North, Heroic confirm niko-mertz exchange

Yossarian
August 8th, 2018 09:59

Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen moves to North from Heroic, who in turn receive Daniel "mertz" Mertz in a loan swap, the teams have announced.

The Danish exchange, reported by vpesports.com last week, means that niko and mertz will represent their new teams at least for the duration of DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 and the FACEIT Major.

mertz was benched from North as the team wanted to try out an international roster at DreamHack Open Valencia, where they fielded Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas. The talented 19-year-old didn't make it back to the roster after the Spanish event, with captain Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen commenting that the team needed a more experienced AWPer.

mertz' first showing for Heroic will be DH Masters Stockholm

In a statement regarding the swap, North Director of Esports, Jonas "whimp" Svendsen further noted that mertz needs more in-game experience if he is to make the future roster:

"Daniel is a talented player, and stats shows that he knows how to wield the AWP. He is however still young and needs to grow even more in order to perform against the best teams in the World. Today, in order to be a top player, you need not only excellent mechanical skills but there many other factors and aspects come into play as well."

As mertz moves to Heroic to mature, niko will look to continue his recent good form in North. Currently sporting a team-high 1.08 rating, he has been a part of Heroic for almost two years. In North, the 20-year-old rifler will get a chance to play at his first Major in September:

"Im happy to get to test myself in new surroundings and I simultaneously hope and wish the best for Heroic [...] On the other hand, it's a good thing for me to enter a new group. North is one of the best teams in Denmark and a team with great ambitions. In that sense, it’s not far from what I’m coming from but I’m excited about this new challenge."

With the conclusion of the FACEIT Major, at which North have a spot at the New Challengers stage, the team will "reevaluate the team situation", according to the announcement.

With the swap deal confirmed, the two Danish sides are as follows for the foreseeable future:

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

Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1121
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
757
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
704
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
559
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1166
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1371
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
664
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1402
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1036
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
726
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Denmark Jonas 'whimp' Svendsen
Jonas 'whimp' Svendsen
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1149
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
Zeus | 
CIS LRtx 
expected
2018-08-08 10:00
Damn he left faze for this?..
2018-08-08 10:00
msl 0 iq
2018-08-08 10:01
msl 100000000000000000000000000000 iq
2018-08-08 10:17
msl lul his name a laugh track
2018-08-08 10:26
#110
 | 
Austria shaakeh 
just end me already
2018-08-08 13:22
tbh acilion is better at least he aint a laugh track
2018-08-08 13:23
#40
nEGRo | 
African Union ramrod 
msLUL
2018-08-08 10:25
#35
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Ugh I knew I would see this as soon as I head here.
2018-08-08 10:17
Damn is that low rated sarcasm?
2018-08-08 10:53
1.3 rated sarcasm
2018-08-08 13:35
0k. But how bout 3. 1
2018-08-08 14:20
Guardian to NiP confirmed.
2018-08-08 12:35
#186
 | 
Russia GramDEL 
"Guardian = superman, now he knows 5 languages, including Russian, Ukrainian, English, Slovakian and Swedish", - HLTV reported.
2018-08-09 08:47
+1 Guardian smartest person in CS scene. Language king !
2018-08-10 21:48
#140
 | 
Europe paolom_22 
Dumb cunt
2018-08-08 14:59
#189
YNk | 
Finland weppeeh 
this is another niko not the faze niko
2018-08-10 09:03
#51
max | 
Sweden Unluko 
Ok
2018-08-08 10:37
how is aizy not cut yet
2018-08-08 11:45
He has played great resently but if his form go down he will be kicked after major i think
2018-08-08 12:33
mertz > aizy niko better fits aizy's role the maths does not add up
2018-08-08 12:51
aizy > mertz whit rifle and mertz is not used to big lans so thats why they want to keep aizy niko > aizy for sure
2018-08-08 15:25
No after major -valde cuz obvs msl will think he is the problrn . When u think about this.- kicking magisk,k0nfig,cajunb,mertz and aizy its still on the roster its a shame
2018-08-08 17:00
ye
2018-08-08 22:37
+1
2018-08-08 23:43
You mean aizy aka s1mple biggest opponent?
2018-08-08 17:05
1
2018-08-08 10:00
Nt
2018-08-08 10:02
What about 7day trade rule
2018-08-08 10:03
#3
 | 
Norway Phancy11 
Braindead move tbh
2018-08-08 10:00
#60
 | 
Israel unsolid 
True, and who will awp for north?
2018-08-08 11:02
mal obviously
2018-08-08 11:17
#77
 | 
Israel unsolid 
God no
2018-08-08 12:12
me
2018-08-08 12:43
#4
 | 
Belgium jorneiro 
expected
2018-08-08 10:00
rip mertz sticker lUl
2018-08-08 10:00
#171
 | 
United States ShawnM 
Rip GODmertz
2018-08-08 19:43
no awper lmao
2018-08-08 10:00
#55
 | 
France Escher 
MSL best awp
2018-08-08 10:51
niko will be with AWP?) lol xD
2018-08-08 10:00
#9
 | 
Israel TheLoveGuy 
WP mertz
2018-08-08 10:00
#11
 | 
Asia Mahathir62 
LUL
2018-08-08 10:01
I thought mertz was aight?
2018-08-08 10:01
too inconsistent
2018-08-08 22:38
#13
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
still tier3
2018-08-08 10:01
#14
 | 
North America Kalihi_ 
Jesus that's a big downgrade for Faze
2018-08-08 10:01
#154
 | 
India grinchxd 
0/8
2018-08-08 16:46
faze ??
2018-08-08 22:39
#15
 | 
Poland Astoner55 
GLHF boiiiis
2018-08-08 10:01
#16
 | 
Europe PhenomenonSSX 
Who will be north's awper?
2018-08-08 10:01
Hard to say, they don’t have a dedicated AWPer anymore. aizy can probably play it on the CT side, or they just have MSL pick it up again.
2018-08-08 10:37
NiP v2 no awp lul
2018-08-08 10:01
The team needed more experienced awper - Proceeds to have no awper at all.
2018-08-08 10:03
Exactly my thinking. MSL is so braindead.
2018-08-08 10:05
Classic North move. Noone is better at destroying themselves than north
2018-08-08 14:00
In CS:GO, at least since Copenhagen Wolves, MSL has never had a true top-tier AWPer on his team (friis, nico, pimp, cajun). His calling, especially CT sides on this past North team, seem to reflect it. They took their chance on the best available option, contemplated switching languages, and then decided there wasn't any (good?) options available. ... Don't think North can really do anything besides wait for OpTic to implode? Before they move in on another AWPer.
