- Covid-19 still interferes with various CS:GO events
- BIG’s CS:GO roster will have to face ENCE without the support of their veteran coach Fatih “gob b” Dayik
- He will be temporarily replaced by Nils “k1to” Gruhne
BIG’s CS:GO coach Fatih “gob b” Dayik has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss his team’s match against ENCE at the BLAST Premier Spring Finals.
Gob Tests Positive
Although the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be over and many countries and venues are lifting restrictions and oping up, it seems the virus can still sometimes interfere with esports events. Occasionally players, coaches, or other staff can contract the disease, requiring them to self-isolate.
This is the case with BIG CS:GO’s team’s head coach Fatih “gob b” Dayik, who has tested positive for Covid-19 and missed the team’s match against ENCE at the BLAST Premier Spring Finals. His place will be filled in with Nils “k1to” Gruhne, a former member of the BIG starting lineup throughout 2020 and 2021 who was moved to the BIG Academy roster this past March.
The Team Will Miss Gob’s Experience
The German-based BIG has been relying on Gob’s services for over five years now, filling a variety of roles even across multiple titles. Originally a rifler, Gob joined BIG at the start of 2017 and remained there through the summer of 2019. Later, he transitioned to a managerial role and also coached the organization’s academy roster.
In 2020, he switched to VALORANT, but stayed with BIG taking on the primary initiator role as Sova. He helped the team through thick and thin and when the org qualified for VCT 2022 via the relegation tournament, gob b returned to CS:GO to coach BIG’s main roster.
Gob also helped his team go through the PGL Antwerp Major, which ended with a 1-3 Legends Stage finish despite starting the event with a Legends spot. However, the organization has performed better ever since, even appearing at the semifinals of the IEM Dallas a couple of weeks ago.
Although the IEM Dallas was won by Clud9, BIG still performed spectacularly well, appearing in the semifinals. The team also finished third in the Pinnacle Cup.
BIG’s next challenge is against ENCE at the BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2022, where they will have a chance to grab a part of the $425 000 prize pool.