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OG CSGO coach is not happy with that move. However, he thinks it was anticipated.

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OG CSGO on Twitter have announced the departure of  Issa “⁠ISSAA⁠” Murad from their active lineup.  

ISSAA and OG have mutually decided to part ways after almost fifteen months spent together, the former being one among the founding members of the CSGO division. This roster change comes after the team’s unsatisfactory run at the ongoing ESL Pro League S13 with just two wins in the bag out of five.

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The 24-year-old Jordanian was the first and the original member of OG CSGO back when the latter was established in December 2019, led by Aleksi “⁠Aleksib⁠” Virolainen. Since then the team had their highs and lows, where they placed third in the Cs_Summit 5 along with a plethora of top 3 finishes including the runner-up at FLASHPOINT Season 2. Also, despite the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, ISSAA was known to have a high ping as he was forced to play from his home in Jordan. This added up to the player’s worries eventually leading him to move on to the bench at OG.

Head Coach Casper “ruggah” Due said in a statement, 

Today we’re announcing that we’ve decided to bench ISSAA from the starting lineup in OG. It’s a decision that we’ve taken with a heavy heart because ISSAA is a well-respected and loved person within the team who always gave his best in the team’s interests, and did whatever was asked of him. After evaluation over time, it became clear to both parts that for ISSAA to flourish and OG to keep improving, changes were needed and these paths had to continue separately.

ISSAA’s departure would be the second roster change OG has undergone in a month’s time after the latter had earlier parted ways with Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt in a bid to bring in some fresh air which might help the team bounce back.

I’m a bit sad we couldn’t give ISSAA the optimal situation to bang heads since he has proven throughout his career that he is a player capable of challenging the very best on the server. We are going to miss ISSAA and everyone in OG wish him nothing but the best moving forward

OG recently brought ex-Heroic Nikolaj “⁠niko⁠” Kristensen on board to replace NBK- for a trial period. With the benching of ISSAA, they would yet again explore other options before marching on to the Pro Circuit of 2021. The European Mixture’s next challenge would be at the  BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, to be played from April 13-18.

OG CSGO are now:

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

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