Team Envy

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Team Information
Location:
Region:
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CEO:
USA Mike Rufail
Total Earnings:
$2,088,132
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History
Created:
Organization: 2007
2015-02-01


Team Envy (formerly known as Team EnVyUs, often abbreviated to Envy, EnVy or nV) is an American eSports organization founded in 2007 who used to be mainly known for their competitive Call of Duty background. They were also known as the "Boys in Blue".

History[edit]

On February 1st, 2015, the French Squad of LDLC, Vincent "Happy" Cervoni, Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux, Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey and Richard "shox" Papillon left their organization to sign with Team EnVyUs, a North American organization mostly known for its ‘’”Call of Duty”’’ team.

After winning the MLG X-Games Aspen invitational, then signing with the new organization, the team continued to prove that they were among the best in the world, most of the time staying right behind Fnatic, the best team in CS:GO’s history, in world rankings across the community.

In February, EnVyUs participated in the Inferno Online Pantamera Challenge, where they managed to find a 3rd place finish after losing to Fnatic 2-1 in the consolation final. Just over a month later, the team travelled to Katowice, Poland to attend CS:GO’s 5th major, ESL One: Katowice 2015. After placing first in their group, they faced Natus Vincere in the quarterfinals and won the series reasonably comfortably, with score-lines ending at 16-12, 14-16 and 16-3. They then went on to face the Ninjas in Pyjamas, and weren’t quite prepared for what GeT_RiGhT’s squad had awaiting for them, and lost the Bo3 series 0-2. Even despite this, losing in the semifinals to a team who were top 4 at the time was nothing to be ashamed of, and EnVy left Poland with a top 4 placing.

It wasn’t long until EnVy had once again found their form, winning titles at Gfinity Spring Masters 1 and the StarLadder StarSeries XII LAN final, with both tournaments seeing EnVy destroy NiP in Best of 5 series, 3-1 and 3-0, respectively. At StarSeries, they proved that they were still a top team and still worthy of fear, winning Best of 3s against TSM, Natus Vincere, and NiP before reaching the final.

These victories were short-lived, however, as EnVyUs began a slow, roller-coaster-esque decline after winning the StarSeries XII final. This period saw EnVy fail to reach the top 4 of offline events for the first time in 2015, placing 5th-6th at Gfinity Masters Spring 2 and Fragbite Masters Season 4. On the seemingly lone upswing of this lineup’s decline, they won the Gfinity Masters Summer 1 after placing top in their group, followed by a close Best of 3 victory against Team Dignitas, and another blowout Bo5 final against NiP, where the Swedish side failed to acquire more than 10 rounds in any of the 3 maps played against France’s best team.

In July, after 2 more disappointing placements in events (5-6th at ESL ESEA Season 1 Finals, and Top 4 in ESWC 2015 after losing to Cloud9) internal problems with the roster finally were made known to the world, and soon after, a second “French Shuffle” occurred where EnVyUs would trade their Star Player, shox, and support player, SmithZz, to Titan, while the former signed Titan’s own Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and Dan "apEX" Madesclaire.

The community originally held the consensus that the new EnVy lineup would be worse than the original one, and that at best they could be a top 4-6 level team. However, the world was left slightly in shock as EnVy came out swinging at their first offline event with their new roster, the IEM Gamescom event in Cologne. The tournament ended with EnVy destroying TSM over 3 maps and claiming the title, seemingly without breaking a sweat.

The real test for the new EnVyUs lineup was yet to come, as the world’s elite gathered at Cologne 2 weeks later to play in the ESL One: Cologne 2015 Tournament, CS:GO’s 6th major and the 2nd held in the German city. Nay-sayers of the new lineup were quickly silenced as EnVy placed 1st in their group and made an incredibly impressive run to the finals, winning Best of 3s against Natus Vincere and TSM, before losing 0-2 in the final to Fnatic. Even if the end of the tournament was disappointing for the French side, they had already proved that they were a world-class team, less than a month after changing their roster.

Since their finals run at Cologne, EnVyUs have won 2 more titles at Dreamhack Open London 2015 and the Gfinity Champion of Champions, boasting a Bo3 win against TSM and Bo5 victories against an on-fire Virtus.Pro and Fnatic.

Those last results put Team EnVyUs as favorites for the last major of 2015 Dreamhack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015, which they won while top teams Fnatic, Virtus.pro and TSM were all eliminated in quarterfinals.

Post-Cluj-Napoca, their results would stagnate and would eventually lead to Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez' acquisition as a coach and kioShiMa's departure, being replaced by Team LDLC.com White player, Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon. Shortly after, they would attend the next major, MLG Columbus 2016 with this lineup but their journey would fall very short. The French team would fall to Counter Logic Gaming and then Gambit Gaming, resulting in a group stage exit also resulting in Happy not making it to playoffs for the first time. The journey would fall even further as their results later weren't very optimal and they would also face another group stage exit at the next major, ESL One: Cologne 2016 with losses against Team Liquid and mousesports.

