niko to step in for OpTic in StarSeries qualifier

Heroic talent Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen will be OpTic's fifth player in the European qualifier for StarSeries i-League Season 6, HLTV.org has learned.

The 20-year-old will be standing in for the team as a replacement for Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke, who will be away on holiday while the qualifier is taking place.

In the tournament, niko will reunite with his former Heroic teammates Jakob "JUGi" Hansen and Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer, who left the team in April to further their careers in the North American organisation.

niko will play for OpTic in the StarSeries qualifier

The Danish team recently qualified for their first Major after finishing in second place at the Europe Minor, where they beat NiP and ENCE in the playoffs before losing to Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson's side in the battle for the title.

OpTic have been seeded into the qualifier's second playoff round, in which they will take on the winner of the match between forZe and EURONICS. The tournament winner will earn a spot at the StarSeries, where $300,000 will be on the line.

With niko filling in for OpTic, the Danish team will take part in the qualifier with:

Denmark Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg
Denmark Jakob "JUGi" Hansen
Denmark Nicklas "gade" Gade
Denmark Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen (stand-in)

Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1448
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
639
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
865
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
871
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
859
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1104
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
#1
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Sweden Nokkeri 
wow EDIT: I want to thank my fellow HLTV friends for always beliving in me.
2018-07-31 21:21
why would he leave FaZe for this? LUL
2018-07-31 21:29
#51
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Paraguay imjustmau 
FaZe is tier10 with all those washed up players Optic has young stars like cajunb
2018-07-31 21:31
but at least they have so much experience
2018-07-31 21:39
lol
2018-07-31 21:47
#134
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Singapore Wadufuk 
If faze is tier 10, i guess mibr will be tier 50 then... since they cant even to any playoff except for one event
2018-08-01 01:09
XD
2018-08-01 04:46
#155
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Latvia Phenomennn 
triggered
2018-08-01 08:10
triggered nerd
2018-08-01 14:06
faze fan ate the bait
2018-08-01 14:18
#187
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Brazil arthurklpx 
Lul
2018-08-01 15:42
ur so stupid
2018-08-02 09:32
You even seen which Niko it is? Or are you just another troll? xd
2018-07-31 21:31
#57
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Europe B37A 
r/wooooosh
2018-07-31 21:37
Fuck outta here this isn't reddit
2018-07-31 22:23
#93
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Europe B37A 
Lel
2018-07-31 22:24
#128
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Canada PolarApoc 
+1
2018-08-01 00:23
#81
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Estonia SaltyBananas 
I don't know whether to laugh or cry
2018-07-31 22:02
#109
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Norway mohzart 
WHEN U TAKE THE BAIT XD
2018-07-31 22:56
#129
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World zebra_man3 
you took that bait harder than a trout
2018-08-01 00:25
+10086
2018-08-01 04:37
Yeah i think it was a better option if he left for vp.
2018-07-31 22:44
Ezpected from nik0
2018-08-01 03:01
Where the fuck is Konfig Konfig = optic!!
2018-07-31 23:09
"replacement for Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke, who will be away on holiday while the qualifier is taking place." Is reading really that hard for you?
2018-08-01 03:52
rage brother fashion infection
2018-08-01 04:40
nah my point was why? i get everyone needs holidays but k0nfig is the heart and soul of optic they will seriously under preform without him... why don't they say no to the tournament organizer and all go on holiday...
2018-08-01 16:34
#189
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Singapore derpydm 
i mean it IS k0nfig
2018-08-02 01:04
#2
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Lebanon RobloxPorn 
He know hindu? How he gonna play with optic india?
2018-07-31 21:21
Im pretty sure his dad is from India
2018-07-31 21:23
Apu right?
2018-08-01 00:13
#79
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United Kingdom thrailis 
