nexa: "I want to prove that I am a great in-game leader, not just a decent one"

The Serbian in-game leader has made clear his ambition following his move to OG.

Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković's two and a half year adventure with G2 came to an end in January after the 24-year old moved to OG, swapping places with Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen on the international roster. Now the Serbian leader sets his sights to 2022, taking over the captaincy of a squad that has so far, failed to live up to the expectations set by the caliber of players they hold.

nexa joined OG after more than two years with G2

In a podcast with members of the OG organization which included CEO Juan "JMR" Luna, CS:GO head coach Casper "⁠ruggah⁠" Due, as well as Dota 2 player and co-owner Johan "N0tail" Sundstein, the Serbian player talked about his reasoning behind his transfer as well as his goals and the expectations with his new squad.

"I am really glad that I made this move and I'm really glad that I am here," opened nexa. "We've spent a week together and I already got to know everyone inside the team, I think we clicked pretty well and I am really excited to play this season."

nexa's time with G2 was definitely a rollercoaster. Under his leadership, the team experienced several highs, reaching grand finals at eight different events, including the PGL Major in Stockholm at the tail end of last year. Despite their success, the squad was no stranger to inconsistency, even crashing out of group stages at events such as ESL Pro League Season 14, where G2 was eliminated without winning a single game.

"We had our ups and downs honestly, the ups were great but the downs were catastrophic," replied nexa when asked about his two and a half year adventure with G2, to this day his longest and most successful tenure at any organization.

"I think the experience I had there is something that made me grow up, let's say, and take this thing not just like a hobby or playing a video game, but take it like a serious job where you have to put an insane amount of work if you want to stay at the top level and if you want to play and be consistent in the game. It has definitely taught me a lot about life itself in general, how to speak and communicate and be in charge of a group of people, which is not something I was doing previously. I am really grateful for all the experiences and everything I had there, but I felt like it was time for me to move on."

Despite their inconsistencies during the online era, the return to LAN proved to be a blessing for G2 as they improved on their 2021 form with some respectable performances at the last events of the year such as the PGL Major and IEM Winter. But every team has its ceiling, and nexa thought G2 under his leadership had hit theirs. "I didn't really feel I could do anything more or do anything else for the players that were there, I didn't think I could make them into better players than they were already."

nexa led G2 to their first Major final

Expanding on his time with the organization, the Serbian leader touched on some of the problems which plagued G2 during his tenure there. In particular, he spent some time talking about the mentality and balance issues the European squad faced following the transfer of Bosnian superstar Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač in the Autumn of 2020. "I can say that before we got NiKo, we didn't really have a superstar in the team, we were just five guys that believed in each other, and I think we actually were a better team in our previous roster," he explained.

Despite not winning much with the first iteration of the Franco-Balkan squad, nexa was happy with how consistent and harmonious the team felt. "Even though we didn't win anything. we actually were the number one on HLTV for two weeks at least. We had this bond of trust, the relationships between everyone were really good and we really enjoyed playing with each other [...] it made us super consistent."

The arrival of NiKo was certainly one serious injection of firepower, but it did not come without its problems. "When we got NiKo, that's when the balance of the team shifted and we could finish last place and then go into grand finals." nexa certainly welcomed the benefits that someone like NiKo could bring to a team challenging for titles, but held reservations over the team's inconsistency when relying upon a single player to such an extent.

"It [the team's performance] was mostly based on NiKo's performance. He was this mega superstar and he carried the shit out of us, [...] but when he was playing bad then the whole team was playing bad, so I've really preferred the version where we had this team structure and we didn't really need star players at the top," nexa continued.

"We just needed to believe in each other and trust each other to have a good structure built where everyone actually plays and enjoys the game, rather than having one guy with all the resources and everything pushed into this them and then he has the weight of the world on his shoulder, so when he makes a mistake everything falls apart."

NiKo's transfer to G2 gave the team the x-factor necessary to challenge the very best

nexa made clear the importance of a good team atmosphere and mentality in order to establish a stable and consistent squad. "For me, I was always saying that if you have a really good mood and atmosphere within the team, you are going to perform even better on the server." To achieve his aims, the Serb believed it was necessary to have someone qualified to deal with and help with the issues within a team.

