OG take down BIG in ESL Pro League Season 13

The European mixture bounced back from a shocking loss in the DreamHack Masters Spring qualifier with a win over BIG.

The first day of the ESL Pro League Season 13 group stage came to an end with OG, ranked 18th in the world, managing a 2-1 victory over world No.7 BIG,

Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen's men secured the win just one day after crashing out of the DreamHack Masters Spring Closed Qualifier after being upset by Bulgarian side VOYVODA in the second lower bracket round.

The stand-in stood out for OG

The match between BIG and OG was closely contested one for the first two maps, as Overpass and Nuke were split with 16-14 scorelines. The series took a turn on the final map, Inferno, which ended with a resounding 16-6 victory by OG.

In the post-match interview, Aleksib praised their stand-in Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen, who was benched by Heroic at the end of February. The 22-year-old Dane not only top fragged the series, but according to the in-game leader, provides great communication and energy. However, it is "too early to say" if niko is the long-term solution for OG, he added.

Germany
Matchpage
1
2
8th March 2021
Europe
16
Overpass
14
14
Nuke
16
6
Inferno
16
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
59 - 64 -5 81.6 1.00
51 - 62 -11 66.5 0.90
45 - 61 -16 62.7 0.90
50 - 66 -16 74.1 0.87
48 - 54 -6 60.3 0.83
 OG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
70 - 50 +20 87.7 1.31
65 - 53 +12 86.5 1.19
60 - 46 +14 73.5 1.18
58 - 51 +7 79.0 1.14
50 - 55 -5 64.1 0.97

ESL Pro League Season 13 group A continues on Tuesday with the following schedule:

12:00 Europe FunPlus Phoenix vs. Australia Renegades
15:30 Europe Complexity vs. Europe OG
19:00 Germany BIG vs. Denmark Heroic

Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
865
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
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#1
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Israel Redku
GOD NIKO
2021-03-08 23:26
3 replies
expected from fluke BUG
2021-03-08 23:28
1 reply
#104
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Denmark Bagjo
Silly comment......
2021-03-09 12:34
#63
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Oceania Syncheon
niko > niko
2021-03-09 06:46
niko good
2021-03-08 23:26
1 reply
#43
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Europe chespiZ
poor xantares , stop fpl myfriend
2021-03-09 00:30
#3
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Latvia adererror
shouldntve read the previous article for so long
2021-03-08 23:26
GIKO
2021-03-08 23:26
#5
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Finland viikeri
Nice
2021-03-08 23:27
jermans malding
2021-03-08 23:28
1 reply
turk malding a little harder tho esp if they bench xantares
2021-03-09 00:19
Disband asap
2021-03-08 23:28
gg
2021-03-08 23:29
#12
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Europe tsken
niko played really well!
2021-03-08 23:30
issa:)
2021-03-08 23:33
#15
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Finland Apinster
AleksiB interview somewhere?
2021-03-08 23:33
3 replies
1 reply
#129
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Finland Apinster
Thanks, was good stuff as always!
2021-03-10 10:49
#90
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Finland Zikii
On the match page look at the VOD of 3rd map and then skip to the post-match desk analysis.
2021-03-09 10:46
Gg big lets go OG
2021-03-08 23:34
if big cant beat og, then who they can beat? lmao
2021-03-08 23:34
17 replies
#37
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Dominican Republic NNNumb
hey can beat whole shit br scene
2021-03-09 00:13
16 replies
#48
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Finland skaril
BR 2 MAJORS AUSTRALIA 0 LOLOOLL
2021-03-09 01:07
14 replies
#65
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Australia z3ro_
Yeah and how long ago was that?
2021-03-09 07:31
6 replies
#66
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United States Shr3y
Still better than 0 majors
2021-03-09 07:35
Don't listen to that delusional Finn, he has an ENCE flair LMAO
2021-03-09 07:56
4 replies
#92
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Finland skaril
As if that wasnt obvious joke about Brazilians but ok
2021-03-09 11:27
3 replies
ENCE flair still makes your joke invalid
2021-03-09 11:28
2 replies
#109
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Finland skaril
ok natosaphix fan
2021-03-09 13:32
1 reply
natosaphix is a sexy god literal beastlike monster<3
2021-03-09 14:29
#71
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Dominican Republic NNNumb
live in the past loser
2021-03-09 08:54
Right now, Aus > Br
2021-03-09 09:34
5 replies
#74
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Finland OGx
Jks dog
2021-03-09 09:46
#110
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Finland skaril
How is renegades doing currently against tier 3 team
2021-03-09 13:32
3 replies
certainly better than how dogsent and mibr are doing
2021-03-09 16:58
2 replies
#127
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Finland skaril
relevant user name
2021-03-09 17:02
1 reply
relevant flair
2021-03-09 19:21
+111111111
2021-03-09 11:33
Let's go og
2021-03-08 23:35
Imagine lose to a team that lose to Voyvoda.
2021-03-08 23:35
-ISSA for good lurker . maybe bought ropz until ropz contract ends.
2021-03-08 23:41
6 replies
#76
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
Valde is the lurker. They need an entry.
2021-03-09 09:50
5 replies
the started from issa is lurker gameplay , are u stupid? valde play as second support riffler then NBK is the primary support.
2021-03-09 14:02
3 replies
Sorry, where is NBK right now? Saw the dreamhack and EPL matches?
2021-03-09 14:19
2 replies
dude i thought was change for ISSA not NBK , you didnt understand what i mean. he was say valde is lurker , how lurker doing smoke long and go returned b as position to deff with igl and awpers together and how makes sense nbk is doing literally bad move because they just use nbk as support not entry fragger . aleksib is the one entry fragger and igl , like blameF and now niko join then aleksib can focus igl and support the team . you cant analyst ? nbk was get out for good taste but kick nbk is the worst problem , you think i dont know nbk was benched?
2021-03-09 16:27
1 reply
Right now, VALDE is the lurker and ISSAA is the entry. If you want to go -ISSAA +lurker, you are switching up Valde's role, even though Valde is playing great right now. SO -ISSAA +entry
2021-03-09 16:29
#21
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Australia Cheesle2
BUG LMFAO
2021-03-08 23:41
BIG SAVING STRATS / THROWING FOR CASHHHH
2021-03-08 23:42
#23
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Chile cristiaan
EZ
2021-03-08 23:44
#24
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Romania SanitySP
Niko getting signed soon
2021-03-08 23:45
#25
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Poland SebL
OG has potential, I would give this roster some time honestly and see how it works, I think it could work out. I think BIG will make changes right after EPL, I mean they are looking dead with this state, I would expect -tiziaN/k1to or even both.
2021-03-08 23:48
5 replies
tiziaN has well groomed full beard. Keep. k1to has no full beard which is of concern to me. But then again he did a sick dualie ace ( youtube.com/watch?v=ra7s2CxUBq4) Keep.
2021-03-09 00:12
4 replies
#68
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Poland SebL
k1to seems useless in this team. He should be benched.
2021-03-09 07:51
3 replies
#77
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
-XANTARES is the move. K1to and Tizian provide a tactical and supportive side to the team that Syrson and Xan are supposed to capitalize on, but Xan just doesn't. K1to secondary AWPs and plays the worst spots. -Xan
2021-03-09 09:51
2 replies
#94
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Germany NitczkaCS
+1 and he seems always so disconnected from the team while playing as if he still has communication problems
2021-03-09 11:29
#102
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Poland SebL
k1to has pretty bad spots, I agree, but his performance even for those spots is not good enough to be a T1 team again. However I still like the idea of -XANTARES, I don't think he is a good player.