After both of the 2016 majors concluded, EnVyUs decided to replace their weakest performer DEVIL for Christophe "SIXER" Xia, formerly of Millenium and DEVIL was traded to SIXER's old team as a result. Their results still remained fairly the same and they would also succumb another group stage exit at ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017 being eliminated by kioShiMa's new team, FaZe Clan. After this, the third “French Shuffle” began, NBK-, kennyS and apEX would all be transferred to fellow team G2 Esports with EnVyUs acquiring Cédric "RpK" Guipouy, Alexandre "xms" Forté and David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic as well as Damien "maLeK" Marcel as their coach, before finalising their roster by replacing the latter with Belgian player Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom. Considering that G2 Esports had acquired EnVy's former trio, this team would be considered a much worse team and their results also showed for it including losing their major qualifier spot and being unable to retain it. This would see Happy miss his first major in addition, but it wouldn't be too long before he returned at ELEAGUE Boston 2018 with the first 24 team major although the French side would place themselves in the bottom 8.

Going into 2018, Team Envy decided to make some serious changes, firstly benching xms and reacquiring kioShiMa whom was benched on FaZe Clan, and later swapping SIXER for their academy player, Ali "hAdji" Haïnouss. Following disappointing results and enduring management issues, Envy released all of their CS:GO players from their primary and academy roster. Following the release of their French players, Team Envy announced that they will not be completely exiting the scene and will be shifting their focus over to North America.[1]

Timeline[edit]

Player Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

Active Squad
ID Name Join Date
USA Drone Tayler Johnson 2018-09-27 [20]
USA reltuC Steven Cutler 2018-09-27 [20]
USA Nifty Noah Francis 2018-09-27 [20]
USA jdm64 Josh Marzano 2018-09-27 [20]
USA Pollo (Stand-in) Matt Wilson 2018-10-30 [22]
USA Eley (Coach) Zachary Stauffer 2018-09-27 [20]
Inactive Players
ID Name Join Date Inactive Date
Canada SEMPHIS Kory Friesen 2018-09-27 [20] 2018-10-30 [22]

Former[edit]

France 2015-2018 French Squad
ID Name Join Date Leave Date New Team
France Happy Vincent Cervoni 2015-02-01 [2] 2018-06-20 [1] Team Vitality
France RpK Cédric Guipouy 2017-02-04 [12] 2018-06-20 [1] Team Vitality
Belgium ScreaM Adil Benrlitom 2017-02-21 [14] 2018-06-20 [1] Fnatic (Stand-in)
France kioShiMa Fabien Fiey 2018-02-03 [16] 2018-06-20 [1] Cloud9
France hAdji Ali Haïnouss 2018-02-06 [17] 2018-06-20 [1] The Imperial


Former Players
ID Name Join Date
Inactive Date Leave Date New Team
France xms Alexandre Forté 2017-02-04 [12] 2018-02-07 [16] 2018-06-20 [1]
Retired
France maLeK (Coach) Damien Marcel 2017-02-04 [12] 2018-05-07 [19]
France SIXER Christophe Xia 2016-10-05 [9] 2018-02-06 [17] 2018-02-13 [18] EnVyUs Academy
France devoduvek David Dobrosavljevic 2017-02-04 [12] 2017-02-08 [13] 2017-04-14 [15] Misfits Gaming
France kennyS Kenny Schrub 2015-07-20 [3] 2017-02-03 [11] G2 Esports
France apEX Dan Madesclaire 2015-07-20 [3] 2017-02-03 [11] G2 Esports
France NBK Nathan Schmitt 2015-02-01 [2] 2017-02-03 [11] G2 Esports
France DEVIL Timothée Démolon 2016-03-08 [5] 2016-10-05 [9] Millenium
Switzerland Maniac (Coach) Mathieu Quiquerez 2016-01-10 [4] 2016-06-05 [8] Unity
France kioShiMa Fabien Fiey 2015-02-01 [2] 2016-04-10 [5] [7] FaZe Clan
France SmithZz Edouard Dubourdeaux 2015-02-01 [2] 2015-07-20 [3] Titan
France shox Richard Papillon 2015-02-01 [2] 2015-07-20 [3] Titan
Temporary stand-ins
ID Name Replacing ID Name Tournament(s)
France SIXER  
Christophe Xia
Belgium ScreaM Adil Benrlitom WESG 2017
France kioShiMa  
Fabien Fiey
Belgium ScreaM Adil Benrlitom WESG 2017 France and Monaco
WESG 2017 Europe Finals
France maLeK  
Damien Marcel
France RpK Cédric Guipouy ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 - New Challengers Stage (Round 4 Low Matches)
Belgium ScreaM   Adil Benrlitom
France xms Alexandre Forté IEM Season XI World Championship - EU Closed Qualifier
Belgium ScreaM   Adil Benrlitom
France devoduvek David Dobrosavljevic IEM Season XI World Championship - EU Closed Qualifier
France SIXER  
Christophe Xia
France NBK- Nathan Schmitt SL i-League Season 2 Finals
France SIXER  
Christophe Xia
France DEVIL Timothée Démolon ESL Pro League Season 4
Belgium YOUNS  
Younes Ait-lalla
France kennyS Kenny Schrub FACEIT League 2015 Stage 3
Belgium ScreaM  
Adil Benrlitom
France kioShiMa Fabien Fiey FACEIT League 2015[23]

