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OG CS:GO's Major Roster Changes: niko and flameZ Leaving

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OG CS:GO announces major changes in its roster as niko and flameZ part ways with the team. Discover the upcoming strategies and possible replacements.



In a significant shake-up within the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) community, European organization OG has decided to part ways with Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen and Shahar "flameZ" Shushan​1​.

OG's CS:GO Lineup: A Major Overhaul Ahead

This move is likely to signify the start of a comprehensive overhaul for OG, with potential further changes in the lineup to be dictated by offseason market possibilities.

OG's flameZ: Contract Expiry Marks End of Era

OG's Shahar "flameZ" Shushan, a vital component of the starting lineup since mid-2021, will be exiting the team. This change follows the expiry of flameZ's contract, after failed negotiations for an extension between the organization and the Israeli rifler.

OG's niko: A Mid-2022 Bench to an Early-2023 Return

Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen, who also joined OG in mid-2021, had a different journey. He was benched in mid-2022, only to return as a stand-in for IGL Nemanja "nexa" Isaković in early-2023. However, despite niko's return, OG's performance has been middling at best, with the team's only significant result being a 3rd-4th place finish in the online Brazy Party event.

OG CS:GO's Rocky Start to 2023

OG's performance in the first part of 2023 has been underwhelming. They faced a disappointing exit from the final CS:GO Major, BLAST.tv Paris, after losses to ENCE, NIP, and GamerLegion in the Challengers Stage. This poor performance likely set the stage for the upcoming changes after OG completes their final LAN commitment, IEM Dallas 2023, set to commence on May 29th.

OG's Anticipated Off-Season Roster: A Look Ahead

With niko and flameZ's departure, OG's expected off-season roster will include:

  • Adam "NEOFRAG" Zouhar
  • Maciej "F1KU" Miklas
  • Abdulkhalik "degster" Gasanov
  • Casper "ruggah" Due (Coach)
  • Alexander "kakafu" Szymanczyk (Assistant Coach)

The question now is, who will OG bring in to fill the gaps left by niko and flameZ? It's clear that OG is ready to make some significant changes to enhance their performance in the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.