NaToSaphiX joins Heroic

Heroic have announced that Niels-Christian "⁠NaToSaphiX⁠" Sillassen will be joining their ranks, taking on the primary AWP role in the team.

Earlier, Heroic have announced the benching of Daniel "⁠mertz⁠" Mertz, the 20-year-old former North AWPer, with little information revealed about the reason behind the move. Now, the organization revealed that their replacement is NaToSaphiX who has been a free agent since parting ways with Sprout.

NaToSaphiX is back on a team, replacing mertz on Heroic

NaToSaphiX had already played for Heroic, standing in for mertz in the ECS Pinnacle Cup qualifier in February, and has recently been seen playing at Copenhagen Games with mix-team LPSP (Vulkanbet).

The 22-year-old primary AWPer currently sits on a 1.13 career rating, with 50% of his kills being made with the "Big Green". He will debut for the Heroic today, in the ESL One Cologne Closed Qualifier where they face HellRaisers.

In the official announcement, NaToSaphiX said the following about the change:

"I've been staying patient for a few months now, but it’s time to get back on the grind. I’ve found the team I want to commit to and I’m hoping for a long, lasting and successful journey with Heroic! I’m really honored and thankful that Heroic, such a big and powerful organization has decided to take me under their wings. I’m looking forward to becoming a hero!"

The team's IGL, Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer, charactarizes NaToSaphiX as a "complete player":

"In our pursuit of a new awp’er, our thoughts quickly fell on Niels, as we have experienced playing with him before, as he is a player that not only possesses a great sniper but overall is a complete player in other aspects of the game as well. Looking forward to working with him and welcome him to the heroic family!"

Heroic are now:

Denmark Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen
Denmark Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer
Denmark Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund
Sweden Adam "⁠friberg⁠" Friberg
Denmark Niels-Christian "⁠NaToSaphiX⁠" Sillassen

Denmark Daniel "⁠mertz⁠" Mertz (inactive)
Brazil Luis "⁠peacemaker⁠" Tadeu (coach)

Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
764
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
726
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Brazil Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.46
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.21
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
501
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.15
Denmark Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.10
#1
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United Kingdom iMarbot
who
2019-05-09 14:05
#13
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Poland Hanse
Natosaphix all alone is way better than every British player combined to be complete honest
2019-05-09 14:07
#24
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United Kingdom iMarbot
Natosaphix all alone is way better than every Polish player combined to be complete honest
2019-05-09 14:07
Xaxaxa tru
2019-05-09 14:08
and any EU player is way better than anyone from UK
2019-05-09 14:11
UK is this in europa....
2019-05-09 14:13
Brexit, tho
2019-05-09 14:16
thay leave the european union, not europa.....
2019-05-09 14:17
EU means what, then?
2019-05-09 14:21
Just europe is usually called eu
2019-05-09 14:27
No
2019-05-09 18:52
It is lmao people always say "eu x" or whatever do you think they mean european union? Idiot
2019-05-09 21:31
The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. would be better if you visit 1st grade again lmao
2019-05-16 22:42
EU = European Union Europe = Best band ever
2019-05-17 01:24
EUr mum gae
2019-05-09 14:27
Xd
2019-05-13 09:09
They left the European Union, the British isles are still part of the continent of Europe. EU has been used interchangeably because they represented the same countries but now that it's different it's a bit more complicated. In his case, EU is short for Europe
2019-05-09 14:28
#96
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United Kingdom seoseraph
Not yet we didn't
2019-05-09 14:41
#110
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United Kingdom C4Golden
We're still in the EU till October
2019-05-09 14:46
Haha let's see... Wouldn't surprise me if it never happens.
2019-05-09 15:27
#158
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Maldives junja
hopefully it wont
2019-05-09 15:40
#180
keev | 
Germany _PH1L
hard brexit inc
2019-05-09 17:32
Theresa May gonna hard lock the country down and cease communicating with anyone EU related
2019-05-10 13:36
expected from eu sucker
2019-05-13 01:23
no they left europa but are staying in eu
2019-05-09 16:03
They haven't left yet.
2019-05-09 16:46
#211
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Denmark Zaerdna
EU is actually short for "European Union"
2019-05-09 22:46
No offense but you clearly didn't read.
2019-05-09 23:23
#216
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Denmark Zaerdna
Exactly Hahaha
2019-05-09 23:24
It's short for both European Union and Europe. In this case it's short for Europe. Since Europe is only one word we also use the second letter so it is EU instead of just E.
2019-05-10 09:32
Gonna teach a third worlder some simple geography: Region: South America, Abbreviation: SA Region: North America, Abbreviation: NA Region Europe, Abbreviation: EU Economic/policial union: European Union, Abbreviation: EU
2019-05-09 14:38
False, Europe is never nor has ever been abbreviated EU. "The EU" as you know it stems from the EF. The abbreviation EU was not used prior to the revamp from EF to EU.
2019-05-09 14:55
Ofcourse it has. EU is often used as an abbreviation for Europe, not only European Union. planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Abbreviations.. There's tons of examples of EU = Europe.
2019-05-09 15:45
In can most certainly in specific contexts. Specifically, in the context of CS, the abbreviations EU, NA, SA and so forth is used to define regions, and not the European Union. Ex "EU Servers" is not refering to servers within the European Union, but rather servers located in Europe.
2019-05-09 15:50
The important missing word here is "unofficially" - indeed the term EU can in specific contexts be used as an abbreviation for Europe i.e. EU Servers. This is a dismantling of the origin of the term EU, which essentially was and is easier to write and verbally address. Thus, it became used unofficially. It does, however, remain plain wrong. (Let's not dwell with Blizzards or Valves use of the wording. It's cringeworthy every single time). The EU has always and should always refer to the Union, not the region.
2019-05-10 15:08
So you're the one who doesn't know about abbreviations, because EU was never used to geographical region just to not confuse things like that. Idiot.
2019-05-09 15:23
Wrong.
2019-05-09 15:45
Thats just wrong...
2019-05-09 17:47
#238
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Nigeria Asbhdhsbs
I spot bullshit
2019-05-13 06:32
European Union, not the continent of Europe.
2019-05-11 20:18
+1
2019-05-11 20:58
Google What does eu stand for Google: Search Results Featured snippet from the web European Union The European Union (EU)
2019-05-09 17:01
For all the idiots that are this stupid: google.com/search?safe=active&ei=-UvUXJ_..
2019-05-09 17:49
Stupid is think that's EU doesn't stand for European Union only
