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OG reveal first-ever CS:GO roster

OG will enter CS:GO ahead of 2020 as multiple big name organisations acquire rosters with potential leagues and partnerships on the horizon for the competitive scene.

After months of speculation, OG has announced its debut team for its entry into professional CS:GO with a solid roster full of talent, experience and potential.

OG formed in 2015 and has been one of the biggest names in Dota 2, winning back-to-back at The International tournaments in 2018 and 2019.

While rumours suggested that OG had sought Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen for its CS team, a possible old VAC-banned account belonging to the 18-year-old is believed to be a drawback. Players that have a VAC ban are currently prohibited from taking part in Valve-sponsored CS:GO Majors.

Instead, Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen is the lone Finn on the roster alongside fellow Nord Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså. Aleksib led ENCE to victory over the last year or so and will be looking to repeat that success while valde had become team captain of North before his departure.

The last three players are Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, Issa "ISSAA" Murad and Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski. While the latter two have experience on European rosters outside their native countries, NBK will be on an international lineup for the first time in his already-illustrious career after playing in the BYOC portion of DreamHack Winter this weekend.

As the least experienced talent on the team, mantuu will be one to watch in the future following multiple promising showings while competing in ESL Meisterschaft this year as part of ALTERNATE aTTaX.

No coach has been announced for the team but it is possible we see a further addition before the team qualify for LAN tournaments.

The full CS:GO roster is as follows:

  • Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen
  • Issa "ISSAA" Murad
  • Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski
  • Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt
  • Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså

OG has also signed a secondary Dota roster named OG Seed. With the main team not playing any Dota Pro Circuit events until the third Major sometime in 2020, OG fans will have players to cheer for and a lineup coached by OG legend Johan “N0tail” Sundstein himself.