2021-03-09 12:15
wp OG, doing the reverse sweeperino as per ushe.
2021-03-08 23:52
#27
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Indonesia lukerey
Nice. Lets go OG! #DreamOG
2021-03-08 23:59
2 replies
#78
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
#DREAMOG
2021-03-09 09:51
1 reply
#97
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Paraguay imjustmau
#DREAMOG
2021-03-09 11:42
#28
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Turkey 69kagan
LUL
2021-03-09 00:00
CSGO nowdays lose tier3 mix next day win top5 team
2021-03-09 00:03
5 replies
Niko has been playing with them just a few days, of course they improve fast in the beginning. Also he is a really good player.
2021-03-09 00:04
2 replies
not for 24h
2021-03-09 00:32
1 reply
Remember that anti-strats exist, VOYVODA are such an unknown quantity for OG especially as a new team compared to BIG
2021-03-09 07:45
well they just made roster change so I would give some slack for that. anyhow winning BIG was well done. Not their best day but win is a win.
2021-03-09 09:52
This! Everyone beats everyone ...
2021-03-09 10:25
#30
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China barushehe
zrobil to polak
2021-03-09 00:03
No BUG no BIG
2021-03-09 00:04
BIG players are bots, they will lose to Heroic tomorrow
2021-03-09 00:04
7 replies
1 man spam nice
2021-03-09 00:17
They will ffs. Don't see BIG winning against ANY top20 team right now :D
2021-03-09 00:19
5 replies
Top 20 :D You are quite optimistic sir!
2021-03-09 07:57
4 replies
Considering they beat Astralis etc. not long ago, both of you are just plain stupid. Professional CSGO is pretty close on the top. BIG is inconsistent but they can beat EVERY team if they have a good day. They proved it often enough. But never mind, haters gonna hate...
2021-03-09 12:10
3 replies
flair checks out lmfao
2021-03-09 12:15
2 replies
Well...how long did it take you to think about this genius comment? I know a lot of intelligent and kind finnish people. Your flair doesn't check out.
2021-03-09 13:34
1 reply
"how long did it take" bruh I responded 5 minutes later, just because I don't sit around HLTV all day doesn't mean it took me 5 minutes to come up with that. A: Get a life and B: Flair checks out!
2021-03-09 14:30
xd
2021-03-09 00:06
BIG news!
2021-03-09 00:17
Heroic kicked niko so he can make OG GREAT imagine thinking that refresz > niko NEVEEER
2021-03-09 00:21
niko > Niko
2021-03-09 00:40
Lose to Voyvoda, then win BIG Typical tier 3 group, cant say much
2021-03-09 00:43
3 replies
There will always be upsets when teams haven't watched demos.. It happens.
2021-03-09 01:30
2 replies
+1 and on top of that recent roster change.
2021-03-09 09:53
1 reply
#99
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Paraguay imjustmau
+1 and on top of that they're bulgarians
2021-03-09 12:00
#47
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African Union mikecool
What
2021-03-09 00:52
niko might just be what OG lacked with NBK
2021-03-09 01:08
ISSAA is the problem -ISSAA +BnTeT buy BnTeT from EXTREMUM !
2021-03-09 01:18
6 replies
#53
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Brazil vass28
Their problem already solved -NBK +niko
2021-03-09 01:48
5 replies
-NBK +niko & -ISSAA +BnTeT
2021-03-09 01:54
4 replies
#81
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
BnTeT best polish player Interesting, first person to say BnTeT, it would certainly be a great move!
2021-03-09 09:53
3 replies
Mantuu+Bntet Polish duo
2021-03-09 11:15
2 replies
#95
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
chemistry 100
2021-03-09 11:32
1 reply
+1
2021-03-09 11:47
My money is on OG becoming majority Danish. ISSAA is probably the next to be removed
2021-03-09 01:45
7 replies
#82
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
replaced by?
2021-03-09 09:53
3 replies
issaa is 0.97 but his deagle 3k on nuke won them the game lmao
2021-03-09 09:54
2 replies
#85
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Netherlands BigBoyTies
Yeah, I was just wondering what Danish player he had in mind.
2021-03-09 09:56
1 reply
the only tier1 danish player that plays issaa's role is dupreeh but i dont think he's leaving astralis any time soon
2021-03-09 09:58
u r right, denmark has great material. but i think -ISSAA only if online era continues prolonged, and/or they dont get ISSAA to OG game house. In interview aleksiB said that this is the case.
2021-03-09 09:54
2 replies
Issaa can now move away from his country. 1.01 rating against tiers 1 teams with 80-100 ping... cmon guys issaa isnt that bad. And stop believe thorin shit, his comms looks pretty good if you look the last series.
2021-03-09 13:02
1 reply
ye, in interview they said he is not allowed to travel BC of covid, so temporary situation.
2021-03-09 17:00
nice
2021-03-09 01:57
#56
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Brazil Anarchybr
Expected
2021-03-09 03:02
Happy for OG
2021-03-09 03:04
#58
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Indonesia woooi15
GET REKTT
2021-03-09 03:48
BIG the only team who plays with bootcamp most of the times with no result. Pathetic team
2021-03-09 04:51
niko is playing like real niko. Maybe he is the real niko :o
2021-03-09 05:08
No idea what heroic were thinking
2021-03-09 06:07
1 reply
#88
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Denmark Daweh
I hope there is something we do not know, because this roster change is hopeless.
2021-03-09 10:17
Unlucko
2021-03-09 06:13
turkish power
2021-03-09 07:14
Wait what
2021-03-09 09:00
1 reply
#75
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Finland OGx
OG take down BIG
2021-03-09 09:47
#87
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Denmark Daweh
Hopeless roster change from Heroic.
2021-03-09 09:59
1 reply
#101
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Paraguay imjustmau
Expected from cadian (igl of heroic during the famous bug abuse from heroic)
2021-03-09 12:10
Welcome GOD niko in about two weeks to OG.
2021-03-09 12:53
Heroic scratching their heads...
2021-03-09 13:06
Nicolaj son of Kristen aka " the real niko "
2021-03-09 13:16
Kick aleksib and become IGL NiKo.
2021-03-09 13:46
FPL tares
2021-03-09 13:51
#114
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Germany BIG2020
inferno was a shitshow.. other then that the match was good.
2021-03-09 13:53
GOD NIKO!
2021-03-09 14:09
Ez
2021-03-09 14:13
niko > NiKo
2021-03-09 14:33
pog
2021-03-10 20:29
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