niko to stand in for OG in DH Masters Spring qualifier

The Dane will be stepping in for OG amid reports of his permanent signing with the organization.

OG will be using Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen as a stand-in during the DreamHack Masters Spring Europe Closed Qualifier, the organization announced before their first match in the tournament against Nordavind at 17:00 .

The 22-year-old will step in as a replacement for Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt, who was benched from the team late last month after the two sides "didn't agree on how to consistently perform at the highest level".

niko steps in for OG

niko, who has been sitting on Heroic's bench since late-February after Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali and Rasmus "⁠sjuush⁠" Beck took his and Johannes "⁠b0RUP⁠" Borup's place in the active roster, has been closely linked with the European side for the past week after HLTV.org reported that OG had expressed interest in signing the Dane.

The DreamHack Masters Spring closed qualifier will run from March 6-7 and is set to hand out three spots at the $250,000 main event, which the organizers are hoping to host in a studio location on LAN on April 29-May 9.

OG's lineup for the DreamHack Masters Spring closed qualifier will be:

Finland Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen
Jordan Issa "⁠ISSAA⁠" Murad
United Kingdom Mateusz "⁠mantuu⁠" Wilczewski
Denmark Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså
Denmark Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen (stand-in)

Denmark Casper "⁠ruggah⁠" Due (coach)

