NickelBack steps down from EPG

Alexey "NickelBack" Trofimov is no longer part of Elements Pro Gaming, the organisation has announced on VK.

The 20-year-old leaves EPG after spending the last five months tied to the organisation, who had brought him from Spirit Academy into their roster alongside Russian duo Aleksey "⁠El1an⁠" Gusev and Ivan "⁠spaze⁠" Obrezhan, and Latvian player Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis.

Aleksey "⁠NickelBack⁠" Trofimov is the second player to depart EPG since the start of the year, following spaze's removal from the active roster in January. 

NickelBack departs EPG following a five-month stint with the team

The news came just shortly before EPG's first match in the ECS Season 5 Challenger Cup, in which they will face Natus Vincere with coach Andrey "⁠Xoma⁠" Mironenko as a stand-in.

With NickelBack on the roster, EPG recently placed third at the Cybersport Festival Defender, where they finished above ELEAGUE Major participants AVANGAR and Quantum Bellator Fire.

EPG's roster currently looks as follows:

Russia Dmitry "⁠hooch⁠" Bogdanov
Russia Aleksey "⁠El1an⁠" Gusev
Latvia Kristaps "⁠krii⁠" Bricis
Latvia Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis

Russia Andrey "⁠Xoma⁠" Mironenko (coach)

