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Four more CS:GO teams qualify for IEM Katowice Major 2019 – EU and CIS Minor results and recap

Published: 21/Jan/2019 11:39 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 13:25

by Ross Deason

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The IEM Katowice 2019 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major is drawing ever closer and the race for qualification is heating up and another four CS:GO squads have secured a spot after the conclusion of the CIS and European Minors.

Each Minor featured two groups of four teams playing a GSL style format. The top two teams from each group then advanced to a double-elimination playoff bracket and only two teams could guarantee a spot in the New Challengers stage of the Katowice Major. No Grand Final is played.

In the CIS Minor, AVANGAR’s players put on a clinic. The Kazakh squad bounced back from a 2-1 loss at the hands of Winstrike in the group stage to defeat the Russian’s 2-1 in the Winner’s Final of the playoff bracket and confirm their status status as New Challengers.

ESLAVANGAR’s form saw them secure the number one spot in the CIS Minor.

In a heartbreaking turn of events for the Winstrike players, they went on to lose the Loser’s Final against Team Spirit and miss out on the second qualification spot, too.

The team that beat AVANGAR in the group stage and Gambit during the Playoffs will get one final chance to qualify via the IEM Katowice Minor Playoff tournament where the third place teams from all four Minors will compete for two places.

CIS Minor Final Standings

Position Team Prize
1st AVANGAR $30,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
2nd Team Spirit $15,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
3rd Winstrike Team $5,000 + Minor 3rd Place Playoff spot
4th Gambit Esports
5th Syman Gaming
6th pro100
7th Nemiga Gaming
8th Runtime.gg

The Europe Minor, as is often the case, featured an impressive lineup of teams and it was clear from the outset that major upsets were not only possible, but likely.

In Group A, OpTic Gaming didn’t win a single map and the Danes were quickly eliminated, but the big surprise came when Mousesports lost two matches to Valiance and failed to reach the playoff bracket.

ESLThe ENCE players were in fine form.

The impressive form of Valiance saw them push both ENCE and Vitality to a third map during the playoff matches, but they eventually fell short and ended the Minor in fourth place.

The Finnish players of ENCE were the class of the field, taking the first qualification spot and leaving Vitality and North to scrap it out in the Loser’s Final. Despite losing 2-0 to North earlier in the tournament, Vitality eventually prevailed and locked down a New Challengers slot on the back of a 69-38 match from Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut.

Europe Minor Final Standings

Position Team Prize
1st ENCE eSports $30,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
2nd Team Vitality $15,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
3rd North $5,000 + Minor 3rd Place Playoff spot
4th Valiance
5th Mousesports
6th Windigo  Gaming
7th OpTic Gaming
8th Ex-Space Soldiers
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OG Esports reportedly dropping NBK- from CSGO team

Published: 25/Feb/2021 18:45 Updated: 25/Feb/2021 18:54

by Alan Bernal

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OG Esports are reportedly dropping French veteran Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt from their CSGO team. The move would be the org’s first roster change since entering the esport.


  • NBK- is reportedly getting dropped from OG.
  • OG had early exits at BLAST Spring Groups & IEM Katowice.
  • This is OG’s first roster move since entering CSGO in late 2019.

OG Esports to kick NBK-

After an exciting debut in the CSGO space, OG Esports are making a change to their lineup and it’s NBK- who is going to get cut, first reported by ViKarM.

Within a year of OG’s existence in CSGO, the org managed to be a top 10 team but have struggled to make deep runs at events, let alone win some trophies.

If they drop NBK-, then OG will be looking to make improvements in its formula, which could signal that the club is ready to make a play on a big signing.

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NBK- is reportedly getting dropped from OG’s CSGO lineup.

What’s next for OG Esports?

With the reported roster move, OG Esports will be looking for a fifth well before the BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2021 that starts on April 13.

Astralis, G2 Esports, Team Liquid, Team Vitality will join OG in the Showdown. Only two of the 16 teams will go through to the BLAST Spring Finals

OG Esports reported CSGO roster

Player Former Team Position
Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen ENCE IGL / Entry Rifler
Valdemar ‘valde’ Bjørn North Support
Issa ‘ISSAA’ Murad HellRaisers Lurker
Mateusz ‘mantuu’ Wilczewski ALTERNATE aTTaX AWP / Entry
Casper ‘ruggah’ Due OpTic Coach