Romeu “zevy” Rocco will no longer be a part of paiN
AWPer Romeu “zevy” Rocco and Brazilian side paiN have decided to part ways, as announced by the organization. zevy's departure drops the curtain on his nearly year-long tenure with the squad, where he played an instrumental role in their qualification for the recent BLAST.tv Paris Major, along with delivering impressive performances in other tournaments.
tomamos rumos diferentes a partir de hoje, mas não podemos deixar de agradecer por bater de frente com os melhores AWPs do mundo
— paiN Gaming (@paiNGamingBR) July 8, 2023
As paiN underwent a rebuilding phase last summer, zevy played a vital role in the team's transformation, alongside Felipe “skullz” Medeiros. Taking the spots of Gabriel “NEKIZ” Schenato and Gabriel “nython” Lino, zevy contributed significantly to the squad's remarkable achievements. Notable highlights from zevy's time with paiN include a victory at ESL Challenger Melbourne 2022 against Imperial, a playoffs appearance in ESL Pro League Season 17, and successful qualification for the highly anticipated BLAST.tv Paris Major.
zevy's departure from paiN contributes to the growing list of changes that have unfolded in the Brazilian gaming scene in the past few months. The rumors initially surrounding Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo's potential transition to FURIA triggered a flurry of rapid player transfers. zevy's exit, in particular, has been a subject of ongoing discussion, with a report by GameArena as early as June 12th suggesting that Fluxo had shown interest in acquiring the talented AWPer, along with paiN teammates Vinicios “PKL” Coelho and Wesley “hardzao” Lopes.
Amid indications that hardzao is no longer part of Fluxo's future plans, as per a report from Draft5, the organization is now targeting Henrique “t9rnay” Menacho as a potential addition. Meanwhile, zevy and PKL remain in consideration for Fluxo's revamped roster. The trio is expected to join forces with Vinicius “vsm” Moreira, Lucas “Lucaozy” Neves, and coach Joaquin “lokomotioN” Cuevas, who has assumed the head coach position following Wilton “zews” Prado's departure.
paiN is currently left with only two players and a coach in their active lineup, prompting them to pursue three new players. According to recent reports, paiN is rumored to be eyeing Kaue “kauez” Kaschuk from FURIA Academy, Lucas “lux” Meneghini from Fluxo, and Cássio “cass1n” Santos from their own academy squad.