Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt is out of OG‘s starting lineup, the organisation and the player announced on Friday. The news comes one day after French outlet VaKarM reported that the 26-year-old had been benched.
NBK- had been one of the more criticized players on OG‘s roster alongside Issa “ISSAA” Murad following a rough start to the 2021 season. The international team were eliminated in the early stages of cs_summit 7, failed to qualify for the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, and didn’t make it into the IEM Katowice playoffs.
“Rare are the squads who don’t undergo difficult changes after such a long period of time sticking together. The team has decided that bringing in a breath of fresh air could be the required step to bounce back.”
“We went through a lot and reached decent success but ultimately we didn’t agree on how to consistently perform at the highest level,” NBK- said. “We have all tried to bring the group and OG to the highest level the way we thought was right and this is what I will keep from this roster and this past year and a half.”
The 26-year-old said that working with people from different backgrounds made him a better player and person, thanking his ex-teammates for the experience.
“With that said, I am very confident in my abilities to keep competing in tier 1 CS and in what I can bring to any roster both in and outside of the game,” he said. “I started and I will keep working with a sports psychologist and performance coach to keep improving on a daily basis and be the best teammate possible in the future. CS and winning trophies have been my #1 priority in my life for the past 11 years and will continue to be. For the right project, I feel that I’m ready to take the lead (IGL) and a lot of responsibilities if needed, but that’s not a necessity to me and I can adapt.”
OG will have to find a replacement before ESL Pro League Season 13, which will kick off on March 8. Their roster currently looks as follows:
Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt (benched)
Casper “ruggah” Due (coach)