faveN allowed to explore options outside of BIG
The German player is seeking new opportunities after being away from competition since April.
Josef "faveN" Baumann has been allowed to explore options on the market after over three months on BIG's bench. The player clarified that there is still a buyout involved, meaning he remains contracted to the German organization.
He has been with the German organization since December 2021, but was sidelined from the team for a three-month period from September - November 2022 due to illness and then took time off in April to celebrate his wedding, after which he didn't return to the active roster.
During his stints with BIG, faveN averaged a 1.05 rating over 245 maps, and generally maintained that level offline (1.02 rating over 132 maps). He recorded his last official event with BIG at IEM Rio 2023, where the team made playoffs before falling to eventual champions Vitality in the quarter-finals.