CS:GO legend kennyS to join OG’s VALORANT lineup
Kenny “kennyS” Schrub, arguably the greatest sniper in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) history, will join OG’s VALORANT squad after trialing on the game. NeL, a CS reporter for the French outlet 1pv.fr, said that the 26-year-old French player had already commenced training with the team as they prepared for the upcoming season.
NeL wrote on Twitter, “I’ve heard for days that kennyS is trialing for VALORANT and will join the VALORANT OG team. Good for him, even tho I would prefer to see him in CS obviously”.
Currently, OG’s VALORANT roster comprises only four players and a coach, namely:
– Benjamin “uNKOE” Chevasson
– Théo “OniBy” Tarlier
– Joey “fxy0” Schlosser
– Mathieu “LaAw” Plantin
– Coach Julien “daemoN” Ducros
The organization accommodates an all-French project and has only had unsatisfactory outcomes so far since entering the competitive Riot Games’ VALORANT scene in February 2021.
VALORANT Regional Leagues 2022 France: Revolution Stage 2 which begins in the middle of next month will be the closest tournament for OG.
Behind decision to join OG
KennyS has a nine-year worth of experience playing for notable French teams, including VeryGames, Titan, Team EnVyUs, and G2 Esports. During this time, he won several prestigious tournaments, including:
– Gfinity Champion of Champions
– DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 when he was playing for Envy
– World Electronic Sports Games 2016
– ESL Pro League Season 5 – Finals
– Champions Cup Finals.
The French legend, however, hasn’t competed since March 2021 when G2 placed him on the bench. The CS sniper exited the starting lineup of G2 and struggled to find a new place to play. Even so, kennyS remained tied to the organization and was even listed as a substitute for ESL Pro League Season 15 last month. He began to lose his games after “falling into a depression”.
“I had some good tournaments, some bad tournaments, some really good months, some bad months,” he said. “I became really inconsistent.”
KennyS has shifted his focus to Twitch streaming since he was benched. Based on Twitch statistics website SullyGnome, in the last 30 days, he has played 25 hours of VALORANT on stream. It was rumored that kennyS was assembling his own roster of young French players at the beginning of 2022.
The star sniper eventually changed his mind and opted for another discipline.
It was reported last year that kennyS was testing with Alliance, a Sweden-based gaming organization, but eventually, it didn’t come to a realization. In an interview with Dexerto in October 2021, the French star said that if he couldn’t find a place in CS:GO, he would look elsewhere.
“At the end, I had a really better mindset, I was doing things right, it just didn’t work out because of many reasons. I would be sad [to leave CS] because I know I have what it takes to be a really good competitive player, but if there is no space for me in CS I’ll find it somewhere else,” said kennyS.
Following the interview with Dexerto, kennyS competed in the BLAST Spike Nations, a VALORANT charity tournament. The AWPer teamed up with former teammate Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt and delivered an incredible performance on his first official VALORANT map, dropping a 40-bomb with Jett on Icebox.