Rising CS:GO star nexa: Overshadowed and underrated - Dexerto

Rising CS:GO star nexa: Overshadowed and underrated

Published: 30/Apr/2019 17:52 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 15:34

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


While many have their eyes on Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač and his cousin Nemanja ‘huNter’ Kovač as the biggest CS:GO stars of the Balkan region, there’s another player who shouldn’t be slept on in the least bit. 

The Balkan Region is home to one of the greatest players to ever grace the game of Counter-Strike in NiKo, which shouldn’t be news nor arguable. Following in his footsteps is his older cousin huNter, who has received increasing levels of praise and hype from the community as of late. 

As I wrote recently, it is only a matter of time before huNter is freed of his large buyout and shows how impactful he can be. The talent doesn’t end there though, in fact there is another Serbian player on the path to stardom: Nemanja ‘nexa’ Isaković.

ValianceThe Valiance roster features two of the best Serbian players in CS:GO.

You don’t have to look far for nexa because he plays alongside huNter, often providing the second half of their 1-2 punch in the server. This analogy rings true for just about anyone that plays with a Kovač, too. 

No matter how well nexa might play, huNter will remain as the main talking point. The similar effect has existed around NiKo for years. Nexa doesn’t let that affect him, though, and those close to him reinforced that point when asked about it. Instead, he is quietly and happily bulking his resume as one of the most consistent players in Europe.

Efrag/YouTubeNexa during his brief stint with Renegades in 2017.

You’ll be hard pressed to find an event that nexa didn’t play well at in the last year of play, even prior to joining Valiance. 

While the sample size against top tier competition is limited, he has a history of showing up time and time again. There is no actual statistic that predicts how good a player can be if recruited to a top team, but if there was, nexa would place amongst the highest. 

The only blemish in his playing history was a brief stint with Renegades when the team was struggling. He just didn’t fit in stylistically nor was he put in comfortable positions to succeed. Outside of that, he has provided everything you could ever ask for if you are looking for consistency and impact.

DreamHack/Adela SznajderNexa plays a unique role that many players are simply unable to fill.

The level of confidence nexa instills in his teammates is one of his greatest qualities. As a site anchor on CT side, he routinely gets two kills while defending a bombsite or if he doesn’t, he stays alive far longer than he should. 

One of his more unique roles is doing damage on T side pistol, where he often has a p250 and wins rounds single-handedly. As a journalist, I hear complaints about almost every player in the world in one way or another. Nexa isn’t one of those though, everyone has nothing but fantastic things to say about him as a player and a person.

DreamHack/Jennika OjalaNexa has always excelled no matter what team he was playing with.

It is easy to say that any player with good stats is a potential star, but nexa has something more. He isn’t streaky and is a hell of a teammate. These intangible assets are what separates him from his peers. 

If he isn’t on a short list of potential recruitments for top European and North American teams, then those teams need new management.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

Riot Games
FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.