"I really love the idea of having a sports psychologist because it was something we really lacked in G2, and I was trying to push for it because I think one thing that was stopping G2 from being a championship-winning team was the mentality issues that we had, and I think with a sports psychologist we could have easily overcome them. But unfortunately, we didn't get one."

Building trust had always been one of the pillars in the 24-year old's philosophy, even so far as to consider it a more powerful tool than carefully crafted tactics. "Even a bad call that everyone believes in can work better than a perfect call that people are doubting and hesitating." He now hopes to establish his structure and positive mentality in his new team.

nexa's transfer to OG is the start of a new chapter for the Serbian IGL, which plans to return to the very top and prove his worth with a new, younger team. "The first thing I want from myself is to prove that I am capable of winning, that I can win championships and that I am a great in-game leader, not just a decent one," he said.

More specifically, OG's new captain is planning to make the best out of a bunch of young players in the squad, which he believes he can unlock due to his previous experience with younger players in teams such as CR4ZY. "For the team goals, I think I want to help flameZ and mantuu develop because I think they were heavily underused in the previous iterations of the team, and I think I can do way more with them than it has been done before," he states.

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"Luckily for me, I am used to be playing with this kind of people, and I am used to being in that type of environment because I have always played with younger people previously, I know how they are. For example, flameZ came from playing FPL and pugs, that's also where I came from basically so I can really relate to him and see that his behavior is my behavior from four years ago, basically the same type of personality."

However, OG is not just a group of young players, and nexa has already stated his intention to work closely with management, the coaching staff, and more specifically Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså. The IGL views his relationship with the Danish star as key to unlocking the team's potential: "You need these two leader-type personalities in the team to be the engines. I really like that idea, and that's how I like to think of my teams as well and that's why I always try to find one guy in the team who I can really create this relationship where he trusts me, and I trust him to be the secondary voice of the team."

nexa is hoping to create a partnership with valde

During the closing stages of the podcast, nexa also touched on some of the negative experiences from the time spent in other organizations. OG's new captain has been in the CS:GO scene since 2015, beginning his career with iNation before moving on as a journeyman, spending time in several different Balkan and European teams.

"In my own experiences, I had clashes with some shitty orgs in the past and I know how it can be." He began, before going into the specific injustices suffered at the hands of organizations.

"I was brushing it aside like 'it's business, they need this to make money' or whatever. When I signed for G2 they made me pay a part of my own buyout and stuff [...] like taking a higher percentage of stickers or whatever from the players." Going further in the past, he mentioned that he had prize money stolen from him from organizations earlier in his career.

It was due to these experiences that nexa makes a point to note his admiration for the origins and the values of his new organization. "I really love this concept and this idea that you guys did with OG."

Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1204
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1203
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
962
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
33
Team:
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1555
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
nice
2022-01-28 15:12
yes
2022-01-28 15:12
oke!
2022-01-28 15:13
3 replies
Hes been pro for 7 years Now and has only won 1 trophy in that period, that’s actually worst then being a decent one.
2022-01-28 18:38
2 replies
May god protect you. ☺️👍
2022-01-28 20:41
1 reply
What ?? Wrong forum post sir
2022-01-29 16:47
#4
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North America FAZE_ROPZ
I truly believe he can do it. Hard to be an IGL with Niko on your team since Niko loves taking over and acting like he's in control. G2 current roster sucks and will be like the Lakers, too much brawns, not enough brains.
2022-01-28 15:13
12 replies
"G2 current roster sucks and will be like the Lakers, too much brawns, not enough brains." COL just got pissed on, g2 is looking good so far
2022-01-28 16:09
+1. But let's enjoy the edshot machine show
2022-01-28 16:30
Aleksi will control the brain department, don’t worry about it
2022-01-28 17:00
8 replies
#77
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North America FAZE_ROPZ
hopefully.. niko loves to grab the controls. maybe aleksi will put him in his place and allow himself to be igl for real. also m0nsey looked like a k/d farmer against col(weakest line-up i've ever seen), col almost came back on tside. yeah, g2 didnt look great so far..
2022-01-28 17:17
7 replies
The reason why m0nesy didn’t perform on ct side is because he didn’t know rotations, this is his first official on Nuke as NaVi jr always perma bans Nuke. Give him a little bit more time, he will impress you
2022-01-28 17:58
and look, the kid had 100% KAST on Inferno. beast
2022-01-28 19:19
Are you g2 analyst or something? Or are you personal friend of NiKo?
2022-01-29 06:41
4 replies
#110
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North America FAZE_ROPZ
ever heard nikos comms? its constantly niko talking over the IGL.. reason why karrigan and nexa always look pissed and wanted to pull their hairs out. niko makes it harder for other teammates to do well.
2022-01-29 09:11
3 replies
I was NiKo’s teammate and I confirm NiKo makes it harder for me to perform well
2022-01-29 12:28
2 replies
#114
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North America FAZE_ROPZ
... or just watch the games
2022-01-29 12:39
1 reply
I watched a couple of G2 games and I gotta say, NiKo makes his teammates perform well and nexa certainly didn’t have any complaints about him doing some calls
2022-01-29 16:05
Did u know that karrigan and the rest of the team asked NiKo to take over IGL in the middle of the Boston major cuz his calls werent on point and that he needed few matches to get his shit together. After that FaZe won all the matches and managed to get to semis/finals where karrigan started calling again started calling again. No u didnt cuz ur a classic NiKo hater and only see bad things about him. mobile.twitter.com/g2niko/status/1323810..
2022-01-29 20:33
sexa > alexib0t
2022-01-28 15:15
3 replies
#51
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United States dexzzz
+1
2022-01-28 16:21
Aleksi is a hundred times better than nexa will ever be.
2022-01-28 19:05
1 reply
Name doesen't check out
2022-01-29 08:55
"When I signed for G2 they made me pay a part of my own buyout" wow Carlos what a cheapskate lost all respect i had
2022-01-28 15:15
15 replies
if he agreed, the deal was good enough for him
2022-01-28 15:18
4 replies
If you have 2 options. Sign or end your career that isn't a question of good enough
2022-01-28 15:19
3 replies
+1
2022-01-28 16:09
#49
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United States Festive_
lmao no. while i dont think G2 should have any players pay for any part of their buyouts, nexa would've been fine. he was in a good CR4ZY lineup that only crumbled once he and hunter left for G2
2022-01-28 16:21
#50
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Czech Republic TECHNICKER
+1
2022-01-28 16:21
I guess monesy will get a very low salary but high enough to be rich in Ukraine. Cuz poor Carlos can't afford 600k buyout. Good question how he paid niko cuz he wouldn't take anything from him.
2022-01-28 15:18
7 replies
does he live in ukraine
2022-01-28 16:21
4 replies
I dunno but they all live in their home counties
2022-01-28 16:24
2 replies
m0nesy is russian tho no?
2022-01-29 07:50
1 reply
So he will never become next S1mple his career will end up like Flamies
2022-01-29 08:30
#103
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United States sonder006
not for long probably
2022-01-28 23:02
