OpTic complete refrezh signing

OpTic have secured the services of former Fragsters player Ismail "refrezh" Ali, the North American organisation have announced.

The 20-year-old has penned a two-year deal with OpTic, who, through their Update Twitter account, @OpTicUpdate, revealed that the player will be replacing Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen in the starting line-up.

refrezh spent the majority of 2018 with Fragsters, whom he helped to semi-final runs at the DreamHack Open events in Austin and Valencia, and to a playoff appearance at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6.

refrezh signs for OpTic

He left the team at the beginning of December "to try something new", and days later he was confirmed as a stand-in for Cloud9 at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, averaging a 1.06 rating at the tournament, which was his first-ever Big Event.

The Danish youngster will make his first appearance for OpTic at the Europe Minor, kicking off January 16, with the roster looking as follows:

Denmark Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
Denmark Jakob "JUGi" Hansen
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg
Denmark Ismail "refrezh" Ali

Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)

UPDATE: According to OpTic's Update Twitter account, @OpTicUpdate, refrezh will be replacing niko, whose future with the organisation is now up in the air.

Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
583
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
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:
1110
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
68
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.03
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.10
Nice my dawg
2018-12-31 18:53
#10
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
lol expected
2018-12-31 18:53
expected
2018-12-31 18:54
who he replace?
2018-12-31 18:55
niko
2018-12-31 18:56
hmm it's BIG tactics: 6 players in roster?
2018-12-31 19:15
#58
 | 
Europe unlukomaluko 
Me
2018-12-31 18:57
I knew it
2018-12-31 19:04
#275
s1mple | 
India AJN_ 
lol
2019-01-01 07:07
#60
 | 
Australia Irtiza 
Niko
2018-12-31 18:57
Both are thicc af
2019-01-01 04:56
snappi ?
2018-12-31 18:57
Hopefully cajun. Article says Niko probs
2018-12-31 19:01
Why Cajun? He is not the heavyweight on this team
2018-12-31 21:13
He had a small resurgence of form but I think niko > Cajun
2018-12-31 21:57
Dude, he has been top performer since the making of the optic roster. I think people talk him down because of his age but he still delivers so well. Niko is young and has potential but I feel like he needs to join a team in development like fragsters squad
2018-12-31 23:19
I don’t watch much but I’ve never been impressed by cajunb. I don’t know much though
2018-12-31 23:36
ok.
2018-12-31 18:53
pizza, spaghetti, lasagna?
2018-12-31 19:12
6v5 ez win 5000iq optic
2018-12-31 20:11
good igl
2018-12-31 18:56
Irish cs best cs
2018-12-31 18:58
6 players in roster hahah optic its not volleybal hahahah
2018-12-31 19:18
#165
 | 
United Kingdom thrailis 
OpTic update (twitter account owned by optic) tweeted out the roster change was -niko
2018-12-31 19:45
Thank god
2018-12-31 20:11
Big indeed
2018-12-31 20:02
#3
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
Yes! Finally my boy gets a chance in a bigger team <3 So happy for him!
2018-12-31 18:53
#61
 | 
Europe unlukomaluko 
+1
2018-12-31 18:57
#93
 | 
Canada LARRATT 
dont be gay
2018-12-31 19:04
#100
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
