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OpTic CS:GO claim DreamHack Summer 2019 victory as future hangs in the balance

Published: 18/Jun/2019 9:49 Updated: 18/Jun/2019 9:57

by Joe O'Brien


The OpTic Gaming CS:GO team claimed victory at DreamHack Summer as the future of the squad remains uncertain amid the organization’s purchase by Immortals.

The DreamHack trophy comes at a turbulent time both for the OpTic Gaming organization and their CS:GO squad, with OpTic parent company Infinite Esports and Entertainment having recently been acquired by Immortals Gaming Club.


Due to Immortals Gaming Club already owning Made in Brazil, upon their acquisition of Infinite they announced that they would be looking to find a new home for the OpTic CS:GO team to avoid breaking the conflict of interest rules in place for various tournaments and leagues.

As a result, the OpTic squad’s success at DreamHack Summer could prove significant to their future, as what happens next for the squad could very well depend on how enticing they are as a prospect for other organizations to pick up.


It’s also very possible that this might actually have been the team’s last outing under the OpTic banner. They’re not due to compete at any of the premier events on the calendar prior to the August player break, after which will be the StarLadder Berlin Major.

Adela Sznajder for DreamHackDreamHack Summer is MSL’s first, and possibly last, title for OpTic Gaming.

By winning DreamHack Summer, the OpTic squad did qualify for DreamHack Masters Malmo, which takes place October 1-8, but by then the team could very well be playing under a new name.

If so, Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen was at least able to deliver a win for the Green Wall during his tenure as the team’s in-game leader, with OpTic only dropping a single map on their way to a convincing victory.


DreamHack Summer Final Placements:

Placement Team Prize
1 OpTic Gaming $50,000
2 Team Ancient $20,000
3-4 Tricked Esports $10,000
3-4 Aristocracy $10,000
5-6 CR4ZY $3,000
5-6 AVANGAR $3,000
7-8 Winstrike $2,000
7-8 Chaos Esports Club $2,000

How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal


German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.


Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.


This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.