North and Heroic to do niko-mertz swap - Report

North are in talks to obtain the services of Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen from Heroic, who in turn would welcome Daniel "⁠mertz⁠" Mertz, vpesports.com reports.

With the benching of mertz in early June, North have been on the lookout for a new fifth player, the Copenhagen based team even trying out an international roster at DreamHack Open Valencia, where they fielded Oscar "⁠mixwell⁠" Cañellas.

In spite of winning the Spanish event, North will seemingly opt to continue with an entirely Danish roster for now, with captain Mathias "⁠MSL⁠" Lauridsen commenting after DH Valencia that communicating in English was a tough challenge, and Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså tweeting that playing with people who speak the same language is a 'top priority'.

In North, niko will get a chance to showcase his abilities at the Major

The move would leave North without a dedicated AWPer. Seeing as there are no obvious choices among snipers in the Danish scene, the alleged acquisition of niko could mean that MSL's troops could implement a style similar to the one used by Liquid, with the captain himself and Philip "⁠aizy⁠" Aistrup picking up the AWP intermittently.

According to vpesports.com, Heroic would receive AWP talent mertz from North in exchange for the 20-year old rifler. While certainly a promising, gifted sniper, mertz seems to lack tactical prowess, as MSL hinted at in an interview with HLTV.org during DreamHack Open Valencia.

At this point, it is unclear whether the trade deal is permanent or the players will be loaned out.

With the trade deal in place, the two Danish rosters would look as follows:

North
Denmark Mathias "⁠MSL⁠" Lauridsen
Denmark Philip "⁠aizy⁠" Aistrup
Denmark Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså
Denmark Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye
Denmark Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen

Heroic
Sweden Andreas "⁠MODDII⁠" Fridh
Sweden Adam "⁠friberg⁠" Friberg
Denmark Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen
Denmark Asger "⁠AcilioN⁠" Larsen
Denmark Daniel "⁠mertz⁠" Mertz

Contacted by HLTV.org, North refused to comment on the reports, stating only that the line-up for DreamHack Masters Stockholm and the FACEIT Major will be announced on August 8.

Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1123
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1120
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1070
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
834
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1471
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1650
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
840
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1701
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1062
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1506
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Heroic > North
2018-08-03 12:11
22 replies
+1
2018-08-03 12:12
10 replies
#15
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Finland hotdog^
2018-08-03 12:12
9 replies
another 0iq roster change from MSL
2018-08-03 12:13
6 replies
We are uses to that
2018-08-03 12:16
1 reply
AcilioN-Kjaerbye switch soon MSLUL
2018-08-05 11:12
#119
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India swast1k36
More than expected from MSLUL
2018-08-03 13:35
#125
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Denmark NamrepuS
+1
2018-08-03 13:50
As always. Now -MSL +Esetag , he's leading heroic better than Msl north so .. might work
2018-08-03 14:17
#206
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Denmark Aamand
+1
2018-08-04 17:32
#47
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Germany Fabbsen
and MODDII
2018-08-03 12:15
#78
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Ukraine kek1
and moddi
2018-08-03 12:31
expected
2018-08-03 12:12
+111111
2018-08-03 12:27
Definitely, especially now that they got rid of niko.
2018-08-03 12:31
5 replies
Got rid of niko, by far their best player. Good logic, bro.
2018-08-03 15:59
4 replies
How would you know?
2018-08-03 16:03
3 replies
Because I bother to watch their matches when I can. He's their most talented player by a long margin and it's not even close lol Plus, statistics speak for itself too.
2018-08-03 16:05
1 reply
i guess mertz is a good add cuz they need an awp
2018-08-04 09:53
#211
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Denmark pistolen
He is right
2018-08-05 02:15
>Team Liquid
2018-08-03 12:32
Smh Herioc didn’t even qualify for the minor Borth at least has potential but Herioc literally lost their best players to Optic and picked up Friberg
2018-08-03 19:30
#199
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Austria luxxnn
Yep
2018-08-04 09:48
#2
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United States carenbee2
Ok
2018-08-03 12:11
Gg FaZe
2018-08-03 12:11
9 replies
#20
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Korea ropzGOD
+1 vlad1m1r Weird for faze to get rid of Bosnian Legend
2018-08-03 12:13
8 replies
+1 YMCA
2018-08-03 12:15
6 replies
#54
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Korea ropzGOD
Im not czech im just in prag
2018-08-03 12:18
5 replies
Do a glory hole shoot aaaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-08-03 12:20
1 reply
#69
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Korea ropzGOD
Why not LUL axaxaxaxa
2018-08-03 12:25
#60
Zeus | 
Finland Olter
Fake flagging cunt
2018-08-03 12:20
2 replies
#66
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Korea ropzGOD
Your name is olter stfu
2018-08-03 12:25
1 reply
#105
Zeus | 
Finland Olter
Ropzgod lul
2018-08-03 13:08
nt prodka
2018-08-03 12:34
nice
2018-08-03 12:12
#5
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Norway Phancy11
Why? Mertz did well recently didn't he?
2018-08-03 12:12
20 replies
I dont get it either. Scene is very hard atm.. people just get switched and kicked
2018-08-03 12:33
16 replies
#98
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Denmark MeToxi
apparently he's not "tactically good" according to MSL
2018-08-03 12:49
15 replies
#143
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Denmark Xipingu
Expected from MSLUL
2018-08-03 14:49
#144
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France Mevleffy
MSL probably isn't "tactically good" enough according to MSL
2018-08-03 15:05
1 reply
#149
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Denmark MeToxi
Sounds 'bout right
2018-08-03 15:12
MSL said he needed more experience in lower teams before he can really compete at this level. I agree with him. Mertz is talented, but he's too green for this level.
2018-08-03 16:00
11 replies
#165
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Denmark MeToxi
Heroic isn't much lower to be fair. But I see what he means
2018-08-03 16:12
10 replies
They are, though. North are a top 10 team, Heroic are not even top 20.
2018-08-03 16:16
9 replies
#169
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Denmark MeToxi
Yet heroic usually wins against North. EDIT: Just looked, heroic won last 6 maps they played against North
2018-08-03 16:31
8 replies
Synes efterhånden North laver det ene dumme skifte efter det andet
2018-08-03 16:55
6 replies
#178
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Denmark MeToxi
