BIG Signs FaveN For 2022 CS:GO Roster


BIG Signs FaveN in Reportedly the Most Expensive Deal for German CS:GO Player

BIG is ready to go big in 2022.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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BIG transitions to a complete German CS:GO roster for the 2022 competitive season with the signing of Josef "faveN" Baumann coming over from Sprout.
The transfer of faveN from Sprout to BIG is being claimed as the most expensive deal for a German player in Counter-Strike history.
With the arrival of faveN, BIG has decided to bench the Danish entry fragger Nicklas "gade" Gade who had joined the organization in July earlier this year.

BIG has made its first roster shuffle for the 2022 competitive season as they announce the signing of Josef "faveN" Baumann and bench Nicklas "gade" Gade. By moving the 27-year-old Danish entry fragger to its bench, BIG has reverted back to a complete German lineup, but the move has apparently been heavy on the organization's pocket.

According to a statement by Daniel Finkler - CEO of BIG, faveN's transfer from Sprout to BIG is the most expensive deal for a German player in the history of Counter-Strike. However, no specifics about the deal were provided by either organization.

Irrespective of that, faveN is sure to add a lot of value to BIG as he registered an overall HLTV rating of 1.18 this year with an impact rating of 1.20, making him an ideal candidate who deserves to play at the top-tier of competitive CS:GO.

FaveN joins BIG in transfer of "unprecedented size in German Counter-Strike"

The 21-year-old talented German rifler, faveN, has had a terrific year with Sprout as he has put up his personal career-best figures this year with a rifle, something that BIG are in desperate need of.

This transfer follows a pattern similar to previous transfers between the two organizations, Sprout and BIG, with the latter having signed multiple players and coaches like Niclas "⁠enkay J⁠" Krumhorn, Tobias "⁠tow b⁠" Herberhold, Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische, and Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne.

FaveN after spending more than two years with Sprout is leaving the organization to step onto the bigger stage with BIG, which shall also serve as his first major break into the upper echelons of competitive Counter-Strike. To accommodate his arrival, BIG has decided to bench their Danish entry fragger gade who has been with the organization for about five months now, having joined the team in July earlier this year.

In October 2021, BIG along with FURIA and Heroic had entered the 'Louvre Agreement' with ESL in a $20 million USD deal to become permanent partner teams for ESL Pro League. With the adjusted roster BIG is now aiming towards fighting their way back to the very top. Finkler's statement for the transfer was as follows:

I am pleased to announce that Josef “faveN” Baumann will be joining BIG with immediate effect. FaveN has been in the international spotlight with his excellent performances over the last 12 months and has been on the shortlist of many clubs. In a historical context, the transfer is the most expensive deal for a German player. At the same time, we would like to thank Nicklas “gade” Gade, who is transitioning to the bench for the time being, for his dedication and great work ethic over the past months.
Daniel Finkler - CEO of BIG, Official Statement

Finkler further revealed that the team will be undergoing intensive training in Berlin next year onwards, preparing for the upcoming competitive season.

Statement from faveN on joining BIG

It will be interesting to see how much the adjusted German roster will be able to accomplish in 2022, with heavy weights like NAVI, G2 Esports, Gambit Esports, Vitality, and more being placed ahead of them.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.

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