Its a GOAT_OR_NO_GOAT type of question
2022-01-28 16:24
perkz
2022-01-28 17:26
Literally a true 100% bruh moment
2022-01-28 15:44
#47
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Czech Republic TECHNICKER
also the psychologist part..
2022-01-28 16:20
Who said you are decent?
2022-01-28 15:16
5 replies
Don’t be unreasonable bro, even with NiKo on your team you don’t get to a Major Final (and many more runner-up finishes) without calls that are at least decent
2022-01-28 15:19
2 replies
I asked who said that. Nothing else.
2022-01-28 15:20
1 reply
No one had to say it, just everyone who has no braindamage knows, that he is not that bad, not the most bright igl, but still decent. Also he will probably be better.
2022-01-30 13:17
me
2022-01-28 16:08
general consensus
2022-01-28 16:22
#8
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France marponche
NEXA > AleksiB
2022-01-28 15:17
2 replies
+1
2022-01-28 15:17
+1
2022-01-28 16:22
go for it, champ
2022-01-28 15:17
"When I signed for G2 they made me pay a part of my own buyout" Okkkk Carlos
2022-01-28 15:18
#14
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Egypt BomberMan_
He had to pay his own buyout from CR4ZY? Same team that were behind on salary payments and making joke videos trying to find sponsors bruh
2022-01-28 15:19
1 reply
Thats on g2 u idiot - not crazy
2022-01-29 14:16
Didnt he say that he doesnt want to IGL anymore? This guy doesnt know what he wants lmao
2022-01-28 15:20
12 replies
He doesn't want igl ego stars. He likes it more with smart teamplayers
2022-01-28 15:21
#28
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Europe Zwenix
source?
2022-01-28 15:33
5 replies
trust me bro
2022-01-28 15:34
1 reply
#31
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Europe Zwenix
expected
2022-01-28 15:37
no 1.6
2022-01-28 16:37
1 reply
#69
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Europe Zwenix
pog
2022-01-28 16:37
Yeah but he is now forced to do it again to have a decent team so he has to spit out some PR bullshit
2022-01-28 15:59
3 replies
He has Valde on his side. In g2 nobody was smart enough to support nexa.
2022-01-28 16:26
2 replies
Well from rumours it was said valde was gonna igl but that failed
2022-01-28 16:31
1 reply
Valde can do that but he has no real dedication to it so it would fail.
2022-01-28 16:58
Nexa prolly just riding for paycheck, his gf clearly mentioned he doesnt want to igl anymore in live stream. Would def bail out when opportunity arise
2022-01-28 16:54
I really respected G2 but this statement has got me thinking
2022-01-28 15:20
#22
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Serbia bra1np
nexa > NiKo
2022-01-28 15:26
"decent"
2022-01-28 15:27
ok sexa
2022-01-28 15:28
respect nexa also nexa >>> Aleksib anyday
2022-01-28 15:30
#26
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Europe Zwenix
Imo he already proved it, but gl in shutting down all haters.
2022-01-28 15:31
#27
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India KennyS1ngh
best of luck with ur future SEXA , g2 fans will miss you :(
2022-01-28 15:31
we already know that
2022-01-28 15:36
#32
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Russia mshkoda
Good luck man!
2022-01-28 15:39
Best of luck SEXA
2022-01-28 15:39
#34
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African Union _Hoidd_
Okay 👍👍👍👍
2022-01-28 15:40
#35
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Indonesia lukerey
Amen brother. Dream OG
2022-01-28 15:43
I thought he didn't want to IGL lol that's why he left. Nice one Niko
2022-01-28 15:45
#38
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Canada go1x1n00b
You will. Good luck, man
2022-01-28 15:51
#39
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Germany Ump404
dude pays his own buyout. what a chad. or what a dipshit org G2
2022-01-28 15:51
Felt sad for Nexa. He made the right decision to move out from G2, that's another level of harassment by the org.
2022-01-28 16:03
Nexa isnt bad they just didnt have a top AWPer
2022-01-28 16:06
Had to pay his own buyout even though fucking G2 wanted to acquire him "I really love the idea of having a sports psychologist because it was something we really lacked in G2, and I was trying to push for it because I think one thing that was stopping G2 from being a championship-winning team was the mentality issues that we had, and I think with a sports psychologist we could have easily overcome them. But unfortunately, we didn't get one." ????? and what is that shit
2022-01-28 16:07
5 replies
#53
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Czech Republic TECHNICKER
ikr, Carlos cheapskate, lmao
2022-01-28 16:22
+1 Wtf
2022-01-28 16:40
#99
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Finland byrbyl
heh Imagine how hard Aleksi and his team had it in OG. OG didn't have bootcamps in the first year, no analyst and no sports psychologist.
