Thomas ready to step in for Endpoint in BLAST Premier Showdown as OG close in on flameZ

The British player is expected to plug the gap in the squad as the organisation prepares for life without the Israeli talent.

Endpoint will field Thomas "⁠Thomas⁠" Utting as their fifth player next week in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown if OG complete the signing of Shahar "⁠flameZ⁠" Shushan, HLTV.org has learned. Discussions between the two organisations are at an advanced stage, with a deal expected to be wrapped up soon.

Thomas subsequently confirmed the story on Twitter, adding that he will also play for the team in European Development Championship 3, which will kick off Wednesday.

flameZ, one of the brightest young talents in the Counter-Strike scene, has emerged as OG's primary target to fill the vacant roster spot created by Issa "⁠ISSAA⁠" Murad's benching, last month. Michał "⁠MICHU⁠" Müller was also under consideration before OG stepped up their interest in the Israeli player, who was earmarked by Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač, Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische, Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool and Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač in the most recent HLTV Top 20 as a player to watch in 2021 and beyond.

Thomas is expected to play for Endpoint in the BLAST Showdown

Thomas is no stranger to Endpoint, having played for the organisation in two spells between 2018 and 2020. Both times, he left the team to try his luck in international projects - NoChance in 2019 and Envy in 2020 -, but he found success hard to come by.

The British player became a free agent in February, just weeks after Envy decided put their CS:GO division on hold for an unspecified period of time. He played just one tournament under the North American organisation, Flashpoint 2, in which Envy finished 7th-8th. He has stepped in for Endpoint several times this year, in both domestic and international competitions.

The BLAST Premier Spring Showdown will run between April 13-18, with $162,500 and two spots in the BLAST Premier Spring Finals on the line. Endpoint booked their spot in the tournament after winning the Fantasyexpo Cup, in which they beat Pompa, LDLC, Sprout and DBL PONEY.

Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1433
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1234
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
921
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
811
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Israel Shahar 'flameZ' Shushan
Shahar 'flameZ' Shushan
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
253
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
United Kingdom Thomas 'Thomas' Utting
Thomas 'Thomas' Utting
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
662
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1589
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1397
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
UK CS KEKW
2021-04-06 19:18
10 replies
I CALLED IT
2021-04-06 19:20
8 replies
Lmao
2021-04-06 19:22
oh thats so hard to guess
2021-04-06 19:36
6 replies
no im talking even before OG kicked NBK or issaa said this like 2 months ago when thomas was released from envy
2021-04-06 19:37
5 replies
its still expected tbh
2021-04-06 19:37
4 replies
+1 Thomas to Endpoint is a move that will happen every 6-14 months
2021-04-07 10:44
3 replies
You made my day with this comment. Is it like -chrisJ +chrisJ situation?
2021-04-07 10:51
1 reply
Haha it's not quite like that -- chrisJ has that veteran status that means his perceived value is always higher when he's not active on a roster, while players like smooya and Thomas are clearly too good for UKCS, but can't quite get it to stick at t1-2. If a project doesn't work out, there is always a place for Thomas at the Endpoint table. The real problem in this story is that, since the pandemic, all UK teams apart from Endpoint have folded.
2021-04-07 12:16
#109
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Reunion Esquinox
+1
2021-04-07 12:12
KKKKKKKKKKK
2021-04-06 19:21
UK KEKW
2021-04-06 19:18
sick
2021-04-06 19:18
Ez for UK!
2021-04-06 19:18
#5
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Finland Jambi_
les gou
2021-04-06 19:18
#6
TACO | 
Germany kekeke_
good for him
2021-04-06 19:18
just get him back on the active roster already lol
2021-04-06 19:18
flameZ top 2 2022 (LEGIJA top 1)
2021-04-06 19:19
2 replies
#18
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Asia TopBaiter
legija top 1 moral support
2021-04-06 19:19
wrong, nex top 1
2021-04-06 19:37
#9
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United States irony_irony
fLAMe z on og cool
2021-04-06 19:19
#10
sausol | 
Switzerland x676
ahhhahahahahahaha
2021-04-06 19:19
gl flamez in OG
2021-04-06 19:19
#12
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Asia TopBaiter
this is great news
2021-04-06 19:19
#13
arT | 
Europe omronTM
RIP OG
2021-04-06 19:19
2 replies
#28
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Finland OGx
nt
2021-04-06 19:22
FlameZ>>>>>>>>>>>issa and this shouldnt be close
2021-04-06 23:07
Which team will pick up mezzii though?
2021-04-06 19:19
FlameZ to OG pretty much confirmed then
2021-04-06 19:19
1 reply
All but official
2021-04-06 21:29
gl to uk cs in this tournament make them proud bruv
2021-04-06 19:19
5 replies
#19
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Asia TopBaiter
flamez was their star player hmmm
2021-04-06 19:20
4 replies
last few weeks it was CRUC1AL that was better rating
2021-04-06 20:05
2 replies
still not UK
2021-04-07 09:46
1 reply
crucial has only played in UK teams for his entire career
2021-04-07 10:45
The has been no better than when Thomas was on it, flameZ has more potential as a playeer but the team shouldn't be that much worse.
2021-04-06 21:07
#17
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Germany Droidd
Nah endpoint shouldve got michu
2021-04-06 19:19
5 replies
#21
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Asia TopBaiter
yeah wtf is this
2021-04-06 19:20
1 reply
#25
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Germany Droidd
If he don't then he go to AGO -reatz +michu
2021-04-06 19:22
League of Legends TI Winners team Endpoint should have gotten young german talent MICHU
2021-04-06 19:59
do u really think MICHU would go to endpoint? XD his salary is bigger than entire endpoint value
2021-04-07 09:51
1 reply
#112
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Germany Droidd
the salary from that org he isnt signed too
2021-04-07 13:38
#22
JW | 
Sweden Hasklon
thomas back to best uk roster, top 20 inc
2021-04-06 19:21
#24
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Russia ADisAsstah
Isnt't it nice?
2021-04-06 19:21
A great addition for OG
2021-04-06 19:22
#27
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Europe Cirros_V2
Pfffhahaha they almost did smth right
2021-04-06 19:22
#30
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Pakistan LoOuU2
YES. HE'S BACK THE GINGER ZYWOO IS BACK AFTER GETTING CUCKED IN ENVY, HE IS READY FOR REDMEPTION. I am actually happy to see him back in these folds, he was quite underrated back in his last stint with them. Good luck to Flamez, better option that Michu for sure.
2021-04-06 19:23
Nice Endpoint have a UK flag again.
2021-04-06 19:23
#32
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Finland OGx
nice i'm hyped
2021-04-06 19:23
2 replies
#84
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Sweden chris444
prove it or ill.....
2021-04-06 23:40
1 reply
#86
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Finland OGx
snapchat?
2021-04-06 23:48
gl for Thomas the tank engine
2021-04-06 19:26
#34
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Israel McBeany
Can someone get CRUC1AL out of there as well?
2021-04-06 19:25
1 reply
