Astralis add JUGi to CSGO roster - Dexerto

Astralis add JUGi to CSGO roster

Published: 11/May/2020 0:40

by Bill Cooney


Out of nowhere, Astralis announced they’ve signed Danish player Jakob ‘JUGi’ Hansen as their CSGO squad’s seventh player, effective immediately.

JUGi had been playing with North since signing in May 2019, but things never really clicked and he was benched in January of 2020.

After not playing competitive CSGO for several months, the AWPer has now found a new home at Astralis, according to TV 2 Sport, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be replacing any of their starters.

JUGi was one of the hottest new names in CSGO in 2015 and 2016, in part because of his raw skill on the AWP, which you can see a clip of above.

He spent time on Optic in 2018 before being picked up by North in 2019, but for whatever reason, he’s never become the star that he seemed destined to be all those years ago.

It’s a bit of a strange move by Astralis, who typically sign high-profile, marketable players, while JUGi has remained fairly low-profile throughout his career.

Despite plenty of talent, JUGi isn’t one of the flashy, well-known players Astralis is known for.

Astralis recently signed Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen from Heroic as a sixth player to fill out their roster, so as the team’s seventh player, JUGi will probably spend most of his time on the bench in a backup role.

The organization already has veteran AWP legend Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz in their starting squad, so the chances of JUGi seeing playtime while he’s available are slim, but we’ve seen stranger things happen.

CSGO is a 5v5 game, and teams typically don’t mess with their starting five for a variety of reasons, the main one being team cohesion and how comfortable players are with one another, which means it could be some time before JUGi sees the spotlight.

Maybe practicing with and being around dev1ce will take JUGi’s AWP skills to the level we’ve been waiting for.

Neither Astralis or JUGi has commented on the reported pickup yet, but it will be very interesting to see what the Danish esports org ends up doing with their newly expanded roster.


Nivera: It’ll take more than a CSGO Major to surpass my brother ScreaM

Published: 23/Nov/2020 21:12 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 13:09

by Marco Rizzo


Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom has a lot to live up to. His brother, Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom, was a CS:GO legend… But his blockbuster debut with Team Vitality at BLAST Premier Fall, alongside his IEM Beijing win, has catapulted the Belgian super-sub into the spotlight. 
In an interview with Dexerto following his Beijing triumph, Nivera told us that the hard work starts here if he’s going to leave a legacy like his brother. He also told us more about his role in his new team and looked back at his early performances with Vitality.

Brought in as the sixth member of an already established Team Vitality roster, Nivera is surrounded by some of the biggest names in French Counter-Strike.

But aside from having to live up to the high standards set by his teammates, the 19-year-old has to handle the pressures of living up to his brother’s reputation.

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ScreaM rubbed shoulders with CS:GO’s elite, but has since moved onto Valorant in pursuit of Major glory.

Nivera: Stepping away from ScreaM’s shadow

Despite never earning a podium finish at a CS:GO Major, ScreaM’s name is firmly cemented in Counter-Strike’s hall of fame. While Nivera certainly has big shoes to fill, the Vitality hotshot believes that he can certainly follow in his brother’s footsteps. “It’s my dream to replicate his career, you know? I’ll give it my best and I’m pretty sure I’ll have no regrets.”

But with that said, Nivera remained candidly humble when pressed on what it will take to surpass his brother’s legacy. “Even if I win a Major, it will not be enough… My brother did a lot of things in this game and I have to work really hard.”

Nivera on becoming Vitality’s super sub

Nivera finished IEM Beijing as the third highest rated player of the event — falling short to fellow teammate, Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut and Na’Vi’s Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev.

As Vitality’s sixth man, he has become their resident Inferno & Dust 2 specialist… Even pushing ZywOo aside when it comes to AWP duties. “If I want to take the AWP, I take it… I’m the main sniper!”

Nivera was Vitality’s highest rated player in the series (albeit only playing two maps), after posting a 87.1 Average Damage per Round and a 45-31 kill-to-death ratio.

So was the youngster the key ZywOo and co. finally overcoming their Grand Final jitters? Well, the pressure certainly didn’t affect him. “I didn’t feel a lot of pressure, honestly… I just give everything, I stay focused on the game — I just give my best and give everything for the team.”

IEM Beijing was Team Vitality’s fifth Grand Final appearance in as many months, but the first for their super sub. And as fate would have it, the French squad finally overcame their second-place curse and secure their first event win of the year.

Was Nivera the difference maker? Well he certainly adds a fresh dynamic to the roster in a best-of-five series. Team Coach, Rémy ‘XTQZZZ’ Quoniam, can utilize their latest signing to make it more difficult for prying eyes to strategize against them. But one thing’s for certain, only time will tell if Nivera can carry the Benrlitom torch in CS:GO.