OG to remove NBK - Report
A roster change could be on the cards for the international roster that kicked of 2021 in poor form.
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt is on his way out of OG's active lineup, French outlet VaKarM has reported. The international team peaked at #6 in the world at the end of 2020, but started the year with underwhelming showings at cs_summit 7, BLAST Premier Spring Groups, and IEM Katowice.
Alongside NBK-, Issa "ISSAA" Murad was the most criticized player on the lineup, but it seems that the decision has been made and it is the Frenchmen that will be making way to refresh the lineup. In its report, VaKarM suggested "differences in in-game vision between NBK- and the rest of the team" as the reason for his removal.
To fill the gap, OG are reportedly looking at benched players and those that were a part of organizations that closed their CS:GO division recently.
In a recent appearence on the HLTV Confirmed podcast, OG's in-game leader Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen admitted that the team was "having a lot of discussions" about their 2021 slump, with a bootcamp, six-man roster, and roster change all on the table.
The Finn also talked about ISSAA's specific situation, which forces him to play with a high ping during the online era, resulting in some underwhelming showings. "It's so hard because you don't know how long this COVID period is going to be and I know for a fact that ISSAA is like a 'glue' on LAN, he brings a lot of hype and he shoots better," the in-game leader said about the Jordanian.
If the report is confirmed, OG will have the following lineup:
Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt (benched)