After another big shuffle, more moves are being made in the French CS:GO scene. Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom and Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss are joining 3DMAX.
As it says above, this move will not be permanent, at least for ScreaM. It is clear that Benrlitom could be playing on a tier-one team, but is getting practice in the downtime with 3DMAX. Additionally, 3DMAX could not possibly afford a contract to sign ScreaM, so having him, for now, is fine. However, the team could keep Hadji, as he has not gotten many offers from top teams since his Team Envy days.
This move comes two days after a report would surface stating that G2 Esports is taking two of 3DMAX’s players. Lucas “Lucky“ Chastang and Audric “JaCkz“ Jug would both leave 3DMAX for greener pastures. Although many people do not see ScreaM staying long-term, it is good for the rest of 3DMAX’s roster, as they can get some great experience under a veteran player. The young French team has not had much success in 2018, only managing to win Season 28 of the ESEA Premier Division in Europe.
On Team Envy, ScreaM and company would not find much success in the first half of the year. They would suffer early exits in a majority of the tournaments they would participate in, besides the 2018 CS:GO Asia Championships, where they would fall in the semifinals against Natus Vincere. Unfortunately, the lack of success and good finishes over the last two years would cause Team Envy to release its entire CS:GO lineup.
ScreaM would have a pretty uneventful 2018, ever since Team Envy would disband its CS:GO team. Still, he would participate in multiple qualifiers before joining Fnatic for ESL One New York. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t have quite the showing in the Big Apple. After going 0-2 in the group stage, the team would release him from his stand-in position on the team. However, he was a silver lining on a pretty disappointing performance. Now, he joins another French team in the hopes of keeping his skills sharp, should he join another top tier team again.
As we have mentioned before, the French CS:GO scene has been a pretty volatile environment this year. Multiple players would get into drama with teammates, and the French scene hasn’t seen much success as a result. For example, the newly-created Team Vitality roster just lost their coach, just one month into the team’s existence. Another French team, G2 Esports, has also benched in-game leader Kevin “Ex6TenZ” Droolans and Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux.
G2 Esports would actually be a hotspot for drama with its roster, causing the benching of now-Team Vitality members, Nathan “NBK-“ Schmitt and Dan “apEX” Madesclaire. There has been so much roster movement, that it will be hard for any team to build any synergy between its members. If any of these organizations can find consistency with its roster, maybe they could slowly build to a better future for the French scene. However, as it stands, they continue to affect the rest of the scene with their actions.
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