CS:GO: Former OpTic India players signed by new organization

Bill Cooney

Following one of the biggest cheating scandals in recent memory, some of the former OpTic India players are getting a new lease on life in competitive CS:GO.

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During the eXTREMESLAND 2018 Finals in October, OpTic India player Nikhil ‘forsaken’ Kumawat was caught cheating during a match, which led to his team’s disqualification from the tournament and eventual release from the team. 

It was an unfortunate circumstance for those players who hadn’t been cheating, but in the months following the messy aftermath, some of forsaken’s former teammates will not be getting a second chance. 

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Indian esports organization Signify announced their new CS:GO team on December 20, and it includes two former members of Optic India: Lukas ‘yb’ Gröning and Agneya ‘Marzil’ Koushik.

They will be joined by Cong ‘crazyguy’ Anh, Debanjan ‘Deathmaker’ Das, and Tejas ‘Ace’ Sawant to round out the five-man roster. 

Other than yb and Marzil, former Optic India member Sabyasachi ‘Antidote’ Bose has found a spot on 2ez Gaming’s roster.

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Forsaken’s cheating incident was one of the most publicized things to happen at an esports event this year and was definitely a black eye for Optic, so his former teammates are no doubt ready to move past the incident with another shot in competitive CS:GO.

There’s no word yet on when the new team will make their debut, but expect them to quickly try and move away from the shadow of OpTic India’s checkered history. 


  • Lukas ‘yb‘ Groenig
  • Agneya ‘Marzil‘ Koushik
  • Cong ‘Crazyguy‘ Anh
  • Tejas ‘Ace’ Sawant
  • Debanjan ‘Deathmaker‘ Das