OpTic Gaming announced on Thursday that Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen and Nikolaj ‘Niko’ Kristensen will be joining the organization’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster.
MSL and Niko find themselves joining OpTic Gaming after their previous team, Rogue, exited competitive CS:GO. Niko previously played for OpTic Gaming for a short stint of three months before being replaced by Ismail ‘Refrezh’ Ali. This will be MSL’s first time playing for OpTic Gaming.
This news comes only hours after the team announced the departure of Cajunb. This also means that OpTic will have to move another player to its inactive list to make room for the new recruits.
The two players now joining OpTic shared a stint in North, where they went on to win DreamHack Masters Stockholm over their countrymen, Astralis. With a six-man roster as it stands, it now remains to be seen what the starting five will be.
A new start
Though OpTic was competitive for much of 2018, the team fizzled at the FACEIT Major: London, washing out of the Challengers Stage with a 2-3 record. That forced OpTic into competing for a spot in the 2019 Katowice Major in a crowded Europe Minor. The team fell well short of that goal, exiting the event early in the group stages.
OpTic hasn’t rebounded since, with disappointing exits from both the World Electronic Sports Games 2018 and WePlay! Lock and Load.