XSET sign Originem roster

The top women's team have signed with XSET as they look to bridge the gap between male and female Counter-Strike.

Originem have completed a move to North American organisation XSET, with the roster set to relocate across the Atlantic at the start of 2021. Julia "⁠juliano⁠" Kiran's team were left without an organisation at the start of 2020 after parting ways with Besiktas, who they had joined in mid-2018.

The squad stuck together and picked up Michaela "⁠mimi⁠" Lintrup at the beginning of the year and competed under WRTP until June, when they renamed to Originem. The team have enjoyed great success in 2020, picking up wins in three all-women tournaments: Ambush Invitational, DreamHack Showdown Summer and Galaxy Racer Invitational.

XSET will have a baptism of fire in DreamHack Open December

Under XSET, the team will be hoping to take the next step in their playing careers and compete against male opposition in higher-profile tournaments.

"We hope to get more results in the male tournaments and to prove that we are a better team and that we can compete with the male teams ⁠— maybe not like Tier 1, but Tier 2 and 3," Anastasia "⁠kr4sylya⁠" Khlobystina said in a statement to Dexerto.

The female team competed against male opposition at DreamHack Open Rotterdam 2019, where they were eliminated in 7-8th place following crushing defeats to AVANGAR and Hard Legion. However, they insist they have more to prove and will take their game to another level with practice against tougher opponents.

The team's first test under their new colours will be in DreamHack Open December, in which they will face off against the likes of sAw and Movistar Riders between December 10-13 after qualifying through the Summer Showdown event. They will close out the year in DreamHack's Winter Showdown from December 15-20.

The XSET lineup is as follows:

Sweden Zainab "⁠zAAz⁠" Turkie
Sweden Julia "⁠juliano⁠" Kiran
Denmark Michaela "⁠mimi⁠" Lintrup
Netherlands Petra "⁠Petra⁠" Stoker
Russia Anastasia "⁠kr4sylya⁠" Khlobystina

Correction: An earlier version of the article mentioned that the team would be moving to North America. This has been denied by team member mimi on Twitter.

