DeKay's Sources: Key members of CS:GO talent to miss StarLadder Berlin Major - Dexerto

DeKay’s Sources: Key members of CS:GO talent to miss StarLadder Berlin Major

Published: 17/Jul/2019 14:59 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 17:22

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


The highly anticipated StarLadder Berlin CS:GO Major is set to get underway with the New Challengers Stage on August 23, 2019. However, some of the most recognizable faces in Counter-Strike will be conspicuous only in their absence as a number of top tier casters and analysts appear to have been overlooked for the $1 million event.

Longtime members of the Counter-Strike talent pool Anders Blume, Jason “moses” O’Toole, and Duncan “Thorin” Shields are not expected to participate in StarLadder’s Major, according to multiple sources.

This will be the first Major since ESL One: Cologne 2015 without moses and will be the second and fifth Major in a row without Anders and Thorin respectively.

ESLThorin was back on the analyst desk for ESL One: Cologne 2019.

On July 16 Thorin tweeted, “It is entirely possible I never work at another CS:GO Major. Happy to have worked at six no matter.” Sources were able to confirm to Dexerto that Thorin would not only miss the Berlin Major, but was not even considered at any point in time during the selection process.

Thorin has worked seven events for StarLadder since early 2015, including three events in 2018 and one earlier this year. His last CS:GO Major was the ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017.

Anders and moses were considered as members of talent for the event but would have been there in a limited capacity, according to one source with knowledge of the situation. 

It is unclear how much their participation at IEM Chicago had an effect on the decision making process by StarLadder, due to the conflict with their Minor schedule. 

Anders missed the IEM Katowice Major earlier this year, making the Berlin Major his second missed Major in a row. 

BLASTAnders and moses are a fan favorite duo.

While nothing is currently confirmed for the ever-popular casting duo of Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer and Matthew ‘Sadokist’ Trivett, signs would suggest that they will be attending the Major in some casting capacity.

With the New Challengers Stage of the Major set to begin on August 23rd, it is unclear at this time how much of the Minor talent will be retained for the Major. 

The current on-camera talent lineup for the European and American Minor tournaments are as follows:

Casting Pairs

  • Daniel “ddk” Kapadia
  • James Bardolph
  • Vince Hill
  • Harry “JustHarry” Russell
  • Hugo Byron
  • Halvor “vENdetta” Gulestøl


  • Joona “natu” Leppänen
  • Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez
  • Mohan “launders” Govindasamy
  • Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson


  • James Banks
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson


  • Sue “Smix” Lee

CSGO’s Nivera on surpassing his brother ScreaM: “A Major is not enough”

Published: 23/Nov/2020 21:12 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 21:46

by Marco Rizzo


Dexerto had the opportunity to speak with Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom, the newest member of Vitality’s lineup about his role in the squad, his performance in the finals of IEM Beijing and his drive to one day outdo his brother and CS:GO legend Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom.

Brought in as the sixth member of an already established Team Vitality roster, Nivera found himself surrounded by some of the biggest names in French CS while facing a skeptic community on the feasibility of an extended roster.

After all, Astralis had also recently moved to an extended lineup but had not used Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen as a regular substitute after the original roster had been reunited.

Nivera was required to prove himself against the Complexity juggernaut at BLAST Premier Fall Series, being the first player to ever been subbed in during a CSGO match.

Nivera on his role within Vitality

Nabil has only made appearances for Vitality when the team played Inferno or Dust_2, subbing in for Richard ‘shox’ Papillon and Kévin ‘misutaaa’ Rabier.

While being an AWPer by nature, Nivera has been playing a flexible role on his new team, expanding on the topic he explained:

“In Dust_2 I’m playing with the rifle and on CT side…If I want to take the AWP, I take it…[on Inferno] I’m the main sniper, that’s why Inferno is my best map because the main sniper is my main role but I can play Rifle, that’s why Vitality took me.”

With big shoes to fill Nivera raised up to the challenge, delivering some great performances in the maps he played and helping the team secure a top spot in their group at Blast Premier Fall and the trophy at IEM Beijing-Haidian.

Nivera on being subbed in the Grand Finals of a tournament

The young star did not seem to be affected by the pressure of the grand final, even after witnessing his team’s dismantling on Nuke at the hands of NaVi.

“I had not a lot of pressure honestly…I have to give my best. I stay here for only two maps, I have to play good,” Nivera confessed. “I was a little bit sad after Dust_2 because we lost it but I was proud of myself ’cause I gave my best, even if we lost the map.”

Regarding his team’s comeback in the final, he felt the team had what it needed to win the event: “…everyone woke up, they won Overpass and we were very confident for Inferno.”

Nivera CSGO BLAST Premier Substitution
Twitter: TeamVitality
Nivera debuted for Vitality just 13 days after joining the team.

Nivera on his first tournament win at IEM: Beijing-Haidian

With little over three weeks of practice with their new member, Vitality headed to IEM Beijing after topping their group at BLAST Premier Fall.

Despite appearing like the most consistent team of the year and reaching multiple finals in the online era, Vitality failed to win a trophy until now.

“It was the first tournament that Vitality won in 2020 so I was really glad that they won it with me. It’s a really good feeling.”

Their journey to the final wasn’t easy. They faced their Danish nemesis Heroic and the Complexity juggernaut on the way.

Nivera was crucial in their victory against Heroic in the quarter-finals, being subbed in on the last map and ending the game with almost 30 kills to his name.

“I had to play and if we lost we would be out of the tournament but in my head, I was like: I will just play my game, give everything and stay focused on the game.”

Team Vitality CSGO
Team Vitality
Nivera has been impressive in the nine maps he has played for Vitality.

Nivera on becoming a legend like his brother ScreaM

After this level of performance at such a young age, the community started drawing comparisons between him and his older brother ScreaM.

“ScreaM has a big career…he has a lot of fans and is a legend of CSGO, literally. Doing more than him is hard but I will try to do it… I will just give my best like I do with everything in life and I will have no regrets”

ScreaM has been considered one of the most iconic French players in CSGO history, appearing at the top of headshot-related statistics even after his retirement from the game and switch to Valorant.

When asked if a Major title would be the determining factor of his status as a better player than his brother, the younger sibling was humble in his response.

“My brother did a lot of things in this game and I have to work hard, like really really hard ’cause he’s such a big player,” he said. “A Major is not enough, I have to do way more.”

Nivera has really impressed in his games for Vitality and if he keeps developing at the current rate, learning from veterans such as shox and Cédric ‘RpK’ Guipouy.

The 19-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.