A lineup based in the United Arab Emirates brings together plenty of old names in order to make a splash in CS:GO.
Just Passing By is a team composed of Dubai-based players who are looking to both represent the Middle East in CS:GO and who also currently play on European servers in leagues and during practices.
The team won SoStronk’s King of the Hill #3 tournament in July, a tournament where India’s best teams duel it out for ₹ 50,000 (~$780).
havoK & jpb try to put the Middle East on the map in CS:GO
Several old school players fill spots on the team, as three of them have experience playing for the storied team IMPULSE in 1.6 days. Joining players Love “havoK” Paras, Abdullah “t0ks” Al-Ghafari, and Ali “st1cker” Al-Mehairi will be also be a new face, Ahmed “Baddyyy” Hayder, who hails from Iraq.
Fleshing out the team will be Obaid “breAker” Al-Muhairi, who has CS:GO experience from attending MSI Beat it! 2013 with the team Falood Jacksons.
Just Passing By’s lineup is currently:
Ali “st1cker” Al-Mehairi
Love “havoK” Paras
Abdullah “t0ks” Al-Ghafari
Obaid “breAker” Al-Muhairi
Ahmed “Baddyyy” Hayder
Team captain Paras spoke to HLTV.org about the team’s potential and its search for an organisation:
“I’m pretty sure not many have heard of a team from the Middle East region but hopefully that’s about to change. We’ve never had the chance to compete at any international tournaments due to many being invite only or on EU online qualifiers in which we ping 120ish that makes it really tough.
However, that will not stop us, we practice atleast thrice a week against EU teams with the ping disadvantage even though there are no tournaments to look forward to, mainly because if anything does come up, we are willing to prove that this region is worth the shot. We’re currently looking for an organization, for whoever is interested, please get in touch with us at email@example.com. Thank you,” Paras said.
The team plan to compete in ESEA Asia in the upcoming season as well as in CEVO’s EU Main division. The squad will also take part in PGL’s European qualifiers this coming weekend.