and one of Sebastien "KRL" Perez's GenOne players, was the first to be revealed.
Then it was youngster Ryan "Neityu" Aubry's turn, who spent time with LDLC in 2022, before the final piece in the puzzle, 25-year-old Paul "day0s" Niel, who has no previous team experience but is known for his prowess on FACEIT, rounded out the roster's introduction.
Helping out on the sideline will be Boris "flex0r" Latry as an assistant coach, as he is not taking a full-time role. The 34-year-old already proved to be a talented scout in the French scene having brought up the likes of former Vitality players Nabil "Nivera" Benrlitom and Kévin "misutaaa" Rabier.
The players in this new project are:
Boris "flex0r" Latry (assistant coach)