2022-01-28 20:16
2 replies
OG is cheap ass shit just pulled csgo roster to be invested in more games, expected alot more from G2 though
2022-01-28 20:38
1 reply
#102
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Finland byrbyl
+1
2022-01-28 21:05
#48
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Czech Republic fabZeef
had multiple years to win something, hes trash
2022-01-28 16:20
1 reply
Nobody wins sth with Niko in the team. Also g2 is cursed
2022-01-28 16:27
#54
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Czech Republic TECHNICKER
wishing him the best
2022-01-28 16:22
#57
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Denmark twinseN
He fits OG like a charm u will see
2022-01-28 16:23
Yikes
2022-01-28 16:24
you wont prove shit
2022-01-28 16:27
#66
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Finland H0rnPub
He can do it
2022-01-28 16:36
Good Luck :)
2022-01-28 16:37
#75
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Chad kdorek
Wtf huge W for OG
2022-01-28 17:01
"I am really glad that I made this move and I'm really glad that I am here" Lol of course he is lying, G2->OG is a definite downgrade :) Also, I'm pretty sure it was OG who received money for the transfer.
2022-01-28 17:02
1 reply
offcourse not.. it s better to play with team mates you enjoy, he is glad he left G2 for that
2022-01-28 17:20
Gl !
2022-01-28 17:17
no you're not.
2022-01-28 17:23
1 reply
he is baiting, that's pretty clear to me..
2022-01-28 17:45
Guys trust me please I'm a really good IGL please come on guys I'm really good at it please
2022-01-28 17:25
gl nexa!
2022-01-28 17:31
#84
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Russia fslexcduck
If you will become a great in-game leader, there will be no need to prove... Unless you are secretly hiding it.
2022-01-28 17:38
he is baiting
2022-01-28 17:45
Why so much hype for Aleksi, saying he’s much better IGL when he couldn’t take OG anywhere…
2022-01-28 18:14
2 replies
Gonna be a shocker for you when they drop out of top20 for good.
2022-01-28 19:02
1 reply
I couldn’t care less about OG
2022-01-28 19:09
#89
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Serbia 50_h16h!
GLOTR bro and much success!
2022-01-28 18:23
i think nexa can do a lot with OG looser system to let flamesz and mantuu go for what they want, if they pop off they can move on to other teams in the future valde is rock solid, and niko can play hard entry and not be a liability. while they wont win anything they'll look a lot better than with aleksi
2022-01-28 18:48
3 replies
#97
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Finland KieZuZ
I would see them play before I say anything about them being better than with aleksib. I have followed aleksibs carreer since before ence an he has done many in depth inetrviews in finnish. Trust me he gives total commitment to his projects and makes his plan according to what he has. Very smart and cimmitted guy. I wish all the best for nexa and OG in the future. I dont get why people put so much blame on aleksib
2022-01-28 19:25
2 replies
its not that aleksib is bad its that the system he wants to put into place is more regimented and complex, and for a team with two young unfurnished potential stars that can be hard to work within
2022-01-28 19:39
1 reply
Actually a really good take, really eager to see what nexa can do with flamez and mantuu with the given freedoms they'll probably be getting under a more loose system. First three maps looked good for OG and the explosive t-side on inferno was some of the most fun CS I've seen in a good while.
2022-01-30 13:53
#92
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Finland AliSabid
much love for sexa!
2022-01-28 18:49
#104
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India rivervp
Good luck nexa keep up ur jovial personality and positive attitude :)
2022-01-29 05:16
In canada Decent > Great. Nexa is t2 confirmed
2022-01-29 10:30
"Even a bad call that everyone believes in can work better than a perfect call that people are doubting and hesitating." Some similarities to what Karrigan mentioned in one of his interviews about the Boston Major.
2022-01-29 12:03
"When I signed for G2 they made me pay a part of my own buyout" Bruh I was cheering for G2 but like what the fuck is this. Carlos care to explain?
2022-01-29 12:47
#119
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Serbia djenzii
Bruh nexa > aleksib / nafany / boombl4 / karrigan, be ready to see OG in next major top 8 place.
2022-01-29 16:50
not even a decent one
2022-01-29 17:11
GOD SEXA
2022-01-30 00:45
#126
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Europe Zwenix
I have a feeling that Carlos isn't such a cool guy as everyone wants to see him. It feels more and more like the guy is full of shit.
2022-01-31 18:25
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