Saying 'oog ugg' isnt too hard lmao, even I can do it
2018-07-31 22:00
#148
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Norway mohzart 
HAHAHA
2018-08-01 05:45
oofta
2018-07-31 23:01
optic India speaks english
2018-08-01 00:14
#154
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Switzerland Alzameister 
source?
2018-08-01 08:08
india is 2nd largest english speaking country LOL
2018-08-01 13:07
Hindi* flag checks out.
2018-08-01 07:28
worst joke eu
2018-08-01 13:22
#3
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Serbia VuleKindeR 
OPTIC NOWADAYS XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-07-31 21:21
k0nfig on vacation since they qualified for the major. optic > faze ez at major
2018-08-01 03:03
elo
2018-07-31 21:21
#5
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
-gade +niko
2018-07-31 21:21
#36
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Estonia spectopus 
Probably,gade on loan
2018-07-31 21:24
#66
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Denmark iaintnojoke 
I would have thought so until he destroyed at the minor. He will probably be kept at the very least until the major.
2018-07-31 21:49
#72
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Yeah, if he can keep that form up then maybe -CajunB if K0nfig will stay. Feel like this team is lacking something atm and niko is one of the best in Denmark imo
2018-07-31 21:52
You do realize cajun has been their best player right and that niko isnt good enough for tier 2
2018-07-31 21:57
Yeah if anything this team has the same problem faze does in the type of players they have CajunB would be the last person I'd cut
2018-07-31 22:24
#100
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Where have you got Cajun being their best player? He’s playing alright but I’d rather have someone younger and with a higher skill ceiling. Snappi is a decent igl imo and if gade can keep up the form he showed at the minor Cajun is the obvious cut. However like I said currently I’d rather cut gade than Cajun as overall gade has been pretty lackluster
2018-07-31 22:36
Cajun is literally the opposite of a onliner currently you just look at his base rating and think he is worse but if you only look at his lan rating it is superior to k0nfigs and jugis He is by far their most consistent player he is consistently near the very top of the scoreboard while k0nfig and jugi are either off or on
2018-07-31 22:58
#113
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
But when any of them are on they are a lot better, including gade. I’m just saying, if they don’t want to kick gade, kick Cajun, it won’t be a big loss
2018-07-31 23:02
Consistent players > high peak players
2018-08-01 00:25
2018-07-31 21:21
#7
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Canada YankeeM 
Nice
2018-07-31 21:21
Nice
2018-07-31 21:21
#9
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Canada LARRATT 
nik0k0
2018-07-31 21:21
#10
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Russia D3m1d 
expected
2018-07-31 21:21
Legalizate drugs
2018-07-31 21:21
expected
2018-07-31 21:21
#13
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Europe Stupid_name 
Expectes
2018-07-31 21:21
#14
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United States jh8 
oh, that one
2018-07-31 21:21
#15
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Sweden forceS1ck 
no u
2018-07-31 21:21
N1
2018-07-31 21:21
#17
felps | 
Brazil Dim3 
Don't bait me
2018-07-31 21:21
Wow
2018-07-31 21:21
leave faze for this, im done with csgo
2018-07-31 21:21
#85
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Denmark Ken92 
LOL its not FaZe Niko, Its heroic Niko
2018-07-31 22:06
#95
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United States Idoitforlols 
r/wooooosh
2018-07-31 22:26
r/wooooosh
2018-08-01 00:20
#106
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United Kingdom trtr098 
Yes captain obvious
2018-07-31 22:47
#20
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Malaysia byaIi 
Niko > NiKo
2018-07-31 21:22
lul
2018-07-31 21:22
fake niko
2018-07-31 21:22
denmark niko xD 8/8
2018-07-31 21:22
ez for real Nik0 congrats
2018-07-31 21:22
#26
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Armenia gr1nch 
wtf faze is much better...
2018-07-31 21:22
good to see the better niko in action
2018-07-31 21:22
nice
2018-07-31 21:22
Heroic 2.0
2018-07-31 21:22
#30
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Other kFelidae 
now it's heroic, not optic
2018-07-31 21:23
8/8
2018-07-31 21:23
#32
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Finland Smoonah 
fake niko
2018-07-31 21:23
#34
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United States KrakeNCSGO 
sad for faze fans
2018-07-31 21:23
#86
