OpTic add MSL and niko

After René "cajunb" Borg's departure, OpTic have announced they are bringing on Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen and Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen.

Just hours after OpTic made a statement announcing the departure of longtime player cajunb, the North American organization is now making official the signing of MSL and niko.

The Danish duo comes from Rogue, with whom they qualified for the ECS Season 7 Finals during the first week of play in North America, although ultimately their place was later revoked as the team disbanded.

MSL will now play under the OpTic banner

The move is a first for MSL, as the former North in-game leader has never been a part of OpTic, but it will be a return apparition by niko who played on the team for three months until the end of last year when he was replaced by Ismail "refrezh" Ali.

The two players now joining OpTic shared a stint in North, where they went on to win DreamHack Masters Stockholm over their countrymen, Astralis. With a six-man roster as it stands, it now remains to be seen what the starting five will be.

With the addition of the two new players, OpTic is:

Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
Denmark Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer
Denmark Jakob "JUGi" Hansen
Denmark Ismail "refrezh" Ali
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen
Denmark Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen

Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)

Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
579
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1419
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
No 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:
850
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:
1078
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:
1.11
Maps played:
842
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
#2
ropz | 
Canada Wormyyy 
Expected tbh
2019-03-28 20:05
#178
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
6 player roster lol
2019-03-28 22:30
They will beat astralis 6v5
2019-03-30 00:23
#253
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
i think not, it would be interesting to see :D
2019-03-30 08:41
+1
2019-03-30 21:08
#3
s1mple | 
India KNOX23 
Ok
2019-03-28 20:05
Very good move
2019-03-28 20:05
#5
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Russia illuminosity 
EXPECTED
2019-03-28 20:06
#6
GeT_RiGhT | 
Czech Republic Alsak 
team of 6 players xd
2019-03-28 20:06
-snappi incoming
2019-03-28 20:06
#44
Serbia PwN8 
+1
2019-03-28 20:08
+1
2019-03-28 20:25
#181
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France CriiZiX 
-refrezh should be better
2019-03-28 22:35
#186
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United Kingdom OneBinG_ 
2 IGLs?
2019-03-28 22:55
#199
D0cC | 
Brunei chlenix1 
-refrezh -snapi +?
2019-03-28 23:45
#201
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United Kingdom OneBinG_ 
+who as the 5th?
2019-03-28 23:46
#246
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Pakistan HANNE$ 
valde
2019-03-29 22:26
#249
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United Kingdom OneBinG_ 
Not happening, but would be good
2019-03-30 00:06
jugi not playing tomorrow xD
2019-03-29 01:03
Oh Snapp...
2019-03-29 07:12
#7
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United States Slimewell 
Nice pog
2019-03-28 20:06
#8
halo | 
United States QastLe 
Nice
2019-03-28 20:06
#9
PAINT | 
United States _BoBRoss_ 
ez4faze
2019-03-28 20:06
#10
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Spain Minixx77 
NICE
2019-03-28 20:06
#11
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Bulgaria Omaiguudnes 
Fakk no Faze MSL D:
2019-03-28 20:06
Thank God that's not happening...
2019-03-29 08:42
expected
2019-03-28 20:06
#13
JaCkz | 
France Fayroxx 
n1
2019-03-28 20:06
Just announce snappi leaving lol
2019-03-28 20:06
ikr
2019-03-28 20:58
#15
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
Expected
2019-03-28 20:06
blackberry buttsauce
2019-03-28 20:06
#19
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Czech Republic nenz 
expected
2019-03-28 20:06
#20
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Armenia baitpolice 
6 players?
2019-03-28 20:06
#22
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Croatia Bruca 
Lol
2019-03-28 20:06
#23
