OG to field NBK in ESL Pro League match against Heroic

The European team will have "one last dance" with the benched player.

OG will field Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt in their fourth match in Group A of ESL Pro League Season 13 against Heroic, which will take place on Thursday at 12:00 , the organization has announced.

Although no reason was given, OG were likely not allowed to use Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen in the match due to conflict of interest concerns, as the 22-year-old has remained contracted to Heroic since he was benched from the Danish team late last month.

NBK will step back into the roster to play against Heroic

The European side will play with NBK- for the first time since they exited IEM Katowice in the group stage at the hands of FaZe nearly three weeks ago. The Frenchman was placed on the bench a few days later and the team has since been linked with niko, with whom OG have also played in the first three matches of the league.

Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen & co. currently sit on a 2-1 record in Group A after beating BIG and Renegades and losing to Complexity. After they face Heroic on Thursday, the team will have one more match to play in the group stage, against FunPlus Phoenix on Friday at 19:00 .

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1919
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1094
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
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#1
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Austria Brandenburg
well.... ok
2021-03-10 22:34
3 replies
Lololol
2021-03-10 22:41
1 reply
Ez for Heroic
2021-03-10 23:33
Heroic rat
2021-03-11 05:20
interesting...og will still probably lose
2021-03-10 22:35
24 replies
wdym “still” niko >>> nbk
2021-03-10 22:36
22 replies
og look shaky with niko, he is a new player. they will lose to heroic either way who look very strong right now
2021-03-10 22:40
17 replies
#38
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Slovenia dootie
Heroic dont look strong tho
2021-03-10 22:55
16 replies
#50
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Europe Daudy
they did against fpx for example but most of their strength came from easily exploitable setups.
2021-03-10 23:01
4 replies
#58
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Slovenia dootie
Yeah but its fpx also playing with a standin, idk i need to see these lineup vs better teams
2021-03-10 23:12
3 replies
#60
Polin | 
Europe Daudy
They looked solid against big too.
2021-03-10 23:13
niko with OG more promising than nbk but nbk is great support too ,they should change issa and make nbk as their support again.
2021-03-11 10:05
1 reply
problem with NBK is his attitude not gameplay, however. Everyone likes NBK's role, but his propensity to disagree with the team gets him booted off Vitality and OG
2021-03-11 20:49
they have a lot of firepower and put up a good display against big - considering og form, i do not have much confidence in og. mantuu and issaa are very inconsistent
2021-03-10 23:35
didnt age well
2021-03-11 14:58
9 replies
#134
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Slovenia dootie
They still dont look strong tho, og is just bad
2021-03-11 15:10
8 replies
they look pretty undefeated if you ask me
2021-03-11 15:29
7 replies
#137
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Slovenia dootie
They havent played an actual good team, big looks lost atm so not really
2021-03-11 18:11
6 replies
what do you define as a good team?
2021-03-11 18:19
5 replies
#142
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Slovenia dootie
Any top 10 team except big rn they are slumping
2021-03-11 21:13
4 replies
ah i see, the only top 10 team they had the chance to stomp is the bad one... smelly
2021-03-11 21:56
3 replies
#145
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Slovenia dootie
OG beat them...
2021-03-12 16:54
2 replies
haha lol renegades beat them 2-0 i take my words back sorry!
2021-03-13 14:48
1 reply
#148
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Slovenia dootie
nah but heroic do look kinda on fire! i take my words back too!
2021-03-13 21:32
niko > nbk > issaa
2021-03-10 22:56
2 replies
#49
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Finland sant3rii
issaa > niko > nbk > thorin
2021-03-10 23:01
1 reply
issaa > niko > nbk > thorin > pimp
2021-03-10 23:32
#128
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Finland alluw0w
both are bots : )
2021-03-11 12:13
nonono, OG ERA 💪💪💪💪💪
2021-03-10 22:37
#3
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Bosnia and Herzegovina xdkeroo
L
2021-03-10 22:35
Why though
2021-03-10 22:35
9 replies
#14
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United Kingdom C00K1E
