OG confirm valde benching

After an underwhelming start to the year OG have moved early to revamp their roster.

OG have confirmed the benching of Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså, it was announced today, after the two sides agreed to part ways. The move comes after reports recently surfaced suggesting both valde and Nikolaj "⁠niko⁠" Kristensen would be leaving the squad.

The move brings to an end a two-and-a-half year association between the player and the organisation, with valde having joined OG in December 2019. His departure leaves Mateusz "⁠mantuu⁠" Wilczewski as the only founding member of the original OG squad.

After a very promising start to life under their new IGL Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković at the BLAST Premier Spring Groups things had taken a turn for the worse for OG, as they posted a last place finish at the IEM Katowice main event and failed to qualify for the PGL Major Antwerp.

valde is likely to be seen as a hot property

"I have been very happy here at OG and appreciate the people and the culture here. But sometimes you grow apart," valde said in a statement on OG's website.

"In this case we’re seeing the road to achieve greatness differently and after a very disappointing RMR we have had long talks and have agreed to go our separate ways. Therefore we have agreed that I will step aside, while I spend my focus and energy on finding a new home where I can pursue my immediate ambitions."

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OG to bench valde and niko - Report

The fact that it is valde who makes way is somewhat surprising considering he has been the team's top performer behind mantuu in 2022, posting a 1.12 rating and 1.15 K/D so far this year.

The Dane did, however, provide a little more context in an interview with Dexerto, saying the team wishes to move forward by starting from scratch with "a few pieces" from the previous roster and younger players, a direction valde didn't want to go.

valde has been no stranger to rumours linking him to moves away from his current team, having been the subject of just such a rumour at the start of the year suggesting he was to transfer to Evil Geniuses.

Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1231
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Poland Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
682
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1230
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1211
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Has to go to astralis surely
2022-05-11 19:19
45 replies
#12
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North America hi_mens))
Doubt it considering how long Xyp's contract is for
2022-05-11 19:20
34 replies
remember ableJ?
2022-05-11 19:24
26 replies
#31
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North America hi_mens))
Oh I don't think it's totally impossible, long contract definitely doesn't mean it can't happen. I suppose I could expand-- Valde doesn't fix Astralis. Xyp's roles were essentially given to BlameF and Valde is a much more passive player while Xyp has been (terribly) entry fragging, which is presumably what Valde would be put in to since BlameF is the only one consistently performing.
2022-05-11 19:27
22 replies
the way I see it, Xyp has to go and valde is an upgrade and you can't convince me otherwise until I see it fail with my own eyes
2022-05-11 19:42
11 replies
#67
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North America hi_mens))
Oh he's definitely an upgrade, but I don't see him being anything more than a band-aid for a wound that needs stitches
2022-05-11 19:54
10 replies
that wound is greater than astralis itself though, the danish scene is in a pretty bad spot rn. outside of the players that are already in a top 20 team there aren't a whole lot of options
2022-05-11 20:01
2 replies
#75
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North America hi_mens))
Very true, well said mens))
2022-05-11 20:02
1 reply
889 days and still nothing won
2022-05-11 20:40
I like that expression. A band-aid for a wound that needs stitches. + I agree.
2022-05-11 20:07
3 replies
yeah would be using that one liner in my arguments from now on xD
2022-05-11 20:13
2 replies
Me too
2022-05-11 23:32
Same. Can't wait to argue 😍
2022-05-12 17:13
+1 everything you said is so true
2022-05-12 00:36
No, he is definitely a tourniquet
2022-05-12 04:11
nice!
2022-05-12 16:46
someone with same thoughts as me. Putting valde instead of xyp9x will only put valde in a dump. It will take him no less than 3 months to get comfortable in those roles. xyp9x is far better than valde given the circumstances. BUT getting another aggresive rifler like bubjzki (D:) or someone from academy team will definitely improve current astralis roster
2022-05-11 19:56
5 replies
#72
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North America hi_mens))
big +1
2022-05-11 19:59
>xyp9x is far better than valde no lmao ? how you even see xyp.. bro cant aim anymore , win duels cant clutcha a face it player has better mechanics then xyp there T side will still strugle but their CT side will be insane , just look at all the games astralis had and look at their CT side most of the time xyp costed them a ct round mainly because he could not win fights (duels)
2022-05-11 20:07
2 replies
CT will be improved because mechanically he is far better than xyp9x but T side side will get even worse and you know getting valde is not a long time solution. On world ranking astralis will go from number 9 to number 7 at best and that's it.
2022-05-11 20:11
1 reply
a solution to the biggest problem rn , valde going to astralis will switch alot roles between blamef and glave gotta wait and see it, like #55 said
2022-05-11 20:13
0/8
2022-05-12 04:12
#97
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United States Cxmoz
i don’t think they go for valde imo xyps buyout is probably really expensive
2022-05-11 21:15
so if im reading this right. Astralis basically f*cked Xyp9x by having him Entry Frag and gave all his Major winning roles to a guy who hasn't even won anything yet. And because of this Xyp9x is now getting the blame?
2022-05-12 00:41
1 reply
#114
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North America hi_mens))
That's pretty much the case at the moment
2022-05-12 01:02
Blamef clashes with gla1ve as for roles more than anyone else
2022-05-12 12:54
+111
2022-05-11 19:29
no same example at all. Xyper is a major winner.
2022-05-11 19:40
1 reply
that's not even related? the idea is that orgs don't care about contract length if they have the opportunity to upgrade a weak link
2022-05-11 19:49
Astralis just need to accept the situation. They can't do anything about the contract but they can do something about letting him play. He's getting paid no matter what. Might as well upgrade the team. They need to treat that money as already gone.
2022-05-11 19:28
1 reply
#38
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North America hi_mens))
I do agree they need to do something with him and cut their losses. I'm just not sure if the org will do that since their track record with changes have been questionable
2022-05-11 19:29
#47
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Asia VYBE
xyp should just analysis for astralis or coach
2022-05-11 19:34
4 replies
#49
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North America hi_mens))
There are definitely roles he could fulfill outside of the 5 man roster, agreed
2022-05-11 19:38
3 replies
Kind way of saying you’ve never run a business. If someone is replaced, they’re gone. No feelings they were an EMPLOYEE of yours. You forgot the part of $$$. Pay someone to do exactly what the coach does? Companies are not family. Learn that now.
