Team Vitality announced that they have parted ways with Richard “shox” Papillon.
The Frenchman joined the organization from G2 Esports in 2019 in what the team called the “most expensive transfer in Vitality’s history.”
“You have been part of the creation of our legend, we have shared so many good moments since 2019, a chapter is closing but your name will remain engraved in the Vitality history,” Vitality wrote in a Twitter post on Wednesday.
shox helped Vitality to a win at IEM Winter, a third-place finish at the BLAST Premier: World Final 2021 in Copenhagen and to the PGL Stockholm Major playoffs.
However, he joins coach Remy “XTQZZZ” Quonian in leaving the team this month, with 1pv reporting that Jayson “Kyojin” Nguyen is also on his way out as part of a major shakeup. According to the report, Vitality is interested in bringing in former Astralis trio Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Emil “Magisk” Reif and coach Danny “zonic” Sorensen.
“Thanks for this beautiful 2 years together @TeamVitality, thanks to all the teammates i had for living the adventure together, we created beautiful memories and i’ll keep these with me,” shox wrote in a tweet.
In addition to Vitality and G2, the 29-year-old shox has played for number of organizations over his 15-year professional career including Team EnVyUs and Titan.
As for what his next move may be, shox has been tied to rumors of joining Team Liquid along with Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella and Extra Salt AWPer Joshua “oSee” Ohm, according to Dot Esports.
–Field Level Media