2018-08-08 10:47
Why would you think Optic is about to implode?
2018-08-08 12:18
I don't think they are. However, on average most CS teams only last something like 8 months. Besides mertz, the only other Danish AWPer that comes to my mind is dragonfly from Fragsters.
2018-08-08 12:27
Dragonfly wont cut it. He's not good enough. They'll have to work around having a dedicated awp'er which is possible, just look at Liquid.
2018-08-08 12:47
#100
 | 
Portugal bulkycs 
U have natosaphix
2018-08-08 12:58
#150
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
+1
2018-08-08 16:22
+1 You're right. And I think North will do better now with niko rather than mertz. niko is a somewhat underrated player and actually quite good. I'm sure that North would've loved to get JUGI but this new Optic roster is still very new and they improving albeit slowly so I think it'll be a while before things fall apart.
2018-08-08 12:43
I.just hope after.major -gade +valde will happen and msl hang himself for always kicking his.best players
2018-08-08 16:58
with mixwell they won easily that dh tournament (cant remember the name) they need a good awper but msl too braindead
2018-08-08 22:40
#21
 | 
Kazakhstan leghtermen 
what a stupid move LUL
2018-08-08 10:04
#22
Ace | 
Slovakia BuKY 
Why?
2018-08-08 10:04
#73
Ace | 
Slovakia BuKY 
I know why, reason: money
2018-08-08 11:50
Wtf
2018-08-08 10:05
RIP Mertz sticker FeelsBadMan P.S. When mertz was kicked out of Copenhagen Wolves, or SK, I don't remember, wasn't "the lack of experience" the reason as well? Like wtf that was almost 3 years ago
2018-08-08 10:05
Maybe mertz is stupid as hell and to say "needs more experience" is the polite way to say that
2018-08-08 10:37
i think he was a little bit inconsistent and maybe toxic
2018-08-08 22:41
#26
 | 
Argentina rodriok 
GG North, Niko is a great player but not a AWP. Heroic needed a very good awp and they got it.
2018-08-08 10:06
#142
 | 
Canada Dlinkeed 
North, Heroic confirm niko, valde, MSL, Kjaerbye, aizy-mertz, AcilioN, es3tag, friberg, MODDII exchange.
2018-08-08 15:08
#27
KRIMZ | 
Turkey furyFay 
Can't be real
2018-08-08 10:06
This is the reason why i dont like North. They are making so many unnecessary and stupid moves suddenly. I kinda believe it hurts the Danish scene somehow.
2018-08-08 10:07
There was a brief period when they were better than Astralis with magisk, konfig, etc. That was a long time ago and MSL has managed to destroy this team from bad to worse with every move. Now theyre the 4th best team in Denmark. I dont understand why they stick with MSL above all else.
2018-08-08 10:35
Before this move they were 2nd best team in Denmark and I don't think they'll lose their place any time soon unless heroic somehow manage to accomplish something with washed up moddii
2018-08-08 11:08
Before this move they were third. Optic>North
2018-08-08 11:14
I don't think it was clear who was better optic or north, you can't just compare the players on the team and say that team is better. You need to think about the results too and North has won some DH tournament not long ago
2018-08-08 11:32
That's true but imo if you look at the amount of times north lost because of braindead MSL that puts them below optic as you can count on them to fail.
2018-08-08 12:25
#131
 | 
Indonesia linekerrr 
You're exaggerating. They're top 2/3 danish team. Theyre winning the tournaments they're supposed to win(w one upset exception=imperial), and they lose ones where they werent even in contention of winning (cologne) which is perfectly understandable.
2018-08-08 14:35
They have one good player on their team (valde) and no awper. They have one of the worst pro players on their team (MSL) which is also one of worst IGL's. I don't think there's any hope of a top3 for this lineup.
2018-08-08 14:58
Just think for a bit : msl kicked magisk.k0nfig cajunb and mertz.lol
2018-08-08 16:56
#29
 | 
Finland Vkims 
Mertz better stats than niko, good move MSL
2018-08-08 10:08
#30
 | 
Estonia Ayyzicle 
no awper gj
2018-08-08 10:09
#31
 | 
Europe KaRReZ 
Why would FaZe Clan kick its best player? LUL
2018-08-08 10:10
#33
 | 
Russia VeryBlyatGuy 
omg hahaha so funny lulz lmfaaaaao nah you're autistic, mate
2018-08-08 10:12
#44
 | 
Malaysia byaIi 
yes we all know that olof is best faze player
2018-08-08 10:31
Rain, you mean
2018-08-08 12:51
karrigan*
2018-08-08 14:08
#47
 | 
Europe KaRReZ 
you are right
2018-08-08 10:34
why faze? this is about heroic and north XDXD