because heroic don't want a player they're loaning to wreck them
2021-03-10 22:37
they would lose anyway
2021-03-10 22:39
#37
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Slovakia Daev0n
Probably because Heroic could read niko's play. Also niko might not "stick to the script" that OG have because he might try to rekt his old teammates.
2021-03-10 22:51
4 replies
No :D It's against the tournament rules
2021-03-10 23:38
3 replies
#99
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Slovakia Daev0n
well would make sense either way xd
2021-03-11 00:59
2 replies
You telling us that niko wouldnt do everything in his might to prove his "former" team, that benching him was the wrong move? Alright...
2021-03-11 09:09
1 reply
#115
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Slovakia Daev0n
Ehm, NO. I'm saying OG has a structure and niko might not perform his role, because he would peek when he shouldn't just so he can get a frag. Sometimes a flash is better than a kill.
2021-03-11 10:43
Niko under Heroic contract
2021-03-10 23:29
#92
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Australia Beard43
Why don't you just read the article you're responding to?
2021-03-11 00:23
gl nbk
2021-03-10 22:35
nbk 500 adr incoming
2021-03-10 22:35
4 replies
i really hope he goes nuclear, always feels good when it happens.
2021-03-10 22:43
1 reply
+1
2021-03-11 09:58
900 adr
2021-03-11 10:01
1 reply
#144
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Brazil |witcher|
1K adr if he kills himself as well
2021-03-11 22:55
Makes sense. Ez 2-0 for Heroic ofc
2021-03-10 22:36
1 reply
+1
2021-03-11 00:17
go nbk
2021-03-10 22:36
he should throw for the luls
2021-03-10 22:36
hope they end on a good note
2021-03-10 22:36
#11
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Finland kkd69
-nbk +nbk -nbk
2021-03-10 22:36
3 replies
Top 3 roster change for sure
2021-03-10 23:12
1 reply
#84
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Finland EZekt
Those three being the entire top 3 list.
2021-03-10 23:43
#114
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Asia en1lykS
Same energy: -chrisJ +chrisJ -chrisJ
2021-03-11 10:19
#13
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Latvia YungPan666
niko 322
2021-03-10 22:37
to be honest it doesn't make any sense that a benched player could play for another team competing in the same tournament...
2021-03-10 22:37
NBK dropping 30 bombs
2021-03-10 22:37
wtf is wrong with this org
2021-03-10 22:38
4 replies
#32
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Latvia FieryBlood
which one?
2021-03-10 22:46
#48
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Finland Tyk0
What do you mean? It is just because Niko is still under contract with heroic so he cannot play against them.
2021-03-10 23:00
still better than cloud9 org LMAO
2021-03-10 23:05
1 reply
well c9 as an org is big but their managers are bad as hell + their lineup is bad too
2021-03-10 23:30
Imagine niko now playing for heroic :D
2021-03-10 22:39
1 reply
:DDDDDDDDD
2021-03-10 22:43
wtf
2021-03-10 22:39
Nbk will ruined their chances fo sure. LUL
2021-03-10 22:41
Nbk 115 adr pls
2021-03-10 22:43
Lmao if it was heroic deciding that OG cant use niko on OG vs Heroic, pretty bitch move.
2021-03-10 22:43
6 replies
#33
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Lebanon Dogman69
cry is free
2021-03-10 22:46
1 reply
How did i cry?
2021-03-10 22:47
That's not how it works
2021-03-10 22:47
3 replies
Thread literally said that no reason was given: they were likely not allowed use niko againts heroic? So who either it would be if not heroic deciding that?
2021-03-10 22:55
2 replies
#56
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Lebanon Dogman69
niko is still a Heroic player, so they can decide to not let him play just like teams in football who loan out players don't let them play against their parent club
2021-03-10 23:11
1 reply
Still pretty bitch move since they already basically kicked niko from heroic. They basically are scared to lose to OG if niko is with them. OG even with niko they would lose to heroic so why not just let niko play with OG, they already did him dirty. Also heroic has pretty much confirmed their playoff spot so wouldnt even matter if they lost.
2021-03-10 23:16
Thanos : You could not live with your own failure. Where did that bring you? Back to me
2021-03-10 22:45
#36
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Pakistan LoOuU2
nothing to be surprised about
2021-03-10 22:51
avoid niko trolling?
2021-03-10 22:55
#41
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Serbia XD___
expected
2021-03-10 22:55
If i was nbk i would throw.
2021-03-10 22:55
2 replies
Or play well to prove they were wrong? ^^
2021-03-10 23:37
1 reply
Nah, at this point every bad game for him they will consider to kick him.
2021-03-10 23:51
#43
