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- On Monday, January 8, 2024, Endpoint announced the signing of Denis “swicher” Baranov
- The 21-year-old joins Endpoint as a replacement for Nikita “HeavyGod” Martynenko
- With swicher, Endpoint now field a complete Counter-Strike roster
On Monday, January 8, Endpoint confirmed the signing of an Estonian Counter-Strike player, Denis “swicher” Baranov. The 21-year-old joins the team as a replacement for Nikita “HeavyGod” Martynenko, who has recently left for OG, finalising Endpoint’s Counter-Strike lineup.
Swicher joins Endpoint as a fairly inexperienced player who started his Counter-Strike career in February 2020 with Levadia. In August of the same year, he signed for Davenport University, where swicher remained for only five months before joining The NEXT Prodigies.
His last stint lasted for just two months, ending in June 2023. The 21-year-old Estonian player has since competed in some lesser CS tournaments with various stacks and, in December, stood in for Endpoint at Monsters Reloaded 2023.
At Monsters Reloaded 2023, swicher helped Endpoint win their first tournament title of the year, averaging 0.88 and 1.41 performance ratings across the two series played. But despite spending just a brief stint with the British esports organisation, Endpoint decided to offer swicher a more permanent contract.
Endpoint coach Felix "Frøg" Bergeron praised swicher for his individual talent, describing him as a very humble and hard working guy with a high skill ceiling.
“During our LAN in Turkey, he showed a lot of the attributes and values I felt represent Endpoint. I think his addition will be instrumental in laying a stable foundation that we can build upon in the coming months.”
Endpoint Freshen Up Their Roster
Swicher joins Endpoint as a replacement for HeavyGod, who joined OG on Thursday, January 4, leaving the British team with only four active players on the roster. By adding the 21-year-old, Endpoint now field a complete lineup, but it remains to be seen whether the Estonian will manage to help Endpoint bounce back from their run of shaky showings.
Endpoint are currently ranked 64th in the world, without any notable accomplishments across 2023. Last year, Endpoint didn’t win anything besides the Monsters Reloaded 2023; however, they’ve had some glimpses with top-four finishes at several CCT tournaments.
Since the transition to CS2, Endpoint have attended five events, including CCT Online Finals #4, where they placed 13th-16th, as well as ESEA Season 47: Advanced Division – Europe and European Pro League Season 12, where Endpoint finished fifth-sixth.
With fresh blood joining the lineup, Endpoint will hope they can find more traction, and it won’t be long before they’ll get to showcase the new roster.
Endpoint will debut their new lineup in the first open qualifier for the PGL Major Copenhagen European RMR.
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