2019-05-09 18:01
Nice sentence retard ;)
2019-05-09 22:43
Nice try, I was first which means I am right, bye Finland wannabe
2019-05-09 19:20
Hey idiot. Read the link you actually posted. Contradiction in terms :o)
2019-05-13 15:16
Holy shit you are not only retarded, you are also super late at it. Back to special ed kiddo
2019-05-13 16:09
Haha, var det dit eneste forsvar i en debat, du tydeligvis tabte? Stærkt :o)
2019-05-14 08:14
Du er så snotdum at du ikke er værd at diskutere med.
2019-05-14 09:25
#69
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Poland Hanse
You have to be fair here, PL scene at least have some talents split among tier 10 teams like Michu or Rallen. Only good player UK have recorded in last 5 years is Smooya
2019-05-09 14:21
Not worth responding to him. Even he knows what he said makes no sense. He's just trying to get a reaction :P
2019-05-09 14:39
Dephh?
2019-05-09 14:41
#100
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United Kingdom 1942Flow
Alex? both better teams than Michu or Rallen OMEGLUL
2019-05-09 14:43
OMEGALUL
2019-05-09 14:43
#113
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United Kingdom C4Golden
Surreal???
2019-05-09 14:46
surreal is underrated tbh
2019-05-09 14:53
nt
2019-05-09 14:57
#107
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Poland Hanse
are you going to list every single UK player here? You have like 3 left lul
2019-05-09 14:45
No just people only ever think Smooya is the only one, where is any Polish players now BTW?
2019-05-09 14:46
#114
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United Kingdom 1942Flow
devils.one? o wait no org xD
2019-05-09 14:46
LOOOOOL
2019-05-09 14:47
#126
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Poland Hanse
btw looking at you two - this old shit is only thing I can think about haha imgur.com/a/UAjafNb
2019-05-09 14:57
#117
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Poland Hanse
How many British teams are in top 30? Or even better - how many ever got here? If not team statistic - amount of UK players also isn't that great, with 2 on top 30 in past 6 months. So yeah, at least don't shit on others - Nato is really talented and deserves spot in good team, I'm glad he finnaly got his chance.
2019-05-09 14:50
I didn't say anything bad about nato rofl
2019-05-09 19:18
#90
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Finland joo5)
Snax > natosadphix )
2019-05-09 14:36
smooooyyyaaaaaaa
2019-05-09 14:08
#29
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United Kingdom 1942Flow
better than 1.20 rating smooya? 2nd at ESL 1 Cologne???
2019-05-09 14:08
#36
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Poland Hanse
Player so insanely good that no team want's him haha
2019-05-09 14:09
#52
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United Kingdom 1942Flow
better than botosaphix
2019-05-09 14:13
U lost, let it go
2019-05-09 14:42
#102
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United Kingdom 1942Flow
KYS
2019-05-09 14:43
Just let it go, you got owned in every aspect possible, take a nap or go cry in a corner my dear friend
2019-05-09 18:13
where is he now
2019-05-09 14:11
Standing in for RNG because Gratisfaction can't go to America, n1
2019-05-09 14:42
#106
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United Kingdom 1942Flow
slovakia scene? OMEGALUL
2019-05-09 14:44
Shitty and small country yet we still had more players on the top LUL
2019-05-09 16:58
#176
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United Kingdom 1942Flow
name 1
2019-05-09 17:02
No problem - Guardian
2019-05-09 17:03
#178
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United Kingdom 1942Flow
hes from czech republic nt
2019-05-09 17:10
Oof expected from brexit
2019-05-09 17:19
lol just stop
2019-05-09 17:50
LMAO wrong af
2019-05-11 21:00
#228
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United States Thund4h
Smooya >>>>>> nato Deph >>>>>>> nato Both played in tier1 and where’s nato? -in tier3 sprout OMEGALUL Maybe he’ll play good but i do not believe that. He probably will have less than 1.0 rating in matches against tier1 teams
2019-05-11 03:33
F13
2019-05-09 14:07
F5
2019-05-09 14:07
#32
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Poland Unluko
Pog
2019-05-09 14:08
F5
2019-05-09 14:11
F5
2019-05-09 14:17
F5
2019-05-09 20:39
nato so underrated rly. i think he will show
2019-05-09 15:27
#2
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Israel wetz
Ok
2019-05-09 14:06
#3
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Lithuania Tocha
gg
2019-05-09 14:06
ez
2019-05-09 14:06
Peacemaker xaxaxaxa
2019-05-09 14:06
more like pacemaker xdDDD
2019-05-09 14:10
More and more like PISSmaker
2019-05-09 19:27
Xellow God
2019-05-10 10:16
Indeed my friend :)
2019-05-18 14:14
#6
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Poland Astoner55
Gl!
2019-05-09 14:06
#7
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Finland perkeIe
Ok
2019-05-09 14:06
#8
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Poland Hanse
Oh shit oh fuck
2019-05-09 14:06
#9
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Bulgaria R34
Gl
2019-05-09 14:06
ez
2019-05-09 14:06
O nice
2019-05-09 14:06
Nice move.
2019-05-09 14:07
called it really good move.