Russia Aleksey 'El1an' Gusev
Aleksey 'El1an' Gusev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
202
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
659
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Russia Ivan 'spaze' Obrezhan
Ivan 'spaze' Obrezhan
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
413
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
Russia Aleksey 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Aleksey 'NickelBack' Trofimov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
305
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Latvia Kristaps 'krii' Bricis
Kristaps 'krii' Bricis
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
180
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
157
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.70
Russia Andrey 'Xoma' Mironenko
Andrey 'Xoma' Mironenko
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
15
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.75
#1
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Estonia muruw
maybe now they can add someone more experienced
2018-03-06 18:41
2 replies
#5
gabs | 
India DiaRhea
No
2018-03-06 18:41
+ BAS when?
2018-03-06 18:42
unfortunate name
2018-03-06 18:41
#6
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Faroe Islands Jones123
I want my Nickel back :(
2018-03-06 18:42
#7
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United States Sheenaynay
look at this photograph :(
2018-03-06 18:41
6 replies
xDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-03-06 18:41
#33
ISSAA | 
Japan LiLeX
:D
2018-03-06 18:44
XD
2018-03-06 18:49
lol
2018-03-06 20:03
Rofl
2018-03-06 22:06
good one
2018-03-06 23:20
xD
2018-03-06 18:41
#9
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Germany cartii
Best Band RIP
2018-03-06 18:41
LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH
2018-03-06 18:41
1 reply
Hahahahaha
2018-03-06 18:42
Who cares?
2018-03-06 18:41
#13
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Europe artilele
Ok
2018-03-06 18:41
Who?
2018-03-06 18:41
they r playing match hw cn u step down in between match so unprof
2018-03-06 18:41
#16
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Brazil HueyNewton
Ego?
2018-03-06 18:41
sad
2018-03-06 18:42
Who steps down from What?
2018-03-06 18:42
Shit music
2018-03-06 18:42
who stands down from what?
2018-03-06 18:42
1 reply
True dat wHo TF is that and who TF is this team. BREAKING NEWS Sht player in ESEA Open leaves 0-10 team.
2018-03-07 16:03
wtf
2018-03-06 18:42
#23
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Turkey CHAMPTZ
This is how you remind me..
2018-03-06 18:42
One of the best CS nicks in history
2018-03-06 18:42
#27
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Lithuania andy_
YOU TALK SHIT ABOUT NICKELBACK BITCH? - Idubbbz
2018-03-06 18:42
+1 if you care about irrelevant CIS scene
2018-03-06 18:42
1 reply
-1
2018-03-06 18:43
oh no, they are my favorite band!
2018-03-06 18:43
#32
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Lebanon RobloxPorn
Insert your beat Nickelback memes here | | V
2018-03-06 18:43
1 reply
#53
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Brazil stewArt1
Hi
2018-03-06 19:19
rip my favourite band
2018-03-06 18:46
Overrated band LUL
2018-03-06 18:49
look at this photograph
2018-03-06 18:48
FEELAS FAKIN BAD
2018-03-06 18:49
#41
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Lithuania Paulius_CS
add another latvian
2018-03-06 18:50
1 reply
>ayriks says that LV players are hidden talents and we should think about adding them >Nickelback steps down from EPG
2018-03-07 05:18
#42
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Russia razorVJ
Nickelback is cool. I like the latest album.
2018-03-06 18:51
shame, he was pretty decent player before he joined spirit academy
2018-03-06 18:52
Sad, but he wasn't such a great player
2018-03-06 18:54
disband during game wut *kick
2018-03-06 18:55
#47
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United States Dr1GeR
Who?
2018-03-06 18:56
#48
fnx | 
Brazil otvcs
I'm through with standing in line To clubs we'll never get in It's like the bottom of the ninth And I'm never going to win This life hasn't turned out Quite the way I want it to be
2018-03-06 18:56
#49
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Brazil cadik
WAOW nobody cares actually
2018-03-06 18:58
It's because he can't play csgo cuz has to attend his own concert in Moscow
2018-03-06 18:59
#51
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Finland Smoonah
cuz we all just wanna be big rockstars livin in hilltop houses, drivin fifteen cars lul
2018-03-06 19:00
Best nickname
2018-03-06 19:15
girls came easy and the drugs came cheap, now he only wants to live like fnx
2018-03-06 19:22
NOOOOOOOOOO
2018-03-06 19:31
#61
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Brazil H3xxx
hahahahhahahaha what a nick
2018-03-06 19:39
1 reply
What a nick-elback
2018-03-06 21:17
Next Contestant
2018-03-06 19:40
back to music i guess
2018-03-06 19:50
who, from where?:D
2018-03-06 19:58
#66
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Malaysia Suno[t]
never made it as a wise man~
2018-03-06 19:59
1 reply
xD
2018-03-06 21:16
who??
2018-03-06 20:01
#69
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Brazil iamXPRT
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-03-06 20:08
#70
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Malaysia byaIi
noooo :(
2018-03-06 20:12
#71
steel | 
Other ToRu
nice band
2018-03-06 20:13
who
2018-03-06 21:13
he'll never make it as a wise man
2018-03-06 21:15
1 reply
xD
2018-03-06 21:16
Whomst'd've
2018-03-06 21:16
rip canada [*]
2018-03-06 21:18
#87
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Poland BAN_ANIME
Look at this photograaaaaaaphhhh
2018-03-06 21:48
best headline yet @2018
2018-03-06 22:41
Did he really named himself after the band nickelback?lol Must be a really stupid move after he realise the band is the most hated band in Rock genre.
2018-03-06 22:57
#97
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CIS chlenixon
Nickelback, lul
2018-03-06 23:02
This band sucks
2018-03-07 00:39
nick ger hope u find better team
2018-03-07 00:55
lol nickelback you will be missed my friend
2018-03-07 03:29
#104
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Iceland caverat
worst band ever
2018-03-07 03:53
5 replies
+1
2018-03-07 03:55
4 replies
#106
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Malaysia Suno[t]
-1
2018-03-07 04:04
3 replies
LOOK THIS PHOTOGRAPHHH
2018-03-07 04:49
2 replies
#108
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Malaysia Suno[t]
HOW YOU REMIND ME!!
2018-03-07 04:54
1 reply
I remeber that clip that the guy dies, very sad =(
2018-03-07 04:55
RIP my favorite band
2018-03-07 05:15
+feagley
2018-03-07 05:19
#113
jks | 
Australia Mosski
this is how you remind me
2018-03-07 06:17
:( very sad
2018-03-07 12:06
#116
cype | 
Europe dip6o
finally
2018-03-07 12:56
liked his song rip well matt damon cam go make movies now cuz he quit the band
2018-03-07 14:46
#120
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Germany GiiGa88
Trying not to love you, only goes so far, trying not to nees you, is tearing me apart
2018-03-07 14:52
lose to navi
2018-03-07 15:16
#124
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Brazil paulorfe
rip best band ever
2018-03-07 17:01
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