NiKo steps in for SK at IEM

mousesports backup player Nikola "NiKo" Kovač will play for SK Gaming as a stand-in at IEM Gamescom, Casper "cadiaN" Møller has revealed.

The Bosnian ace will step into the shoes of Michael "Friis" Jørgensen, who has been ruled out of the German event as he will be on vacation.

This is the second time in just two months that Nikola "NiKo" Kovač steps in for a team at the last minute after he played for Kinguin at the Gaming Paradise qualifier as a replacement for Alexander "SKYTTEN" Carlsson.


NiKo to play for SK in Cologne 

NiKo helped the team to win the event on an impressive 1.28 rating, but Kinguin decided not to follow up their interest in the Bosnian talent once they learned mousesports' asking price for the player.

This is the second non-permanent player that SK will field at IEM Gamescom as Casper "cadiaN" Møller is currently on trial with the team. The former Copenhagen Wolves talent already attended the Acer Predator Masters finals last weekend, where SK finished 5th-6th.

SK will attend IEM Gamescom with the following lineup:

Denmark Asger "AcilioN" Larsen
Denmark Rasmus "SandeN" Sanden
Denmark Danny "BERRY" Krüger
Denmark Casper "cadiaN" Møller (trial)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač (stand-in) 

Denmark Rasmus 'SandeN' Sanden
Rasmus 'SandeN' Sanden
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
288
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1052
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Denmark Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Denmark Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
565
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.15
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
868
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1004
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Alexander 'SKYTTEN' Carlsson
Alexander 'SKYTTEN' Carlsson
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
382
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
guy is so sick and can speak a fluently(and good) english and still why no one get him(as a perm member, not only stand in) to a good team? lol
2015-08-03 19:17
#91
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Spain akproxx 
cuz mouz are a assholes
2015-08-03 20:09
nice. Cant wait to see him dominate
2015-08-03 19:16
nice
2015-08-03 19:16
allin SK
2015-08-03 19:17
gl nidzo
2015-08-03 19:17
expected
2015-08-03 19:17
#17
Portugal f0ik 
NiKo to play for SK in Cologne , wait sk is in cologne? wtf?
2015-08-03 19:18
ez top3 to sk now
2015-08-03 19:18
now that no friis. SK top WORLD
2015-08-03 22:19
#19
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Finland Jonzu95 
no hunden no party
2015-08-03 19:18
niko should join some team for pernament...
2015-08-03 19:18
Cant cause mouz is owned by abunch of dicks... If he was able to Kinguin would have him and be even better than they already are.
2015-08-03 19:49
He should just get a freaking contract with Kinguin - Foxj + NiKo would be much better on such a aimbased team
2015-08-03 22:30
Mouz own niko till the end of the year. Buyout price is too high for kinguin because they wasted so much money rain. If maikel and scream were smart they would've realized how bad of a choice skytten was from the get go, and just picked up Dennis, a very good igl. Maikel saw talent in rain in lgb and his hype was somewhat deserved. It's now clear that rain is somehow bottlecapped in kinguin (imo lack of support players) And foxj should just be removed, same reason as rain. Can't play well without support players to b8 also has bad English. Imo -fox +niko -rain +s1mple (If s1mple turns out to be too toxic, add Hiko because I like to see things be interesting)
2015-08-04 00:44
#23
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Sweden günT 
Official standin. Him and schneider are the ones you should call if you want someone to standin for you
2015-08-03 19:21
+1
2015-08-03 22:10
rip other teams :(
2015-08-03 19:18
#25
Germany Dok1 
stepping in once again :D
2015-08-03 19:18
vacation or VACation
2015-08-03 19:18
VACations kden.
2015-08-03 19:18
niko to carry SK to semis
2015-08-03 19:19
wow
2015-08-03 19:19
When is gamescom btw?
2015-08-03 19:19
wednesday
2015-08-03 19:32
friis vaced rip
2015-08-03 19:20
#36