2018-08-08 22:43
#184
 | 
Europe KaRReZ 
Jebaited
2018-08-09 08:14
gl niko
2018-08-08 10:12
#34
 | 
United Kingdom Aqishimaaa 
Why dont north get rid of MSL lmao, the dude is a total waste of space on any team.
2018-08-08 10:16
Best available IGL i Denmark. And he is hugely underrated. Who would you realistically get in his stead?
2018-08-08 12:55
#126
 | 
Singapore derpydm 
bbbbbbbut MODDII IS BETTER!1!1!1!1!1! REEEEEEEEEEEEEE And then if they do get MODDII "OMG RETARD N♿RTH GETTING SWEDISH BOT LUL"
2018-08-08 14:15
Acillion or torben are much better lulz. Msl trash
2018-08-08 16:54
They don't even come close
2018-08-08 17:42
#190
 | 
United Kingdom Aqishimaaa 
snappi, torben are far far better than msl,
2018-08-10 10:13
snappi is about as good as msl. torden, however, is not.
2018-08-10 10:51
WHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!?!
2018-08-08 10:18
#38
 | 
Sweden Maddafakka 
How idiotic are Heroic? Niko for mertz? Worst roster change since MiBR picked up tarik.
2018-08-08 10:19
#53
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Sk got boltz worst change ever
2018-08-08 10:38
fnatic-godsent swap was worse
2018-08-08 10:53
#70
 | 
Indonesia Lya 
Lul fnatic reach semi final major with that roster
2018-08-08 11:34
lmao adding boltz got them out of the slump and they started to win again
2018-08-08 11:12
- 3 titles - worst roster change pick one
2018-08-08 13:15
They kicked him before and kicked him again, they only won because of the "honeymoon" mr biased mibr flair
2018-08-08 14:49
using honeymoon as argument nice try fan of konfig
2018-08-08 15:44
Ofc worst roster change,winning 3 tournaments in 2.months lol
2018-08-08 16:53
es3tag > niko Also Heroic needed main AWPer
2018-08-08 12:07
#143
 | 
Sweden Maddafakka 
niko is (was) the best player in Heroic.
2018-08-08 15:23
#39
 | 
Sweden Akoulad 
North still a dead team.
2018-08-08 10:21
#41
allu | 
Serbia bratGavra 
Dunno if niko is the best player for North, but at least he is consistent.
2018-08-08 10:25
Now that North are going predominately five-rifles, maybe we will finally see a second team (TL being the other) in the top-ten that is predominately five-rifle T-sides. Who will AWP for North now? MSL and ?
2018-08-08 10:31
#45
 | 
Malaysia byaIi 
MSL = FalleN
2018-08-08 10:31
Maybe aizy will modernize the meta and use an auto-sniper instead of the AWP.
2018-08-08 10:33
#48
 | 
Sweden Div-\ 
Heroic should now be much better off than North.
2018-08-08 10:35
+1 they were lacking an awper.. now they will be much stronger. Great pick up by them.
2018-08-08 16:40
good move for north
2018-08-08 10:59
yes drop an AWPer for a rifler LUL
2018-08-08 13:16
yea but beast rifler
2018-08-08 14:50
#59
 | 
Ukraine sargon32 
sewed on soap
2018-08-08 11:01
#62
 | 
Slovakia TatKo 
Aizy and msl still on the lineup lul
2018-08-08 11:11
Aizy is their 2nd best player lol so why not
2018-08-08 11:34
Aizy 2nd best player OMEGALUL
2018-08-08 13:20
2018-08-08 13:35
He is averagr now cuz he is in best role.he want. Trash go retire
2018-08-08 16:52
nice joke xd i got rofl hard
2018-08-08 13:32
#115
2018-08-08 13:35
#66
 | 
Faroe Islands shubaNNN 
now -MSL +HUNDEN or FETISH
2018-08-08 11:23
gg noob
2018-08-08 11:27
#69
 | 
Brazil beckerzin 
downgrade for heroic and downgrade for niko career, north sucks
2018-08-08 11:34
Tbh North is better than FaZe right now. GG Niko
2018-08-08 11:57
gomore stupi pls
2018-08-08 12:31
Baited
2018-08-08 12:43
Won't work
2018-08-08 11:58
Niko left Faze for this?? Sad
2018-08-08 12:19
why would they take niko over mertz i dont get it. Maybe is upgrade for both sides
2018-08-08 12:21
I'm just wondering what's gonna happen with Es3tag now, because he was hard-carrying Heroic over the past couple months and he was the AWPer. If he's gonna go back to rifling and loses his form because of it, this trade could end up really bad for Heroic, cause Acillion is just average and Moddii and Friberg certainly won't get anything done.
2018-08-08 14:04
Didnt they kicked at some point (bench) es3tag? They he came back after one tournament (cuz he played poorly) after the he came, was best player of Heroic till now. Yeah that would be sad for him, cuz hes more confident with playing AWP and not rifling. Not saying hes bad at rifling, just feels like that
2018-08-08 14:05
Yeah, he used to be sorta average to below-average until he was benched, but when he was brought back he really took his chance. hltv.org/stats/matches/mapstatsid/69382/.. That map is a prime example of just how amazing he can be.
2018-08-08 14:08