Is this happens because we are from BULGARIA?????
2018-12-31 19:08
#103
 | 
Canada LARRATT 
actually would be better if you were gay but you are fake gay
2018-12-31 19:09
#106
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
#100
2018-12-31 19:11
#110
 | 
Canada LARRATT 
yes
2018-12-31 19:12
+1
2018-12-31 19:05
Expected
2018-12-31 18:53
#16
smooya | 
United Kingdom OI_BRUV 
nt brazilian top tier player
2018-12-31 18:54
you have come prepared but so have i. wtf i never played in a major
2018-12-31 18:55
#52
smooya | 
United Kingdom OI_BRUV 
nt leo_drunky xdddddddd
2018-12-31 18:56
who
2018-12-31 18:57
#252
TACO | 
Brazil user2740 
a leo that is drunk
2018-12-31 22:22
Maybe I’m a Leo
2019-01-01 05:01
#98
 | 
Hong Kong NyKnight 
Taco 0 mvp S1mple 8 mvp
2018-12-31 19:07
#116
 | 
North America Fule 
+1
2018-12-31 19:15
#263
 | 
Brazil HigorIsi 
Taco entry fragger, s1mple baiter!
2019-01-01 02:00
2019 is our year taquinho!
2019-01-01 05:02
#5
 | 
United States YANGGANG2020 
damn
2018-12-31 18:53
#6
 | 
Italy Fil0Nerd 
omegalul
2018-12-31 18:53
+1
2018-12-31 19:21
Expected
2018-12-31 18:53
da
2018-12-31 18:53
#9
 | 
France Nicolito 
Expected.
2018-12-31 18:53
+1
2018-12-31 19:22
GGGGG
2018-12-31 18:53
#13
It's my | 
Europe R2D2s 
Nice
2018-12-31 18:54
ok
2018-12-31 18:54
#15
 | 
United Kingdom alcaz4r 
expectd
2018-12-31 18:54
- who?
2018-12-31 18:54
Refrezh
2018-12-31 18:54
no no, he asked - who as in who's leaving opctic
2018-12-31 19:08
I know same thing with -flamie +flamie on navi Jk I misread what he typed
2018-12-31 21:13
-fakeniko
2018-12-31 18:54
niko probably, since he never actually signed a contract afaik
2018-12-31 18:56
#67
 | 
Sweden skagge 
niko.
2018-12-31 18:57
Sad. Niko is a good player and important key to optic recent success. Hopefully they sign Niko and boot cajunb
2018-12-31 19:06
niko overrated piece of shit
2018-12-31 19:10
Fan of ?
2018-12-31 19:20
2019,best year
2018-12-31 20:22
expected
2018-12-31 18:54
Congrats Good player
2018-12-31 18:54
+1
2018-12-31 19:21
Why....
2018-12-31 18:54
unexéct the expected
2018-12-31 18:54
unexéct ?
2018-12-31 19:21
n1
2018-12-31 18:54
who he replace?
2018-12-31 18:54
niko
2018-12-31 18:55
#27
 | 
Poland CZADzz 
nice steal
2018-12-31 18:55
expected
2018-12-31 18:55
#31
 | 
Other Awimawe 
He deserves better team.
2018-12-31 18:55
ma boi
2018-12-31 18:55
are you nibba ?
2018-12-31 19:20
reported
2018-12-31 19:34
cry is free
2018-12-31 19:38
#33
 | 
Denmark raaaaaaaaa1in 
ok TY HLTV
2018-12-31 18:55
#34
 | 
China kazuk1 
-niko?
2018-12-31 18:55
#68
 | 
Sweden skagge 
y
2018-12-31 18:58
#84
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
why ask why, says it in the article -fakeniko
2018-12-31 19:01
#35
 | 
Argentina trackssZZZ 
POG
2018-12-31 18:55
#36
 | 
Greece SZN_Darth_A 
Happy with this move but still need an IGL that can work with his teammates well. Maybe Refrezh can create a good chemistry with Snappi
2018-12-31 18:55
#37
 | 
Slovenia Kuduz 
Superstar
2018-12-31 18:55
he is good but superstar wtf ?
2018-12-31 19:23
#134
 | 
Slovenia Kuduz 
Yes
2018-12-31 19:24
#265
 | 
United Kingdom Beno_29 
He is very good but not a superstar. He is a superstar in the making, though.
2019-01-01 03:01
#39
 | 
Germany h0pe. 
-cajunb probably? He's been the most underperforming player if I remember correctly.
2018-12-31 18:55
He was playing a lot FPL in last days so probably yes. But i think the best would be -niko.
2018-12-31 18:56
it's -niko
2018-12-31 18:57
Source?
2018-12-31 18:57
#114
 | 
Canada LARRATT 
No, csgo.
2018-12-31 19:14
Hhahahah... Not funny anymore...
