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Astralis set to acquire new CSGO player in shock move

Published: 21/Mar/2020 18:40 Updated: 22/Mar/2020 15:08

by Alan Bernal

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Danish CSGO powerhouse Astralis are set to sign a new member to their ranks without the intention of replacing any of the starting five already on the payroll.

A deal that would have sent Heroic’s Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen, along with the rest of the team, to Global Offensive newcomers FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) has fallen through, first reported by HLTV.org and 1pv.fr.

Though the team transfer was officially announced by Heroics and FPX, Astralis managed to pry the 24-year-old AWPer and add him to their already impressive pool of talent.

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Astralis reportedly add es3tag, making it a six-man rotation until further notice.

Even though CSGO supports a five-man team, Astralis will not announce any departures from their three-time Major-winning squad.

Update, March 22, 11:05 AM EST: Astralis CEO Nikolaj Nyholm has confirmed that es3tag will officially join the team on July 1, 2020, at the end of his current contract with Heroic. Although they attempted to sign him early, Heroic asked for an $800,000 buyout for the three remaining months on his contract.

The Danish devils haven’t made changes to their CSGO team since 2018, when the org parted ways with Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye and replaced him with Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif.

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The Danish team are set to add one more to get back to their winning ways.

In the year-and-a-half after the deal, Astralis went on a legendary tear through the Counter-Strike scene that saw them earn 16 trophies in stacked tournaments – all the while holding World Rank #1 for a record-breaking 406 consecutive days.

However, the new decade has been less than kind to the dominant Danes, at least for their standards. Before earning the top honors at the StarLadder Berlin Major, 2019 had been shaky for Astralis.

Though it seemed impossible at the height of their power, it actually looked like the rest of the CSGO scene had caught up to the team in terms of firepower and tactical prowess.

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The legendary Danes will add one more countryman into their ranks after signing es3tag.

Coming off a 3rd-4th finish at Intel Extreme Masters XIV, Astralis are currently 2-1 in group play at the ESL Pro League Season 11, sitting in fourth place.

As for FPX, they have already been fielding the Heroics lineup, along with es3tag, in Flashpoint Season 1.

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The Heroics lineup are already playing under the FPX banner in Flashpoint.

Questions now remain in the aftermath of the Astralis acquisition: How will Astralis marry es3tag to their plans of becoming the world’s best again? What will become of the Heroic lineup as it becomes a four-man roster? Can the League of Legends Worlds champ FPX assemble another top team, this time in CSGO?

With Flashpoint well underway and Astralis competing in the ESL Pro League, expect the answers to those predicaments to come sooner than later.

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FaZe Clan’s NiKo set to join G2 Esports very soon: Report

Published: 24/Oct/2020 19:18 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 19:23

by Alan Bernal

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CSGO star Nikola ‘⁠NiKo’ Kovač is close to a transfer out of FaZe Clan to G2 Esports, which would pair him with cousin and fellow rifler, Nemanja ‘huNter-’ Kovač.

Back in late September, it was reported that the two organizations opened up discussion around the transfer of the 23-year old Bosnian international. The deal was expected to be finalized weeks after the initial report, though now it could be closer to happening.

There would be a lot of pressure for both teams to close the books on a deal soon, seeing as the BLAST Premier Fall Series is around the corner.

The news follows FaZe Clan’s latest event championship at the European Intel Extreme Masters XV New York on October 11; G2 Esports finished that event in 7th-8th place.

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G2 Esports could bolster their strong lineup with FaZe’s superstar NiKo.

According to HLTV, the deal could include “one of the biggest transfer fees in the game,” which could outdo the $500,000 fee FaZe paid mousesports for NiKo in 2017.

G2 would have to make space in their starting roster for NiKo, which could see French player François ‘AmaNEk’ Delaunay either benched or traded to another team, according to the report. Similarly, FaZe are said to already be on the hunt for someone to replace the star before the $150,000 BLAST Premier begins.

G2 Esports are in the Group C bracket of that event and will face off against FURIA on November 2, while the Group B matchup between FaZe and BIG kicks off on October 29 – so the two sides will be hard-pressed to finalize any proposed deal as soon as possible.

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NiKo could be moving on from FaZe Clan and coldzera.

As successful as NiKo has been on an individual level, his run with FaZe has yet to result in a Major title. While the next Major in Rio has been indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing crisis, the superstar could be playing under a new banner by the time it rolls around.

If a deal gets done, he will move on from a team with players like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard for the likes of Nemanja ‘nexa’ Isaković and longtime French star Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub.

NiKo has been with FaZe for three years, but all indications are that his spell wearing the red and black jerseys won’t be lasting much longer.