2022-05-11 23:54
2 replies
#126
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Asia VYBE
im saying why would astralis just kick a veteran player with alot of experience. if astralis don't want to replace their coach in the main roster he could coach the talent roster since he is a member of csgo's greatest team of all time with his experience he could give his teachings to the young talents
2022-05-12 05:03
1 reply
There’s literally a button on your keyboard that says “device” I’ll pay to watch the comedy movie of you failing a business to pay a worthless employee to “give his teachings to the young talents”… for the same cost. But for real: sell 100 cars and management fired you, you will not be paid to be an analyst. Grow up. That has never happened.
2022-05-13 03:21
either astralis or retire, literally no fkng way around
2022-05-11 19:22
2 replies
#32
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Greece m3s0v
he's 26 not 36 retire? wtf are u smoking.
2022-05-11 19:27
1 reply
if he doesn't team up with gla1ve and the boys at this point of his career, it overall won't make sense. he can go steal paychecks to fnatic or eg but it'd be as good as being retired. astralis need him, he needs astralis
2022-05-11 19:48
idk why but feels like he is going to eg
2022-05-11 19:33
3 replies
he likes g's ig
2022-05-11 19:41
2 replies
ye prolly is just that
2022-05-11 19:44
1 reply
atleast sneak some g into your reply to make valdeg happyg
2022-05-11 19:48
#99
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Yugoslavia Acceb
-poopy2k +Valde -rush +Floppy/anyone
2022-05-11 21:39
1 reply
-cerq +smooya EZ
2022-05-12 03:48
"surely" Clueless
2022-05-12 01:16
expected
2022-05-11 19:19
Bruh
2022-05-11 19:19
Oh shit
2022-05-11 19:19
#5
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United Kingdom ulan
finally
2022-05-11 19:19
I wonder where he'll go
2022-05-11 19:20
Astralis its your time to shine
2022-05-11 19:20
#8
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Denmark slacking
bye xyp
2022-05-11 19:20
now get jks
2022-05-11 19:20
to astralis
2022-05-11 19:20
+jks
2022-05-11 19:20
#freevalde
2022-05-11 19:20
Surely Astralis gotta go and sign him now, would be the best replacement for Xyp they can get.
2022-05-11 19:21
8 replies
#17
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Brazil Elakk
they wouldn't do xyp like that
2022-05-11 19:21
ye they prob wont get rid of xyp prob valde to heroic ?
2022-05-11 19:28
6 replies
#48
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Israel LoreX3
maybe to EG to.
2022-05-11 19:38
1 reply
nahh lmao , EG are t3 rn and a Sinking Ship with malek wanting out ... he is old and wants to win stuff he cant do that in EG he played in every danish org besdies astralis best option is astralis but i dont think they will bench xyp
2022-05-11 19:40
Why not?
2022-05-11 23:36
3 replies
if they wanted to do that they would have done it way back in mid 2021 its was meant to be but nah they decided to renew xyp contract til 2025
2022-05-11 23:45
2 replies
That is fine if Astralis do not wanna achieve anything until 2025.
2022-05-12 00:08
1 reply
if they dont bench xyp after the major , then i hope k0nfig and blameF go to someother team , wasted potential
2022-05-12 11:22
#15
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Poland coniasty
xd
2022-05-11 19:21
finally great player deserves a great team not a faceit mix
2022-05-11 19:21
3 replies
> EG > Great team Pick one
2022-05-12 04:14
2 replies
didnt say anything about eg lol noob
2022-05-12 04:19
1 reply
expected from person who can't read lul
2022-05-12 04:28
-xyp +valde pls
2022-05-11 19:21
2 replies
#83
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Denmark Menterx
+1
2022-05-11 20:20
AND device comeback ez +4 majors
2022-05-12 04:15
#19
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Denmark twinseN
Confirmed?
2022-05-11 19:22
6 replies
source?
2022-05-11 19:23
4 replies
#25
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Denmark twinseN
I was just wondering the report said first niko + valde now only valde so yeah i think he got a offer from somewhere dont wanna jinx it :)
2022-05-11 19:24
3 replies
this actually also surprised me as i don't think niko is better than valde but definitely means valde already has somewhere to go but not sure if niko was requested
2022-05-11 19:26
2 replies
#33
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Denmark twinseN
True that so yeah im hoping he finds a good new home :)
2022-05-11 19:27
1 reply
He is goin to downgrade to EG sadly
2022-05-12 04:16
you can read luis mira interview valde wanted few big roster change and og want young players so thats why the mutually agreed that valde is getting benched
2022-05-11 19:52
#23
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Russia mshkoda
-buster +valde
2022-05-11 19:24
nexa ahahahaaha
2022-05-11 19:24
Xyp9x is such a horrible player right now, regardless his massive achievement in the past. Now his aim is even worse than random faceit 10 players. I can’t find a reason for Astralis not to sign valde as a replacement
2022-05-11 19:25
1 reply
device had a massive fall off too. i think the main problem behind old astralis is that they got way too used to playing with each other. they were good together/good apart not so much.
2022-05-11 19:47
rip xyp
2022-05-11 19:25
200 iq move to bench their best player
2022-05-11 19:25
2 replies
Read the article first, please. It was a mutual decision.
2022-05-11 19:31
#44
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World NukestrikE
