OG in talks over niko - Report
The international team are interested in the Danish rifler, who was moved to the bench last week.
OG have expressed an interest in signing Heroic benched player Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen, HLTV.org has confirmed. The Danish rifler has been earmarked as a replacement for Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, who was last week removed from the starting lineup following the team's disappointing start to the year.
Negotiations are understood to be still at an early stage, though OG will need to wrap up a signing soon as they are one of the 24 teams that will be taking part in ESL Pro League Season 13, which is slated to start on March 8.
niko returned to Heroic in April 2020 after previously representing the organisation between 2016 and 2018. He helped the team to reach unprecedented No. 1 world ranking in the fall after victories in ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Fall.
But the Danish team have been unable to reach the same heights in 2021. Less than a week after their group exit in IEM Katowice - following defeats to Spirit and eventual champions Gambit -, Heroic announced the double signing of Ismail "refrezh" Ali and Rasmus "sjuush" Beck from MAD Lions, moving niko and Johannes "b0RUP" Borup to the bench.
If the move comes to fruition, niko will reunite with his former Heroic and North teammate Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså. He will also once again work under Casper "ruggah" Due, who was his coach in OpTic.
OG will be hoping that a roster change will revitalise the team, who have struggled for form since the start of the year. Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen's charges finished 5th-8th in cs_summit 7, failed to qualify for the BLAST Premier Spring Finals via the group stage, and went out of IEM Katowice in 13th-16th place.