2018-12-31 19:15
ah ok dbltap
2018-12-31 18:57
cajunb ahhahahahahhahahah he's prolly the 2nd best player on the team
2018-12-31 18:57
this + he's higher rated than niko lul
2018-12-31 19:29
cajun is a god
2018-12-31 18:57
#69
 | 
United Kingdom Koalathis 
- niko. Cajun definitely hasn't been the most under-performing player. source: twitter.com/OpTicUpdate/status/107979064..
2018-12-31 18:58
Uhm, JuGi?
2019-01-01 06:24
#40
 | 
Denmark Matchfix 
40st
2018-12-31 18:55
44rd
2018-12-31 18:56
#41
 | 
Denmark snww 
YES FINALLY
2018-12-31 18:55
this got ant color
2018-12-31 18:55
kkkkkkk
2018-12-31 19:24
at least he will be competing sorta of
2018-12-31 18:55
Noice! gl
2018-12-31 18:55
+1
2018-12-31 19:24
Who is kicked?
2018-12-31 18:56
#48
 | 
Europe Conq 
-cajunb? or niko
2018-12-31 18:56
-niko.
2018-12-31 18:56
EZ
2018-12-31 18:56
Lol Niko out here getting kicked every 3 months
2018-12-31 18:57
#71
 | 
Turkey Piete 
finally
2018-12-31 18:58
Joke?
2018-12-31 18:58
+1
2018-12-31 19:37
deserved
2018-12-31 18:59
gl bruh fakeniko getting kicked month by month
2018-12-31 18:59
+1
2018-12-31 19:38
#76
 | 
Finland lasarus 
FINALLY, EZ FOR REFREZH
2018-12-31 18:59
#77
 | 
Hong Kong GoGirlAbbie 
now -snappi +karrigan and -jugi +mertz
2018-12-31 18:59
spawn2K
2018-12-31 18:59
Nice for refrezh but Optic still shit team
2018-12-31 19:00
+1
2018-12-31 19:37
#81
 | 
Poland KasPro 
MY G <3
2018-12-31 19:00
#85
 | 
Ukraine w1nth 
Why TF are all the roster changes announced within 12 hours of the deadline? Like WTF?
2018-12-31 19:01
#86
 | 
Denmark QBE_ 
Now -snappi -niko +karrigan And this team actually looks pretty good
2018-12-31 19:02
#144
 | 
Netherlands gertwily 
bot karrigan :D
2018-12-31 19:29
#145
 | 
Denmark QBE_ 
True But snappi is even worse :DDD
2018-12-31 19:32
At least Karrigan can transform a decent team to a great team
2018-12-31 19:57
expected
2018-12-31 19:02
Finally this retard Niko got kicked now it's time to snappi to go
2018-12-31 19:03
#89
chelo | 
Brazil kinzee 
CS 6 PLAYERS
2018-12-31 19:03
#139
 | 
Netherlands gertwily 
6v6 new update
2018-12-31 19:28
#91
 | 
United States AjAjCaptain 
-Snappi
2018-12-31 19:04
I personally don't think OpTic will have their full potential, without doing -cajunb +valde cajunb is a good player with alot of experience, but i think he is too old now and i think a young valde can do better than cajunb in a lot of roles in the game. Cajunb is a good secondary awper to have that valde may not be able to provide, but i still think valde>cajunb imo.
2018-12-31 19:05
#142
 | 
Netherlands gertwily 
-cajun ??? I think you're drinking now :D
2018-12-31 19:29
What are you talking about? OpTic don't need any more playmakers. The only thing they may need is change of IGL
2018-12-31 19:46
What can cajunb do that valde can't do better? besides awping
2018-12-31 20:25
They are different players on different roles, valde might be an improvement over k0nfig or if they got him instead of refrezh. Besides Cajunb has been doing a fine job, if you watched some OpTiC games you would quickly realize he's isn't the problem on the team. k0nfig has way too many ups and downs, he topfrags one game and on the next he's on the bottom of the scoreboard.
2018-12-31 20:49
Faze wat doink?
2018-12-31 19:05
inb4 they stay with 6 players, ez win 6v5
2018-12-31 19:07
this kid is so talented
2018-12-31 19:08
nice
2018-12-31 19:10
faze niko confirmed
2018-12-31 19:11
#137
 | 
Netherlands gertwily 
2 niko's on the same team I arent think that
2018-12-31 19:27
why not ? :)
2018-12-31 19:40
nice -snappi
2018-12-31 19:13
