Nexa Leaves OG, Re-Joins G2 Esports

21 Nov 2023
Tit Krajnik 21 Nov 2023
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  • Nemanja "nexa" Isaković is no longer a member of OG
  • OG announced the departure of its in-game leader on Tuesday, November 21
  • The news comes amid reports of nexa moving to G2 Esports
On Tuesday, November 21, OG announced the departure of Nemanja "nexa" Isaković, who left the international Counter-Strike roster after nearly two years. Nexa's departure from OG comes amid rumours that the Serbian Counter-Strike player is close to joining G2 Esports.

Nexa joined OG in January 2022 as a part of a roster swap deal with G2 Esports, which saw him swap places with Finnish in-game leader Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen. Since then, nexa has been a part of OG's starting lineup, helping the team reach the Intel Extreme Masters Rio Major in 2022 and won BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2022.

In February 2023, nexa stepped down from OG's roster and missed out on Paris Major cycle, before returning in June, when he was put in an entirely new roster after OG replaced three players following a rough stretch of shaky results.

But even after nexa's return, OG has failed to find much traction and hasn't accomplished anything noteworthy over the last five months. Since their semifinal run at CCT South Europe Series #4, OG have not placed higher than top-eight across the next 12 Counter-Strike tournaments the team has attended.

That includes a fifth-eight-place finish at Roobet Cup 2023 and ninth-16th at CCT Central Europe Series #8 at the start of November. Currently ranked no.39 in the world, OG is again undergoing roster changes, having already benched Dion "FASHR" Derksen and now parted ways with nexa.

This leaves OG with just three active members on its roster, including Maciej "F1KU" Miklas, Iulian "regali" Harjău, and Nils "k1to" Gruhne, leaving two spots open for OG to fill up.

Shortly after the announcement of nexa's departure, G2 Esports confirmed the rumours and unveiled nexa's return to the roster after nearly two years. At G2 Esports, nexa will replace Justin "jks" Savage, who got benched from the lineup.

Nexa already spent a lengthy period with G2 Esports, who he joined in September 2019 and remained with the team until January 2022. During that time, the 26-year-old has won numerous high-profile tournaments and helped he team reach the finals of PGL Major Stockholm 2021, two months before leaving the team.