xartE steps in for 3DMAX in Katowice

3DMAX have confirmed to HLTV.org that Mikko "xartE" Välimaa will step in for the team at the offline qualifier for ESL One Katowice.

The Finnish team secured a place at the event in Katowice following the disqualifications of WinneR and Epsilon as Valve looks to tackle the issue of match-fixing in e-sports.

Shortly after the announcement from ESL, Joona "natu" Leppänen revealed that he would not be able to attend the event as it falls on the same day as his wedding, which left 3DMAX on the lookout for a last-minute replacement.


xartE will replace natu in Katowice 

Mikko "xartE" Välimaa is no stranger to the Finnish team, which he represented from August 2014 to January 2015, when he and Timo "REFLEX" Rintala were replaced by Aleksi "allu" Jalli and Tom "stonde" Glad.

"Quite obviously xartE is a very skilled player, but most importantly he was a very easy choice for us to make as we know what we get and he plays any type of role without a problem," Leppänen told HLTV.org.

"Those are key components with short preparation time."

3DMAX will take part in the offline qualifier for ESL One Katowice with: 

Finland Jesse "KHRN" Grandell
Finland Taneli "disturbed" Veikkola
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli
Finland Tom "stonde" Glad 
Finland Mikko "xartE" Välimaa (stand-in) 

Related video:

Finland Mikko 'xartE' Välimaa
Mikko 'xartE' Välimaa
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Finland Taneli 'disturbed' Veikkola
Taneli 'disturbed' Veikkola
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
215
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Finland Tom 'stonde' Glad
Tom 'stonde' Glad
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
219
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Finland Timo 'REFLEX' Rintala
Timo 'REFLEX' Rintala
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
307
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Finland Jesse 'KHRN' Grandell
Jesse 'KHRN' Grandell
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
750
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
gl
2015-02-08 17:51
expected
2015-02-08 18:08
#3
valde | 
Hungary inzekt 
n1
2015-02-08 17:51
expected
2015-02-08 17:51
n1
2015-02-08 17:51
ooooh top1 now Kappa
2015-02-08 17:51
no joelz? :(
2015-02-08 17:52
#12
hypn | 
Serbia hypn` 
It's lan bro
2015-02-08 17:52
+1 XD
2015-02-08 20:39
no place to cook minced meat during halftime
2015-02-08 21:55
#9
 | 
Italy 1nf3rn4L 
IGL ??
2015-02-08 17:52
#39
suNny | 
Finland m1skaa 
Most likely allu
2015-02-08 18:04
jynttä rush
2015-02-08 18:38
Rush B, next round rush a, then rush mid, then b, then b, then mid, then a, then a, then a. Ez win
2015-02-08 19:46
xartE > natu wise choice
2015-02-08 17:52
all > natu in terms of skill
2015-02-08 19:10
natu > joelz
2015-02-08 19:21
true dat lol :DD
2015-02-08 19:23
no joelz, no wins one day joelz will attend a lan and win everything
2015-02-08 17:52
xartexpected
2015-02-08 17:52
joelZ pls xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2015-02-08 17:53
xartE nice! 3DMAX GO!
2015-02-08 17:53
What a deuce girlfriend, just fucking get married another day... really :D
2015-02-08 17:53
Yes, after u have reserved church and invited all the quests and stuff u can just say "fug u all i go play videogames :DDDD"
2015-02-08 17:58
They knew it along time ago. I crash their wedding
2015-02-08 17:59
#42
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Finland f0pZ 
yep, CS:GO > wedding
2015-02-08 18:05
I mean...If an American Football player had to play the Super Bowl they would reschedule the wedding, if a football player had the World Cup final, they would reschedule the wedding... This isn't some online match, this is Katowice one of the biggest if not the biggest event of the year.
2015-02-08 18:30
well, natu have been one of most unprofessional players over decade.. not really surprise that he rather go having wedding same time that Major is :)
2015-02-08 18:38
yes fully comparable to super bowl :D
2015-02-08 18:38
It's a huge event, is what I was trying to say.
2015-02-08 18:45
Yeah but it's not even the actual event, it's a qualifier. And they're unlikely to qualify. Throwing away wedding just for that would be ridiculous.
2015-02-08 22:40
Ah, I thought this was for the actual event also. In that case, I could see why.
2015-02-08 22:51
#93
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France Kairos1g 
+1
2015-02-08 19:38
Ayoooo gl boiz
2015-02-08 17:53
good choice
2015-02-08 17:54
Even if they get ruuit back they wont win. WINLAND
2015-02-08 17:54
Inverted Y axis will carry 3dmax to Katwice
2015-02-08 17:55
timo>xarte :(
2015-02-08 17:55
gl
2015-02-08 17:56
gl boiz
2015-02-08 17:57
Kappa
2015-02-08 17:57
#29
Spain Ayrr 
Still waiting for da king joelz to step up in LAN for his countymen. KAPPA
2015-02-08 17:58
Maybe he can show his best :)
2015-02-08 17:59
#33
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World Griw 
whaaaat? worst old player.... again and again
2015-02-08 18:00
It seems they have some sort of weight requirement in their team.
2015-02-08 18:00
+1
2015-02-08 18:03
3AWP'ers :o
2015-02-08 18:03
Xarte is not really awper. He just played awp role in 3DMAX when allu and stonde wasn't in the team and they didn't have good awper.
2015-02-08 19:29
When 3DMAX did their best (at DH Sthlm) it was because of xartE's awp play, he played really well at that event.
2015-02-09 09:46
Yes i know but i just mentioned that he isn't awper. Xarte tweeted about it when he got kicked.
2015-02-09 10:35
Yep ty
2015-02-10 10:35
None of his team is invited to the wedding BibleThump
2015-02-08 18:03
#48
 | 
Finland WhenItsJust 
Just realized that :D what a douche
2015-02-08 18:17
I was hoping for REFLEX, but gl
2015-02-08 18:05
glgl
2015-02-08 18:06
#45
 | 
Poland Keruzz 
some day finnish team will win major, same day joelz will show up on lan!
2015-02-08 18:12
gl xartE
2015-02-08 18:17
gl heuf, would be nice to see a finnish team in the majors.
2015-02-08 18:17
No JOELZ = last place
2015-02-08 18:19
ilman penaa ei voi voittaa
2015-02-08 18:19
3DMAX need biceps
2015-02-08 18:21
#56
shaker | 
Finland shaker- 
+1
2015-02-08 18:24
kimi räikkönen
2015-02-08 18:30
but they got allu already
2015-02-08 18:37
risukasa vinkuu
2015-02-08 18:58
no jOELZ no party
2015-02-08 18:24
Thats true :)
2015-02-08 22:54
good news
2015-02-08 18:28
thats a whole lotta man for one woman gl
2015-02-08 18:36
Make this permanent, natu's job is raise his kids, not play computer like nolife.. He got one of worst stats ever among pro players anyway and he don't even get living from gaming
2015-02-08 18:36
lol calm your tits. You have no right to say what natu wants to do in his life.
2015-02-08 19:35
+1
2015-02-08 21:06
Natu said he isnt professional player, just competitive player. I hope you see difference between these?
2015-02-09 11:51
#64
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
No joelz definetely not expected
2015-02-08 18:37
#98
World Fzq 
I know where not to place my skins.
2015-02-08 19:48
No joelz no fun Joelz biggest lan dodger
2015-02-08 20:07
They would drop out as the bottom team with natu, they will drop out as the bottom team with xarte. Why even bother making this a "story"?
2015-02-08 20:09
gl natu with ur wife, u gonna need it =D
2015-02-09 17:27
three awp's in one team, oh boy.
2015-02-09 21:47
#120
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Finland siloquez 
Fi scene.. Get kicked from team and then get asked to standin :DDDDD
2015-02-10 08:49
fxy0 style
2015-02-10 08:57
expected
2015-02-10 09:09
MAANGGG, think about those ct sides with 3 awps.
2015-02-11 10:32
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