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1919
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
611
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
United Kingdom Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
555
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1103
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1177
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
32
Team:
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Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
795
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
771
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
859
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1084
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Nice. First
2021-03-06 16:01
26 replies
Who will be awping now???
2021-03-06 16:03
22 replies
Mantuu
2021-03-06 16:03
11 replies
Spawn
2021-03-06 16:10
9 replies
-issa +k0nfig -aleksej +blameF -mantu +mertz
2021-03-06 16:38
7 replies
#82
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Pakistan hawrU
MANTUU>>>>>>>>>>>>>MERTZ
2021-03-06 17:13
5 replies
mertz seems to be toxic and doesnt last in teams very long
2021-03-06 17:56
3 replies
so danish smooya?
2021-03-07 04:58
2 replies
Actually, I dont think smooya's been toxic for a while. He had to leave Chaos because of location issues etc. I think his toxic period was before his time in Chaos? Whereas mertz seems to end up in another team every couple of months
2021-03-07 12:29
1 reply
smooya is literally being toxic in movistar riders, GOD Steel, the major finalist, deserves better
2021-03-07 18:34
#96
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Palestine MrZoldiK
+99
2021-03-06 19:06
You are out of your mind, Mantuu is way better than Mertz.
2021-03-06 20:09
-aleksib +rattlesnk
2021-03-06 17:01
#79
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Finland Mallu345
Mantuu ?????? lol
2021-03-06 17:08
xyp9x
2021-03-06 16:04
botJ
2021-03-06 16:06
1 reply
Cringe
2021-03-06 16:44
karrigan I guess?
2021-03-06 16:10
Hiko
2021-03-06 16:12
niko
2021-03-06 16:20
#52
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Denmark Notallama
me ;)
2021-03-06 16:25
suNny
2021-03-06 16:25
Mantuu was always the awper
2021-03-06 16:26
#97
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Turkey Rheniel
godj
2021-03-06 19:09
Wtf niko leaves g2? Lolololol.
2021-03-06 16:15
Flair checks out
2021-03-06 16:20
1 reply
hm? 😠😡
2021-03-07 07:57
Ew, what are OG thinking?
2021-03-06 16:03
1 reply
-support +support
2021-03-06 16:11
2 replies
hahaaaa
2021-03-06 16:03
#45
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
kkkkkkkkkk
2021-03-06 16:16
#4
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Finland ThaMuse
Let’s goo
2021-03-06 16:01
#5
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Jordan Zereeni
Lol
2021-03-06 16:01
#6
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Finland orange_719
finally
2021-03-06 16:02
and ball torture
2021-03-06 16:03
2 replies
are you into that? uWu
2021-03-06 16:04
1 reply
yes OwO
2021-03-06 16:05
#8
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Finland viikeri
kk
2021-03-06 16:02
#9
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Slovenia dootie
nice!
2021-03-06 16:02
gl hf
2021-03-06 16:03
Yes ^_^
2021-03-06 16:03
Lowkey really happy they didn't sign Danish niko permanently. If he performs well and fits the team then sure but for now it's nice to see that OG is aiming higher
2021-03-06 16:09
1 reply
#63
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Finland Nollegee
+1
2021-03-06 16:32
cool
2021-03-06 16:03
#18
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Lithuania Extazis
twitter.com/OGcsgo/status/13682149017815.. niko as stand-in It means they gonna go for kenny then -issaa and buy ropz
2021-03-06 16:04
11 replies
Mantuu + kennyS ?
2021-03-06 16:05
3 replies
#29
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Lithuania Extazis
mantuu was a rifler if you didn't know
2021-03-06 16:06
2 replies
no i never watched low tier cs
2021-03-06 16:08
1 reply
#48
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Lithuania Extazis
he is good on rifling
2021-03-06 16:21
OG buying Ropz, cant see that
2021-03-06 16:07
1 reply
#31
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Lithuania Extazis
I dunno we'll see
2021-03-06 16:07
At least I hope.
2021-03-06 16:40
why would they go for 0.98 awper?
2021-03-06 17:15
3 replies
#90
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Lithuania Extazis
fanbase for OG will go higher maybe new home aleksib motivates kenny
2021-03-06 17:53
2 replies
I mean depends where their priorities are set,i wouldnt gamble on a "fanbase" awper
2021-03-06 17:54
1 reply
#100
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Lithuania Extazis
they need some aggresivness so
2021-03-06 19:46
expected but not stand in
2021-03-06 16:04
#21
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Israel Ohadle2
expected
2021-03-06 16:04
Hope it works out - now only replacement for ISSAA is needed
2021-03-06 16:05
1 reply
#71
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
Not really.
2021-03-06 16:47
expected so many people baited by "MasterPiece" even though it was obviously niko on his alt
2021-03-06 16:06
Wtf niko, ready to ruin another team?
2021-03-06 16:06
1 reply
hahaha
2021-03-06 16:28
Who do you think Niko will kick next? I believe Aleksib because og needs more firepower
2021-03-06 16:08
2 replies
#72
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
I think they should recruit SunNy. Very firepower.
2021-03-06 16:48
1 reply
At least they will have fun
2021-03-06 19:11
#40
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United States Haibara
I thought Niko plays for G2? And I thought only free agents are allowed to stand-in? Seems like OG are desperate.
2021-03-06 16:13
1 reply
#69
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Portugal POR_NaTe
heroic niko
2021-03-06 16:45
Barely an upgrade over nbk tbh.
2021-03-06 16:14
1 reply
different type of a player tho
2021-03-06 21:15
rip
2021-03-06 16:15
#49
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Greece wazerr
expected
2021-03-06 16:21
#50
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Denmark Notallama
OG is slowly turning into North
2021-03-06 16:24
ok gg
2021-03-06 16:24
Cant wait OG vs heroic
2021-03-06 16:26
1 reply
Or G2 ;) which team Niko will play in, does he swap teams after rounds? Total mayhem
2021-03-07 12:43
#56
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Indonesia lukerey
so they still have faith in ISSA playing with 80-100 ping. hmm interesting. #DreamOG
2021-03-06 16:26
Pog
2021-03-06 16:27
Ok , stand-in, but EPL is already here, someone Else is going to play there? OG is Very late
2021-03-06 16:27
NiKo left G2 for this? Congratz!
2021-03-06 16:28
1 reply
Destroying a team and then leaving, typical))))
2021-03-06 16:44
og kick nbk for this?
2021-03-06 16:28
Why would they replace a bot with another bot
2021-03-06 16:31
#65
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Ukraine HZT8
over 233 iq move OG
2021-03-06 16:40
You should start saying FAKE Niko. Otherwise I get baited everytime.
2021-03-06 16:46
Wtf. I thought was NiKo, but is niko.
2021-03-06 16:51
At least he's a stand-in.
2021-03-06 16:52
xd xd xd xd xd nbk for niko oh woooh, teams be like shiver me timbers. xd same team same player just 4 years younger
2021-03-06 16:54
who would have thought
2021-03-06 16:54
#77
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Finland Paleale
NICE !
2021-03-06 16:55
I bet my ass that niko will stay with OG
2021-03-06 17:11
hahahahaha ch0k0 kicked kennyS and now goes to play as stand-in for OG XDDDDDDDDD
2021-03-06 17:12
1 reply
#93
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Europe legal2333
KEKW KEKW
2021-03-06 18:32
#83
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Finland EZekt
Every roster change news story comment section lately: "-half the team +K0nfig + blameF"
2021-03-06 17:13
Faze then g2 then og interesting
2021-03-06 17:26
#86
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Poland SebL
niko is a really good player, but honestly I don't think he is what they need long term, but I might be wrong. GL to OG and niko.
2021-03-06 17:37
trash player
2021-03-06 17:38
Last place will be reality with niko.
2021-03-06 17:41
#89
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Germany 'ezpz
kicking kennyS and joining OG after ???
2021-03-06 17:45
#95
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Chile cristiaan
nice
2021-03-06 18:47
#99
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Argentina XaiDN
Budget one
2021-03-06 19:23
#101
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Russia PRO100XYZ
EZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
2021-03-06 20:03
Really? Stand-in? When you have NBK on the bench? N0tail and Ceb must have asap a meeting with csgo manager... How can you screw things like that in such a lil time?
2021-03-06 20:06
6 replies
bot nbk
2021-03-06 20:16
1 reply
bot issaa bot valde bot aleksib bot mantuu fair? Or maybe the in-game leading of aleksib is not good. They have really to convince with this qualifier and EPL. If they can't perform and qualify, the problem was and is not NBK but unfortunately, the synergy in the team and the first person responsible is the in game leader.
2021-03-06 20:18
stand-in aka potential new signing perfect opportunity to test the waters
2021-03-06 20:18
3 replies
They test him for days (weeks?) so if he's not signed yet, it means they are not 100% convinced of him or they spot another problem (the real one) but don't want to call back NBK by ego? =D Don't mention "buyout" delay, stop with this "delay" bs. It's a fucking lie people mention to show the lack of velocity.
2021-03-06 20:20
2 replies
where did i say anything about delay? you just sound like a mad nbk fan, honestly what real problem are you talking about?
2021-03-06 20:24
1 reply
I just preshot stupid answer =D The problem is in the in-game lead of aleksib. I've still one specific round in mind on Nuke where they take ramp and kill 3 people, were in 5v2 but hold the place for 20-30 second before going down and planting... It's one round in many others where the strategy and tactic are not on point for months. I love OG as an org but on this, they really screwed.
2021-03-06 20:28
Not a fan of this. So many better free agents available, so many better players in shitty teams for you to poach.... Whatever. GL Niko I guess, and more importantly GL to OG.
2021-03-06 20:44
The guy actually thinks he can sign for a better team just cuz they had that fluke run with heroic
2021-03-06 20:54
why they don't just pick decent player like ropz?
2021-03-07 04:06
GL
2021-03-07 05:05
nice from G2
2021-03-07 09:52
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