Indeed. Kicks magisk, now could be considered a top 10 player and is playing for the best team, Kicks cajunb and konfig leaves to create a danish super-ish team who haven't reached their potential yet.
2018-08-03 18:12
5 replies
But none of that matters. Magisk being kicked, while he was a good player, he was far from performing at what he is now. And Valde for like 3 months was a great edition to the team and helped them win a tournament. Cajunb was in one of the worst forms of his career. And k0nfig wasn't kicked, he left the team on his own, probably because he thought Astralis would pick him up. Also, just a side note, your comment of "Heroic won their last 6 matches against North" is stupid because it was a completely different Heroic roster.
2018-08-04 04:46
4 replies
#207
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Denmark MeToxi
You're ofc right with most of that. Yeah, konfig left, like i wrote. Though, last time heroic and North played, it was the exact same lineup as now. And yet heroic won 16 - 10.
2018-08-04 23:14
3 replies
Last time they played Mixwell was standing in for North
2018-08-04 23:32
2 replies
#209
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Denmark MeToxi
And acillion for heroic
2018-08-04 23:38
#210
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Denmark MeToxi
My fault, they signed him 2 days before.
2018-08-04 23:40
#197
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United States MadCl0wN
+1
2018-08-04 07:41
Not the kinda AWPer North wanted I guess
2018-08-03 12:39
2 replies
#201
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Singapore derpydm
They wanted someone who can kill a lot and play smart. The latter is covered under MSL's leadership, but mertz is just way too fucking inconsistent. It's like the north of old where you just replace Magisk and k0nfig with Kjaerbye and valde and if the AWPer (cajun and now mertz) doesn't perform they just lose.
2018-08-04 10:09
1 reply
I know that, I but it did get better
2018-08-04 10:45
#6
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Korea ropzGOD
Watafak why faze do that
2018-08-03 12:12
friberg - danish??
2018-08-03 12:12
2 replies
#33
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Croatia Luka2510
And modii
2018-08-03 12:13
#44
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Israel DatBoiSus
So is MODDII haha
2018-08-03 12:14
Aizy main awp?!
2018-08-03 12:12
5 replies
#88
horvy | 
Brazil horvy
MSL main awp
2018-08-03 12:37
3 replies
OMEGALUL
2018-08-03 13:18
#127
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Denmark NamrepuS
April fool :D
2018-08-03 13:51
I remember that the aizy played second awp. who, if not he
2018-08-03 14:19
LUL
2018-08-03 13:18
xpected
2018-08-03 12:12
Friberg and Moddii Denmark Flag?
2018-08-03 12:12
Congrats on the new citizenship, MODDII and Friberg!
2018-08-03 12:13
#14
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Europe b7ack0ut
Ok
2018-08-03 12:12
#16
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Czech Republic sponka
mertz saved, niko blazed
2018-08-03 12:12
Nt
2018-08-03 12:12
Friberg and moddi are danish LUL
2018-08-03 12:13
reallllly
2018-08-03 12:13
and who awps for north?
2018-08-03 12:13
2 replies
Aizy or niko
2018-08-03 12:25
1 reply
expected from brain mss
2018-08-03 12:30
friberg denmark lul
2018-08-03 12:13
unexpected. We need mertz back.
2018-08-03 12:13
3 replies
#67
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Germany TasuketeJ
Good for Mertz. Now he'll become a top class player like magisk,k0nfig and others who got kicked.
2018-08-03 12:25
2 replies
#128
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Denmark NamrepuS
+1!!! MSL is just helping the gifted players as he know he restricts their full potential :D We just need him to let Valde go! :D
2018-08-03 13:52
1 reply
That move is so stupid... Remove MSL and add niko, let mertz stay and let valde do the ingame leading, good and experienced player... MSLUL
2018-08-05 11:07
finally valde & niko duo back btw aizy still not kicked lmao
2018-08-03 12:13
Friberg danish PogChamp
2018-08-03 12:13
Are friberg and moddi danish now?
2018-08-03 12:13
1 reply
#56
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Denmark Notallama
Well moddii has lived in Denmark for like 10 years at this point or smth
2018-08-03 12:21
#28
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Indonesia Konerd1
danish friberg lul
2018-08-03 12:13
didnt know moddi and friburger is from danks xD Kappa
2018-08-03 12:13
#30
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Finland youngboeee
Friberger Denmark flag?
2018-08-03 12:13
friberg and moddii converted to danishbongs
2018-08-03 12:13
#32
niko | 
Denmark ilnert
MODDII Danish flag PogChamp
2018-08-03 12:13
1 reply
#45
niko | 
Denmark ilnert
nvm fixed
2018-08-03 12:14
#34
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Brazil ^7|1
Heroic Denmark Andreas "MODDII" Fridh Denmark Adam "friberg" Friberg Denmark Patrick "es3tag" Hansen Denmark Asger "AcilioN" Larsen Denmark Daniel "mertz" Mertz
2018-08-03 12:13
#35
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Cyprus Cyphar
Friberg turned into a dane ?? :O
2018-08-03 12:13
k
2018-08-03 12:13
#37
