Shox has decided to join Team Liquid CSGO amidst hordes of roster changes before the end of the year. But, can NA bounce back with the new offshore signings?
Team Vitality parted ways with Shox last week. The Final Dance ended with their exit in Blast Premier World Finals 2021.
After Coach XTQZZZ, Shox is the next to be kicked out. Everyone expects roster changes post-tournament. But, removing Shox was a shocker.
— Team Liquid CSGO (@TeamLiquidCS) December 29, 2021
Vitality’s all-French project has now terminated with no Major title to show for. It is a shame since they have never been any closer to Major.
Shox is confirmed to join Team Liquid immediately.
To be honest, Vitality would not have even made it this far without him. So, what is this rash decision all of a sudden?
There are multiple factors at play here and some of them are hypothesised. At the moment, there have not been any comments on how this decision came about in Vitality.
“Richard ‘Shox’ Papillon got his name from the Nike Shox shoes, the sneakers he wore at the time of when he was thinking of choosing his name.
— XTQZZZ (@XTQZZZ) December 21, 2021
Richard “Shox” Papillon is a French National born in 1992, on the 27th of May. At 29 years of age, he has played formerly for quite a lot of Tier 1 teams.
Hence, Richard is experienced and at his prime at the moment. So why?
The decision might have been mutual at Team Vitality.
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 💛
— Team Vitality (@TeamVitality) December 22, 2021
As expectations rise, so does the odds. One has to keep performing and hope that everything goes well.
In fact, NaVi has won every LAN they have attended. 5 out 0f 5, including the PGL Stockholm Major.
Team Vitality needed a change, so changes they did make. Shox, Kyojin and XTQZZZ might have all decided upon this.
Now, Richard Paillon is Team Liquid (CSGO) Shox.
What to expect at Team Liquid?
Thrilled to announce I’ll be joining @teamliquid 🤩🤩🤩
I have nothing but good things to say about my former teammates. You guys will always be family to me and I wish you nothing but the best of luck ❤️.
2021 was just the beginning for me time to get to work 💪 https://t.co/Sbo87vWX9t
— oSee (@oSeecs) December 27, 2021
Shox has not played for Team Liquid earlier. This is quite a new collaboration for both parties involved.
Hopefully, it all turns out well for Shox. But, we have significant doubts about how Shox would fare in an ever-increasing NA toxicity.
NA has this unique problem where players get signed based on popularity, not on skill. Also, teams tend to show off and falsely hype rosters.
Dota 2, CSGO or Valorant, the problem persists for almost a decade now. The current signing of Liquid CSGO, Shox, might help with that.
But, when is the change coming? When is NA really winning again?
Happy Holidays everyone!