2019-05-09 14:07
interesting
2019-05-09 14:07
godberg carrying team as usual smh
2019-05-09 14:07
1 hour ago : Heroic bench mertz Now : NATOSAPHIX JOINS HEROIC that was quick
2019-05-09 14:07
#45
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United Kingdom XNL
Well it was obviously preplanned.
2019-05-09 14:11
Seriously ? :O
2019-05-09 14:43
#136
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Sweden swedz2
NooOooo Seriousslsy ?!?!?! NOOOO No but seriously guys, KQLY is not vacbanned, this is shit
2019-05-09 15:07
glhfhf vacation
2019-05-09 15:52
Jw vac check hltv
2019-05-09 15:52
#18
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Finland EdiEz
nice
2019-05-09 14:07
Woah glad man
2019-05-09 14:07
nice
2019-05-09 14:07
heroic family fuckin bullshit
2019-05-09 14:07
+1
2019-05-09 14:17
Expected
2019-05-09 14:07
Feel bad for Mertz. Where will he go? Tricked? OpTic? EU mix team? NA?
2019-05-09 14:08
hopefully optic
2019-05-09 14:18
Yeah he could do good in OpTic. -Refrezh i suppose
2019-05-09 14:32
or -snappi
2019-05-09 14:33
Yeah
2019-05-09 14:33
#133
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United Kingdom Crypt1cSV
literally anything to get msl off of primary awp
2019-05-09 15:05
#157
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Sweden Trkmag
Friendly reminder MSL outawped dev1ce
2019-05-09 15:39
Tbh MSL is alright with the AWP. I can see him (MSL) as 2nd AWPer if Mertz joined them.
2019-05-09 15:47
Pog ?
2019-05-09 14:08
STILL T3 TEAM LUL
2019-05-09 14:08
RIP dragonfly
2019-05-09 14:09
#55
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Hungary StraYzie
+1
2019-05-09 14:14
#152
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South Africa @FyreCS
Trash anyways
2019-05-09 15:29
#153
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Singapore Kerk
Who?
2019-05-09 15:31
#35
trk | 
Kazakhstan Mus1kkk
gl hf
2019-05-09 14:09
#37
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Asia Go0re
Tier 2 now
2019-05-09 14:09
#38
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France FrighTyyy
Expected
2019-05-09 14:09
woAh
2019-05-09 14:10
#41
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Switzerland TyRRRR
-friberg +MODDII or any decent danish player.
2019-05-09 14:10
ez for glutendaddy
2019-05-09 14:10
#43
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Czech Republic y0fl0w
nice move, skill-wise pretty equal but i can imagine nato is way superior as a teammate
2019-05-09 14:10
Mertz must be toxic or something to get kicked from so many teams
2019-05-09 14:52
#137
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Czech Republic y0fl0w
yeah.. it's pretty obvious now
2019-05-09 15:09
#48
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China KoreanFan
Good pick.
2019-05-09 14:12
it's not a great addition at all , nato is average at his best , they need a young prodigy to make the team work
2019-05-09 14:12
Nah, all they need is time with this lineup
2019-05-09 14:26
#74
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France mbl4
yeah so nato
2019-05-09 14:26
stavn?
2019-05-09 15:01
#151
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South Africa @FyreCS
That’s why they have Stavn?
2019-05-09 15:28
RIP heroic
2019-05-09 14:13
#53
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Hungary StraYzie
mertz > NaToSaphix
2019-05-09 14:14
nice move
2019-05-09 14:14
Nice
2019-05-09 14:16
this silver instead of mertz? :D wtf
2019-05-09 14:16
+1 nice name btw
2019-05-09 14:18
#212
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Denmark Zaerdna
Inferno is good wtf mens))))
2019-05-09 22:47
good for estrelis men)))))not for us men))))
2019-05-09 23:03
#214
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Denmark Zaerdna
Not because of Astralis I just like the map tbh :)
2019-05-09 23:04
Poor mertz
2019-05-09 14:18
#66
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Finland Costeri
Great guy, good luck
2019-05-09 14:18
YOOOOO GG NATO
2019-05-09 14:21
#70
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Brazil victoorH
Ok this is epic
2019-05-09 14:22
#71
ropz | 
Estonia cluv
finally he gets a chance
2019-05-09 14:24
PogChamp let's go
2019-05-09 14:24
#78
JaCkz | 
Europe cArn5
Nato PogChamp gl man <3
2019-05-09 14:29
holy fuck hell yeah, i'm switching my flair after blast
2019-05-09 14:29
well didnt expect this, but PogU. Deserved finally for Nato!
2019-05-09 14:31
unexpected, but deserved for NaTo
2019-05-09 14:32
Nato yeeeah
2019-05-09 14:32
finally
2019-05-09 14:33
peacemaker at it again
2019-05-09 14:33
WASTED
2019-05-09 14:35
peacemaker the worst coach off all time
2019-05-09 14:36
+11111111111
2019-05-09 19:30
#92
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South Africa @FyreCS
YES! Cry so free haters! Bookmarked on Mertz post remember??? EZ for NatoSaphix
2019-05-09 14:38
#94
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Lithuania ElNelav
Nato deserved it. Mertz not.
2019-05-09 14:39
Nice
2019-05-09 14:40
LoL probably worst move EU
2019-05-09 14:43
gl Nato
2019-05-09 14:45
#109
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Spain Silber_
Finally
2019-05-09 14:46
Expected, gl NaTo
2019-05-09 14:46
mertz>nato
2019-05-09 14:48
mertz is saying wrong word.So he gets inactive
2019-05-09 14:51
