Innocent Explains Why Polish CS:GO Legend Snax Was Not a Good Fit for Anonymo
Will we finally see a Polish team at a CS:GO Major once again?!
The Polish esports organization Anonymo is making waves following its overtime victory against G2 Esports in the opening match of the European RMR B. Though the team could not follow up with another win against Players (Gambit Esports) in the second round, the first match upset was enough to motivate them on their journey ahead.
Anonymo had struggled a lot last year, as the organization had to make the difficult decision of parting ways with the Polish legend Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski right before the 2022 season.
For the team to perform this well without Snax was quite noteworthy, and speaking about why he was removed, veteran player Paweł "innocent" Mocek in an interview with HLTV said, "He's a really good player obviously and honestly, it's nobody's fault but not every player can mesh together."
Innocent reveals why Snax was removed from Anonymo ahead of the 2022 season
The initial Illuminar Gaming lineup was doing really well and innocent was a part of this team. They used to hover around the top 20 global rankings and this kept the team motivated.
A decision was taken to undergo a few roster changes which included the addition of Snax to the team and their performance soon started to suffer. The switch to Anonymo in January 2021 did not help either as there was almost no noticeable difference in results.
Experienced players like Michał "snatchie" Rudzki and Karol "rallen" Radowicz were added to bolster the lineup, but two months down the line they did not feel like continuing ahead with snax.
"So we decided with the coach that after two years and many rosters, it's just not working, so why should we keep this system? We wanted to go back to the core of Illuminar, where we had great synergy with Oskarish (Oskar Stenborowski)," revealed innocent.
He further pointed out how his individual performance had also started to suffer, "I was also playing worse with Snax, I don't know why, but I could never find myself, I think it's because in this team and the previous teams I had a strong voice and when we play something I can overrule it, but in those teams, I didn't have a space to do it and I think my confidence kinda relies on it."
This was why Anonymo 12 months after its inception parted ways with Snax and the change in the team's chemistry can already be felt. Innocent says that he is able to lead the team better as others respond properly to his calls, something he felt was missing before.
Innocent even touched upon the topic of how he was treated by the Polish CS:GO community back when snax had been removed from the team, and the effect of the extreme backlash that he had to undergo on a mental level.