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Ukraine keonazer 
ezforMSL
2019-03-28 20:06
#24
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Norway Phancy11 
Rip Hiko, time to retire
2019-03-28 20:06
#26
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Poland Astoner55 
GL OPTIC!
2019-03-28 20:06
#28
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Spain Dicraftio 
Very expected
2019-03-28 20:07
#29
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Switzerland KICK_RPG_FFS 
EXPECTED
2019-03-28 20:07
#30
sasha | 
Germany zoieN 
excuse me wtf msl :D
2019-03-28 20:07
nice move
2019-03-28 20:07
#32
Twistzz | 
Latvia `DinGo 
oh deam
2019-03-28 20:07
who's leaving besidescajunb ?
2019-03-28 20:07
#37
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Norway Phancy11 
Snappi ofc
2019-03-28 20:07
#35
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India astaelian 
expect the expected
2019-03-28 20:07
byebye Snappi
2019-03-28 20:07
expected, but JUGI stays ? bit weird roles if he is
2019-03-28 20:07
Why ? Jugi is the awper who else is awping?
2019-03-28 20:13
MSL ? He is decent with awp , he awping since DH Stockholm
2019-03-28 20:14
#109
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Denmark Dy_Arceus 
Msl only awped cause he gave mertz the boot like an idiot
2019-03-28 20:43
kick snappi and let msl be the igl better
2019-03-28 21:12
finally snappi is out
2019-03-28 20:08
rip faze
2019-03-28 20:08
+1
2019-03-28 20:10
OpTic: add niko kick niko add niko ... ?
2019-03-28 20:08
Just like mouz with Styko
2019-03-28 20:23
Holy fuck that rhymed good
2019-03-29 11:27
#171
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United States Toxsick11 
the classic +niko -niko +niko, works every time.
2019-03-28 22:15
#245
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Albania JonZherka 
Not as bad as mouz -ChrisJ +ChrisJ -ChrisJ +ChrisJ
2019-03-29 22:23
Expected
2019-03-28 20:09
playing 6 vs 5 then i guess PepeLAUGH
2019-03-28 20:09
Why would Niko leave Faze?
2019-03-28 20:10
0/8
2019-03-28 20:48
#51
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Spain loviac 
god msl
2019-03-28 20:10
#53
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United States Spageti 
Hope this is the move that optic needs to finally start scraping together some wins
2019-03-28 20:10
#54
shox | 
India iejesus 
EXPECTED
2019-03-28 20:10
#55
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Sweden meistr0 
*pretends to be shocked* Bye Snappi ))))))))
2019-03-28 20:11
niko leave faze? idiot
2019-03-28 20:11
0/8
2019-03-28 20:48
Bye snappi
2019-03-28 20:12
#58
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Germany Sabba1 
i dont like this change because msl is dogshit
2019-03-28 20:16
nice if they add mertz for jugi and valde for refrezh they can be a legit threat
2019-03-28 20:13
#61
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Finland Smoonah 
lmao wtf
2019-03-28 20:13
who is out?
2019-03-28 20:15
#70
cromen | 
Denmark ilnert 
Snappi apparently
2019-03-28 20:17
Yup - the only one that makes sense...
2019-03-28 23:08
Congrats to msl he deserves to be in a good Danish team
2019-03-28 20:15
#66
syrsoN | 
Chile Zzalb 
Nice, now -refrezh +valde -JUGi +es3tag
2019-03-28 20:16
#67
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Spain elskio 
This is nice move
2019-03-28 20:16
#71
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
MSL reunited with k0nfig OMEGALUL
2019-03-28 20:18
#73
steel | 
Canada Matchfix 
Finally msl back to a good team
2019-03-28 20:19
now put msl on awp and it's good
2019-03-28 20:19
#112
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France JBzOo 
I agree but i’m Bored about JUGi who is a great awp. They should move JUGi and snappi instead of cajun
2019-03-28 20:47
#75
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
+tenzki inc
2019-03-28 20:19
#77
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Panama xemzex 
Noice
2019-03-28 20:19
#78
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Spain thebest5 
add two bots
2019-03-28 20:20
ladsp
2019-03-28 20:21
Nice
2019-03-28 20:21
#81
rain | 
Russia Yanjkeone 
Budget Niko
2019-03-28 20:22
#83
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Finland NoPointsgg 
y no nato?
2019-03-28 20:22
looks very promising.
2019-03-28 20:23
#86
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Spain VIKTORAL 
ez 6v5
2019-03-28 20:24
