The Serbian IGL swaps spots with Aleksib
Topic: CS:GO OG To Sign nexa
OG Gaming officially announced the addition of Nemanja "nexa" Isaković following a swap for its own In-Game Leader, Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen. Doubts are being placed on both sides, many claiming that the IGL swap will only be a marginal difference for G2 and OG alike. Hungry to prove themselves, only time can tell how much the two additions will have to their respective rosters.
Nexa debuted his pro career on iNation, a Serbian Esports organization that has been home to several other recognizable names in the Counter-Strike competitive scene, amongst which include Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač, Luka "emi" Vuković, Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović, and even broadcast analyst talent Janko "YNk" Paunović! He hopped through several more fully Serbian organizations and teams before joining his first globally known org, Renegades, in early to mid 2017. However, he was only on there for a short stint of 4 months. Perhaps his greatest achievement with the Renegades was a 1st place finish (and a $30,000 award money prize) in the Asia Minor Championship - Krakow 2017. From there, he went on to join MANS NOT HOT, a player formed team that was eventually signed by The Imperial in March of 2018. As for the organization, they constantly failed to achieve anything up to par and finally disbanded towards the end of 2021. It really wasn't so hot after all.
In November of 2018, Nexa was picked up by Valiance & Co (now known as CR4AZY), where he spent nearly a full year and saw some successes— at least enough to prove himself to G2 Esports— who picked him up towards the end of 2019.
At G2, he saw the biggest successes of his career as he was finally able to compete in S-tier tournaments (33 in total, 28 with G2 and 5 with 4 other orgs). Despite most results not being too great, he had a handful of podium and top place finishes, the 2021 Stockholm PGL Major being the most obvious.
Nexa's Impact on OG
As it currently stands, OG has not yet confirmed their roster, with potential moves very much in the air. Despite signing a one-year extension with the org until the end of 2022, Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen was freed of his contract and traded to G2 Esports. Valde and Mantuu, whom signed the same contract extension as their teammate, could also be leaving the team before the start of the new season.
Especially with Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså, it is clear that OG are at least okay with replacing him as they were recently in talks with selling him to Evil Geniuses, a deal that has since fell through as reported by Rush B Media.
Therefore, it is quite unpredictable the impact that an IGL like Nexa will have on an unclear OG roster. Should it stay the same, one can only assume that the Serb will enhance the team performance as he has undeniably been a helping factor in G2's greater tournament results.
In-Game Leader: Nemanja "nexa" Isaković
AWP: Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski
Rifle & Support: Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen • Shahar "flameZ" Shushan • Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså
Coach: Casper "ruggah" Due