G2 Esports announced Friday it has acquired Team EnVyUs players to form a new Counter-Strike Global Offensive lineup around its two core members. Joining from EnVyUs is AWPer Kenny "kennyS" Schrub, entry fragger Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and support rifler Nathan "NBK" Schmitt to pair with G2's in-game leader Richard "shox" Papillon and rifler Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro.
Shox and bodyy recently renewed their contracts with G2.
"The level of CS increases every day, I am a competitor and I will never be satisfied with second place," shox said in a statement. "To win today, we must work with rage and passion on a daily basis, and always seek to excel, especially in difficult times. And we lacked these qualities in the second half of 2016."
"With a team and a coaching staff of this quality, our objectives are clearly to win, and especially to remain strong when we come across adversities. We have the ambition to put an end to the lack of stability of the French scene. We think we have the best elements to achieve our goals, and our hard work will help us along this journey."
The team has also retained Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux, but will move him to a coaching position alongside former Team EnVyUs analyst Niclas "enkay J" Krumhorn, who joins the team with the core three.
Much of the new French lineup have competed with one another before in previous teams. The moves, which sources say began taking place in December, saw both teams fall flat at the ELeague Major in Atlanta on Jan. 22-29, as both teams were cognitive of the outcome of roster changes going into the event.
As for the remaining players of Team EnVyUs and the two left out from G2 Esports, three of those are linked to forming a new team with minor league players from other French teams, according to a report by Flickshot.fr and confirmed by sources to ESPN. EnVyUs' Vincent "Happy" Cervoni Schopenhauer and Christophe "SIXER" Xia will team with former G2 Cédric "RpK" Guipouy, while Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom's destination is currently undetermined.