Es erreichte uns kurz vor dem Weihnachtsfest noch eine Neuigkeit in der Counter Strike-Szene. Cédric ‚RpK‘ Guipouy kehrt zurück zu Titan eSports und nimmt die Lücke von Hovik ‚KQLY‘ Tovmassian, der nach seinem VAC-Ban das Team verlassen musste, ein. Durch den VAC-Ban von KQLY wurde Titan eSports erst vor wenigen Wochen von der DreamHack Winter 2014 ausgeschlossen.
Auf den Finals der ESEA Season 17 nahm das Team aus Frankreich zwar teil, musste sich aber im Halbfinale mit 1:2 nach Maps gegen iBUYPOWER geschlagen geben. Im offiziellen Artikel auf der Seite von Titan eSports haben RpK und Manager Jérôme ‚NiaK‘ Sudries Statements zum Thema abgegeben, welche ihr im Laufe des Artikels seht.
Statement Cédric ‚RpK‘ Guipouy
I’m sure that my comeback may surprise some, but after two years away from the game I return fully determined to pick up where I left off.
I’ve been following the scene from a distance, and I am pleasantly surprised by its growth and development. After being approached by Titan and following a long talk with Jérôme, I took a few hours to reflect on the decision, after which I decided to launch the game and jump into a deathmatch. I immediately had a good experience and the overall game play seemed better than I remembered it, with new features like skins or the interface to follow major tournaments like DreamHack already adding real value to the game. In starting to play again it felt as if rediscovering CS, and that motivation helped me find my form quite quickly.
I still have much to work on, especially on the tactical side of things, but I am already looking forward to facing the big powerhouses of today’s CSGO scene.
I would like to thank my teammates in Titan for giving me this comeback opportunity. The „TANK“ is as good as new, but it’s still going to need a little practice to reach its peak efficiency 😀
Statement Jérôme ‚NiaK‘ Sudries – Team-Manager
The comeback of a player such as RpK is in and of itself a great source of joy, made even better by the fact that we will now be able to move forward again as a team.
I reached out to Cédric because I was set on taking a full month to weigh up all alternatives, and it was now or never to consider an option such as his return. However, there were too many unknowns to allow us to be too enthusiastic, so in parallel with this route we also favored the option of exploring new talent outside the network of known players. I was very surprised by some of these players, and I know that we will see the emergence of some talented new players in the coming months.
In the end, however, Cedric managed to convince us that he could bring what we were looking for, with the added bonus of him having a fresh take on the game as well as the advantage of past experiences with everyone in the team.
After a difficult year, this comeback feels like a new beginning. The road ahead of us may not be clearly mapped out yet, but I know that I can rely on a united group of players, all of whom I trust to give this team the means to make 2015 a much better year.
Lineup Titan eSports
Kévin ‚Ex6TenZ‘ Droolans
Kenny ‚kennyS‘ Schrub
Dan ‚apEX‘ Madesclaire
Mathieu ‚Maniac‘ Quiquerez
Cédric ‚RpK‘ Guipouy