German organization BIG has made a roster change. Once again the squad will see Johannes “nex” Maget take a step back from competitive play while this time it will be Denis “denis” Howell who comes in to serve as his replacement.
denis had been a member of Sprout for 18 months before electing to join up with BIG. The 24-year-old also joins BIG with a plethora of experience having played in eight Majors.
nex had only been back on the active roster since February when he had to return from his break to fill in for Owen “smooya” Butterfield who had decided to step away from the squad. He was quite impressive in his return and led the team in terms of performance at IEM Sydney. Clearly it’s deeper than the game as nex has once again elected to step away.
CEO of BIG, Daniel Finkler discussed the move in the official post to the BIG website.
“Today we announce the addition of Denis “denis” Howell to our active roster. Denis is clearly one of the most experienced and consistent players in Germany and already played on a top level internationally. We are happy to have found a player who can help us during the upcoming challenges with all his knowledge and energy he can bring to the team.
While transfers & player changes in sports clubs happen on a daily basis, some of them are tough to make. The replacement of Johannes “nex” Maget is definitely one of those. As a founding member of BIG, Johannes not only helped us with his tremendous talent as a player, he also shaped the organization and our identity since our foundation. The whole BIG team will support him during the recovery phase and his upcoming competitive pause. I’m extremely thankful for all his efforts and all the unforgettable moments we shared so far. Moreover, I`m proud to have him as a friend and shareholder on board of the BIG family and we will continue to write history together with him. It’s not a farewell.”
Whether or not nex will ever return as an active player isn’t directly stated but it’s hard to imagine a player of his talent staying away for good.