-k0nfig incomiiiiiiing
2018-12-31 19:15
6v5 ez
2018-12-31 19:16
#120
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
Fuck i wanted him in heroic haha
2018-12-31 19:18
Wtf
2018-12-31 19:18
#122
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara 
cs go 6 vs 6 confirmed PogChamp
2018-12-31 19:18
ez tier 1
2018-12-31 19:19
0/8
2018-12-31 19:36
#125
HUNDEN | 
Other ToRu 
EZ 4 SpawnJR
2018-12-31 19:19
#133
 | 
Netherlands @Deji 
6 man roster
2018-12-31 19:23
#138
 | 
France StickyRice 
2 years contract ? Long term project as NBKlown would say LUL
2018-12-31 19:27
LUL
2018-12-31 19:35
karrigan JUGI k0nfig cajunb refrezh world class team
2018-12-31 19:28
#164
 | 
Finland Vkims 
Karrigan is not that good
2018-12-31 19:44
karrigan its top 5 igls in the world lmao
2018-12-31 20:18
#203
 | 
Finland Vkims 
Oh well why he get benched then?
2018-12-31 20:24
0/8 not gonna fall into this obvious one
2018-12-31 20:38
#219
 | 
Finland Vkims 
And even if he were top5 IGL(he is not), he wouldnt be gopd enough to achieve anything with washed up players like jugi and cajunb
2018-12-31 20:41
karrigan was a huge reason of faze succes in the past,he wasnt even the main problem in the team stop this bullshit
2018-12-31 20:49
#230
 | 
Finland Vkims 
Yes he WAS, but that was middle 2017.
2018-12-31 20:51
#220
 | 
United States Scvboy1 
His team stagnated at top 5 LUL.
2018-12-31 20:42
#222
 | 
Finland Vkims 
It wasnt even his team anymore and it tells you everything about his IGL abilities if faze thinks niko is better IGL than karrigan...
2018-12-31 20:46
IMAGINE BEING CUT AT THE END OF THE YEAR what a way to begin the new year
2018-12-31 19:28
plzz kick cajunb he is 30yo no future tier1 plzzzz
2018-12-31 19:32
+1
2018-12-31 19:35
#147
 | 
United States CoNjUrER7 
why is everyone saying cut niko? LOL snappi is such a shit player
2018-12-31 19:33
#149
 | 
United States Raptorial 
Kick cajunb
2018-12-31 19:35
+1
2018-12-31 19:35
#161
 | 
Sweden meistr0 
Yes, lets kick one of OpTics better players??? Cajun, k0nfig & JUGI are the better ones in the team mate :)
2018-12-31 19:43
acting like this team isnt totally trash and irrelevant anyway
2018-12-31 19:49
expected now BIG vs OpTic 6v6 showmatch
2018-12-31 19:43
why big ?
2018-12-31 20:03
both have 6 players
2018-12-31 21:37
once again a Young talented player getting fucked by long contract on a team that wont have any success
2018-12-31 19:48
-1 but your nickname +1
2018-12-31 20:04
#169
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
wait refrezh is coach?a wtg he x could be best inteamwhy settle?
2018-12-31 19:48
what? it's -niko +refrezh
2018-12-31 19:50
+1
2018-12-31 20:04
#255
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
sorry dud i was drunk a skunk
2018-12-31 23:11
#172
 | 
Turkey CHAMPTZ 
-Snappi +MSL and I support them.
2018-12-31 19:49
Why would MSL go back to being stressed when he can just relax in NA?
2018-12-31 20:00
MS LUL 0/8 you got baited
2018-12-31 20:05
Name checks out
2018-12-31 20:09
fan of faze xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-12-31 20:17
Fan of baitzera xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-12-31 20:19
greenland where is this country ? never heard xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-12-31 20:34
Favela XDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-12-31 20:37
nt greenland xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-12-31 20:44
NT War zone xDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-12-31 20:49
#175
 | 
Argentina Fa7e07 
nice homie
2018-12-31 19:53
#177