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Finland Nollegee
200 iq move by Heroic, now they will +niko back to anti strat OG every round kappa
2021-03-10 22:56
#45
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France Haibara
why
2021-03-10 22:57
2 replies
Flag checks out
2021-03-10 22:58
#61
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Finland Tyk0
Prob. Because niko is still under heroic contract.
2021-03-10 23:13
interesting
2021-03-10 22:58
#51
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Romania dmyiwnl
that team is a fucking clownfiesta bruh
2021-03-10 23:02
what
2021-03-10 23:07
OG CHOKE TEAM , its still going and going and going, 15-19 always lose like that .
2021-03-10 23:07
YES
2021-03-10 23:13
Lul heroic scared of niko inside info
2021-03-10 23:15
i wish he could say no
2021-03-10 23:16
hope nbk drop 100 bombs and OG lose and return with couscous highping thorin fan
2021-03-10 23:17
NBkek isn't even gonna try because hes getting kicked so 2-0 for heroic.
2021-03-10 23:17
2 replies
He is a professional, not a soyboy Canadian.
2021-03-11 00:30
1 reply
#97
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United States weaboo
HAHA +1
2021-03-11 00:37
#68
TBD | 
Andorra DG84
ez win 4 heroic rn xD
2021-03-10 23:18
Lmao I love these kinds of things.
2021-03-10 23:24
if I'm NBK I'm trolling
2021-03-10 23:28
5 replies
#73
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Portugal Troll_JuJu
AhHahha I was thinking the same
2021-03-10 23:30
And this is why you are not a professional at all ^^ NBK got a unique chance to prove to the management team and show what he was meaning by difference on how to perform for Tier 1.
2021-03-10 23:39
1 reply
When did i say i tried/wanted to be a professional CS player? Just saying, if I'm NBK and getting removed from a team I'm trolling them. Lets be honest NBK career at the top is over anyway.
2021-03-11 11:23
#85
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United Kingdom ulan
im sure that will make an org pick him up,smooya trolled his team and see where he is now
2021-03-10 23:44
1 reply
Cant see a top team/org picking him up anymore regardless.
2021-03-11 11:24
This could be a close game. Something makes me feel that OG is going to win this game. It will be a nice match for sure.
2021-03-10 23:33
So by the rules, heroic can pick niko to play once he is benched :D It would be funny af.
2021-03-10 23:37
they realised their mistake, good
2021-03-10 23:54
1 reply
read the article
2021-03-11 00:27
#88
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Canada firtlast
nbk going to pull out the xm2000 and unironically shit on hoes
2021-03-10 23:56
Seems that esl learned from the mibr vs yeah game
2021-03-11 00:12
#93
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Australia Beard43
Makes sense, should be fun
2021-03-11 00:24
Let's hope he doesn't do the same shit he did to vitality at Berlin :D
2021-03-11 00:35
3 replies
what he have done there?
2021-03-11 11:57
2 replies
Look at his ratings during avangar game, also apparently he didn't want to practice
2021-03-11 12:11
1 reply
xD
2021-03-11 14:35
#98
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African Union mikecool
NBK is like OGs punching bag or something?
2021-03-11 00:37
dafuq
2021-03-11 01:16
1 reply
+1 this is really weird
2021-03-11 02:18
interisting personalitis
2021-03-11 01:50
1 reply
Can't say better than that
2021-03-11 12:12
#104
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Hungary raffai
NBK 80 frag
2021-03-11 02:49
what the hell???? thats my only question
2021-03-11 10:02
with niko they had any chances...but with nbk 0-2 fast
2021-03-11 11:23
Heroic toxic strategy
2021-03-11 11:34
#121
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World xuyan96
-nbk +nbk always work as same as -styko +styko
2021-03-11 11:35
Should be lose for og, niko played well against rng and big
2021-03-11 11:37
it'll be interesting match
2021-03-11 11:46
will nbk go like olof style and get 40 bombs
2021-03-11 12:03
Imagine if both teams meet again in finals
2021-03-11 12:35
Although I understand we are testing new waters for esports with loaned players against their original org, in traditional sports, let's say football, if messi is loaned form barca to bayern munich, munich would be more than compelled to field him and there wouldn't be any...questions asked. I would even argue that over the years, loaned players have overperformed against their original ones in order to impress them. Nonetheless, very interesting.
2021-03-11 13:14
#132
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Turkey 69kagan
I was so confused when I saw NBK xD
2021-03-11 14:43
Going to be pretty awkward.
2021-03-11 16:36
#139
RpK | 
United Kingdom sufyy
Hmmm
2021-03-11 19:54
LuL
2021-03-12 19:20
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