Organization[edit]

Active[edit]

Organization
ID Name Position Join Date
USA Hastr0 Mike Rufail Founder
USA TmarTn Trevor Martin Co-Owner
USA Loop Adam Bahriz Streamer
USA tailored Taylor Broomall Analyst 2018-09-27 [20]

Former[edit]

Former Organization
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Organization
France Next Jordan Savelli Manager 2015 2018-10-13 [21]
Germany enkay J Niclas Krumhorn Analyst 2016-06-13 2017-02-03 [11] G2 Esports

Team Achievements[edit]

Date Placement Tier Tournament Results Prize
2017-07-23 A11st A2Major DreamHack Open Atlanta 2017 2 : 1 $50,000
2017-01-15 A11st A1Premier World Electronic Sports Games 2016 2 : 0 $800,000
2016-09-25 A11st A2Major Gfinity CS:GO Invitational 3 : 0 $50,000
2016-02-07 A11st A1Premier Global eSports Cup - Season 1 3 : 0 $80,000
2015-11-01 A11st A1Premier DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 2 : 0 $100,000
2015-09-27 A11st A1Premier Gfinity Champion of Champions 3 : 2 $50,000
2015-08-23 A22nd A1Premier ESL One: Cologne 2015 0 : 2 $50,000
2015-08-08 A11st A1Premier Intel Extreme Masters Season X - gamescom 8/-/1 Grp. S. $45,500
2015-06-28 A11st A1Premier Gfinity Masters Summer 1 3 : 0 $40,000
2015-03-22 A11st A1Premier Gfinity Spring Masters 1 3 : 1 $25,000
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Trivia[edit]

  • Team EnVyUs is the first official CS:GO team to have a player stand in for a player, to later on have the player who is stood in for stand in for that player. That being ScreaM standing in for kioShiMa, then kioShiMa standing in for ScreaM.
  • devoduvek was originally set to play for Team EnVyUs in their 2017 lineup after the third French shuffle, but was benched 4 days after being signed to later be replaced by ScreaM.
    • This situation was later brought to light on November 16th 2018 by devoduvek. Team EnVyUs at first acquired RpK, ScreaM and devoduvek though the Belgian was also trying out for FaZe Clan at the time. Due to ScreaM's addition not being certain, the other two players and xms' additions were announced. Following ScreaM's decision not to join FaZe Clan, EnVyUs decided whether to remove devoduvek or xms for ScreaM and the former was benched as a result, with ScreaM's addition being announced at a later date.[24]

Gallery[edit]

Logos[edit]

Highlight videos[edit]

Interviews[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Team Envy release their CS:GO rosters". Team Envy. 2018-06-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "LDLC lose CS:GO team". HLTV.org. 2015-02-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Titan, EnVyUs swap players HLTV.org
  4. 4.0 4.1 Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2016-01-10). "Maniac joins EnVyUs as coach". HLTV.org.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "DEVIL replaces kioShiMa in EnVyUs CS:GO lineup". Team EnVyUs. 2016-03-08.
  6. Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey (2016-03-08). "This is the end of an adventure".
  7. 7.0 7.1 Titan, kioShiMa joins up with FaZe HLTV.org
  8. 8.0 8.1 Milan "Striker" Švejda (2016-06-05). "Maniac leaves nV, plans to play". HLTV.org.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Sixer To Start For EnVy". Team EnVyUs. 2016-10-05.
  10. Skypper (2016-10-05). "Sixer et DEVIL, échange entre M et EnVy " [Sixer and DEVIL, exchange between [M] and Envy] (in France French). Millenium.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Milan "Striker" Švejda (2017-02-03). "G2 announce new lineup". HLTV.org.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 "Changes to EnVy CS:GO". Team EnVyUs. 2017-02-04.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Weird feeling, wish it didn't happen. But well, let's move forward!". devoduvek. 2017-02-08.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "We're making it official". Team EnVyUs. 2017-02-21.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Misfits CSGO Roster Change (+devoduvek & AmaNEk)". Misfits. 2017-04-14. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "Changes to Envy CS:GO". Team Envy. 2018-02-03.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Effective today, we are promoting hAdji to the Envy CS:GO starting lineup from the Envy Academy roster.". Team EnVyUs. 2018-02-06.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2018-02-13). "SIXER joins EnVyUs Academy". HLTV.org.
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Team Envy CS:GO Releases Head Coach Damien “maLek” Marcel". Team Envy. 2018-05-07.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 "Welcome the New Envy CSGO!". Team Envy. 2018-09-27.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Next (2018-02-03). "After 3 years and 10 months, it's time for me to leave Envy.".
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 bleghfarec (2018-10-30). "Envy orders up Pollo as a stand-in". Dust2.us.
  23. "ScreaM steps in for EnVyUs". HLTV. 2015-04-13.
  24. Dom Phillips. "devoduvek: "ScreaM went to try out for FaZe, then wanted his spot back on [EnVyUs""]. ESN Esports.