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Magisk confirms benching on North

Magisk announced Tuesday his benching from North.
Magisk (Emil Reif) announced Tuesday his benching from North's Counter-Strike team. Photo courtesy of Turner Sports/ELEAGUE.

Emil “Magisk” Reif wrote Tuesday on Twitter to say he has been benched by North.

Slingshot reported last week of North’s intentions to replace Magisk with Valdemar valde Bjørn Vangs, and the benching makes room for that move to take place.

Magisk played for SK Gaming from December 2015 until the old SK lineup was dropped in favor of the ex-Luminosity lineup of Brazilians. He later joined Dignitas, which peaked with winning EPICENTER in October. Magisk later told Slingshot his addition helped motivate the team.

“The main reason that you see in many teams changing a player is the motivation boost,” he said in November. “When you get a new guy on the team, it gives a lot of motivation for everyone to try to do better and improve as a team. I think that’s the reason we got so good so quickly is because we were able to focus on the game and tried to focus on the game.”

Magisk stayed with the Dignitas lineup, which rebranded to North before the ELEAGUE Major. But the results have not followed the once promising few weeks. North’s highest placing this year was a runner-up finish to G2 Esports at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals. After a group stage exit at ESL One Cologne, North reached Legend status for the second time in a row at the PGL Krakow Major. But North was unable to reach the semifinals and lost 2-0 to the home team, Virtus.pro. Fans should expect to see valde with North at DreamHack Malmö, which begins Aug. 30, and in their first match of ESL Pro League Season 6, which takes place Aug. 24 against G2 Esports.

Cover photo courtesy of Turner Sports/ELEAGUE

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