TIGER makes a move for international talents.
Owen “Smooya” Butterfield and Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer are close to joining the TIGER CS:GO roster, according to a report from DBLTAP. TIGER is a new Chinese esports organization that currently fields an all-Mongolian lineup, featuring former Grayhound member Erdenetsogt "erkaSt" Gantulga.
AWPer Smooya joined Chaos early in 2020, finishing 5-8th in both United Masters League Season 2 and WINNERS League Season 3 with the North American team. The British sniper then helped the squad qualify for Flashpoint Season 1. Unfortunately, he was sent home partway through the season due to travel issues caused by COVID-19. After playing only one Flashpoint match, Chaos were suddenly left without their star for the remainder of the season. Chaos eventually released Smooya in March, and he has been without a team since.
Snappi Joins Smooya
In-game leader Snappi returned to Heroic in August of last year. Here, he led the team to a victory at DreamHack Open Atlanta and a semi-final finish at EPICENTER 2019. The Danish team took on the FunPlus Phoenix name at the start of Flashpoint Season 1, though returned to Heroic after some roster conflict. Snappi was benched in April, and has been teamless since.
TIGER now look to take on an international roster with the additions of Smooya and Snappi. The Chinese organization currently fields a Mongolian roster, led by former Grayhound member Erdenetsogt "erkaSt" Gantulga. The team recently won the ESL One: Road to Rio Asia tournament, and this roster move would incur a 40% point penalty in their journey to the ESL One Rio Major.
This move is currently unconfirmed. Smooya and Snappi’s TIGER debut could come in the currently unannounced second stage of ESL One: Road to Rio.