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OpTic CSGO roster completely disbands amid organizational confusion

Published: 11/Oct/2019 16:27 Updated: 11/Oct/2019 16:43

by Scott Robertson

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After a downward slide in team performance and little to no indication from the organization regarding future plans, the OpTic Gaming Counter-Strike roster has made the decision to disband and go their separate ways, as announced by the players on their individual Twitter accounts.

When Immortals Gaming Club purchased Infinite Esports back in June of this year, it meant a change in direction for the iconic OpTic Gaming organization. 

OpTic’s LCS team will be rebranded to Immortals in 2020. The Houston Outlaws are operated as a distinct entity from the other Overwatch team, LA Valiant. And the iconic OpTic name will remain in CoD as a Los Angeles franchise.

That left the OpTic CS:GO roster, at the time owned by the same company who owned the MiBR team and brand. Immortals announced at the time of the acquisition that they would divest in the OpTic CS:GO team, and since then were working to find the roster a proper home.

But the OpTic roster are now saying that enough is enough, and Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke announced on Twitter that the roster was disbanding and that the players are seeking new opportunities as individuals.

“We have chosen to disband the OpTic lineup because there is no future in OpTic,” k0nfig wrote. “I’m ready to be sold individually. I strongly feel like this is the best choice.”

K0nfig expressed regret that the situation has unfolded the way it has, and heaped praise on both Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen and Nikolaj ‘niko’ Kristensen, but regrettably he says there is “no future” with them “because their contract is far longer than mine and OpTic wouldn’t let us buy any players/give them contracts.”

Just before k0nfig made his announcement, MSL posted on Twitter that he was voluntarily benching himself and looking to move forward from OpTic.

K0nfig is referring to players René ‘TeSeS’ Madsen and René ‘cajunb’ Borg when he mentions OpTic not handing out contracts. Both players have played under the OpTic banner in recent months, but not under full-time contracts. TeSeS announced on Twitter that he too is seeking new opportunities, and North announced that they have signed cajunb all on the same day.

A day prior to the disbanding, October 10, k0nfig went on Twitter and expressed his frustrations with the situation. 

“What do you expect honestly? We haven’t had a days pracc or anything. We are in a fucked situation all the fucking time…I hope that we can get some closure on this contract situation in the near future because this isn’t helping us perform. It’s always in the back of our heads.”

All four now-disbanded OpTic players k0nfig, MSL, TeSeS, and niko are now seeking opportunities with new organizations.

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Olofmeister set for FaZe CSGO return amid NiKo exit rumors

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:10

by Marco Rizzo

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Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer is set to make a surprise return to the active FaZe CSGO lineup, right in time for the Blast Premier Fall 2020 amid rumors that Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač is headed to G2.

According to a report from cybersport.pl, olof will replace teammate Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač at the event as the latter prepares for a move away from FaZe Clan. It is unclear whether olofmeister will remain a part of the squad after the conclusion of the BLAST tournament. This will be the first official match that the Swede has played since he announced that he was stepping away from the game in May of 2020. 

The rumors of NiKo’s departure from FaZe have gained traction since September, with reports from HLTV and 1pv claiming the Bosnian star has agreed to join G2 and replace François ‘⁠AmaNEk’ Delaunay.  NiKo’s cousin, Nemanja ‘huNter’ Kovač, is also a member of the G2 roster and pair have always been linked with a move to team up at some point. 

Rumors were further fueled by a tweet from the mother of FaZe player Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, after his team’s victory at IEM New York Europe. The tweet asked NiKo to “rethink some decisions” – possibly referencing his move to G2. 

Coldzera's mom asking NiKo on twitter to reconsider decisions
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Twitter’s automated translation read: “coldzera family asks you to rethink some decisions”

HLTV stated that the FaZe star and IGL was due to make his debut for the French-Balkan mix team during the Blast Premier Fall Series.

Reddit user BuKYSK posted a screenshot of a practice server, which seemingly shows a FaZe team practicing with olofmeister instead of NiKo, hinting at his departure from the organization. 

Olofmeisterstepped down from the starting roster in May 2020, citing a need to recover from fatigue. The announcement came after a series of disappointing tournament runs for the star-studded roster and especially for olof. 

NiKo playing for FaZe Clan at EPL Season 9 Finals
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NiKo has been a part of FaZe clan since 2017 after joining from Mousesports

Assuming the move is confirmed, the match against BIG will be olof’s first professional match in six months. 

Despite claiming a victory at the European side of IEM New York, this iteration of FaZe has constantly failed to match the expectations set after the addition of coldzera.

Since the departure of Finn ‘⁠karrigan’ Andersen, the international superteam has not fielded a dedicated IGL, with NiKo attempting to shoulder the burdens of being the captain and star player. With none of the current FaZe players or olof being natural in-game leaders, the leadership question will continue to be the most pressing issue for the team if NiKo departs.  

FaZe Clan BLAST Fall Primer 2020 roster

Below is the reported FaZe Clan lineup for the BLAST event:

    • Håvard ‘⁠rain⁠’ Nygaard
    • Marcelo “’coldzera⁠’ David
    • Latvia Helvijs ‘⁠broky’ Saukants
    • Markus ‘⁠Kjaerbye⁠’ Kjærbye
    • Olof ‘⁠olofmeister⁠’ Kajbjer
    • Janko ‘YNk⁠’ Paunović (coach)