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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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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

BLAST Premier Fall Series with S1mple
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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

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The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.