In an interview after DreamHack Open Montreal, North’s AWP player René ‘cajunb’ Borg explained why OpTic’s new lineup is good for NA teams, and responded to questions about his new teammate Valdemar ‘valde’ Bjørn Vangså.
North, a Danish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, is currently ranked 3rd in the world at the time of writing following a successful 2017. Second place at DreamHack Masters Malmö and first place at DreamHack Open Montreal has seen the team rapidly rise in the world rankings.
DreamHack Malmö began on August the 30th and ended September 3rd, with DreamHack Montreal taking place between the 8th to the 10th of September.
The first place finish at Montreal saw the team win $50,000 after overcoming highly skilled teams such as Immortals and Cloud9.
During the August player break, North was one of the many teams to make changes to their roster when they replaced Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif with valde. The new rifle player had a slow start with the team, but progressively improved throughout Malmö, and has since proved invaluable to his team.
After the event in Montreal had come to a close, news website theScore esports interviewed cajunb and asked him about the tournament, how valde is fitting into the team, and what his opinion was on the new OpTic roster.
When asked about how entering Montreal felt after their run at Malmö, cajunb stated that coming second had been a positive experience for the team and they felt they had been performing well since he was signed.
“Well this is positive for us because we had valde [for] like two, three weeks ago now, something like that, and we have been performing really well since signing him and we actually managed to come second at Malmo [which] gave us a really huge confidence boost for Montreal and so it was a good thing.”
Developing on his point, the Danish player said the new line up is much more stable now that valde has joined the team.
“It’s taken off that weight that we have been a lot more stable than we have been in the past. Valde’s a really good player. He is bringing a lot of team play to the team which we might have missed in our former lineups.”
Cajunb was then asked his opinion on the new OpTic Gaming roster. After the American based team disbanded in August, the organization signed a full European team. To keep the team’s spot in the North American Pro League, all the EU based players moved to the US and are now competing there.
The AWPer responded that he thought it was a good thing for all parties involved. He said an EU team competing in NA offers an opportunity for NA teams to practice against a European roster.
“I like it. I think it’s a good thing that the EU team is competing in NA as well. I think it’s a good chance for the NA teams to play against an EU team as well. We’ve been surprised about how good the teams actually were over here when we were practicing so I think it’s good for the NA scene as well.”
The Danish line up is participating in the ELEAGUE Premier in Atlanta where they are facing high tier teams such as Fnatic and mousesports in the group stage. The tournament will continue until the 13th of October.
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