NRG returns to professional Counter-Strike after 4 long years with multiple new faces

The infamous North American Organization is making its return to Counter Strike 2 after 4 years with a new team


NRG returns to professional Counter-Strike after 4 long years with multiple new faces

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NRG is one of the biggest eSports teams in the world. The organization competes in some of the biggest eSports games, including League of Legends, Valorant, and Rocket League. NRG was also synonymous with the North American Counter-Strike scene at one point in time. Some of the best North American players, as well as some German and Brazilian stars, had played for the organisation.

NRG first joined Counter-Strike Global Offensive in January 2016. The team was active throughout three and a half years with various roster changes. They won several minor tournaments, 3 of them in 2019 alone. However, the organization always fell short when it came to winning a major cup.

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The NRG’s CS team was eventually disbanded, with the roster being picked up by Evil Geniuses. The organization had no connection to the game for the past four years. However, with Counter-Strike being wholly revamped in CS2, it seemed that NRG had changed its mind. Since early November, there have been rumours of NRG looking for a new CS roster. Now, fans finally have confirmation regarding the rumours.

NRG signs new CS2 roster, returns after 4 years

NRG took to social media to announce their return to professional CS after 4 years with a brand-new Counter-Strike 2 team. A promotional video released on November 28th features NRG co-owner Nick “Sapnap” Armstrong asking CEO Andy Miller for a CS2 team for the organization’s 8th anniversary.

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The video then reveals a brand-new roster for CS2 under the NRG banner. The new team features Damian “daps” Steele, Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte, Joshua “oSee” Ohm, Justin “FaNg” Coakley, and Jadan “HexT” Postma. The team will be playing in the North American region. This makes NRG the third major CS2 team to feature a fully North American lineup.

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oSee undoubtedly seems to be the star player of this team. The CS2 star was a part of Team Liquid for the better part of two years and boasts a 1.13K/D against Tier 1 teams. The new roster now has to compete in the RMR to qualify for the PGL Copenhagen Major that takes place next year. The tournament is the first CS2 major and its regional qualifiers begin in January 2024.

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