OMEN Challenge presented by HLTV amateur players & on-air team revealed

OMEN by HP and HLTV.org are pleased to reveal the two amateur players and the talent line-up for the upcoming OMEN Challenge presented by HLTV.

Marco "hayden" Witzner, a 20-year-old player from Denmark, and Nikolas "n1k" Laiho, an 18-year-old hailing from Finland, were the two amateurs picked via a selection process led by Astralis coach Danny "zonic" Sørensen. This Friday, they will join six other players, including the best player of 2018, Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, and the StarLadder Major MVP, Nicolai "device" Reedtz, in London for the OMEN Challenge presented by HLTV, a duel-based tournament with $50,000 on offer.

Last weekend, hayden and n1k had the privilege to go through a bootcamp in Astralis' offices, where they were coached by zonic himself and other members of the Danish team's coaching staff on how to optimize their in-game performance and prepare mentally and physically for a big tournament.

The OMEN Challenge presented by HLTV will be held on Friday

Picking up where the bootcamp left off will be former Virtus.pro legend Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski and Besiktas player Julia "juliano" Kiran. The duo will make up the hype team, helping the two amateurs on the day of the tournament to prepare for the challenges that they will face.

Seven of the eight players who will be taking part in the OMEN Challenge presented by HLTV are now determined. The final professional player will be revealed on the show, which will begin at 14:30.

The list of participants for the competition is the following:

Freya Spiers, who has hosted a number of FACEIT events, including last year's London Major, will be running the show, which will feature an augmented reality set-up to immerse viewers in the action. The highly-popular duo Anders "Anders" Blume-Jason "moses" O'Toole will be casting the duels.

You will be able follow all the action live on Friday at 14:30 on Twitch.tv/omenbyhpeurope. Check out OMEN by HP's Instagram page for a teaser about something very special that is being prepared for the tournament.