I would give him some more time, but he will definitely leave them as well if he keeps performing
2021-04-06 23:09
#35
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Latvia FieryBlood
lets go
2021-04-06 19:23
Endpoint should get Mezii. Otherwise back to an irrelevant team.
2021-04-06 19:23
1 reply
#48
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United Kingdom dmsum
+1
2021-04-06 19:34
#37
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Finland H0rnPub
OG is saved, no way they choke another grand final with this roster
2021-04-06 19:24
5 replies
#42
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Latvia FieryBlood
0% chance of choking in the future
2021-04-06 19:27
Easy because they wont reach a grand final
2021-04-06 19:42
3 replies
#87
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Finland OGx
nt eg
2021-04-06 23:48
eg fan lmaoo
2021-04-07 09:56
1 reply
My Flair clearly says CerQ not EG Expected from allu fan
2021-04-07 12:28
mezii good player go sign
2021-04-06 19:24
uk hope kek
2021-04-06 19:25
ZYWHO?
2021-04-06 19:25
#41
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Norway TheDEA
GLHF
2021-04-06 19:27
MICHU>FLAMEZ
2021-04-06 19:28
#44
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United Kingdom Kiieran1
Thomas is ginger!
2021-04-06 19:28
#45
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Bulgaria goshyy
EXPECTED
2021-04-06 19:28
expected
2021-04-06 19:28
#47
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China HEIDASHUAi
Expected but rip endpoint
2021-04-06 19:31
#49
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Brazil batcompany
Well that's unexpected right
2021-04-06 19:35
EP with the big brain moves. Sell Thomas to Envy, sign flamez as his replacement.. envy disband. flamez is OP, sell flamez to OG. Bring back free agent Thomas :) All in a year's work too
2021-04-06 19:38
4 replies
they surely know what they are doing and I think now its time to break the bank and get mezii alex even perhaps smooya aswell
2021-04-06 19:40
3 replies
even made an academy team now with best UK talent, but no need to change this roster tbh... top 30 is fine
2021-04-06 19:41
2 replies
top30 is fine? bruh you don't wanna see them in top10 even top5 i believe in them
2021-04-06 20:42
1 reply
sure but gotta be realistic max top15 team
2021-04-06 20:51
Now it's actually getting closer to actual UKCS. We are getting closer to the punchline lads
2021-04-06 19:44
LETS GO OG FLAMEZ
2021-04-06 19:49
LETS GO ENDPOINT!
2021-04-06 19:49
Good!
2021-04-06 19:53
#62
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Russia HikZ
traitor
2021-04-06 19:57
Ez 4 Thomas
2021-04-06 19:57
#65
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United States GameZ_iwnl
not the worst pickup for a UK team
2021-04-06 19:59
Kicked issaa for botlemz xdd
2021-04-06 20:00
2 replies
FlameZ is so much better lmao
2021-04-06 23:10
1 reply
#88
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Finland OGx
Much more game sense
2021-04-06 23:49
expected
2021-04-06 20:07
#DreamOG #AleksiSexyGod gl FlameZ
2021-04-06 20:07
nice Endpoint back to being UK
2021-04-06 20:42
#76
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Poland Spanksss
rip michu :(
2021-04-06 22:10
Thomas is really bad and flameZ is overrated. Cruc1al is the best player in endpoint while flamez being on the same level as robiin. Sure he’s Young and able to develop, but i still think that MICHU Would be better for OG.
2021-04-06 23:02
Good for Endpoint, now sign Mezii as soon as possible
2021-04-06 23:09
#82
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Switzerland nierg
So hyped for OG. Hopefully they perform at Blast Showdown
2021-04-06 23:33
1 reply
#89
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Finland OGx
only need 3 wins...
2021-04-06 23:49
#83
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United Kingdom C00K1E
lmao when thomas stepped in for flamez earlier this year he was near the top of the scoreboard, and the team won... maybe not that bad.
2021-04-06 23:39
1 reply
#90
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Finland OGx
glhf
2021-04-06 23:50
#85
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Russia Syonamaru
U can take fl1t and michu, but I take flameZ..
2021-04-06 23:46
now i'm sad for michu
2021-04-07 00:28
2 replies
knowing life he'll probably end up on Mad Lions or some shit as Kuben will entice him in, it will all fall apart, and he will yet again be at the precipice of breaking out as a top player, but not actually getting past that point
2021-04-07 00:56
1 reply
first VP fucked the polish scene next envy fucks there team playing for 1 tournament in 2020 now teamless good entry underated
2021-04-07 19:56
Endpoint please sign talented Mezii and save Smooya from Riders Top 20 British team incoming
2021-04-07 04:13
#95
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World Beard43
UK CS is back on the map baby!
2021-04-07 04:49
so back to ukekw?
2021-04-07 05:47
#97
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Poland Pechowy
It seems OG likes their place in ranking right now and that's why they take flameZ instead of MICHU.
2021-04-07 08:34
mhL MICHU Calyx xfl0ud flusha (IGL)
2021-04-07 08:37
#THOMASDIDNOTHINGWRONG
2021-04-07 08:56
GL ginger zywoo
2021-04-07 09:44
Thomas got a pretty sweet paid holiday Lmao -Thomas +Thomas
2021-04-07 09:45
#108
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Belarus jugadorJJ
RIP fantasy
2021-04-07 12:09
Why did we get points for Thomas instead of flameZ in the first game but not in the second game?
2021-04-07 21:36
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