OpTic CS:GO announce new member ahead of EU Minor for Katowice Major 2019 - Dexerto

OpTic CS:GO announce new member ahead of EU Minor for Katowice Major 2019

Published: 31/Dec/2018 11:40 Updated: 9/Jan/2019 16:13

by Matt Porter


OpTic Gaming have announced a change to their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive lineup ahead of the EU Minor in Katowice, Poland.

After first being reported by RealSport on Sunday, December 30, OpTic has now confirmed the replacement of Nikolaj ‘niko’ Kristensen ahead of the upcoming IEM Katowice Major roster lock. 

Ismail ‘refrezh’ Ali was announced as niko’s replacement as the organization attempt to secure qualification to the IEM Katowice Major, which kicks off Wednesday, February 13th.

While niko began playing with OpTic back in September, he was never officially announced as a member of their CS:GO lineup, with rumors suggesting that that the Dane had failed to agree personal terms with the organization.

Ali, meanwhile, represented Danish organization Fragsters throughout most of 2018, winning the European Minor Championship Open Qualifier with the organization back in October.

After Fragster’s 7-8th finish at the DreamHack Open Atlanta event, refrezh went on to fill in for Cloud9 at the BLAST Pro Series event in Lisbon, replacing Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim who missed the event due to health issues.

StarLadderrefrezh is set to replace niko on OpTic’s CS:GO lineup.

OpTic Gaming are making the change following a strong end to 2018, securing qualification to the ESL Pro League and the European Minor which kicks off on January 16.

The move comes just days before the official roster lock for the tournament, which comes into effect on Tuesday, January 1.

OpTic Gaming CS:GO lineup

  • Ismail ‘refrezh’ Ali
  • Kristian ‘K0nfig’ Wienecke
  • Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer
  • Rene ‘cajunb’ Borg
  • Jakob ‘JUGi’ Hansen

Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun


Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.

Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.

After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.

But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.

While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.