Netherlands Petra 'Petra' Stoker
Petra 'Petra' Stoker
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
85
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Denmark Michaela 'mimi' Lintrup
Michaela 'mimi' Lintrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
153
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Sweden Julia 'juliano' Kiran
Julia 'juliano' Kiran
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
234
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Sweden Zainab 'zAAz' Turkie
Zainab 'zAAz' Turkie
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
210
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Russia Anastasia 'kr4sylya' Khlobystina
Anastasia 'kr4sylya' Khlobystina
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
43
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
#1
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Europe Holiwis
ez 4 juliano
2020-11-20 19:27
16 replies
" the team will take their talents to North America with the aim of taking the next step in their playing careers and competing against the male teams in higher-profile tournaments. " but there is no scene in NA ?
2020-11-20 19:29
15 replies
That's the point, they think it's easier to have a tournament spot in NA with a cheap roster
2020-11-20 19:37
2 replies
not like they would be going against t1/t2 in EU so if they get in t1/t2 tournaments in NA (which is more like t2/t3 in EU, lol) that would be a profit
2020-11-20 20:39
1 reply
They won't make it in NA either if we are being realistic. New England Whalers and other t4-5 teams will still trash them.
2020-11-20 22:00
There is no FEMALE scene at all. Stupid that females get these contracts just because they are girls pretty much. Skillwise they are low players
2020-11-20 19:40
9 replies
+1
2020-11-20 20:58
Arent they all like fpl-c players?
2020-11-20 21:41
3 replies
No, only mimi is in FPL-C, (4.7k games) Juliano - Affix EU(no idea what's that),Female superleague, and Swedish Pro league 2.5k games Petra - Female superleague, benelux pro league 3.5k games kr4sylya - Just some female hubs 4.2k games zaaz - affixeu 1.3k games "Games" mean total played matches on faceit.
2020-11-20 22:47
2 replies
I think i do recall Juliano playing fpl-c at least but i thought they were better in terms of pugging at least, havent watched them since i saw them live in dreamhack rotterdam
2020-11-20 23:41
1 reply
Maybe they were playing back in 2017/18, but now only mimi is playing.
2020-11-20 23:47
yeah, but if you had 1 female player capable of playing in t1 teams the value of this player would be 10x more for organizations than her male counterparts. especially more so if she was pretty. the orgs would literally shit bricks to sign her, so they could put her face everywhere.
2020-11-21 08:32
3 replies
they dont play in normal male teams
2020-11-21 11:55
2 replies
yeah, but there's no rule that prevents them from playing in normal teams. the reason why there's no female players in top t1-t2 competition is that the small demographic of female players in csgo is unable to produce enough talent.
2020-11-21 13:12
1 reply
Exactly. Skill wise they would lose to literally something worse that Alternate attax team or you know tiers lower. But since they are women - they get lucrative deals. Just because they are female gamers. And that's the part i dislike
2020-11-21 13:22
#52
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Belgium NotJuan
Liquid about to be dominated by EU female team
2020-11-20 19:42
1 reply
nice try
2020-11-20 21:03
#3
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Finland Cucumber))
nais
2020-11-20 19:27
#4
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Finland tpsa
nice
2020-11-20 19:27
wow
2020-11-20 19:27
#7
daps | 
United States wtcce4
cool
2020-11-20 19:27
#9
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Czech Republic bagin__
2020-11-20 19:28
2 replies
+1 could be outaimed by literally random lvl9 players
2020-11-20 19:29
no, just zoner power
2020-11-21 08:54
#16
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Nepal rosiek64
mimi <3
2020-11-20 19:28
#19
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Bulgaria goshyy
Cool
2020-11-20 19:29
"tier 2 or 3" they are playing in esea intermediate, and they think they can compete with tier 2 or 3 teams. is she joking or ?
2020-11-20 19:30
5 replies
Tier 2/3 in NA is possible...maybe...glhf?
2020-11-20 19:35
#35
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Germany I_car
That's NA MDL level
2020-11-20 19:35
2 replies
the disrespect
2020-11-20 20:09
1 reply
#79
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Germany I_car
The truth
2020-11-20 20:12
Yo le noob, Some EU Intermediate teams have the level to compete in NA MDL. As for this roster, ils say they are high-end of Advanced/low-end of MDL in NA, maybe they could even reach MDL Playoffs if all goes well.
2020-11-20 21:25
#27
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Netherlands Sem0733
Petra <3
2020-11-20 19:31
oh nice
2020-11-20 19:32
#31
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France pol44r
please pracc against male teams,dont care if yoiu get 16-0 2 or 3 times;tahts the only way you can progress
2020-11-20 19:33
11 replies
Probably they're doing it but anyway, they should expect results when they're putting as much time in the game as boys.
2020-11-20 19:37
#55
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United Kingdom novaseer
+1 I don't agree with splitting the pro playerbase by gender, because if we do that the perceived worse will just stay that way and never get better splitting the pro playerbase like this is why NA teams bombed in the recent EU events, because they're used to playing NA which is easier
2020-11-20 19:44
6 replies
But no one does this spltting, the girls can't win open quals that's all, they're not good enough to win againts level 10 mixes on open quals.
2020-11-20 20:01
4 replies
#73
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France pol44r
they simply...dont play quali most of the time....they are so scared of the hate,but thats how you progress lol
2020-11-20 20:05
3 replies
I don't think the hate is why they're not playing, maybe is because they don't wanna get out of their comfort zone, they can still get paid for doing nothing, playing a few times per year at some girl tournaments, if a team of girls would really want to do something in cs they would try every qualifier and play as much as boys, you can't deny it, they're not working hard enough to get where they're dreaming to get.
2020-11-20 20:29
2 replies
#87
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France pol44r
yes .
2020-11-20 20:36
+1
2020-11-20 20:41
2020-11-20 21:28
#89
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Russia M1shV4T