United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Sweden Julia 'juliano' Kiran
Julia 'juliano' Kiran
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
215
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
792
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1382
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1045
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Denmark Anders 'Anders' Blume
Anders 'Anders' Blume
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.19
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
#1
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Czech Republic bagin__ 
k
2019-09-18 16:11
#5
tabseN | 
Turkey Lonelycs 
Kk
2019-09-18 16:11
HLTV should have a community poll where we can nominate an HLTV user
2019-09-18 16:13
#28
ropz | 
South Africa zoneku 
No, we would end up with someone from the favela
2019-09-18 16:22
HAHAHAHA
2019-09-18 16:25
#45
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
devveeeee
2019-09-18 16:48
#59
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United States chromedome_cs 
I would have chosen you smooya
2019-09-18 17:36
#51
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
vuvuzela?
2019-09-18 16:58
OMEGALUL
2019-09-20 15:32
#98
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Brazil perdidao 
Says the guy from the savanna
2019-09-20 16:11
My vote goes to mibr_is_over_rated. I just want to see full autism
2019-09-18 16:53
#35
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Czech Republic bagin__ 
waiting for someone to add the third K
2019-09-18 16:28
#60
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Czech Republic Xedys 
Cya in 10
2019-09-18 17:42
#61
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Czech Republic bagin__ 
a za co? =D
2019-09-18 17:43
#9
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United States Frotha 
No NA or SA player Racist XD
2019-09-18 16:13
#52
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United States NotASmurph 
Liquid is playing like shit but Elige is still playing really well. Haven’t watched a lot of other teams but I’d assume that some are still playing really well. Cooper from eUnited springs to mind
2019-09-18 17:01
Twistzz inc
2019-09-18 19:05
No "best in class players" available there who are not sponsored by Omen competitors. Imagine Liquid (sponsored by Dell Alienware)....they will not bei allowed to play on an Omen Event by their orgs
2019-09-18 19:17
#70
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United States Frotha 
Good point +1
2019-09-18 19:18
+1
2019-09-18 21:47
#88
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United States DeeSeL 
Maybe they didn’t want to fly for a 50k tourney
2019-09-19 22:07
look at these amateurs one of them looks like tom cruise
2019-09-18 16:13
#44
Zeus | 
Ukraine Ilidan21 
Bo$$
2019-09-18 16:47
#2
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United States I_eat_burgers 
Gl everyone
2019-09-18 16:11
#3
Sweden nouio 
coooool
2019-09-18 16:11
#4
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Netherlands VanReckless 
rip
2019-09-18 16:11
#6
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North America TheReelMVP 
No American players?
2019-09-18 16:12
#13
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United States Frotha 
+1 Americanism
2019-09-18 16:14
Because NA trash xaxaxa
2019-09-18 16:22
#7
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Finland Faifainei 
ez4n1k
2019-09-18 16:12
#14
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Canada LARRATT 
NiKo 16-1 n1k
2019-09-18 16:15
#19
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Finland Faifainei 
NiKo too tired from all the matches he played with baitzera to move his mouse.
2019-09-18 16:18
#37
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
Niko can go on drinking spree for 7 days and when he wakes up on 8th day all fucked up he would 16-1 ur guy
2019-09-18 16:33
Not 100% sure though what a sim race driver (n1k) is doing there. Giving different perspective, or such? :-d
2019-09-18 16:53
#82
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Finland Faifainei 
Maybe zonic wants to make device look good.
2019-09-19 06:58
Ez4n1k
2019-09-18 16:13
#11
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Brazil fuNNa 
Twistzz last player
2019-09-18 16:13
ez for miriam
2019-09-18 16:17
who cars
2019-09-18 16:17
good luck hayden and n1k!
2019-09-18 16:18
#20
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Sweden rh3ny 
Ofc Denmark and Finland, that’s why they the homies are so good looking
2019-09-18 16:19
#25
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Cyprus Swishh_ 
delusional
2019-09-18 16:20
JULIANO LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2019-09-18 16:19
+1 my reaction as well
2019-09-18 16:20
She can teach them how to spray
2019-09-18 17:48
+1
2019-09-18 21:49
expert in de_kitchen
2019-09-20 02:36
#22
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Thailand hahahoha 
ez4juliano
2019-09-18 16:19
Elige or Zywoo are my guesses
2019-09-18 16:20
tabsen or xantares probably as OMEN sponsor BIG
2019-09-18 16:28
+1 for knowing that. I did not
2019-09-18 16:42
probably smooya because this is played in London
2019-09-18 16:55
smooya living in BIG house rn
2019-09-18 17:53
