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Sources: MSL and niko in talks with OpTic Gaming CS:GO

Published: 18/Mar/2019 21:07 Updated: 18/Mar/2019 21:46

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


Danish Counter-Strike players Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen and Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen are in discussions with OpTic Gaming, according to multiple sources.

As the post-IEM Katowice Major roster shuffle continues, it looks as though another North American organization will be making some moves. 

With Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke and Jakob “JUGi” Hansen reportedly on their way to Cloud9, OpTic Gaming is now in talks with both MSL and niko to feel the vacancies in their roster. 

DreamHackniko only signed with Rogue a few weeks ago on January 31.

MSL and niko are part of the active roster for the Rogue, who hold a spot in ESL Pro League: North America.

Losing the two players would leave Rogue with less than a week to fill their roster prior to the Season 9 roster lock, meaning they will be forced to scramble in order to round out their roster before games begin. 

niko only joined in late January, while MSL has been on the roster since late October of 2018.

OpTic Gaming recently earned a spot is ESL Pro League: Europe with a victory over during Season 8 relegation. 

Despite this accomplishment, they were unable to reach the IEM Katowice Major last month after a loss to Mousesports in the European Minor.

DreamHackMSL’s short stint with Rogue looks to be coming to an end very soon.

OpTic Gaming and Rogue aren’t the only teams making moves, as multiple others have been reportedly in talks for a bevy of roster moves. 

Fellow North American Organization Cloud9 are not only in talks with OpTic Gaming for K0nfig and Jugi, but are also not expected to hold onto Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey moving forward. 

Meanwhile, mousesports just debuted a new roster on March 14 with Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen at the helm. They will also be trialing Allan ‘Rejin’ Petersen as their head coach, according to sources. 

With Season 9 of the ESL Pro League around the corner and many teams rushing to lock down their rosters, it’s likely that this won’t be the last roster move we hear about.


Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson


CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

Rio Major logo
The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.