Steel's Redemption: How a Banned CSGO Pro Became a Role Model - Dexerto

Steel’s Redemption: How a Banned CSGO Pro Became a Role Model

Published: 18/Sep/2020 16:14

by Shane King


Joshua ‘Steel’ Nissan’s CSGO career came to a screeching halt in early 2015 when he was banned due to his role in the Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal that surrounded iBUYPOWER a year earlier.

Despite being banned from Valve events permanently, effectively preventing him from competing at the highest level in the game ever again, steel persevered and spent years redeeming himself in both the eyes of the community and his fellow competitors.


After years of earning this redemption, Steel has decided he is moving onto a new challenge as he joins 100 Thieves’ fresh look Valorant line-up alongside former CS veterans Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin and Nicholas ‘nitr0’ Cannella.

This is the story of those redemption years and why, in the end, steel can look back on his Counter-Strike career with pride as he sets his sights on an all-new challenge: Valorant.


es3tag reportedly leaving Astralis for new role on Cloud9 CSGO squad

Published: 15/Oct/2020 4:23 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 4:51

by Andrew Amos


Danish CS:GO star Patrick “es3tag” Hansen has only been a part of Astralis for six months, but he’s already moving on from the squad’s ambitious 10-man project. He’s reportedly set to join Cloud9 as the organization rebuilds in Europe.

The Astralis 10-man project could be over before they even reached their lofty goals. The Danish organization went into 2020 with the plans of expanding their roster beyond just five in the server, building out a two-team core to constantly rotate through.


This was seemingly brought on after long-term Astralis members went on break after a strenuous couple of years that saw them lift four Major titles.

es3tag holding Astralis jersey with Zonic
es3tag is moving on from Astralis six months after signing.

Patrick “es3tag” Hansen was the first man brought on, but he could be the first major piece to leave. A new report from Danish website TV2 Sport states that Hansen is moving on to join the new Cloud9 colossus for 2021.


es3tag joined Astralis properly in July 2020, but the move was announced months earlier during Flashpoint Season 1. He was the first part of Astralis’ 10-man puzzle, as the Danish squad looked to implement a new rotation system.

However, the project has seemingly fallen off the tracks. As veteran members like Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “Xyp9x” Hojsleth return to the roster, the newer teammates like es3tag and Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen have been back to riding the bench.

Jakob “JUGi” Hansen was also a part of the squad earlier in 2020, but left when Astralis onboarded Bubzkji. Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer was temporarily used as a substitute for es3tag as well before his contract with Heroic ran out.


Cloud9 have announced four of the six pieces of their new CS:GO team after dropping their South African-NA hybrid roster in September.

Ricky “floppy” Kemery is the only player from the former ATK squad remaining, with Cloud9 picking up Alex “Alex” McMeekin, William “mezii” Merriman, and Ozgur “woxic” Eker. They will be coached by former 100 Thieves coach Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunovic.

Astralis, Cloud9, and es3tag are yet to publicly comment on the reports. We will let you know if the move happens.