BIG terminate gade's contract citing mutual agreement

The 27-year-old is now free to explore new opportunities after having spent the last eight months on the bench.

BIG have announced on their official Twitter account that the organization and benched rifler Nicklas "⁠gade⁠" Gade have mutually agreed to a contract termination, giving the Dane freedom to pursue different opportunities.

gade has been out of action since December of 2021 when BIG replaced him with Josef "⁠faveN⁠" Baumann from fellow German side Sprout in a move of "unprecedented size in German CS". This saw the Dane moved to the inactive roster after the team's lackluster back half of the year.

gade has been out of action for the past eight months

The Danish rifler found himself without a team in early July of last year when his previous squad HYENAS disbanded. BIG quickly scooped him up and announced the signing the very next day, where he would fill in the spot vacated by the outgoing Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş.

Despite having shaken things up within the roster, BIG's struggles continued as they put up extremely poor results in notable tournaments, such as finishing 17-20th at EPL Season 14, 9-11th at the PGL Major Stockholm Challengers Stage, and 9th-12th at IEM Winter. The string of poor results all led to gade's benching at the end of the year in favor of the incoming faveN, and the Dane has been out of action ever since.

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"We have mutually agreed with gade to terminate his player contract so he can freely pursue new opportunities," BIG announced on their Twitter post. "Thank you for everything Nicklas, and best of luck in your next chapter!"

Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1772
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.68
Germany Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1348
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
964
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
damn
2022-08-02 16:39
9 replies
gl to him
2022-08-02 16:39
Rip BIG
2022-08-02 16:43
7 replies
remember when gade said that he is above xantares or something like that lol
2022-08-02 18:31
5 replies
He is, but bug clan ruined his career
2022-08-02 18:40
4 replies
not bigs fault gade underperformed
2022-08-02 19:24
3 replies
gade got crappy positions and didn't have too long to actually adjust before getting benched
2022-08-03 08:48
2 replies
thats because tabsen has selfish calling (granted he plays the rolls well) so its not entirely on gade but tizian was playing better than him statistically which is such a low bar
2022-08-04 07:46
1 reply
True, but then again at the time Gade had more bitch roles then Tizian and now that he's gone Tizian has inherited them
2022-08-04 11:30
#85
NEO | 
Europe chespiZ
BIG misuta
2022-08-02 21:37
Yikes
2022-08-02 16:39
lol i remember gade
2022-08-02 16:39
he still had a contract with them? lol
2022-08-02 16:39
12 replies
#26
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Germany tilted_up
ofc, he only got benched. KennyS and Amanek still get money from G2 if I remember correctly because they only got benched :D
2022-08-02 16:52
11 replies
#27
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Australia poppyxox
kinda weird, amanek is on ldlc now though kennys is basically a g2 streamer so i guess they get something
2022-08-02 16:54
8 replies
Well still need pay his contract or make a deal, nobody just give a way their money. Also this kinda stuff happens a lot in soccer lol
2022-08-02 16:58
7 replies
#35
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Brazil danllst
luan moment lmao
2022-08-02 17:03
#71
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Serbia livefour
Brazil flag, using word soccer. You ok bro?
2022-08-02 20:04
2 replies
fakeflagger ofc
2022-08-02 20:21
+1 WTF
2022-08-03 12:17
#78
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Denmark sNju
In soccer the players are useful in team training. Can't compare at all.
2022-08-02 20:43
2 replies
In soccer nor cs has the contract to do with how useful they are :D
2022-08-03 10:57
1 reply
#114
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Denmark sNju
You don't get it? There is a huge advantage for a football club to have 30 players on contract. To increase the quality of training passes. To let young players learn from experienced. To have the ability to practice set pieces, defensive structure etc. A CSGO team has no advantage of a 6th player on the bench, that they just want to get rid of.
2022-08-03 14:17
amanek doesnt get money from g2 anymore because he joined ldlc
2022-08-02 17:17
Amanek got transferred so not anymore, but Kenny actually does lul
2022-08-02 19:25
Astralis gade?
2022-08-02 16:39
2 replies
Spik Danish men's
2022-08-02 17:41
#79
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Denmark sNju
Funny
2022-08-02 20:44
Completely forgot this guy existed whoops
2022-08-02 16:39
1 reply
This tbh, gl nevertheless
2022-08-02 17:55
gade got that nice bench money for a while
2022-08-02 16:40
2 replies
#41
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Poland moistu
same like jks in coL
2022-08-02 17:15
1 reply
#93
dav1d | 
Chile cap_
Can't blame him, all that trauma he passed on col tho, I wouldn't mind
2022-08-03 00:19
#9
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
GADEWHO
2022-08-02 16:41
3 replies
Ask your m0mmy
2022-08-02 16:48
2 replies
Name doesnt check out
2022-08-02 16:49
1 reply
Name checks out
2022-08-02 16:50
could be a good leader for a capable team for example the recently announced meme team titans would - on paper - look a lot better with him instead of MSLUL IMO
2022-08-02 16:41
6 replies
don't disrespect godMSL please, ty he's full bald now and will rekt entire cs scene
2022-08-02 16:50
1 reply
Maybe the top 40-50 Could have a chance against EG actually
2022-08-02 21:56
Imagine thinking gade is a better igl than msl xD GermanlogicLUL
2022-08-02 20:30
3 replies
Well at least gade hasn’t been outbrained by spirit academy yet I strongly believe anyone is a better IGL than MSL.
2022-08-02 21:55
2 replies
You’re proving to be even more cognitively challenged than initially thought. Gl and Have fun bruder
2022-08-02 22:30
1 reply
Typical delusional MSL fan
2022-08-03 13:31
team with device mb
2022-08-02 16:42
3 replies
Good idea
2022-08-02 16:48
#80
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Denmark sNju
If device could get out of NiP contract he would be back in Astralis faster than Emilia can cheat on a dude.
2022-08-02 20:45
1 reply
did emilia cheat on device? wtf, device is like the cutest sweetest dream of a mother in law. emilia always oozed of bitch tho. Did che cheat on another pro? Or another stream maybe lmao.
2022-08-02 21:08
BIG🖕🖕🖕🖕 The GOAT is free
2022-08-02 16:47
8 replies
Wtf mens respect BIG for terminating his contract at all
2022-08-02 16:49
7 replies
Gade>>>>>>tizian
2022-08-02 16:49
4 replies
Nah, both are quite bad individually, unfortunately
2022-08-02 16:50
3 replies
Biggest lie I’ve heard in my life
2022-08-02 16:51
2 replies
I‘m starting to suspect that you aren’t just the biggest gade fan, but actually gade himself
2022-08-02 16:53
1 reply
Im not but i wish i was,i wish😫😩🤤
2022-08-02 17:23
poor BIG doesn't have to pay salary anymore lol
2022-08-02 17:36
Dont care about this dog he is the biggest BIG hater
2022-08-02 19:38
Get Acor, get Zyphon, Valde, Refrezh ez
2022-08-02 16:48
8 replies
#30
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Australia poppyxox
kinda cool team ngl
2022-08-02 16:55
6 replies
#55
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Czech Republic JameS_19
Not really, too many kinda supportive players, and no real star to get a multikill in close games a decide the match. I mean, in OG, valde played support/anchor. Zyphon was same kinda supportive lurky player. Refrezh something similar in Heroic. And gade definitely isn’t the star to carry them
