Shox Explores New Options In CS:GO

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Shox Explores New Options in CS:GO After Just 2 Months With Apeks

French veteran seeks a new home!

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Shox has been removed by Apeks from its active CS:GO roster following a mutual agreement between them.
Apeks has allowed shox to explore new opportunities in CS:GO while searching for a replacement themselves.

After spending just two months with Apeks, Richard "shox" Papillon will step down from Apeks' active CS:GO roster and explore other options. This move was allegedly mutual, according to a release from the Norwegian esports organization.

This is the second team that shox has left this year, having parted ways with Team Liquid in June to balance his professional and personal life. Within two months, shox took the surprise decision to join the ranks of Apeks but has not hit the lofty highs that we've come to expect from him.

The final nail in the coffin for shox was likely Apeks' inability to qualify for the IEM Road to Rio 2022: Europe RMR, struggling to make its way through any of the four open qualifiers.

Apeks take a mutual decision to remove Shox from its active CS:GO roster

Norwegian organization Apeks has removed shox from its active CS:GO roster, and has allowed him to explore other options. It has also stated that it is actively searching for a player to replace the French veteran.

"This is due to a difference in vision on how to proceed with our in-game team development," stated Apeks, having withdrawn from all upcoming CS:GO tournaments where they were bound to compete in late September.

This decision was taken following the team's slew of disappointing performances, "Our results have been far from good enough and we need time to reflect and evaluate until we feel ready."

Commenting on this move, shox expressed that it was a "short but good experience" for him and that he wishes nothing but the best to Apeks, thanking them for making this transition process simple and keeping it professional.

Shox statement on move from Apeks

Over the course of the last three months, shox's overall HLTV rating has gone down to 1.0 while his impact rating has slipped to 0.99. As a team, Apeks failed to win any tournament but the worst blow was its inability to qualify for the European RMR.

Simultaneously, it also resulted in shox missing out on a CS:GO Major for the first time ever. This record is now solely held by Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen, who has successfully made it to all 18 CS:GO Majors.


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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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