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Poland Mimaaacz 
Professional standin NiKo
2015-08-03 19:20
#37
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France Kairos1g 
Friis on VACation
2015-08-03 19:20
NIKO EU's ringer
2015-08-03 19:21
best republic of srpska player
2015-08-03 19:23
#43
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Lithuania AvaIon 
mouz making bank just renting out niko to everyone
2015-08-03 19:23
[*] Bot Friis
2015-08-03 19:23
niko "THE STANDIN"
2015-08-03 19:24
They could actually build a "decent" international team if -everyone but cadian and + NiKo
2015-08-03 19:25
cadiaN NiKo Acillion SandeN tenzki Friis as coach. That would be a top10 SK.
2015-08-03 19:32
Friis is good, why would you kick him ? If anyone then -BERRY +NiKo, Friis or cadiaN to call.
2015-08-03 19:34
#81
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
Except Danes in this scene are whiny bitches. Remember the whole fight over whose girlfriend could attend a event? And now tenzki won't play with half the Danish scene because of "depression". And cadiaN is hated by most the Danish players. So...
2015-08-03 19:50
cadiaN hated?
2015-08-03 20:03
Yeah what I thought... He's not hated at all... lmao
2015-08-03 20:11
Yes he is.
2015-08-03 21:08
who? badiaN?
2015-08-05 19:52
#47
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Aiomie 
One of the best players as "backup" is a waste. Shame on mouz. inb4 SK winning iem
2015-08-03 19:29
He might get a chance in the lineup after cologne, perhaps instead of denis.
2015-08-03 19:33
Sadly not, since gob will most likely not change to English.
2015-08-04 01:45
SK to win IEM Gamescom then :P
2015-08-03 19:33
WTF -BERRY PLS
2015-08-03 19:35
He needs to find a goddamn team he deserves more than just being a standin from time to time.
2015-08-03 19:34
NiKo ez carry
2015-08-03 19:34
NiKo to replace denis in mousesports after ESL Cologne 2015.
2015-08-03 19:34
this
2015-08-03 19:49
Acilion is really good player ,he needs players like Niko in team honestly.
2015-08-03 19:37
gl
2015-08-03 19:37
40bomb every game
2015-08-03 19:37
Niko The Carry Guy
2015-08-03 19:38
#70
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Turkey Zazzop 
wow
2015-08-03 19:38
#71
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Norway billson 
Ultimate stand-in =) gl
2015-08-03 19:42
#72
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
nico is cursed to carry t3 teams and still be team-less forever
2015-08-03 19:43
#75
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India php_developer 
"Michael "Friis" Jørgensen, who has been ruled out of the German event as he will be on vacations." top kek
2015-08-03 19:46
finnaly a decent SK lineup
2015-08-03 19:47
Good luck dude, you deserve more than has today in mouz.
2015-08-03 19:48
How long will his contract last?
2015-08-03 19:52
With Mouz? Till the end of the year.
2015-08-04 00:51
Thanks. Damn, that sucks.
2015-08-04 17:11
worst SK lineup in the history of SK my lord SK 2003: Potti, HeatoN, element, ahl, fisker SK 2011: f0rest, GTR, face, delpan, RobbaN SK 2015: lmao...
2015-08-03 20:02
+1
2015-08-03 20:10
#125
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
I'd add an old SK.dk with eGene, whiMp, Drally, KK, spx and I don't remember if there were any replacement back then, but still, that SK was sick ..
2015-08-03 22:47
zonic, ziGa, calc
2015-08-04 11:00
#152
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
I remember calc, but I didn't remember zonic and ziGa on that SK.dk .. Thanks for the reminder! By the way nice nickname it teams "night" in spanish ..
2015-08-04 14:24
#154
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
it means*
2015-08-04 14:47
Okay easy win for SK NiKo top 1 world
2015-08-03 20:14
damn hltv need to update niko's photo
2015-08-03 20:15
Dammit Mouz, let Niko play in a proper team. #freeNiko
2015-08-03 20:22
Niko top player
2015-08-03 20:28
cadian + niko ez
2015-08-03 20:32
#99
AdreN | 
Russia LBC_DOGG 
always same pic. #hltvthings
2015-08-03 20:33
GL
2015-08-03 20:34
much better than anyone in SK... He needs to find a better team, in the near future.
2015-08-03 20:34
2015-08-03 20:35
this SK squad is starting to be like a mixteam
2015-08-03 20:37
carry all the teams
2015-08-03 20:37
CUT
2015-08-03 20:39