2022-08-02 18:13
5 replies
Well maybe that’s a good thing all these players have been in the shadow playing support roles so if they get a star role then they might do relly good like zyphon
2022-08-02 18:55
Bruh you kidding me? Zyphon takes a lot of initiative on the T side with crucial entries in close matches. Valde played a lot of star roles when north was actually decent, just a shame aleksi was an underwhelming igl in og tbh. Refrezh isnt bad by any means either. This team with acor and a more capable igl than gade could actually do something for sure if acor finds his old form with the danish speaking team
2022-08-02 20:40
3 replies
#81
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Denmark sNju
I was thinking exactly the same. Valde and Zyphon could easily play those roles. Refrezh seems like he can do whatever is asked of him.
2022-08-02 20:47
1 reply
Yeee, but we cant expect anything of hltv users who started following cs during online cs xd
2022-08-02 20:50
#91
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Czech Republic JameS_19
Yeah, maybe I was over analyzing a bit here, but the thing is, when you look at the top teams, you have a star riflers who can step up and get a crucial multikill. But players in this team were all basically a 3rd option in their former teams (I didn’t watch tons of CPH, but Zyphon was their 4th highest rated player, refrezh wasn’t higher than fourth option in Heroic, valde became a great rifler in OG, but originally he was meant to be the 3rd option as well). I mean sure, maybe they aren’t that passive and supportive as I was saying before, but doesn’t change the fact that they don’t have a real star who would take over games, only one capable of MAYBE doing that is valde.
2022-08-02 23:15
Not acor
2022-08-02 18:10
#15
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Pakistan LoOuU2
TIL he was still on BIG 's payroll
2022-08-02 16:48
everyone kinda forgot about him lul
2022-08-02 16:48
I guess tactically not so good after all
2022-08-02 16:53
He was still on their bench?
2022-08-02 16:58
2021: Gade on replacing XANTARES on BIG: ‘I wouldn’t say there is a drop in firepower’ LUL xd
2022-08-02 16:59
1 reply
gade is a god xantares is a beta
2022-08-02 17:04
EF -xantares +gade confirmed
2022-08-02 17:01
gade niko valde device staehr/buzz looking more and more real
2022-08-02 17:04
what happened to the first post, did jonathan e strike again?
2022-08-02 17:08
the world will never be the same....
2022-08-02 17:09
he dosent has the "N" at the end so they removed him lol
2022-08-02 17:09
2 replies
gabeN
2022-08-02 17:18
1 reply
#84
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Sweden multib
+1
2022-08-02 21:22
it’s okay to be gade
2022-08-02 17:17
Gonna join device, refresh and zyphon.
2022-08-02 17:34
#47
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United States born4anime
+disband
2022-08-02 17:34
I legit forgot about him lmao Kinda feel bad
2022-08-02 17:50
#52
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Other Quagmire_
That was such a random move idk what they were thinking
2022-08-02 18:01
omg, regali gade <3
2022-08-02 18:05
king
2022-08-02 18:16
one of the worst t1 pickups probably
2022-08-02 18:45
why was he still on the bench for so long lol
2022-08-02 18:46
+ gade + Birdfromsky + raalz + zyphon + refreszh -> profit?
2022-08-02 19:04
about time. he was ungodly horrible on BIG.
2022-08-02 19:19
He should stop playing, or join tier5 team
2022-08-02 19:31
probably means he's joining another team/ searching actively for one. otherwise, why would he agree to terminate his contract if he can just make money whilst staying on their bench.
2022-08-02 19:32
#69
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Hungary szia
time to team up with raalz ty for your time gade and glhf in your future you damn sexy boy
2022-08-02 19:55
#70
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Ukraine felzcsgo
gade device valde aizy zyphon
2022-08-02 19:58
1 reply
-aizy +refrezh and you got something
2022-08-05 16:38
imagine thinking of replacing xantares xd
2022-08-02 20:07
#73
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Brazil drydden
F for Gade+
2022-08-02 20:14
Rip Giga Chad
2022-08-02 20:26
i read that so wrong at first. tought it said ''NIP TERMINATE Dev1ce CONTRACT CITING MUTUAL AGREEMENT
2022-08-02 21:38
New danish team
2022-08-02 22:00
Bruh he sucks he should stop competing
2022-08-02 23:36
#94
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Denmark MRFREAK
Damn! It's been 8 whole months??? Wonder if CPH Flames will pick him up and build a roster around him.
2022-08-03 01:01
1 reply
#96
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Poland Astoner55
Zyphon Gade AcoR Refrezh Valde Sounds solid
2022-08-03 01:14
#95
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Italy Rynam
haaa !
2022-08-03 01:10
Its okay, he joins G2
2022-08-03 01:17
#98
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Brazil ImReverx
go to valorant, bot
2022-08-03 03:06
Device Valde Nico Refrezh Gade
2022-08-03 05:33
#101
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France d0py
GIGACHAD
2022-08-03 09:51
#102
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Europe skelteR
interesting
2022-08-03 10:22
KEKW he said he is better than xantares
2022-08-03 10:27
1 reply
no one can replace the GOAT rifler
2022-08-03 11:39
GL Gigachad Gade
2022-08-03 11:29
gg
2022-08-03 11:40
Gade tier3 player. Maybe go give tips to next youngsters on cphf... Maybe even too shit for that :()
2022-08-03 11:46
#109
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Finland 5way
GADE JIGACHAD
2022-08-03 11:53
Good job.....that wasn't his place
2022-08-03 12:21
Is there a delusional gade fan
2022-08-03 14:03
1 reply
#118
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Finland AliSabid
yeah
2022-08-04 23:44
#117
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Finland AliSabid
i hope he finds a good home!
2022-08-04 23:44
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