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Sweden pontus767
Friberg and Modii danish?
2018-08-03 12:13
Denmark Adam "friberg" Friberg
2018-08-03 12:14
#40
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Denmark Notallama
aizy the new awper or what? now that he is finally in a good form with the rifle? North is just a mess
2018-08-03 12:15
#41
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Australia Australis
did friberg and moodi betray Sweden?
2018-08-03 12:14
Finally danish citizenship Friberg and MODDII, congrats!
2018-08-03 12:14
Aight, North is low key Epic with that squad cuz They Will have 4 awesome riflers and msl to lead them lul
2018-08-03 12:14
#46
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st
Friberg from Denmark now?
2018-08-03 12:15
#49
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Hungary w1dos
Friberg and modii Danish? Expected
2018-08-03 12:15
MODDI AND FRIBERG DANISH?!?!
2018-08-03 12:17
lol
2018-08-03 12:18
no awper ? gj north 10 iq
2018-08-03 12:18
3 replies
#63
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Russia Sur10n
Will be funny if this gonna work for NiP and North on Major
2018-08-03 12:22
2 replies
nip have lekr0 and f0rest they can play awp very well but north ?? who maybe back to MSL ?
2018-08-03 12:23
1 reply
#107
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Denmark resolut
sometimes aizy would pick up the awp
2018-08-03 13:10
Niko > mertz but this trade is good for heroics's own good
2018-08-03 12:19
very nice but who will awp in north
2018-08-03 12:19
#59
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Russia Sur10n
Thank mr. Adanish Friberg
2018-08-03 12:20
Who is AWPer in North?
2018-08-03 12:21
#62
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Spain 1996
its like the are trying to trash the team on purpose man wtf
2018-08-03 12:22
Seems a good move
2018-08-03 12:24
#68
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Mongolia SadUnicorn
Actually sick lineup by North but they don't have a sniper
2018-08-03 12:25
#71
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Malaysia byaIi
good play
2018-08-03 12:25
and aizy still in the lineup ahhahahaha that guy must be amazing at sucking gaySLs cock
2018-08-03 12:25
1 reply
#130
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Denmark NamrepuS
+1
2018-08-03 13:53
RiP FaZe
2018-08-03 12:26
niko>NiKo
2018-08-03 12:29
Good move
2018-08-03 12:33
#86
paz | 
Turkey aesky
good for heroic bad for north
2018-08-03 12:34
#89
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Asia minhvjpr0
Ez 4 heroic
2018-08-03 12:38
#91
ropz | 
Latvia `DinGo
nice
2018-08-03 12:39
what
2018-08-03 12:40
mertz was doing really well wtf,, I hate danish roster-changing. But worth swap, still better than when they bench magkiskboy and k0nfig
2018-08-03 12:41
#94
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Poland Hamadoshi
LUL
2018-08-03 12:41
#95
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Denmark PeeedE
Who is going to awp for north now
2018-08-03 12:43
1 reply
CUCKFIG
2018-08-03 12:55
Mertz carrier ruined ?
2018-08-03 12:45
1 reply
more like north carrier ruined
2018-08-03 16:09
Danish shuffle happening
2018-08-03 12:48
pls god no. awp on msl its fucking useless like fallen twofaced toledo
2018-08-03 12:50
no awp,nice move lmao,so useless
2018-08-03 12:51
It'll be interesting to see if North can develop strategies around this AWP dilemma they now face. Liquid is managing very well without an AWP'er so North possibly could too. They definitely have some firepower in that lineup now. niko is a quite good and rather underrated player.
2018-08-03 12:52
-aizy +cadian -aizy +natosaphix
2018-08-03 13:10
what the fak
2018-08-03 13:11
#109
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Croatia mds818
so... heroic doesn't have a rifler/star rifler, north doesn't have an awper... o boi I love the danes
2018-08-03 13:12
ok
2018-08-03 13:13
North don't have sniper anymore?
2018-08-03 13:18
1 reply
new nip remove ur sniper
2018-08-03 13:28
Unlucky for Heroic, they are 4th dannish team, so those 2 out of 3 teams above just stealing their players everytime they need any change.
2018-08-03 13:20
#120
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Saudi Arabia Xpicyy
stupid decision they should've picked nato to be their main awp, niko is another rifler..
2018-08-03 13:37
3 replies
#183
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Denmark FeNoM_XD
NaTo isnt ready for t1
2018-08-03 18:51
2 replies
#192
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Malta jazhet
But north isn't a t1 team They are t2 or t3
2018-08-03 21:26
1 reply
#204
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Denmark FeNoM_XD
Well obviously they want to become t1 and if they do they need someone who is better than natosaphix
2018-08-04 12:18
Sign acillion over cromen, trade niko for mertz.. Heroic is doing everything in their power to become worse and worse...
2018-08-03 13:41
i want to see event with just Astrails , Noth , Optic , and Heroic (maybe add fnatic and NIP) the event name should be King of Nordic... oh wait
2018-08-03 13:41
