HeavyGod Joins OG

04 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 04 Jan 2024
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  • Nikita "HeavyGod" Martynenko has joined OG on Thursday, January 4, 2024
  • The 21-year-old arrives at OG from Endpoint
  • HeavyGod finalises OG's new Counter-Strike lineup
HeavyGod Joins OG
Nikita "HeavyGod" Martynenko (credit: liquipedia.net)
On Thursday, January 4, OG announced the signing of Israeli Counter-Strike player Nikita "HeavyGod" Martynenko. The 21-year-old joins the international lineup as the fifth and final signing, completing OG's new roster.

OG's signing of HeavyGod comes amid a turbulent period for the team, which had to find replacements for Dion "FASHR" Derksen and Nemanja "nexa" Isaković who left the lineup in November. While OG benched FASHR following a streak of shaky results, nexa left OG to rejoin G2 Esports.

Nexa's departure left OG without an in-game leader, and while OG have yet to announce who'll take over the role, the European organisation managed to fill in the two vacant spots fairly quickly.

Before adding HeavyGod, OG signed Bram "Nexius" Campana from MOUZ NXT. The duo linked up with Nils "k1to" Gruhne and Iulian "regali" Harjău, who joined the team in June 2023, and Maciej "F1KU" Miklas, who is the current longest-standing member of OG, having signed with the team in May 2022.

HeavyGod Joins

HeavyGod started his esports career in November 2020 with MAESTRO and signed his first professional contract in April 2022 when the Israeli rifler joined Budapest Five. By the end of the year, HeavyGod also played for Websterz and Iron Branch, and in October landed in Endpoint, where he spent over one year.

With Endpoint, HeavyGod accomplished a lot in the lower divisions of the European Counter-Strike scene, with silver medals from ESL Premiership Spring 2023, ESL Premiership Autumn 2023, and LEON x TEAMPLAY Season 2 and half a dozen semifinal appearances at CCT events.

Even though Endpoint never managed to break into the top tier of competitive Counter-Strike, HeavyGod stood out as one of the best performers on the team, averaging a 1.13 performance rating over the 13 months.

Having proven his worth, HeavyGod now joins a more prestigious organisation which has struggled to accomplish much in 2023, with early exits from some of the biggest events of the year, including Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, IEM Cologne, IEM Rio, and ESL Pro League Season 17.

HeavyGod will debut for OG at BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2024, set to kick off on January 22, 2024.