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Niko joining OG CSGO

The Danish CSGO star was benched last month in Heroic.

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OG CSGO on Twitter have confirmed the addition of  Nikolaj “⁠niko⁠” Kristensen to their CSGO division. 

After acting as a Stand-in for the European mixture, niko has found his new home at OG and would permanently replace Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt on the active roster. The 22-year-old Dane played 2 official tournaments under OG, one at the DreamHack Masters Spring qualifiers and the other being at the ongoing ESL Pro League S13. Despite the fact that OG were unable to fetch success at both, they seem to have been well fit with niko’s playstyle, thus transitioning him to as a permanent member for their active lineup.

Under his former side Heroic, niko had steered Heroic to championships at the ESL One: Cologne 2020 Online: Europe and DreamHack Open Fall 2020 where they toppled French Side Vitality twice in the Grand Finals. At the end of February 201, the Nordic Organization parted ways with Johannes “⁠b0RUP⁠” Borup and ⁠niko⁠ as the latter duo were not up to their mark in the team’s recent showings including their early exit from the IEM Katowice after falling to CIS Giants Gambit and Spirit.

Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen, OG CS:GO’s IGL stated, 

When we realized Nikolaj was available, he jumped to our top candidate for the team. Valde and Casper had a lot of insights on him already so it made the decision easier for us. In a short amount of time, he has really impressed me, especially with how selfless he is and how he communicates with the team. Even though we have a lot to work on, our first task is to try our best in the EPL Groupstage. Let’s get it.

With this signing, OG are now back to four players with the search for their fifth still underway as they had earlier benched Issa “⁠ISSAA⁠” Murad amidst a disappointing run at the DH Masters Spring Qualifiers where they were denied a spot at the main event by heavy underdogs VOYVODA and with just 2 wins in the bag at the EPL Season 13.

OG CSGO are now:

  • Aleksi “⁠Aleksib⁠” Virolainen
  • Mateusz “⁠mantuu⁠” Wilczewski
  • Valdemar “⁠valde⁠” Bjørn Vangså
  • Nikolaj “⁠niko⁠” Kristensen
  • Casper “⁠ruggah⁠” Due (coach)
  • Nathan “⁠NBK-⁠” Schmitt (benched)
  • Issa “⁠ISSAA⁠” Murad (benched)

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