All those "vacations" look a bit weird. I mean, really? Since SK pays its players a salary, those players are employees. Can you imagine, that you don't go to your company's office, although you should, because you go to resort or something? Seriously, wtf??? They get salaries to play when it's needed, but they don't play, forcing their employers to search stand-ins. W? T? F?
2015-08-03 20:40
Yeah, because normal employees doesn't get any kind of vacation. Your logic is insane, even for hltv standards. There is a large chance that Friis had made the travel arrangements even before talk of joining SK and even if he did it later on, they can't account for every single tournament when planning their holidays, because there is always matches. If they are in fact paid employees then they also have the liberty to take a vacation and it will be something that is written into their contracts. Welcome to the real world hltv warrior.
2015-08-04 11:11
They don't get those vacations ANY TIME they want them. If you're a lawyer in some company, and there is to be some big agreement in the next 2 weeks, and you're the only lawyer there, I highly doubt your director will let you go to vacation in that period of time. Later - yeah, but not when you're really needed for your company. The difference is, that in the case of normal employee and his boss it's a mutual decision on when will you go to vacation. In case of SK I really doubt, that SK would let one of their key players (the main sniper!) go somewhere and leave them with 2 stand-ins (cadiaN is a stand-in too, he's not signed any agreement).
2015-08-04 14:07
Thats why I said that you couldn't know when he ordered the vacation and/or if it was agreed with SK beforehand that he had a vacation at that time. You're just focussing on the negatives thinking that we are talking about some pro team. What I am saying is that you should stop assuming what is in their contracts, what is not and how they should regard that contract, because you have no idea how it is formed and what liberties the individual players have.
2015-08-04 14:20
Best stand-in 2015
2015-08-03 20:43
Great stand-in to have :D
2015-08-03 20:55
Niko to Kinguin when?
2015-08-03 21:35
professional stand-in, still better than most.
2015-08-03 21:55
GL NiKo, destroy them
2015-08-03 22:10
This guy is a star in the making, why has he not generated more interest from teams? Can Mouz really be asking for THAT much or is there something else we arent seeing here?
2015-08-03 22:18
there's rumour they are asking for 20 000 euros
2015-08-03 23:11
rip Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis
2015-08-03 22:24
niko should play in a top5 team
2015-08-03 22:29
niko will carry them
2015-08-03 22:31
-Spidii or -denis and +FUCKINGNIKO PLEASEEEEE ;D mouz top 3 ez
2015-08-04 00:03
This hurts my feelings :(
2015-08-04 01:06
Niko will carry everyone till he learns ''how to english'' proper to play in some teams like NiP and stuff lmao
2015-08-04 01:54
.
2015-08-04 02:17
pls make this team: niko hiko cadiaN (if sk dont want, otherwise schneider) p1mple xantares
2015-08-04 03:50
wow amazing dedication by friis, a realy important major like this and he is on vacation, imo this guy doesn't deverve to play in an organization so renowned as SK, no worries if they dont show good results in the near future SK will find a better team.
2015-08-04 05:51
its not a major lol
2015-08-04 14:16
Nice one :D
2015-08-04 06:00
Seriously.Where the fuck is their best player A.K.A. Tenzski? He's their best player by far and Cadian replacing him?
2015-08-04 11:03
Friis was on vacation few weeks ago. How often does he go on a vacation?
2015-08-04 11:45
SK TOP 1 CONFIRMED
2015-08-04 13:32
I have seen a lot of players streaming, and I've never been so impresed with one like I'm with niko and xantares. The guy is just unreal.
2015-08-04 14:50
overrated player
2015-08-04 15:32
k sure =D=D=D
2015-08-04 16:25
:D
2015-08-09 12:02
Looks cool but with Cadian they have no chance its like playing 4v5.
2015-08-04 16:23
"Niko" will step into the shoes of Michael "Friis" Jørgensen, who has been ruled out of the German event as he will be on VACation. AHAHA VALVE GOT ANOTHER ONE
2015-08-05 03:12
Niko i love you but not like i love pita
2015-08-07 16:23
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