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United Kingdom mwill 
f
2018-07-31 22:08
#35
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Estonia qoznyyy 
budget niko
2018-07-31 21:24
#37
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Poland KasPro 
Budget niko FFS
2018-07-31 21:24
o shit wrong niko
2018-07-31 21:25
#39
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United States jay_320 
If Konfig is not playing in a fucking qualifier he must be in talks with another team. No way a player just goes on holiday for something that important.
2018-07-31 21:25
He booked the holiday before the team knew they had to play the qualifiers.
2018-07-31 21:26
#47
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United States jay_320 
Ok then cancel it? This is a professional player making five figures at least a month. This makes no sense to me. If he's not in talks with another team I'd guess there are internal issues.
2018-07-31 21:28
#61
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United States LuLzZz 
If his org allows it and so does his team, and he still has a spot when he gets back, then what's the big deal lol?
2018-07-31 21:44
#63
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United States jay_320 
Bro you think Niko of Faze clan would take a holiday for a qualifier? Or any player from any top ten team in the world for a big qualifier? Just doesn't make any sense to me. Optic as a team is one that desperately needs to be qualifying for these sort of events and Konfig is the big show in the team.
2018-07-31 21:46
#71
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United States LuLzZz 
Faze would get an auto invite for starseries. If fact most top 10 teams would get an auto invite for this tournament lol. While I do understand the frustration of not having your star player with you, the team and org probably already knew ahead of time, so I personally don't see it as too much of a big deal. Plus spacesoilders are prob the only team id worry about in this qualifier anyways. So im sure optic with niko are still probably favorites.
2018-07-31 21:52
#82
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United States jay_320 
I'll be surprised if Konfig is on Optic in 2019 unless this lineup makes major improvements in placings. I realize that's a different conversation. It doesn't seem to be quite working out to me though and Konfig is a Tier 1 player in every sense of the word. Could be totally wrong but stuff like this makes me think that the commitment level isn't quite what you'd want it to be.
2018-07-31 22:02
#87
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United States LuLzZz 
Yah I don't see them going anywhere with this lineup . If they were able to grab Valde and Kjaerbye from north somehow and team them k0nfig, jugi, and snappi, then i can see them doing damage as a danish squad. But other than that, probably nothing more than tier 2.
2018-07-31 22:09
Kjaerbye has no business being on a team with k0nfig I don't think Valde could have replaced gade at one point, but I think his style on north had changed to where he wouldn't be a good fit Gade and snappi are the only question marks, and aizy and msl might be the only people you'd want instead of them
2018-07-31 22:27
#99
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United States LuLzZz 
I'd rather have a slice of bread be my 5th than MSL. No thank you.
2018-07-31 22:32
#157
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Europe w1ntermu7e 
Just look for how long olof was inactive. Orgs knows that players sometimes need to do things like that, it can be holiday, personal problems etc. I'm pretty sure that they have something about situations like that in contracts
2018-08-01 10:17
shut up mongoloid . tier 2 event anyway,its summer break . happemned last year with autimatic too
2018-07-31 21:49
Only 1 team qualifes. No point to risk holiday.
2018-07-31 22:42
#40
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Poland Grzywinczi 
rip faze
2018-07-31 21:26
#41
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Israel xpicyyy 
niko > b0tfig
2018-07-31 21:26
#43
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Brazil cadik 
fake NiKo click baiting title
2018-07-31 21:27
Baited
2018-07-31 21:27
#45
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Spain Nscop 
Shit, i thought it was faze niko
2018-07-31 21:27
#46
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Myanmar xdcc 
best player in the world vs optic. rip
2018-07-31 21:28
#48
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Sweden Nokkeri 
Everyone thinking it was NiKo when it clearly stands niko -,-
2018-07-31 21:28
+1
2018-08-01 07:57
3 awpers
2018-07-31 21:30
#53
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Croatia KockicaRekt 
K0nfig thug life
