French CS:GO player Richard "shox" Papillon has left Team Vitality, the esports team announced yesterday evening.
Shox, often considered to be one of the best professional CS:GO players in the game's history, had been a part of Team Vitality since 2019, where he joined from G2 Esports. The team announced his departure yesterday evening via their official Twitter page, saying, "You have been part of the creation of our legend, we have shared so many good moments since 2019, a chapter is closing but your name will remain engraved in the Vitality history."
"Thank you @shoxCSGO and good luck in your next adventure #VforVictory."
Shox has played for some of the best teams in competitive CS:GO over his career. Aside from Team Vitality and G2 Esports, the player has also been part of VeryGames, Epsilon, and EnVyUs. His next more, however, has yet to be revealed. Recent predictions have had him down for a move to Team Liquid. The move would be a first for shox, joining an international team.
Team Vitality Announce the Departure of Shox
The pro helped Team Vitality reach third place at the BLAST Premier: World Final 2021 in Copenhagen, losing out to Gambit Esports who took second place, and Natus Vincere who took first.
Shox took to Twitter to say his goodbyes to the team: "Thanks for this beautiful 2 years together @TeamVitality, thanks to all the teammates i had for living the adventure together, we created beautiful memories and I'll keep these with me."
Shox's departure from Team Vitality follows that of Coach Remy “XTQZZZ” Quonian, whose departure was announced by the team on Dec. 21.