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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.


Valve lifts Fnatic star KRIMZ’s mysterious CSGO VAC ban

Published: 1/Dec/2020 3:21 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 6:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Valve has lifted the VAC ban on CSGO legend KRIMZ, and although fans think it was probably due to a matchmaking tool, the reasons are still unknown.

The CSGO community stood still on November 28 after Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson announced he had been VAC banned. Valve never specified why, which made the situation a bit of a mystery.

“It seems that my account got vac banned,” he said. “CSGO can you fix this asap pls.” It sounded like he was probably more confused than anyone else and was adamant he’d done nothing wrong.

CSGO fans think he might have been banned for using a third-party tool named esportal to find matches. However, there has been no official word to support it.

FNATIC coach Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson issued a statement not long after. “We have reached out to Valve, TOs, and third-party community websites… to understand the nature of this unexpected shutdown,” he said. “We have no reason to believe this is the consequence of any intentional use of any illegal program.”

Either way, it didn’t take Valve long to rectify the issue. They’ve already lifted the ban, and it’s been a huge relief to CSGO players and FNATIC fans around the world.

The first one to spill the beans was ‘DonHaci.’ “Krimz has been unbanned,” he said. “His VAC ban has been removed from his Steam page.

KRIMZ’s Steam profile isn’t private, which means anyone can take a look and see for themselves. His fans have been pouring in and leaving comments to celebrate and share their relief.

Still, nobody is more excited than the man himself. KRIMZ made a brief statement on Twitter and expressed his gratitude for having it fixed. “I’m free [motherf**ers], he said. “Thank you CSGO for sorting it out quickly.”

Interestingly, Valve still hasn’t explained why they banned KRIMMZ in the first place. KRIMMZ hasn’t elaborated on it either.

In the end, though, the key takeaway is that it appears to have been a mistake. The CSGO community is thrilled to have its favorite son back.