nato>mertz tbh, really looking forward for Na2 <3
2019-05-09 14:53
FINALLY <3 <3
2019-05-09 14:54
Interesting
2019-05-09 14:56
"I’m looking forward to becoming a hero!" cringe Anyway, what the fuck? Mertz is miles better than this fucking youtuber
2019-05-09 15:00
#156
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Sweden Trkmag
He shouldn't be worse at least
2019-05-09 15:38
Great to see him in a good team, well deserved :) GL HF!
2019-05-09 15:00
#129
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Norway k3ron
Congrats NaTo!!!
2019-05-09 15:01
Great for Nato. Maybe in OpTic -snappi +Mertz ???
2019-05-09 15:01
good move
2019-05-09 15:05
#135
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Sweden swedz2
Nice move, but poor Mertz
2019-05-09 15:06
Back to GLUTENDADDY level I hope?
2019-05-09 15:11
Good for nato :D
2019-05-09 15:18
Hmm Good luck Mertz and all
2019-05-09 15:19
Good addition. Mertz was inconsistent and overrated
2019-05-09 15:19
Eksde
2019-05-09 15:20
#144
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Kazakhstan k4harman
expected.
2019-05-09 15:20
lineup is sick now
2019-05-09 15:20
Now they need a experienced IGL to lead them, you have a lot of young guys and some decent firepower but without a good IGL they arent gonna go that far IMO. GL NaTo anyway
2019-05-09 15:25
#148
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South Africa @FyreCS
So happy for the goat NatoSaphix! Finally got a decent team! EZ for NATO
2019-05-09 15:27
#154
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Sweden Trkmag
Most overrated player? He is good, but people act like he's a god or something
2019-05-09 15:38
Unexpected. I am sure that Nato is a promising player, but mertz is the way better
2019-05-09 15:38
Not sold on that. We'll see. I think NaTo will be better
2019-05-09 16:09
From what I've seen so far (and I've watched quite a lot of both of them) Mertz is way better.
2019-05-09 20:18
mertz has good aim but makes his team lose so many rounds they should win because he can't stay disciplined and always overpeeks.. That's the reason he was kicked by MSL and you can see he hasn't patched this flaw yet.. He is no s1mple or ZywOo either aimwise so no point keeping him right now. It's a team game, better teamplay/strats/atmosphere trumps a little firepower disadvantage anyday.. That's right in any teamsports by the way, value of a team =/= sum of the individual value of its player..
2019-05-10 20:15
Sprout played for nato thats why he had such numbers, but mertz is better, I think es3tag should go instead of him.
2019-05-10 03:41
From youtuber to playing on a top-30 team in the world... show's how dedication and effort really pays off Good luck Nato!
2019-05-09 15:44
+1
2019-05-10 10:47
NatOnliner
2019-05-09 16:30
#171
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Hungary Shiron212
WOW finally superteam
2019-05-09 16:42
#173
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Poland kRAMERO
WarSawPacTiX
2019-05-09 16:47
nice, where's mertz going tho
2019-05-09 17:38
they bench mertz for this clown? LMAO
2019-05-09 17:41
friberg speaks danish or they must communicate in english?
2019-05-09 17:42
He speaks broken danish, but they can understand him. So they all "speak" dansih
2019-05-09 18:37
#188
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United States Fenoglio
Finally my mans nato gets the team he deserves
2019-05-09 17:52
#190
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Sweden swedz2
Are you fakin serious in my eyes?!?!
2019-05-09 18:04
IT HAS HAPPENED POG!
2019-05-09 18:27
Great player good luck
2019-05-09 18:33
POG I Will start to watch heroic matches now Niels is a Great guy
2019-05-09 18:56
#204
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Denmark firkant
Such a humble guy
2019-05-09 20:20
Yeah men!
2019-05-10 10:47
KICK FRIBERG FFS
2019-05-09 19:49
OMG FINALLY!
2019-05-09 19:51
Wasn't sold on mertz anyways, seen NaTo around for a long while in lower teams but honestly didn't ever expect him to join a team like Heroic, even if it is a much lesser heroic than the Snappi one. Guess this is his chance to prove himself
2019-05-09 20:24
#244
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Sweden Zightz
I reckon he already proved himself in Sprout.
2019-05-14 15:56
if he truly proved himself then North would have picked him up
2019-05-18 17:33
good luck :)
2019-05-09 20:38
YES FINALLY
2019-05-09 20:40
wttf I thought this guys career was over, because... well... I thought it never started
2019-05-10 00:48
Why mertz wtf
2019-05-10 03:39
Heroic top 10 now, ez
2019-05-10 15:02
who ? what game ?
2019-05-11 12:41
#230
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Denmark Skejzen
I LIKE IT
2019-05-11 17:01
youtuber LUL
2019-05-11 19:56
#235
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Australia alf_au
I'm actually really excited about this
2019-05-12 02:05
#237
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Estonia RopzTop1
Finally! why tf is mertz being benched though
2019-05-13 01:53
#245
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United Kingdom TC10
nice name
2019-05-16 15:26
interesting
2019-05-19 14:06
u late
2019-05-19 20:35
Nothing against dude but he a bot
2019-05-21 12:36
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