He started being good again cuz snappi left and no longer forced to lplay.shit role
2018-08-08 16:50
#82
mixwell | 
Spain loviac 
No awp for North but still they got the best niko
2018-08-08 12:26
#90
 | 
Germany Youdontknowme 
Cuz faze is NiKo
2018-08-08 12:35
no awp lmfao north tier3
2018-08-08 12:26
#85
 | 
Germany Youdontknowme 
Msl: we need an experienced awper *sings rifler
2018-08-08 12:29
rofl no awper in north, shit trade
2018-08-08 12:31
#94
 | 
Portugal ItsAvenn 
mertz is like allu... ;_;
2018-08-08 12:44
#127
 | 
Singapore derpydm 
Scandinavian? Check Kicked from a prestigious team? Check Inconsistent as fuck? check
2018-08-08 14:18
#166
 | 
Germany x4m81 
prestigious team? I arent think thatz Maybe known for stupid moves LUL
2018-08-08 17:33
#183
 | 
Singapore derpydm 
I mean not really prestigious team, but more prestigious organisation. You get to practice at a stadium, can never go bust because you're owned by a football team, 20 fucking k a month, free adidas shit, etc. North is probably one of the better orgs to be in right now quality wise. Team wise, that's another issue....
2018-08-09 05:07
#187
 | 
Germany x4m81 
Thats true
2018-08-09 10:50
#98
 | 
Kazakhstan PaBuJIb 
Step Down for north
2018-08-08 12:53
#101
 | 
Spain all_in 
no main awp on a very tactical team gl
2018-08-08 13:01
#102
 | 
Macedonia thrash94 
They should replace MSL.
2018-08-08 13:07
Heroic makes the worst roster moves..
2018-08-08 13:09
#104
 | 
Europe BreezyEU 
LOL AXAXAXA
2018-08-08 13:12
#ez4faze
2018-08-08 13:13
how does North let Aizy and MSL run the show OMEGALUL kick them 2 ffs
2018-08-08 13:14
niko has 25 awp kills this year. Do they want him awping? I bet k0nfig could do it better
2018-08-08 13:33
MSL will be AWPing with aizy
2018-08-08 13:36
dead team lul
2018-08-08 13:57
" the team needed a more experienced AWPer." ....... ....... this is genius at it best xd
2018-08-08 13:35
LOL
2018-08-08 16:41
Good switch for Heroic! niko has been shit for most of this year, while they also needed a good awp’er and mertz is amazing.
2018-08-08 14:07
Niko has had the best stats of any in Heroic. Mertz is far from amazing
2018-08-08 16:21
not during the past months, I agree that he was good before, but not now. niko has been struggling in north as well (from the games I've seen atleast). Mertz will become great in Heroic, perfect fit for him and perfect fit for Heroic.
2018-08-08 19:56
rip 2 teams
2018-08-08 14:20
They should have gotten es3tag, now North dont have an AWPer
2018-08-08 14:25
#132
 | 
Indonesia linekerrr 
Aizy main awp
2018-08-08 14:36
Really? Wont work out well i guess
2018-08-08 16:01
MSL is main AWP and aizy is second
2018-08-08 18:32
even worse lol, they really should have gotten es3tag
2018-08-08 18:49
#133
 | 
Russia gsm7 
I think it would be correct to notice that niko > mertz
2018-08-08 14:40
#134
 | 
Europe trey_ 
lol xD
2018-08-08 14:42
decent move for Heroic, another fail for MSL the danish retarded fuckface
2018-08-08 14:52
Rip faze
2018-08-08 14:52
i think that north should have kept mertz. and who's gonna awp now?
2018-08-08 15:01
wtf faze, why would you release your best player
2018-08-08 15:35
#147
NiKo | 
Poland FOOLPL 
xD
2018-08-08 15:46
2 shit teams, no one cares
2018-08-08 16:45
Man, I'm not a fan of a team without at least a decent AWPer. Most of top teams have main OPer and secondary OPer as well. You are not gonna go anywhere far without a good OPer. The game has AWP for a reason. I guess it doesn't matter to North.
2018-08-08 16:51
#159
 | 
Brazil MommyStealer 
RIP FAZE LUL
2018-08-08 16:54
MSL on awp? or who?
2018-08-08 16:59
stats only tell half of the story. maybe mertz was bad at giving info maybe he was not creating a good atmosphere in the team maybe he was not listening to callouts etc
2018-08-08 19:22
but they don't even have awper now. how many players did they kick already? at some point results should matter more over toxicity free environment and if they become worse than optic then I don't even know what to say.
2018-08-08 22:41
they weren't getting impressive results with mertz, and if some of what i wrote in my previous post holds true, then i think it's a good idea to switch it up.
2018-08-10 12:25
#173
 | 
Myanmar AstralisGoat 
Honestly it's crazy how bad North are with such a good lineup.
2018-08-08 21:46
#182
 | 
Portugal GODgonga 
-1
2018-08-09 02:32
#185
 | 
Malta aidsss 
Who needs an awper? (c) MSL
2018-08-09 08:38
yes
2018-08-09 20:40
#195
 | 
Nepal Avhy 
Who is going to be awper now?
2018-08-26 11:20
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.
16%
vs
84%