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The Redemption Of NBK, How He Came In Clutch Again With DBL PONEY



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Nathan Jordan Schmitt, known as “NBK,” is a 26-year-old legendary French CS:GO player who is under contract with OG Esports, and playing as a stand-in for Double Poney, formerly known as DBL PONEY.

After the Team Envy era ended, NBK joined G2 Esports to create a new French super roster alongside Dan “apEX” Madesclaire, Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro, Richard “shox” Papillon, and Kenny “kennyS” Schrub in 2017.

However, things did not go the way that the French team wanted. Even though they had some great results in the first months, the downfall of the G2 Esports started. After a while, the organization parted ways with their veteran players, NBK, shox, and apEX.

How Team Vitality Become A Top Tier Team In A Short Period

The veteran players such as NBK, apEX, Happy, and RpK were free agents, Team Vitality wanted to establish another French super roster. With the addition of these experienced players, they also added fresh blood that nobody expected, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut.

After a short period, the roster has changed and Happy left the roster. The addition of the in-game leader Alex “ALEX” McMeekin lead their way to the top teams alongside Astralis and Team Liquid, and they overperformed G2 Esports in many tournaments.

As NBK showed that G2 Esports made a mistake by cutting him, ZywOo has earned the best player of the year award in his rookie year. However, he did not do it by only himself. Even though he was the brightest player on the roster, having such experienced and supportive teammates made him perform so well.

After a while, Team Vitality parted ways with NBK unfortunately and added another veteran player shox. But, this decision didn’t make NBK stop. Instead, he found a new home in OG Esports.

The Reason Of Why OG Esports Didn’t Perform As Expected

In late 2019, OG Esports announced their entrance to the CS:GO scene with a mixed roster. A French veteran who is eager to play, a Finnish in-game leader who was ready to prove himself alongside three talented players.

Although OG Esports were preparing themselves for the big tournaments and showed some promises in lots of matches, the coronavirus outbreak hit the world and all the LAN tournaments postponed.

Following this decision, OG Esports faced one of the hardest mental problems in the scene. They were struggling to perform against the players who were confident during the online matches, and they also lost their focus on being in the top-tier events.

In early 2021, OG Esports finally made the decision and decided to bench ISSA and NBK from the roster to bring back the synergy they had in the first place. While NBK was in the bench, he got permission from OG to play as a stand-in for DBL Poney, which is an organization-less French roster.

The Redemption Of NBK Just Started

Alongside the former G2 Esports players bodyy and Lucky, DBL Poney had two underrated players in their roster; Aurélien “afro” Drapier and Thomas “djoko” Pavoni. Alongside these deadly four, NBK joined the roster.

In a short period, NBK and his colleagues performed well in the low-tier tournaments, and they decided to attend Flashpoint Season 3. Thanks to OG Esports and Flashpoint, NBK had a chance to play in the qualifiers of the Flashpoint.

DBL Poney beat Team LDLC and Ambush in the open qualifiers and faced against the teams like ENCE, Dignitas, HAVU, and Endpoint in the closed qualifiers. Against the all odds, they managed to qualify for season 3 of the Flashpoint.

For their first match in the tournament, DBL Poney met Team Vitality under the calling of bodyy. Surprisingly for almost everybody, NBK and his colleagues won against Team Vitality with 2-0 scores.

In the match, NBK played with a 1.36 rating and had one of his greatest individual matches recently. With this result, NBK proved that he still wants to compete on high-level Counter-Strike and showed that he will be competing against the top teams for more years.

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