BIG Remove Coach Gob B

25 May 2024
Tit Krajnik 25 May 2024
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  • German Counter-Strike team announced changes in coaching personnel
  • On Saturday, May 25, BIG parted ways with Fatih "gob b" Dayik
  • The current assistant coach will take over the vacant role
Gob B
Fatih "gob b" Dayik
On Saturday, May 25, German Counter-Strike esports team BIG announced the departure of head coach  Fatih "gob b" Dayik. The 36-year-old was removed from the team ahead of Intel Extreme Masters Dallas 2024 and was replaced by assistant coach Alexander "kakafu" Szymanczyk.

Gob b's departure comes as a bit of a shock, as he has been with the team since 2017, when the 36-year-old joined BIG as one of the founding members. He has since represented the organisation as both a player and as a coach – a role he held on two separate occasions.

As a BIG player, gob b accomplished a lot and helped BIG put their name on the map. Wearing BIG's jersey, gob b attended four Counter-Strike Majors and reached the playoff stage twice – at FACEIT Major 2018 and Major Krakow 2017.

In 2020, gob b retired from Counter-Strike to pursue a career in Valorant as a coach for BIG's Valorant division. With BIG, he won numerous C-Tier Valorant esports tournaments and helped BIG qualify for VALORANT Champions Tour 2022: EMEA Stage 2 Challengers by placing second in VCT 2022: EMEA Challengers Promotion. 

Shortly after, gob b returned to Counter-Strike and was put in charge of BIG's Counter-Strike division as a head coach.

In his second stint as BIG head coach, gob b helped the team reach no.8 in the global Counter-Strike rankings after winning Roobet Cup 2022. However, that, along with a title run at CCT Season 1 North Europe Series #7 in August 2023, remain the only two tournament trophies gob b won with BIG.

BIG reached new lows since the turn of the year, failing to leave a mark in any of the four tournaments they've attended. In January, BIG crashed out of BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2024 and a week later suffered an early exit from Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 (17th-20th).

Since then, BIG have failed to find any traction, adding two more early tournament exits from BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2024 (fifth-eighth) and ESL Pro League Season 19 (13th-16th).

The lack of accomplishments and evident decline in form led BIG to make several roster changes, but to no avail. Now, the German esports team has decided for more drastic measures and replaced their head coach, who has yet to reveal where he'll end up.

In the meantime, BIG will be led by assistant coach  Alexander "kakafu" Szymanczyk who was already promoted to interim head coach role.