Credit: BLAST Premier and Michal Konkol
Back in early February, BIG´s star AWPer sidelined himself due to personal reasons. Since then, the Young Academy AWPer Marcel 'hyped' Köhn has been the main AWPer for the German first team. But how well has the young gun actually played during his first month as a BIG player, and did BIG play better with or without him?
Hayped played his first top-tier tournament as a BIG player when the Germans participated in the ESL Pro League S17. Starting the event of great was hyped as BIG managed to take down Complexity in a 2-1 thriller. The young AWPer was the man who led his team to victory producing an impressive stat line 65-53 K/D / +12 +/- / 83.9 ADR / 1.25 Rating.
Despite BIG falling short in their following game against Heroic, cadiaN is convinced that BIG should not be worried about losing their highest-rated player Florian “syrsoN” Rische. In a post-match interview, Casper "cadiaN" Møller and Rasmus "sjuush" Beck sat down and talked with the ESL panel about the recent roster change on BIG.
- Let me say something controversial here. BIG will be better with hyped than with syrsoN. I don’t want to judge anyone, I’m just giving my perception. When you have a player syrsoN that gets three kills or his teammate gets three kills and he’s still just sitting with no emotions giving no energy and no hype. I don’t see him talking ever - like in these BLAST videos where they are recording, I never see him talk.
A great motivational speech from candiaN towards the BIG players and all of their fans weren't enough for them to make it through the ESL Pro League S17. In yesterday's elimination match against Movistar Riders, BIG couldn't keep up with the Spanish team who secured themselves a spot in the playoffs over the Germans. Despite Hyped didn't manage to produce the same stunning numbers as syrsoN normally does, there is still hope for BIG with their new academy player on the roster.
After the disappointing loss over Movistar Riders, Krimbo took his time to talk with the ESL panel about hyped stepping in as the new main AWPer.
- I think our team chemistry is on point, and no one is having any trouble with each other.
Watch the entire segment with Krimbo here:
The next time we get to see BIG in action is in the ELISA Invitational Winter 2023 when the Germans take upon the winner of 9INE/Monte.