They need awp WTF North
2018-08-03 13:45
2 replies
#126
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Finland neksu
MSL will awp north #1 ez
2018-08-03 13:50
#191
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Malta jazhet
They need igl who can think
2018-08-03 21:25
gg
2018-08-03 13:46
Moddii moved to Denmark during 1.6 days because of his Danish girlfriend
2018-08-03 13:53
ez faze top1
2018-08-03 13:57
#135
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Greece deST)
Interesting strategies inc . mertz was average - .He wanted to push above his limit and sometimes that costed a lot. He had some amazing plays and some lucky plays as well .Lets wait and see how it will go , MSL used to AWP long time ago if im not mistaken
2018-08-03 14:23
Niko left Faze for this OMEGALUL
2018-08-03 14:26
1 reply
OMEGALUL
2018-08-03 14:33
It looked promising right up until they mentioned that MSL would be the awper Its still not a bad lineup persay, but I'm struggling to believe that MSL could have the impact nitr0 or chrisj do
2018-08-03 14:29
But why?
2018-08-03 14:33
Looking forward to see Niko in the squad! - Such a skilled gamer! - Best man on OpTic yesterday in the SS qual!
2018-08-03 15:22
Who will awping????
2018-08-03 15:29
1 reply
#181
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Denmark FeNoM_XD
msl
2018-08-03 18:50
I didn't see that many games of North, but I don't remember Mertz being the worst player on the team. I feel like with the proper igl he would be a really good asset to a team.
2018-08-03 15:45
Msl and aizy awping XDDDDDDDDDD
2018-08-03 16:10
#167
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United States Httrdc
Heroic is a dead team and needs to disband
2018-08-03 16:14
1 reply
#189
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Malta jazhet
North is dead team too until they have msl
2018-08-03 21:23
#170
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Russia Sugawara
+North -Heroic (good swap for North)
2018-08-03 16:30
#171
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Turkey haram123
gg hero :D
2018-08-03 16:30
what is north actually doing lately, who is going to awp lol xD is msl going back on it?
2018-08-03 16:33
#174
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El Salvador Sp1x
I can only see North improving because mertz hasn't brought anything to the team and has only been a burden. They can go like Liquid and have someone like MSL or Aizy pick up the awp, or run a 5 ak lineup, which is perfectly viable for a tactical team.
2018-08-03 16:56
4 replies
The thing its u cannot compare nitro to bot aizy or msl
2018-08-03 20:50
3 replies
#186
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El Salvador Sp1x
Yeah that's why the team will most likely still be shit. What they need is a competent IGL because they have the talent in Kjærbye, Valde, and now niko.
2018-08-03 21:16
2 replies
#188
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Malta jazhet
+1
2018-08-03 21:22
i think after major its time for a big change in north,they should release both aizy and MSL North valde North Kjaerbye North niko North NaToSaphiX / dragonfly North torben / syncrone
2018-08-03 22:43
omg, nice, niko is so good
2018-08-03 17:46
ez sticker
2018-08-03 17:51
another L for north
2018-08-03 18:03
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not another wasted talent in this shit team rip valde rip niko msl needs to stop this madness
2018-08-03 18:21
1 reply
Valde Talent pick one
2018-08-07 20:19
Discount niko
2018-08-03 18:25
#187
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Malta jazhet
Msl said: "We wanna awper who can kill a lot" But now there is no awpers in roster. WTF? Lul P.S rip niko in this shit team with shit igl
2018-08-03 21:22
#193
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Macedonia ydjoon
budget and garbage niko.
2018-08-03 21:27
#198
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Hungary subzera
welp, end of nikos career i guess :/ north is shit
2018-08-04 08:01
#202
lan | 
Turkey Styyx
Nice scam by north
2018-08-04 10:32
#205
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Singapore derpydm
I like how everyone is lamenting this as a shit move lmao mertz didn't impress and he wasn't north's hard carry. He was good for like 2 weeks and then became wildly inconsistent, yet all of you are talking as if he was s1mple in Na'Vi for North. In fact 80% of the time if you want to talk about carries valde and kjaerbye were so much more consistent than him, even though kjaerbye took some time to settle in. You wanna flame North for kicking k0nfig and Magisk? Sure, k0nfig is debatable because of his personality, skillwise no question it was an idiotic move. Magisk's kicking was literal fucking retardation as well. Now North goes and replaces a wildly inconsistent AWPer that has failed to live up to his potential in the MONTHS he has been given for a stable talented and proven player and you guys are flaming them? Fucking bullshit.
2018-08-04 13:41
As if North weren't big enough chokers as they are already
2018-08-07 20:18
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