BIG
Germany
Signs with Berlin International Gaming
April 21, 2018
BIG has announced the addition of United Kingdom's top sniper smooya.
ANALYSIS
The announcement comes as BIG have been on the hunt to find a replacement for keev, who was benched from the active roster back in February, while LEGIJA also stepped down from the active roster to become the organization's Head of CS. The team secured the signing of tiziaN following LEGIJA's role change within the team, now securing the young talented sniper from Epsilon to create a truly international team. smooya will get his first offline showing with BIG at the Qi Invitational, set to start on April 24, due to roster lock's in ESEA's MDL European Finals and Global Challenge. BIG's full roster will likely debut June 13-17 when the team travels to ESL One Belo Horizonte, for which they qualified earlier this month.
Signs with BIG CLAN
February 12, 2018
BIG has announced that they have acquired tiziaN from ALTERNATE aTTaX.
ANALYSIS
The 21-year-old has been part of the ALTERNATE aTTaX's roster since January 2016, where the German player helped the team win ESWC 2016 and appear through ELEAGUE Season 2. The news comes as BIG fluked in the Major and as a result both keev and LEGIJA were released. tiziaN is set to debut for BIG at the start of the ESL Pro League, which is set to kick off in less than 24 hours.
Moved to inactive
February 5, 2018
BIG has announced that keev will be placed on the inactive roster.
ANALYSIS
The team underwent a rough patch in the last half of the 2017 campaign, resulting in an early exit at the New Challengers stage of the ELEAGUE Major: Boston. keev could only help his team win one map through the four maps played in Atlanta. keev joined the team at the beginning of 2017 when alongside nex, and gob b, who transferred from NRG. The German organization has placed keev as a backup to support the team when needed, however, the team has also stated that they are "testing possible candidates."
Steps down from roster
February 5, 2018
BIG has announced that LEGIJA has stepped down from the active roster to assist the coach, kakafu.
ANALYSIS
The news comes as a result of the TEAM'S finish at the ELEAGUE Major: Boston where the team only had one win across fours maps. With LEGIJA's "great experience and leadership," the German organization has added him to the coaching staff to assist, kakafu as well as in-game leader gob b. This is the first official move the team has made since forming in the beginning of 2017.
Dismal 2-0 sweep to mouz
December 3, 2017
tabseN posted an even 38/38 KD on Saturday in the 2-0 loss to mousesports at DreamHack Open Winter.
ANALYSIS
tabseN didn't have the greatest start on Overpass with a 3-0 deficit to start. He then contributed to the Round 4 win to get on the board for the first time, however, mouz returned with a seven-round streak to take the 10-1 lead. In Round 12, tabseN helped pick up the second round of the half with a 2-vs-5 post-plant hold on the A-bombsite. His efforts helped win a few more rounds to conclude the first half with an 11-4 score. A strong start on the defense gave tabseN some hope with a five-round streak but mouz returned with five of their own to take Game 1 16-9. The series shifted to Mirage where tabseN finally broke the 14 round streak by mouz with a triple kill post-plant hold to settle the half. However, the momentum carried over into the second half with two rounds won and a 115.4 ADR but it wasn't enough as mouz cruised to a 16-3 win.
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Wins MDL Global Challenge over Spirit
May 14, 2018
BIG have defeated Spirit in two maps (16-9 on Overpass and 16-14 on Nuke) to secure the Global Challenge title.
ANALYSIS
BIG started the finals on their map pick, Overpass, where their T-side earned the pistol and the following anti-ecos, before securing the gun round to put up a 5-0 lead early. Spirit came back in the sixth round and managed to settle things with a 5-5 tie on BIG's loose playstyle. The Germans were able to secure the following rounds to edge the first half 8-7 and continued in the second half with a second pistol win. Spirit closed the gap 10-8 but where reset by BIG who would run away with the lead, not allowing Spirit a chance in the 16-9 win. The second map witnessed Spirit take control early on the CT-side of Nuke and eventually hold BIg for an 11-4 lead at the half. BIG marched through the second half to overcome all odds against a struggling Spirit offense, who allowed BIG to reach championship point before trailing and coming close to forcing overtime, but unfortunately fell short as BIG claimed the ESEA Season 27 MDL Global Challenge title.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Qualify for ESL Pro League Season 8
May 10, 2018
BIG defeated Windigo 2-1 (16-8 on Overpass, 1-16 on Train, and 16-9 on Dust2) to earn a spot in ESL Pro League Season 8.
ANALYSIS
BIG and Windigo kicked off the ESL Pro League Relegation match on Overpass, where the two sides fought tooth and nail through the first half with BIG eventually breaking out for the 8-7 lead. BIG come out in the second half to secure the pistol and the following anti-ecos, in which started BIG's dominance through the half to sweep Windigo nine rounds for the 1-0 lead. Windigo blasted BIG with their map pick on Train to secure a 16-1 win to tie the series 1-1. The decider came down to Dust2, where BIG looked sharp in the first half on the defense to secure an 11-4 lead at the half. BIG nearly jumped out to secure match point but Windigo rallied back with five rounds before BIG finally put a nail in the coffin to secure their spot in Pro League.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Confirmed at ESL One Cologne
May 6, 2018
Berlin International Gaming is the seventh invited team to ESL One Cologne, the tournament organizers revealed.
ANALYSIS
BIG will join Cloud9, FaZe Clan, Astralis, Fnatic, SK Gaming, and G2 Esports in Cologne to compete at the $300,000 tournament. BIG have recently replaced keev on the active roster for British AWPer smooya, who played his first tournament for BIG at the Qi Invitational and finished 7th-8th. Five more invites are left to be announced by ESL, while the remaining four spots will be determined by the European qualifier and the winners of the North American and Asian qualifiers.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
BIG withdraw from Meisterschaft
August 1, 2017
The organization has announced that they have pulled out of the ESL Meisterchaft Summer due to a schedule conflict with ELEAGUE.
ANALYSIS
After coming off a historic run at the PGL Major and securing Legend status at their first ever Major, the German organization will not attend ESL Meisterschaft. The decision came down to the team choosing between ESL Meisterschaft or the upcoming ELEAGUE qualification as both events fall on the same week. The team then decided to take part in the qualification of ELEAGUE knowing the risk of a non-qualification as the team could walk away with nothing.