Read the article...
2022-05-11 19:31
#29
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Finland RPGWiZaRD
valde has higher ambitions why he doesn't wanna stay in OG. Question is, which team has now expressed interest in Valde so that OG would bench him? Astralis (-Xip9ex)? Heroic lineup been so tight that it's hard to take out one player. Liquid -shox is I suppose a possibility too but feels like Valde wanna stay in EU.
2022-05-11 19:26
deserved
2022-05-11 19:28
Makes sense, and there are a ton of teams that would benefit from having him. Him instead of Xyp9x would be a massive upgrade.
2022-05-11 19:29
#40
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Romania nightwere
Well og definitely needed a change after missing 10 majors in a row xd idk if this is the best onw but we will see
2022-05-11 19:29
astralis? fnatic?
2022-05-11 19:30
dont throw this , go to astralis
2022-05-11 19:30
revive north
2022-05-11 19:33
#53
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Canada Jonesyk
Should of went to EG LUL
2022-05-11 19:42
3 replies
speaking of which hows eg doing again xd?
2022-05-11 19:56
1 reply
#91
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Canada Jonesyk
Doing great, they winning next major (hits Copium hard af)
2022-05-11 20:31
Should have* and this might be the chance now.
2022-05-11 20:24
Oof Rough one for OG
2022-05-11 19:42
ok
2022-05-11 19:46
If OG are getting younger players then probably no +jks :(
2022-05-11 19:49
8 replies
yeah i think they are not getting jks
2022-05-11 19:52
4 replies
If Valde is leaving bc of the roster direction they are prob getting like really unproven players. Looks like OG will miss yet another major this year lol
2022-05-11 19:54
3 replies
yeah i think so too. sad for og that they dont want to win trophies. can't understand why they wanted nexa
2022-05-11 19:55
2 replies
#89
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Norway Katyanne
They didnt want nexa. They had to settle with nexa.
2022-05-11 20:29
1 reply
they could just say no to swap deal:D no one forced to take nexa or accept aleksib trade
2022-05-11 20:31
+jks will be talked about for every team for the next 20 years and he will literally never get on another team for as long as he lives.
2022-05-11 20:27
2 replies
Yea bc for some reason most CSGO teams are incompetent at building rosters.
2022-05-11 20:28
1 reply
I don't know jks' buyout or his personal preference other than he doesn't want to join an NA team, but as far as EU/CIS orgs yeah they must not see his potential for some reason despite his Faze showing.
2022-05-11 20:40
Welcome to Botstralis
2022-05-11 19:53
og will get few new young players maybe boros is one of them
2022-05-11 19:53
Finally, happy birthday og
2022-05-11 20:00
Benched Valde but not Flamez and niko? OG being clown team again lmao
2022-05-11 20:06
1 reply
#98
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Israel LoreX3
read the article first, about niko I dont understand to but yeah
2022-05-11 21:35
#81
ropz | 
Albania Majee
could fit into astralis into xyp9x roles
2022-05-11 20:13
-xyp +valde ez top-5 every tour, Astralis just do it, sometimes community is asking for the right thing
2022-05-11 20:20
XD!
2022-05-11 20:29
-xyp +valde look at xyp's stats the last 2 years. He has fallen pretty far down, just like JW did. Time for some benching.
2022-05-11 20:34
Amanek incoming?
2022-05-11 20:57
#96
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Sweden GGrowler
The absolule dissappointment if he goes to eg. And now og will become an academy feeder team.. glad aleksi and valde got out.
2022-05-11 21:08
#100
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Finland AliSabid
much love to valde, maybe some other project makes more sense now!
2022-05-11 21:49
Expected
2022-05-11 21:50
You will first see from here, Valde is going to Mouz, -jdc+Valde incoming.
2022-05-11 23:39
Valde good player, as the report said not his fault. He stabilises any team.
2022-05-11 23:50
Valde was the only reliable player on this roster. Always doing what he needs to do and putting numbers. If they want to build a young roster they won't achieve anything without a guy like that. Let's see what OG will do but i'm really skeptical about all of this
2022-05-12 00:10
#110
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United Kingdom FNA_IC
jks to OG?
2022-05-12 00:15
Good luck bro
2022-05-12 00:36
#116
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Philippines B3nk4i
Bro if he goes to EG his career will die, try to get into cph flames or NIP
2022-05-12 01:46
-botfig +yekindar -xit9x + valde
2022-05-12 04:17
2 replies
probably they want danish speaking squad
2022-05-12 10:11
1 reply
yea 100%
2022-05-12 16:48
Dignitas remaking a danish roster with valde?
2022-05-12 10:13
4 replies
#136
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Denmark twinseN
Would be cool if they did But who would be on that team?
2022-05-13 02:12
3 replies
Maybe kjaerbye, device, b0rup? Maybe f0rest will stay then? Or heap instead of b0rup?
2022-05-13 10:09
2 replies
#139
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Denmark twinseN
A mixture of swedes and danes maybe language barrier :)
2022-05-13 11:17
1 reply
Yes maybe, it would be fun to see at least f0rest in a good team.
2022-05-13 12:18
#131
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Romania daniels22
if astralis doesn t qualify for legends then yeah valde could be replacing xyp
2022-05-12 13:24
whats next?
2022-05-12 16:19
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