Ah yes optic going with the new strat of having 6 players on the server at once so it's 6 v 5. Brilliant
2019-03-28 20:24
Cant believe nobody ever thought of this before, ez top1
2019-03-28 20:26
exactly not even astralis thought of this
2019-03-28 20:31
🤢🤮 BUT IN THIS DARK TIME I WILL STILL STAND BY MY TEAM #GREENWALL
2019-03-28 20:25
#95
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Brazil lullaby1 
2019-03-28 20:26
#96
f0rest | 
Argentina gabster 
byebye snappi
2019-03-28 20:27
#98
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Poland Blindilek 
-Snappi and it can be a really good team
2019-03-28 20:29
No shit it’s -snappi considering they just added MSL, whose sole purpose is calling strats
2019-03-28 20:44
expected
2019-03-28 20:29
expected
2019-03-28 20:32
#102
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
super expected
2019-03-28 20:33
Back to the source days for danish CS. Every roster change is just a mix of the same people, who's trying a similar lineup for the 'X'th time. And again, only the top team actually tries something new each time, instead of going back to something that didn't work in the first place. No surprise when you look at the managers of the teams though, should've seen it coming.
2019-03-28 20:35
#145
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
I knew msl would end up in optic the moment he left north, it just took some time xD
2019-03-28 21:18
What surprises me the most, is that the orgs keep players, that even HLTV know are toxic af.
2019-03-29 20:39
#243
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
Players like simple who used to be toxic was still kept in orgs bc he was too good, but for some i dont rly know why do they keep them
2019-03-29 21:11
Well yeah, but he was an extreme talent in a country/region that hasn't put out as many top tier players, as they used to. There's plenty to choose from in Denmark - And it'll only rise with esportscolleges almost becoming a norm.
2019-03-30 18:46
6 players for the new csgo valve update format 6v6 it's gonna get lit
2019-03-28 20:37
Good move bye snappi
2019-03-28 20:39
good maybe they can win some games because they have 6 players. they should have done -snappi +msl cajunb>niko
2019-03-28 20:39
#119
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Cajunb also > snappi why not just keep cajun and kick snappi
2019-03-28 20:52
+1
2019-03-28 21:27
#111
World doh 
why does niko reminds me of troubley
2019-03-28 20:47
#143
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Bulgaria Amerikana 
cuz he IS Troubley
2019-03-28 21:16
maybe they will change players in the middle of the game.
2019-03-28 20:48
#116
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Finland DespeQ 
Expected
2019-03-28 20:49
MSL PogChamp
2019-03-28 20:51
Bye snappi but cajun is still better than niko
2019-03-28 20:53
Are they going to act Friends?
2019-03-28 20:57
6V5 EZ PZ
2019-03-28 20:57
6>5 optic smart
2019-03-28 20:58
#125
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
6 PLAYERS OMEGALUL
2019-03-28 21:00
- snappi in close time
2019-03-28 21:01
Kick Snappi, see if JuGi starts performing. If not, add mertz/Nato/let MSL AWP and add someone else
2019-03-28 21:01
Remember when everyone said that North would be a top 5 team if they replaced MSL with Snappi? OMEGALUL.
2019-03-28 21:03
niko again xD
2019-03-28 21:09
imo snappi out!!
2019-03-28 21:11
6v5?
2019-03-28 21:12
yea, theyre gonna win alot now since they're playing 6v5. tactical move
2019-03-28 21:14
New meta
2019-03-28 21:15
wonder when people realise 7 is even better
2019-03-28 21:16
okay
2019-03-28 21:14
finally someone realize how to beat Astralis 6vs5
2019-03-28 21:14
OpTic need 10v5 to win against Astralis
2019-03-28 21:15
#140
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Peru Nazguruk 
Doble awp style Pog
2019-03-28 21:15
#142
Rob4 | 
Poland farr 
expected
2019-03-28 21:16
#144
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United States freakaroid 
jugi to c9
2019-03-28 21:16
Kinda obvious that its -snappi. No other reason to get another igl, if they want to keep him. Also optic was garbage whole time with snappi, so yeah
2019-03-28 21:20
#147
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Denmark QBE_ 
Kinda sad since Rogue qualified for ECS
2019-03-28 21:20
#148
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Brazil stewArt1 
finally 6 men lineup astralis is done Pog
2019-03-28 21:21
#149
