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

Guild Esports announces Valorant roster of former CSGO pros

Published: 21/Oct/2020 11:59

by Daniel Cleary


David Beckham’s Guild Esports has announced their entry into Valorant after confirming the signing of top European roster “Bonk,” which features former professional CS:GO players like draken, Yacine, and more.

After recently declaring a mysterious £3.6 million sponsorship deal, Guild Esports has announced their entry into the Valorant competitive scene on October 21, revealing the signing of a new European roster.

The London-based esports organization, backed by football star David Beckham, confirmed the signing of top-ranked Swedish roster “Bonk” as their first official Valorant line-up.

In their announcement, Guild said that the team was chosen following a “rigorous selection process” and revealed the “sought-after players”, which included some Valorant pros who first made a name for themselves in the Counter-Strike scene.

Guild's rocket league team
Guild Esports
Guild Esports has already fielded teams in Rocket League and FIFA.

“Joining the Valorant community is a perfect step for Guild and we are delighted to expand into the new exciting and emerging esports space.” Carleton Curtis, Executive Chairman at Guild Esports, added, “Valorant is destined to become a major esport with global reach and deep fan bases, and it benefits from the prestige of being developed by best-in-class publisher Riot Games.”

The new lineup features players such as former Fnatic and NiP star William ‘draken’ Sundin, who was joined by fellow CS:GO pros, Yacine ‘Yacine’ Laghmari, and Filip ‘Goffe’ Gauffin.

The CS:GO players were joined by two-time Paladins world champ, Malkolm ‘bonkar’ Rench, and 16-year-old talent Leo ‘Ziz’ Janneson, to round out the Guild Esports’ inaugural Valorant roster.

first strike graphic
Riot Games
Guild Esports will be looking to compete at Riot’s upcoming First Strike regional tournament.

“Guild is an organisation with big ambition that is on a path to achieve great things and I’m proud to be a part of that. I’ve always been an ambitious player and want to create a legacy that will last,” Yacine revealed in the announcement,” Our team has already proved itself at a top-level and now the goal is to become world champions.”

As they have been competing together prior to signing with Guild, the Swedish team has already proven that they are capable of success in the European circuit, with top two placements in the recent Ignition series and Mandatory Cup tournaments, only falling to G2 Esports in both events.

Now under the Guild Esports brand, this lineup will likely be gearing up for the first official tournament organized by Riot Games, First Strike, with the European qualifiers kicking off on November 9. You can see the full Guild Esports Valorant team below.

Guild Esports’ Valorant roster

  • William ‘draken’ Sundin
  • Yacine ‘Yacine’ Laghmari
  • Filip ‘Goffe’ Gauffin
  • Malkolm ‘bonkar’ Rench
  • Leo ‘Ziz’ Janneson