On pracc it would be like 30-0, but still Anyway I think that even top 50 teams wouldn't pracc with team with can't get through any open qualifier (except fe quals)
2020-11-20 20:37
Yo le noob, They play most of their against male teams (in ESEA Intermediate and a lot of Open Qualis) and from what I know they only pracc against male teams, because the other female squads are so low below them.
2020-11-20 21:28
+1!!! i totally agree
2020-11-20 21:53
#38
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Hungary szia
ez4godessPetra
2020-11-20 19:37
They can beat some of these mdl teams in NA probably, same style pug CS. Good move from the org, even one win against male team and they get all headlines!
2020-11-20 19:38
#53
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India KaiserGene
Wow nice womens))
2020-11-20 19:43
Petra and Mimi needs to carry for success
2020-11-20 19:46
#59
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Europe Cirros_V2
Gl but i can bet all my money that none women team wont be in top 30 ever. I would love to be wrong tho.
2020-11-20 19:48
#63
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Netherlands Polakva
1-16 3-16 for what lul ?
2020-11-20 19:50
ez for mimi
2020-11-20 20:12
#81
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Poland SebL
Interesting project, it seems impossible but I mean there has to be good female team at some point, maybe it's time. We will see, anyway GL.
2020-11-20 20:14
kr4sylya <3
2020-11-20 20:18
They wana close the skill gap yet they signed the same team that has been playing in mdl main for who knows how many years
2020-11-20 20:18
2 replies
Yo le noob, EU Intermediate is easily on the high-end of NA Advanced, some teams have MDL level. Obviously moving this roster to NA will enable them to qualify for higher leagues more easily, and if they make it to MDL, which is far from impossible, they will gain exposure they would never have in EU.
2020-11-20 21:32
1 reply
that doesnt say much. NA advanced is a joke compared to global CS. My point is, if you want to push female CS to new heights you need to start with some fresh players. These girls have been around for years and i havnt seen them even make it far into any open qualifier.
2020-11-20 23:15
Why they just cant prove themself in qualifiers? Like its obvious they going to loose if they only male opponents will be t2-3 teams. Good idea but bad management
2020-11-20 20:43
would actually be nice if they manage to win against some t2-3 teams
2020-11-20 20:46
2 replies
+1 but the first team to lose will probably become a meme for a short time
2020-11-20 20:56
1 reply
yeah definitely, but I guess that's part of the process
2020-11-21 08:49
#102
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Sweden RaaCCooN
Juliano:D
2020-11-20 21:13
"We hope to get more results in the male tournaments and to prove that we are a better team and that we can compete with the male teams ⁠— maybe not like Tier 1, but Tier 2 and 3," 100% gonna get clapped 16-0 at least once during the next tournament.
2020-11-20 21:29
1 reply
“XSET is already the most diverse org on the planet,” co-founder and CEO Greg Selkoe said in a statement. “We looked around and saw that everyone games, but if you looked at a lot of the orgs, they had a similar look and feel: not very diverse, not a lot of women and nota lot of different races represented. We wanted to set up an org from the beginning that was addressing these problems and leading the way.” xDDDDD what a joke
2020-11-21 11:48
ez petra
2020-11-20 21:34
"The top women's team have signed with XSET as they look to bridge the gap between male and female Counter-Strike." its finally gonna happen right?
2020-11-20 21:59
1 reply
yes. finally. the move to xset will bring them all the skill.
2020-11-21 19:36
well since liquid is leaving soon they might stand a chance
2020-11-20 22:14
#129
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Russia Jet1k
if you want to 'actually' have good female players in cs and arent just looking for a paycheck (which is fine) then the only way is to have 1 or 2 of the best female players play on male teams. until then tf2_medic_schaudenfreude.mp3
2020-11-20 22:14
actually good team
2020-11-20 22:23
GODLIANO
2020-11-20 22:24
I hate when they call them "male tournaments". There are NO "male tournaments". They are open for ANYBODY good enough to qualify.
2020-11-20 22:37
2 replies
#145
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CIS cardison
i arent think thats the point , looks more like bad wording .. they know that it isnt male only tournaments , more like saying they dont want to only be in female only tournaments
2020-11-21 00:53
1 reply
Then say that. Dont call them "male tournaments" because they're not. They are inclusive of ALL sexes. The only group of people that are segregating the sexes are female only tournaments.
2020-11-21 04:13
if besiktas had signed space soldiers instead of tier999 female team, turkish cs would be too different today
2020-11-20 22:43
#136
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Finland Anslebus
Good luck! Hope to see them perform well.
2020-11-20 22:44
cba with all this negative shit in the comments... for anyone that actually want to know, they are NOT moving to NA
2020-11-20 23:40
props for them for actually trying to put themselves out there and not being afraid to play against the male teams. Sadly I dont think they have much of a chance against any team in the top 50-70
2020-11-21 00:53
Sorry but lets be realistic, these poor Lasses are just gonna be food for whatever lucky squad finds them in a bracket. Not because they are girls, just because they are completely outclassed here
2020-11-21 01:31
#174
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Europe tuxiban
Sad to see so many negative comments from some very opinionated people that know very little about the team. It seems a lot of the toxic ones have been removed and rightly so, a freedom of speech doesn't entitle you to post abuse. Good luck to them. I hope together with an org it will give them more opportunities to grow stronger, they certainly have talent and grind hard. Looking forward to the upcoming Dreamhack events. GLHF
2020-11-21 17:47
1 reply
They have been in the female scene since forever. The 9000 year old arki from sAw and chokeistar riders are from the unexisting iberian scene(all spanish orgs have international rosters: G2, Heretics, Mad Lions, Betis...) and yet they will destroy them. I am in favour of females in competitive esports, but I think they should have the same path that other male contenders and not get "male" tournament invites just for being female. Also the term "male" tournament is so dumb, they are mixed tournaments dominated by men.
2020-11-22 19:25
I really hope this goes well.
2020-11-22 20:24
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