CS: GO News: Heroic bench mertz, sign NaToSaphiX

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CS: GO News: Heroic bench mertz, sign NaToSaphiX

Heroic has signed Niels-Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen to replace Daniel “mertz” Mertz who the organization announced they released earlier this morning.

Heroic announced that they benched Daniel “mertz” Mertz earlier this morning. Soon after, Heroic announced the signing of his replacement, ex-Sprout free agent Niels-Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen.

The announcement comes little over an hour after the team posted a bare-bones explanation for mertz’s move to inactive status. Heroic announced the benching on the team’s official website:

“Daniel “mertz” Mertz will from today move to the inactive roster of Heroic indefinitely. Stay tuned for more news about our beloved AWP’er, and who will fill his spot in our upcoming tournaments.”

Afterward, Heroic revealed that NaToSaphiX, former Sprout AWPer, joins Heroic almost six months after the 22-year-old was removed from Sprout. Sillassen had this to say about his new opportunity:

“I've been staying patient for a few months now, but it’s time to get back on the grind. I’ve found the team I want to commit to and I’m hoping for a long lasting and successful journey with Heroic! I’m really honored and thankful that Heroic, such a big and powerful organization, has decided to take me under their wings. I’m looking forward to becoming a hero!”

NaToSaphiX will debut during the ESL One Cologne Closed Qualifier today, and owns a 1.13 HLTV Rating all-time. As of now, Heroic's roster is as follows:

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  • Adam “friberg” Friberg
  • Benjamin “blameF” Bremer
  • Patrick “es3tag” Hansen
  • Martin “stavn” Lund
  • Niels-Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen
  • Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu (Coach)
  • Daniel “mertz” Mertz

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Nick Johnson
Nick "Lesona" Johnson is an esports journalist with a focus on CS:GO and the OWL. His interest for esports started with CS:S and grew into a career as both an esports writer and an avid fan, giving him a unique perspective on both the casual and professional scenes. Twitter: @Lesona_