BIG is targeting German players Florian “syrsoN” Risch and Nils “k1to” Gruhne as potential replacements for Owen “smooya” Butterfield and Can “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş on its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, according to multiple sources close to the team. Should both moves transpire, BIG would have a full German lineup for the first time since adding smooya in early 2018.
syrsoN has been a member of Sprout since early this year, as he joined the team after a more than two years with Alternate Attax. He is the main AWPer for his team and would assume that role with BIG should he make the switch, according to sources. K1to joined Sprout in May after periods with both Alternate Attax and Epsilon. The best finish for Sprout with the two on the roster was second place at DreamHack Open Atlanta in November.
XANTARES joined the BIG roster exactly one year ago, following a short stint of inactivity with Space Soldiers. For almost all 2019, BIG was unable to recapture some of its past success at top international events. Longtime in-game leader Fatih “gob b” Dayik stepped down in August, which paved the way for smooya to return to the lineup.
BIG narrowly avoided having to play relegation for Season 10 of ESL Pro League, where they finished in 11-12th place. With that, they have retained their position for Season 11. Their most recent offline performance was a last place finish at DreamHack Open Sevilla after an elimination loss to Movistar Riders.