Why G2 didn’t pick up ZywOo

Some of the G2 players believed he was cheating.

Counter-Strike: GO's Icon George Geddes · 9 Jul 2019


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At a time, G2 Esports was considered to be the best French team in Counter-Strike. However, with the recent rise of Vitality, it seems like the team made a mistake in not signing French superstar Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut. 

According to Counter-Strike journalist neL, ZywOo was not offered a place on G2 despite his reputation as one of the best players in the world because the players believed that he was cheating, which is a popular allegation to make when new superstars seemingly come from nothing straight to the top. 

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“There were maybe some people in the team, I won't say names, and they were like 'ohhh, who is this cheater?' but I was like ‘no guys, you were once where he was. It was exactly the same 10 years ago when you start raising from nowhere and everyone was calling you a cheater. It's exactly the same and talent needs to be renewed in France,'" said former G2 player Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux about ZywOo in an interview conducted by ESPN. This seems to confirm that some of the G2 players had a pre-conception that ZywOo was cheating.

It seems to be common practice for up-and-coming superstars to be criticized for their skill. Similar to Robin “ropz” Kool, both players were extremely young and did not have a professional background before they were noticed in the Faceit Pro League and lower tier Counter-strike. Like ZywOo, ropz was accused of cheating but this time by Swedish veteran Jesper “JW” Wecksell. 

neL also mentioned that the current G2 players Richard “shox” Papillon and Kenny “KennyS” Schrub were both accused of cheating when they were still on the rise. 

Furthermore, he went on to state that ex-Counter-strike professional Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian, who was banned in 2014 after admitting that he used cheating software in-game, may have given KennyS another reason to be wary of new talent. KQLY played with KennyS several times in the past, most prominently on Titan.

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