 | 
Israel Xpicyy 
2 year contract, damn.. GL for my brotha <3
2018-12-31 19:56
Haha he is me
2018-12-31 19:57
#180
 | 
Switzerland x676 
danish ? hahahahahahahaha
2018-12-31 19:59
racist ! he is good guy
2018-12-31 20:06
snappi should go, his aim is zeus level, and there is no s1mple in this team to carry his ass.
2018-12-31 20:00
+1
2018-12-31 20:06
gl :)
2018-12-31 20:03
big vs optic 6vs6 in 2019 make it happen LUL
2018-12-31 20:10
He should've went to C9
2018-12-31 20:22
#205
felps | 
Finland drez_Fs 
Growing refrezh
2018-12-31 20:28
#207
 | 
Europe andyy_ 
#Astralis2020
2018-12-31 20:30
#208
 | 
Europe andyy_ 
Oh and TriHard Clap btw
2018-12-31 20:31
#MIBR 2020
2018-12-31 20:34
DANISH XDDDDDD
2018-12-31 20:32
faze niko(2)?
2018-12-31 20:36
-snappi +tarik Optic n 1
2018-12-31 20:39
gl refrezh i believe in you
2018-12-31 20:39
Noice! .. Hope Optic will have a better 2019 ..
2018-12-31 20:46
eyyy nice man gl
2018-12-31 20:48
#227
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
-snappi +karrigan and its a top 10 team.
2018-12-31 20:49
#229
 | 
Brazil SecondKS 
Now -snappi +karrigan and ezz optic!
2018-12-31 20:49
1st brown pro ?
2018-12-31 20:52
new fag
2019-01-04 04:19
first black csgo pro player, hope he does well in optic!
2018-12-31 20:59
now just -snappi +karrigan and ez top 5 team.
2018-12-31 21:03
Dang C9 should’ve taken while they had the chance
2018-12-31 21:05
Now FaZe ran out of suitable players to their roster.. heh
2018-12-31 21:08
Waisted talent, should have been in C9
2018-12-31 21:30
#243
 | 
Israel Trust_me_bro 
ikr ? :(
2018-12-31 21:32
I feel you bro, 2019 will be a great year for C9 bo worry
2018-12-31 21:58
-snappi -jugi both trash
2018-12-31 21:30
Lul How many signings and buyouts till this dead team is left dead.
2018-12-31 21:43
Good move
2018-12-31 21:44
k
2018-12-31 22:07
LOL OVER NIKO LOL like hes a good player. But Niko is better than the other 4 so..
2018-12-31 23:03
now -Snappi +karrigan
2018-12-31 23:06
#257
 | 
Russia razorVJ 
The only black pro since 1.6?
2018-12-31 23:32
Yes I think so. SpawN was so good man
2019-01-01 00:28
#278
 | 
Russia razorVJ 
There was also Blacko. Not as much famous though.
2019-01-01 10:39
Snappi is the problem.... replacing Niko with Refrezh will change nothing
2019-01-01 00:24
#262
 | 
United Kingdom KainZ 
SIGN KARRIGAN FOR FUCK SAKE
2019-01-01 01:34
-snapi + zywoo
2019-01-01 02:01
#266
NiKo | 
Indonesia cira53 
niko will be going to Heroic -MODDII +niko
2019-01-01 03:04
-snapi +karrigan PLZ!!
2019-01-01 04:58
finally trash niko is gone
2019-01-01 05:51
Reminds me of Miles
2019-01-01 06:08
-karrigan +niko niko + NiKo confirmed
2019-01-01 06:17
ez ismail
2019-01-01 09:31
boy expected
2019-01-01 12:18
Hell yeah, lets f*#king go!
2019-01-01 13:04
Should've replaced cajunb, isn't consistent enough while niko is.
2019-01-01 15:47
they will still be shit, he could've joined a much better team imo
2019-01-01 17:43
#284
 | 
Kazakhstan ezBORAT 
TriHard nicee
2019-01-01 18:24
#285
jks | 
United Kingdom TC10 
would've been nice to see him replacing golden with flusha igling on c9 feelsbadman
2019-01-01 18:29
#286
 | 
Brazil chococaine 
wtf niko was their best player lol
2019-01-01 23:01
#287
 | 
Asia mocity123 
why keep cajunb OMEGA
2019-01-02 00:23
#288
 | 
Brazil Thovisk 
Nice
2019-01-02 02:02
Good signing. Kids got game.
2019-01-02 03:25
#290
 | 
Denmark Mutsgah 
G0dfig & refrezh on the same team! That is so unfair!
2019-01-02 13:53
#292
device | 
Sweden plikz 
lol refrezh>niko confirmed
2019-01-02 14:05
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