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
-snappi inc
2019-03-28 21:21
-snappi please Heroic -friberg +snappi
2019-03-28 21:24
#157
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
6 vs 5 EZ
2019-03-28 21:31
Nice 6 players easy win
2019-03-28 21:34
Finally Snappi out
2019-03-28 21:35
hiko omegalul
2019-03-28 21:36
#162
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Germany Trax_ 
F I N A L L Y ! ! ! ! ! LEEETS GOOOOOO #GreenWall
2019-03-28 21:37
6 players? RIP astralis era
2019-03-28 21:39
#164
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Romania kinoN 
- snappi
2019-03-28 21:40
good move but that smells like the end for snappi
2019-03-28 21:48
#166
ZywOo | 
Italy dfztt 
-snappi right?
2019-03-28 21:50
they need 6 players to win a game lul
2019-03-28 21:56
they are making a Overwatch team
2019-03-28 22:30
Expected gl
2019-03-28 22:00
#172
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Denmark McMuffin 
cl_hairline 01
2019-03-28 22:16
Desperate fools, enjoy tier 4 spot
2019-03-28 22:16
nice 6 players team. 200 IQ
2019-03-28 22:20
#175
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Spain akproxx 
msl konfig valde blamef if msl awp pick niko or stavn if not pick mertz really good team
2019-03-28 22:22
#177
cadiaN | 
Finland 0lter 
6 players yeyaaaaa Remove refrezh tho
2019-03-28 22:27
#180
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Poland bakusiell 
6vs5 should be easier for them
2019-03-28 22:32
Niko left faze for this LUL
2019-03-28 22:35
Smart choice for NiKo, Faze dead team
2019-03-28 22:36
#185
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Germany Axel_Voss 
wtf
2019-03-28 22:47
bye snappi, bot player.
2019-03-28 23:12
#196
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Denmark blue_sheep 
Cool. Hopefully Optic will now be able to win games! probably snappi is being kicked
2019-03-28 23:29
snappi and MSL ? They'll lack firepower for sure
2019-03-28 23:30
One bot Snappi for another bot MSL LUL
2019-03-28 23:31
#200
Summer | 
China seba13 
Nice move Better than n♿️rth
2019-03-28 23:44
#202
f0rest | 
Paraguay shob0 
FAKEniko btw
2019-03-29 00:05
6v5 NEW META
2019-03-29 00:55
6v5 they should win
2019-03-29 01:02
MSLUL
2019-03-29 01:03
#211
xeta | 
Netherlands Cebix 
They finally have a chance with 6 players.
2019-03-29 01:09
MSL KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-03-29 01:16
finally they can kick snappi ffs
2019-03-29 03:02
now they kick niko soon OMEGALUL
2019-03-29 04:46
Expected
2019-03-29 05:01
-snappi pls. He's awful
2019-03-29 05:51
Finally niko left faze
2019-03-29 06:32
NiKo finally left FaZe Respect!
2019-03-29 07:27
Rip snappi and you can write your original "niko left faze for this lulw hahah looooooool",noone did that
2019-03-29 08:37
6 man roster
2019-03-29 08:43
nice 6v5 they have a chance :D
2019-03-29 09:19
How is snappi still on thos team, fuckin cut this scrub jesus
2019-03-29 09:22
Gl Optic! Lets do this!
2019-03-29 10:28
#231
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
Msl leader goat
2019-03-29 10:51
#232
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China withsn 
so rogue are hiko one man team?
2019-03-29 10:54
#235
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
rip FaZe
2019-03-29 11:48
#237
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United States nword_shoe 
mko
2019-03-29 14:48
#238
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Russia UrAnusLord 
Optic ->top 1 hltv incoming🤔🤔🤔
2019-03-29 15:04
rip snappi
2019-03-29 15:50
#240
Xyp9x | 
India kaptain 
Yeaah finally Niko can move on from Faze
2019-03-29 19:12
#242
cyx | 
Europe jujin_Ss 
RIP HIKO
2019-03-29 20:50
#244
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Poland PainItsMe 
+ magisk
2019-03-29 21:17
#247
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Albania JonZherka 
K0nfig Valde MSL Refrezh niko Pls
2019-03-29 22:26
#251
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Brazil Leexo 
+1
2019-03-30 02:25
#248
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Canada Jonesyk 
This team is a dumpster fire.. wish them all the best but holy cow OpTic should of just disbanded and started over.. would be more successful with a lineup like Envy, and that’s not saying much..
2019-03-29 22:28
#252
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Argentina XaiDN 
One is a poor dude
2019-03-30 02:40
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