Tobias “tow b” Herberhold has decided to step down from BIG due to personal reasons, the organization has announced. To replace him, the German side has promoted the assistant coach, Dustin “DuDe” Großmann, to the head coach position. tow b has not ruled out a potential return as an advisor in the future.
The 36-year-old had already made the decision not to extend his time with BIG in June and the organization began to plan around it shortly afterwads, bringing in DuDe in September as an assistant coach to slowly prepare for the transition ahead of 2021.
“It was a tough but well-considered decision that I made already during the last player break in June,” tow b said in a statement. “I might come back in the future in an advisory role for BIG, but now I will return to work for SkinBaron.com that I co-founded in 2016. I will focus again on marketing activities and product management.”
BIG brought in tow b from Sprout in mid-2019 as a replacement for Alexander “kakafu” Szymanczyk as part larger overhaul of the Berlin-based organization’s CS:GO division, which saw Fatih “gob b” Dayik retire and Denis “denis” Howell get benched.
The team went on to undergo another key change at the beginning of 2020 with the addition of Florian “syrsoN” Rische and Nils “k1to” Gruhne, with whom they clinched the No. 1 spot in the ranking in the middle of the year and remained there for a month and a half after winning three consecutive tournaments, DreamHack Masters Spring, cs_summit 6, and DreamHack Open Summer.
The coaching change comes ahead of the start of the 2021 season, which will officially begin on January 17 for BIG with the ESL Meisterschaft Autumn playoffs, where Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz & co. are set to face Rhein Neckar in the semi-finals. The German team are also slated to participate in the IEM Katowice play-in stage, which will have eight spots at the main event on offer, on February 16-17.
Dustin “DuDe” Großmann (coach)