Team EnVyUs are one of the darlings of CS:GO. Despite strong histories in CS:Source, the Frenchmen came into CS:GO as prospects, rather than bona fide champions. Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer’s insightful leadership, combined with the quick learning of his team, led to a rapid rise through the ranks of CS:GO. However, all teams have bad patches, and nV are no different. 2016 was a bad year for the French superstars. Relegated to Challenger status, they failed to make it out of group stages at either of the year’s Majors.
But just two weeks into 2017, nV have already made a strong case for this being the year of their resurgence. The Boys in Blue took China by storm, plowing through the competition at World Electronic Sports Games (WESG). They would work their way through the top Asian talent before defeating the Polish upstarts Kinguin in the grand finals to take home the gold. This victory was the result of several concerted changes made by nV across all aspects of their approach to CS. Most notably, the young rifler Christophe "SIXER" Xia was placed into the core of the team, alongside entry fraggers Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt and Dan "apEX" Madesclaire. In the preparation stage, the French have adopted a more intensive bootcamp process, as well as a more regimented practice program throughout the entire year.
But just as importantly is Happy’s revision of the nV playbook. Through 2016, nV experimented with speeding up their play and bringing a blitz style to their T side strategy. In recent months, Happy has returned the team back to their reliable, python-like strategy, with a few new flourishes. nV rely heavily on a steady push strategy, utilizing a conservative, measured use of grenades to push their opponents into increasingly disadvantageous situations. This allows NBK and apEX to work in unison to strike with speed and precision on critical chokepoints and site entries. With Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and Happy to control off angles and restrict rotations, nV place their opponents into the center of a pincer, clamping down at the opportune moment.