2018-07-31 21:34
rip optic with this damn trash
2018-07-31 21:36
Only standin cuz k0nfig on VACation
2018-07-31 21:50
wtf miraa is actually learning how to bait on hltv
2018-07-31 21:43
Niko left FaZe for this...
2018-07-31 21:44
Okay FaZe is not in form but it was stupid from Niko to leave.
2018-07-31 21:45
#65
JULTN1 | 
Estonia HDTanel 
Noooo not niko the fat sjw lesbian
2018-07-31 21:49
#70
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Poland kacper1401 
Click bait title
2018-07-31 21:51
#73
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Europe andyy_ 
loool, nice bait, almost got me ez4Imperial then
2018-07-31 21:55
nice bait hltv... but reported
2018-07-31 21:55
Does yours not say niko instead of NiKo?
2018-07-31 22:28
#76
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India cap7ainskull 
Time for optic India I guess
2018-07-31 21:58
Well cant expect them to qualify now with such a temp downgrade
2018-07-31 21:58
Ez for Kovac,oh ,wait ...
2018-07-31 21:58
clickbait NiKo
2018-07-31 22:01
ok not that bad, for all the "baited" ones check the capitalisation you cucks
2018-07-31 22:04
#84
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
budget niko
2018-07-31 22:04
nikos a worse aimer than k0nfig, but he plays less puggy than k0nfig and he's one of the best aimers in denmark. i think hes going to be a good standin.
2018-07-31 22:18
#137
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South Africa nimmaJ 
90% of pros are worse aimers than k0nfig dudes got insane first bullet and spray but hes not very versatile in his play as you said.
2018-08-01 02:51
OpTic niko PogChamp
2018-07-31 22:21
sign niko pls
2018-07-31 22:21
#94
es3tag | 
Germany vipitis 
poor Heroic.
2018-07-31 22:26
A player who unfortunately hasn't done tons since his breakout last year I think he should be plenty good to get them over the line in the qualifier, and he could excel in k0nfigs roles
2018-07-31 22:29
Lol Ez for SS
2018-07-31 22:39
ez for - niko NiKo nico Hiko and HUNDEN
2018-07-31 22:45
#105
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
niko this NiKo that
2018-07-31 22:46
k0nfig to FaZe YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
2018-07-31 22:47
#108
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United States Noahack88 
k0nfig back to North confirmed
2018-07-31 22:49
#112
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World GoodGunBaba 
dunno why but i hate this kid
2018-07-31 23:01
#115
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Brazil BlueLighting 
Niko made in china
2018-07-31 23:05
Real niko
2018-07-31 23:15
#118
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France oldman 
RIP FaZe
2018-07-31 23:21
#120
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Spain Rekto_Plasm 
RIP FaZe
2018-07-31 23:24
#119
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Sweden godname 
lool
2018-07-31 23:23
budget niko
2018-07-31 23:49
WTF idiot leaves FAZE to play in OPTIC??? OMEGALUL loser:-)
2018-07-31 23:50
There is an amazing amount of comments under this article suggesting that NiKo from Faze Clan will be on loan although the article CLEARLY states that it is niko from Herioc. Are they seriously all repeating the same terrible joke/bait thinking it is funny or are they just idiots who comment without bothering to read? I'm not sure which is worse, probably the second scenario.
2018-08-01 00:12
#131
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Argentina OFF!80 
So, optic becomes heroic for a week?
2018-08-01 00:47
xellow join heroic??????
2018-08-01 00:53
just - snappi - gade +karigan +niko and bring back all good players from Denmark to 3 teams :D jk^^
2018-08-01 00:55
Lol make me excited to see Niko play and it's this trash. Delete the news asap
2018-08-01 01:17
Fake niko>FaZe NiKo
2018-08-01 02:12
#140
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Macedonia ydjoon 
fake niko LOL sv_changename_fakeniko
2018-08-01 03:24
#142
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Korea ItsMeNow19 
yesterday cromen now niko GG HEROIC NOT LOYAL
2018-08-01 04:30
#144
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Korea ecsta_s1 
this is real niko, NiKo is budget niko
2018-08-01 04:37
wonder if niko does good as standin if he then gets to replace gade????
2018-08-01 05:39
Nah gade is doing better than k0nfig lately
2018-08-01 06:15
Kick konfig ffs
2018-08-01 07:49
not the real niko why even report?
2018-08-01 07:59
Should make it perma konfig washed up cocky little pleb
2018-08-01 09:18
this is sad, how do people thing that this is FaZe Niko, it litererally says "HEROIC niko" in the title. DIFFERENT PLAYER
2018-08-01 11:57
Omg its sad u so dump people just jk about that
2018-08-04 15:22
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