- Sources have revealed that OG Esports is branching out into CS:GO
- The organization will seek to apply Sébastien “Ceb” Debs’ Dota 2 strategies to the CS:GO team
- OG Esports reportedly have secured spot in the BLAST Series and ESL Pro Tour
Competitive video gaming organization OG Esports, famous for winning Dota 2’s The International twice is prepared to field a Counter-Strike team.
OG Branches Out in CS:GO
Following the most recent CS:GO Major, the community has seen an increasing interest in the game, with ORGs such as Evil Geniuses, 100Thieves, and Dignitas either returning or already back in the competitive fold. Companies such as Team SoloMid, Rogue, Splyce and Misfits have all stated a desire to join Valve’s competitive First-Person Shooter (FPS).
According to sources confirmed by +1PV, a French CS:GO-focused website, OG Esports may be on their way to the competitive scene. The project will reportedly be led by Nathan “NBK” Schmitt and Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen who have played from Vitality and ENCE respectively.
To fill its roster, OG will rely on Danish pro player North Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså. Issa “ISSAA” Murad from Jordan will also be joining from HellRaisers alongside famous sniper player Slias “Jamppi” Olkkonen. The reported full roster at a glance looks like this:
- Nathan “NBK” Schmitt
- Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen
- Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen
- Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså
- Issa “ISSAA” Murad
OG Esports: Can They Replicate Dota 2’s Success in CS:GO?
Having been around for only a few years, OG have already managed to amass over $59 million in winnings from Dota 2, winning two back-to-back titles in 2018 ($25,523,177) and 2019 ($34,330,068).
Back to back!
We’re your The Internationals 2019 champions and double Aegis winners!
— OG (@OGesports) August 25, 2019
Now, OG will seek to claim a similar success in CS:GO. It would be interesting to see if OG have strategies that allow them to win in any game. Or rather – whether that’s down to the ability of individual players.
Counter-Strike’s prize pools are much more modest compared to Dota 2. However, and the success of the team will be determined by the number of events they participate in successfully.
Even without an official confirmation from the organization, the team has secured spots. OG Esports will be appearing in the BLAST Series and ESL Pro Tour series starting next season. The question remains whether Sébastien “Ceb” Debs’ Dota 2 strategies will work for the CS:GO roster as well.