CSGO: Vitality explain why NBK has been benched after Berlin Major exit

Published: 7/Sep/2019 18:22 Updated: 11/Dec/2019 9:28

by Scott Robertson


Team Vitality confirmed a report about potentially benching Counter-Strike pro Nathan ‘NBK’ Schmitt by making an official announcement that provided context and reason to their drastic decision.

Vitality went into the StarLadder Berlin Major with the number two ranking in the world, and were considered a championship contender despite having to start tournament play in the New Challengers stage.

But for Vitality, the championship dream was cut short as they found themselves upset by AVANGAR, who were in the midst a magical run to the grand finals.

Two days later, on September 7, during the semifinal series between NRG Esports and Astralis, Vitality confirmed reports that they were considering benching NBK by making the roster change official via an announcement.

“CSGO update: we decided to remove NBK from the starting roster,” they tweeted. “The team has shown amazing results but a change was needed as the quad in its current form, with two in-game leaders, reached its limits.”

According to Vitality, the team had “reached its limits’ with its current squad that featured two in-game leaders, and they’ve elected to retain the services of their lone Brit Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin, and move NBK to the bench.

This comes, of course, after a heavily inconsistent performance at the Berlin Major, as they were highly expected to go 3-0 in the Challengers stage, but were upset twice by Syman Gaming and DreamEaters, and finding themselves on the brink of an early elimination.

StarLadderALEX will take over all in-game leading for Vitality

From a fragging and statistical standpoint, NBK was instrumental towards the survival of his team in that stage, as he had a terrific second map against HellRaisers, and a great series against Grayhound to advance to the next stage. He was outshined only by his teammate, the young star Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut.

But in the New Legends stage, while the team as a whole performed better, NBK played significantly worse. His KD +/- was +33 in the New Challengers stage, but it was -41 in the New Legends and Champions stages.

However, despite all that and the decision to bench NBK, Vitality had nothing bad to say about the player: “NBK’s professionalism, talent & dedication played a big part in the many achievements recorded since the creation of the squad. However, the entire team had a hard time being consistent recently and a big decision was mandatory to go forward.”

NBK is a natural born killer, but he’s not a natural born leader, which is why Vitality decided to go forward with a true in-game leader in ALEX.

As for a replacement, it is rumored that G2 Esports is considering benching Richard ‘shox’ Papillon, who would form a superstar duo with ZywOo if he were to wear to don the yellow of Vitality.

StarLaddershox is rumored to be benched soon by G2

Vitality did not have anything concrete on what lays in store for NBK in the future, but did say that an announcement should be coming in the very near future.

“As of now, NBK is still under contract with Team Vitality and a decision regarding his future will come in the upcoming days.”

Vitality are slated to appear at the BLAST Pro Series Moscow event just a week after a major, so the team will need to find a fifth, whether permanent or temporary, in a short amount of time.


Exclusive interview: GeT RiGhT announces Twitch switch from CSGO

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 15:03

by Lauren Bergin


Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund has announced his departure from professional Counter-Strike, as he moves to Twitch streaming full-time. 

2021 has just got started and Sweden are already stealing the show. Just days after PGL announced the Stockholm Major, GeT_RiGhT has decided to call time on his legendary competitive career.

During an exclusive interview with Dexerto, the 30-year-old discusses the career highs and lows, his battle with Crohn’s disease and what the future holds for the Swedish titan.

GeT_RiGhT interview

GeT_RiGhT & f0rest: End of an era

f0rest and GeT_RiGhT hugging
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Counter-Strike’s dynamic duo is no more.

The Swede has a CS legacy like no other, but an integral part of those wins and losses was his partnership with countryman Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg. The two share a long list of tournament wins together, including the coveted Major.

The two Counter-Strike behemoths have played together for over a decade, and it’s clear that the end of this partnership is one of the most emotional aspects of GeT_RiGhT’s retirement.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but at the same time, it’s been a beautiful ride.” Alesund goes on to describe their partnership as “the biggest highlight” of his career.

CSGO & Crohn’s: A battle worth fighting

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GeT_RiGhT’s battle with Crohn’s is a perplexing one.

It may shock a lot of people, but GeT RiGhT describes living with the disease as being “one of the best things that ever happened” to him, as well as one of the worst ones.

He describes his lifelong battle with the stomach pain that accompanies the illness, but goes on to explain that he’s thankful, as the official diagnosis brought with it a sense of both physical and mental relief.

In terms of playing CS, however, he describes it as “horrible.” The associated pain, alongside weight and blood loss meant that focusing on the game became a trial all in its own. After asking himself whether it was worth risking his health, his response shows a mixed bag of emotions. “Yes and no really,” he admitted, as the pro player life and its fandom are always worth it, but the two day bedridden recovery period certainly has left a scar.

GeT_RiGhT: Twitch streaming & beyond

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What’s next for GeT_RiGhT? We can’t wait to find out.

It’s important to note that the Swedish legend will not be leaving CS. He sees the game as home, explaining: “I grew up in the scene and I’ll do anything it takes to help it grow.”

While he admits he can’t go into exact details about his future plans, he sees Twitch and content creation as a “competition on another level,” as he explores a plethora of games such as League of Legends and Warzone with more creative freedom.

GeT_RiGhT explored his excitement for Valorant, but clarified that he’s “not going to become a professional Valorant player.” With that said, he does believe that the game “has huge potential to overtake CS:GO” at some point in down the line.

Throughout this entire interview, you get a sense that the Valorant pro (sorry Chris, we had to) is in the best place he’s ever been. We’ll be excited to see where his streaming career takes him, whether it’s Riot’s Future Earth or otherwise. So keep an eye out, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!