Team Envy has reportedly signed Turkish rifler Buğra "Calyx" Arkın to their active Counter-Strike roster, according to a report from DBLTAP. The report also ties the organization to former BIG coach Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić, who looks to be taking over as the team’s head coach. Envy currently only fields a three-man CS:GO roster after releasing Sam “s0m” Oh in December and benching Bradley "ANDROID" Fodor earlier this month.
Buğra "Calyx" Arkın made his name under the Space Soldiers banner, aiding the all-Turkish lineup in a 5-6th place finish at ESL One Belo Horizonte, a win at DreamHack Open Austin 2018, and a group stage appearance at the Eleague Boston Major. The team reached an all-time best ranking of 12th in the world. The roster parted ways with the Space Soldiers organization in October of 2018, and began to split up in the final months of that year.
Calyx stayed with the ex-Space Soldiers team until joining Bulgarian side Windigo on a trial basis in April of 2019. He later signed with the team in July, placing 9-12th at DreamHack Masters Dallas and 13-16th in ESL Pro League Season 10 before the organization ceased operations in October. The 21-year-old has been without a team since.
LEGIJA Joins in the Move to North America
In addition to Calyx’s signing, Envy looks to be adding founding BIG member Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić as head coach. LEGIJA’s Counter-Strike career dates back to the 1.6 era, and has included stints as both a player and coach. In BIG’s first competitive year, LEGIJA and co. placed 5-6th at ESG Tour Mykonos 2017, second at DreamHack Open Denver, and reached the quarter-finals of the PGL Krakow Major. The experienced player moved to a coaching position after BIG’s disappointing performance at the Eleague Boston Major. With LEGIJA as head coach, BIG reached the Grand Final of ESL One Cologne 2018 and the quarter-finals of the FACEIT London Major. BIG announced LEGIJA’s departure from the organization at the start of the new year.
Envy’s roster began to break apart in December, as 17-year-old Sam “s0m” Oh transferred to Gen.G and the team parted ways with their coach and manager. The organization announced their benching of Bradley "ANDROID" Fodor on January 1st, leaving their roster with only three members. Calyx’s signing would leave one spot remaining on the active lineup, while LEGIJA would take up the head coach position.
This move has not yet been confirmed. Envy is not currently scheduled to compete in any upcoming events.