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Mixwell Gets New Opportunity as Danish Team Looks to Go International

Published: 10/Jul/2018 13:27 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 17:34

by Ross Deason

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Óscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas has joined North as a stand-in for DreamHack Open Valencia as the Danish organization considers moving towards an international roster.

Mixwell will replace Daniel ‘mertz’ Mertz, the team’s 19 year old AWPer that joined the full roster in January of 2018 after a number of months on the Academy team.

The move comes as a result of the team’s coach, Alexander ‘ave’ Holdt, wanting to try a new approach that will see them move away from their all-Danish roots and look at the potential of an international roster:

“I have been looking to change up things, inside and outside the game, for some time and with the player break coming up after Valencia, I thought that now would be a good time to do a test-run with an International lineup”

Mixwell, who has struggled to find a permanent home on a roster since leaving OpTic Gaming in February, has a wealth of experience playing with international rosters and has proved himself on CS:GO’s biggest stages time and time again.

ELEAGUEMixwell played with a variety of nationalities while on OpTic Gaming.

North’s Director of Esports, Jonas ‘whimp’ Svendsen, made it clear that the addition of the Spaniard for DreamHack Valencia is an opportunity to test things out and make a final decision ahead of important tournaments like the FACEIT London Major in September:

“Óscar is an experienced and skilled player, and I am happy that he will be playing with us in Valencia. The trend in rosters is moving towards a more International outlook, and in our current situation, Alexander and I felt that the last event before the player break, would be a good time to change up the dynamics and see how the players react to a new structure”.

“We have an important autumn coming up, with a lot of big tournaments, including the Major, and with the lack of consistency that we have been showing we can’t leave any stones unturned. I want to see how the team fares in a different setting and to break up the current dynamics”

The team’s lineup for DreamHack Masters Stockholm in August is currently undecided and whimp confirmed that mertz, and other players, will still be an option moving forward.

North has struggled to meet expectations at premier events for the last year and many fans are still scratching their heads about certain roster moves like the decisions to drop Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif and Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke.

The decision to try out new structures without making any permanent decisions seems to be a sign that the organization has learnt from previous mistakes and it taking a more measured approach in the second half of 2018.

North’s DreamHack Open Valencia roster will consist of:

  • Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen
  • Philip ‘aizy’ Aistrup
  • Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye
  • Valdemar ‘valde’ Bjørn Vangså
  • Óscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas (stand-in)
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How CSGO caster Anders dealt with mental health issues I The Richard Lewis interview

Published: 27/Oct/2020 1:25

by Alan Bernal

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Renowned Counter-Strike caster, Anders Blume, sat down with Richard Lewis to talk about his bout with mental health issues and how he was able to cope with it all throughout the years.

Blume has been the gold-standard for on-air talent in esports. Whether it’s the amount of events he attends or the game’s he casts, his career has been a great example for others who want to follow.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t come without its hardships. Whether it was personal matters at home or a packed schedule of responsibilities, Blume was hit with a flurry of stresses that seemed to pile on at times.

This is something that Blume and Lewis recognized affects everyone, but something many don’t talk about – or even admit to themselves.

On the job, there are some times when people can invest too much of themselves into the craft, which can start to have adverse effects on their health. Outside of the job, influences from social media or the internet just adds to the mess if you let it consume you.

While there aren’t glamorous or catchy solutions to these issues, Blume found respite in everything from diet, exercise, and even meditation to start dealing with the issue head-on.

Self-control in practicing good habits and having the mental strength to cast aside negativity doesn’t come easy for all people, but it could be something everyone can work on.

Through years of practice, Blume eventually found a routine that works for him even when life gets thick, and is hoping more people can find a way to do the same for themselves.