R-Stars acquire 5POWER CS:GO team, Savage retires from competitive CS:GO

by Nikhil Hathiramani

The Chinese based organization, R-stars, announced the acquisition of the 5POWER CS:GO squad earlier today. CSGO2ASIA has also learned that veteran Counter-Strike player, Bin “Savage” Liu, is seeking retirement from competitive CS:GO.

On a Weibo post earlier today, the Chinese organization R-stars announced the acquisition of the 5POWER CS:GO team. Further details on the acquisition are unclear as of writing, but CSGO2ASIA has learned that only four members of the 5POWER line-up will make the transition. Veteran Chinese player, Bin “Savage” Lu, has decided to take a step back from competitive Counter-Strike. In his place will be Zhen “HZ” Huang, a former member of TYLOO and CyberZen. Little is known about R-Stars, other than that they are a newly formed esports club fielding teams in PUBG and CS:GO.

The 30-year old Bin Liu has a rich history in the game, playing on multiple teams from back in CS 1.6, as well as Counter-Strike: Online and CS:GO. His career spanned over twelve years and he featured on teams like TYLOO, wNv.Teamwork and ViCi Gaming. Savage was also widely known to be one of the highest-paid CS:GO players in China.

5POWER has gone through many iterations of their CS:GO roster throughout its existence, including bringing in talent from outside China. The club experimented with players such as Kitikawin “PTC” Rattanasukol, Gan-Erdene “dobu” Batbolddobu and Batbayar “kabal” Bat-Enkhkabal.

5POWER received their most prominent result at the StarLadder Berlin 2019 – Asia Minor, finishing 5-6th. The new R-Stars line-up will be playing in the upcoming Champions Cup China Qualifier by JBB followed by the NEST Pro Series playoffs later this month.

READ HERE: dobu & kabal – “We are 5POWER and we use our firepower”

With the roster move, the new R-Stars line-up is as follows:

🇨🇳Wei “shuadapai” Wang
🇨🇳Lei “bottle” Mao
🇨🇳Li Fan “Viva” Ran
🇨🇳Peng “xiaosaGe” Song
🇨🇳Zhen “HZ” Huang

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