Richard “shox” Papillon, a French CS:GO veteran, has joined Apeks’ lineup, completing it as it works to establish itself as a top-tier team internationally.

The Norwegian esports organization sought to strengthen its squad with new additions after a disappointing sixth-place ESEA finish. With the addition of French veteran shox, they have now finished rebuilding their international squad.

Shox tweeted, “Happy to be back on track. “I looked after myself as I needed to. I’m energized and prepared to battle against charming guys once more. I am eager to learn more. Looking forward to tomorrow’s formal game.

Shox joins Apeks following a disappointing CS:GO stint with Liquid in North America, where he now seeks to rebound on his return to Europe.

“I needed a vacation after my time with Team Liquid to recharge from the demanding pace we had. Before joining a new squad, I had to make sure my head was in good shape, Shox said in the statement posted on the Apeks website.

“I’m happy and appreciative of Apeks, the players, and the coaching staff for this chance. With the correct attitude, I have no doubt that we can do great things, and I have every confidence that everyone will work hard to create our journey together into a compelling narrative.

Shox and Martin “STYKO” Styk want to exchange ideas as they both look to add a seasoned perspective to the international team.

I’ll make an effort to use my gaming skills and experience to support “STYKO” in his new position. He has the potential to excel as a leader in the game, I believe. I enjoy encouraging and assisting the younger players as well, shox added, in an effort to help them get stronger. My objective for this team is to foster positive relationships among all members as we progress toward becoming a strong tier 1 team.

They are accompanied by head coach Jakub Gurczyski, assistant coach Pl “Polly” Kammen, and players Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad, Tim “nawwk” Jonasson, and Justinas “jL” Lekavicius.

Currently placed at #60 on HLTV, Apeks is optimistic that this new incarnation will eventually exceed the team’s previous peak of #28.

Apeks’ immediate focus will be on their first five-man Counter-Strike match at the IEM Rio Major open qualifications, which begin on Monday, August 15.