big on lan in PL
2019-09-20 12:50
#30
NiKo | 
Morocco royflord 
electronic is the funniest one HAHAHHAHA
2019-09-18 16:26
lol
2019-09-18 16:49
n1k lets go dude
2019-09-18 16:26
I hope Its Zywoo that would be so cool
2019-09-18 16:27
Zywhoo?? He is nothing with fat face
2019-09-18 17:53
izi s1mple
2019-09-18 16:31
#38
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Brazil gresote 
ok
2019-09-18 16:37
hell yeah rain
2019-09-18 16:39
#40
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Europe AlohaNamaste 
Coldzera last player
2019-09-18 16:40
Shox
2019-09-20 13:31
S1mple playing w new mates, good
2019-09-18 16:43
where are all the females!?
2019-09-18 16:45
#50
shox | 
Europe Toxic91 
easiest guys to 1v1 really, s1mple, niko, rain and electronic lol
2019-09-18 16:56
Tbh it's a lottery, between all people you can definitely find 2 who have insane aim.
2019-09-18 17:05
where is the female representation???
2019-09-18 17:02
we got Freya who wants to watch silver gameplay
2019-09-18 17:03
Who tf is n1k? Next ence player?
2019-09-18 17:16
No he hates ence. If he shows up friday I can see him and aleksib creating new finnish super team an known as " Ossi Sohvat eSports " 1.Aleksib ingame leader 2.N1k entry/lurker/support, hard to say his role because we dont know him yet. 3. Zehn as a rifler (ngl, zehn is for me one of the most underrated players) 4. Jamppi (awp) because he just have to take new step above in his career. With players like arvid and khrn you will never win anything. Can't see sj even going through the minor open quals without huge roster changes 5. There are many players who could take this place. I didnt like ottond aka bottond before saw his actually good player in major, before major i always disrespected him but now i think he is good guy. He is also good friend of aleksib which favours him. Maybe Xarte? Hes experience would be valuable. I would like to see stonde comeback but I hate him now since he started to play fortnite with mikkis. The problem is not hes playinh fortnite im not that "jonne" that i would disrespecting fortnite players it is good game even tho i dont play it anymore. The problem is I really hate mikkis because he is disgusting person and fucking stupid human I hope he dies soon. Last wildcard could be sergejs little brother who plays now for cosa nostra (if im not wrong) I saw tweet that he got 30 bomb against kova esport in elisa viihde league. Sadly I didnt saw that because i dont watch elisa streams because autistic Stimby, galezki and tomi 🤣🤣🖐 really hate those guys and hope they get some career ending injuries. Also that studio host esa (dont know his gamer nickname so just saying esa) he is fuxking arroganr little peace of shit. My favourite caster is de man de legend himself Arttu "olvari" Hämäläinen. Not too sure does sergej (he is his little brother player agent if im not wrong) allows his brother to join aleksib team Have a nice weekend trashport/darkstar_fin
2019-09-18 19:23
Stop exposing me here juti >:((( but good pasta mens)))
2019-09-18 19:30
Oh yeah I take a note now and I will not talk about your other accounts anymore woman))
2019-09-18 19:33
Mens 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳
2019-09-18 19:34
#84
cadiaN | 
Finland 0lter 
hes faceit lvl 8 lamo
2019-09-19 08:56
#58
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Vietnam eat_mah_dog 
nice blyat
2019-09-18 17:26
That a top 1 -5 right?? S1mple device niko elec
2019-09-18 17:53
no meyern? are u out of your mind ? my god...
2019-09-18 18:14
#68
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United Kingdom FEodAL 
i should be there, can we see their submitted demos pls
2019-09-18 19:10
#73
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Other Shnwy 
Damn I didn't get there
2019-09-18 19:32
anluko for me
2019-09-18 20:14
#77
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Turkey i_eat_kebab 
EZ4NIKORAIN
2019-09-18 20:22
#80
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Poland Wajcheusz 
Juliano and Pasha POG
2019-09-18 22:19
i wish olaf would compete in this
2019-09-19 05:22
#83
cadiaN | 
Finland 0lter 
lmao n1k :DDD
2019-09-19 08:55
niko and s1mple in the same team, maybe this can be the dream of a lot of fans around the world, 2 super players in the same team, anyways, allu > entire cs go players in the world.
2019-09-19 10:20
XD!
2019-09-19 12:40
Imagine if we had zywoo too. S1mple niko zywoo device electronic going at it
2019-09-19 14:09
#90
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Finland sevekoo 
Easy for n1k aka the awp god aka the youtube star who has made the world famous video CSGO.EXE and many more.. Hes also a friend of mine so easy for me aswell HAHAHAHA
2019-09-20 07:59
HYPE
2019-09-20 12:50
#94
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North America karalumano 
TBD pls pick scream i wnt see him rekt all these fucking weebs who only knows about teamwork. without their team scream gonna splash them heads 1 by 1
2019-09-20 14:56
#97
Spiidi | 
Germany IxKai 
nbk 100%
2019-09-20 15:43
#95
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Russia Dude_Love 
ez4s1
2019-09-20 14:56
nice
2019-09-20 16:14
VOD of the event twitch.tv/videos/483938806 Lez Go!
2019-09-22 19:36
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