flameZ completes OG lineup - Official
The Israeli youngster will make his debut with the team against Astralis in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown.
Shahar "flameZ" Shushan has completed OG's lineup, the organization has confirmed. The 17-year-old up-and-comer effectively replaces Issa "ISSAA" Murad on the roster, several weeks after the Jordanian player and OG decided to part ways on the back of a string of disappointing results at the beginning of 2021.
flameZ was one of the Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen-led side's two biggest targets alongside Michał "MICHU" Müller, who was reportedly still being considered as a potential signing until early April.
This marks the second change in the European team in less than a month following the addition of Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen, who joined OG as a replacement for Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt after the Frenchman was benched due to in-game differences in late February.
"With Nikolaj and Shahar now joining the roster, we are confident that we can keep pushing the team towards the highest levels of Counter-Strike," OG's COO, Charlie Debs, said. "Shahar is an amazingly talented young player who already understands what it takes to perform at the highest level, and we will do our best to offer him the right tools to bloom even more this season."
The Israeli player has been transferred from Endpoint, where he made his name as an up-and-coming star in recent times. He averaged a 1.13 rating over the course of a seven-month tenure with the British organization, helping them reach the top 30 in the ranking and most recently qualify for the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown.
The same tournament is where flameZ will play his debut with OG. His new team has been pitted against Astralis in the first round of the single-elimination bracket, which will kick off on Tuesday, April 13.
OG's lineup is once again complete:
Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)