LEGIJA

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Player Information
Name:
Nikola Ninic
Birth:
October 15, 1990 (1990-10-15) (age 27)
Country:
Status:
Team:
Role(s):
Approx. Total Winnings:
$70,721
Links
History
Counter-Strike
2012-07-02 - 2012-??-??

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

2012-09-24 – 2013-04-30
2013-04-30 – 2013-07-08
2013-07-10 – 2013-09-09
2013-10-21 – 2015-06-10
2015-06-10 – 2015-07-28
2015-08-12 – 2015-09-11
Team Kinguin (Coach)
2015-09-11 – 2015-10-14
Gamers2 (Coach)
2016-01-19 – 2016-01-22
2016-01-22 – 2017-01-02
2017-01-02 – Present

Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninic (born October 15, 1990) is a Serbian-German Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and former Counter-Strike 1.6 player. He is currently playing for BIG.

Professional Career[edit]

Early CS:GO Playing Career[edit]

LEGIJA was first seen playing in Counter-Strike 1.6 but would not be noticed until the end of the game's competitive circuit, though he would switch to CS:GO after it was released. There he would be playing for dotpiXels e.V., alongside current teammate Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz. The team had very mixed results and most of the team's results were generally very poor results, which resulted in a flurry of roster changes - leaving Ninic as the last founding member of their CS:GO lineup. In May 2013, the team had disbanded and split up following Ninic's transfer to n!faculty. There he would reunite with Wodarz but also the likes of other new faces including the later addition of Chris "chrisJ" de Jong from the Netherlands. After a short stay in n!faculty, the six-man team would end up leaving the organization and everyone but Simon "smn" Beck would join Playing Ducks. As Jens "shirox" Wietow was a backup in n!faculty and later in Playing Ducks, former Fnatic in-game leader Finn "karrigan" Andersen would join as the new in-game leader. Ninic's stay in Playing Ducks would not last nearly as long either as he and de Jong would join PartyDaddlers before being signed by mousesports.

mousesports[edit]

Ninic was signed by mousesports alongside former n!faculty and Playing Ducks teammate teammate de Jong. They would also be joined by Tobias "Troubley" Tabbert, Christian "crisby" Schmitt and Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch. Ninic's team were set to qualify for Valve's first CS:GO major: DreamHack Winter 2013 but were upset in the BYOC qualifer, losing 17-19 to the Scandinavian mix Xapso. In a few months, Ninic & co. would qualify for ESL Major Series One: Katowice 2014 but with Wodarz reuniting once again with Ninic and de Jong but also Casper "cadiaN" Møller. Their result was nothing but lacklustre as they would place last with defeats from Titan and HellRaisers.

After Katowice 2014, mousesports' results with Ninic would remain mixed and often failing to qualify for certain events, most notably the majors. They would easily be named the top team in Germany but would still struggle to make it deep in certain tournaments online and offline, even after another flurry of roster changes, they would continue to drought - while they would also give international talents such as Aleski "allu" Jalli and Nikola "NiKolinho" Kovac a shot on the team. They would soon later be dethroned as the best team in Germany by the upcoming PENTA Sports, also competing against Planetkey Dynamics for the throne - both teams would also qualify for DreamHack Winter 2014, the fourth CS:GO major, with mousesports left out of the equation. It was after the LAN qualifier for ESL One: Katowice 2015 that mousesports would later opt for a major roster change down the line. In May of 2015, Ninic would be moved to the bench, alongside NiKolinho who joined after the event. mousesports would also release Wodarz who returned to the team briefly as a stand-in. The trio would end up being released by the PENTA trio including the former mousesports players Timo "Spiidi" Richter and Johannes "nex" Maget as well as newcomer Denis "denis" Howell.

Coaching phase[edit]

Ninic's stay on mousesports' bench would not last long as he would be approached by Nihilum Gaming as their head coach which he would accept the offer of, at the expense of moving to North America. His stay with the North American team however did not last very long and the organization's sponsor with Kinguin would end around the same time, due to mixed results among other problems. Ninic would later be offered to join Team Kinguin as their coach following the release of their previous coach Daniel "dalito" Morales, who was removed due to a previous VAC ban which sanctioned him from playing and assisting his team at Valve sponsored events.

He would join Kinguin just in time for ESL One: Cologne 2015, where he would assist Kinguin in making it out of the group stage after losing their opening game to the new Brazilian lineup of Luminosity Gaming's. Team Kinguin would play in Group B initially before losing a very short lived game against the Brazilian side. They would be placed in Group F in the 2nd group stage to face the Australian Team Immunity lineup, before facing the North American Cloud9 - whom both lost to Virtus.pro. Despite Ninic's team not being favoured to make it out of the group stage, they would defeat Team Immunity 16-13 on Dust 2 after a steady but poor 6-9 T half, coming back into the game to win the match. They would later play Cloud9 who were favoured much more to defeat the European mix, even after a 9-6 score to the North American side on their T half. Nonetheless, Team Kinguin would come back into the game on their T side and sweep over the Americans to win the game and make it to the playoffs. Team Kinguin would play against Team SoloMid in the quarterfinals, the team the players would identify as their kryptonite. The quarterfinal would remain short lived for the Europeans as they end up being stomped on by the Danes after a fairly weak game from all of the players.

Shortly after the major went and came, Ninic's team would stay in the same shape but more or less win one of their first big tournaments. That being Gaming Paradise 2015 in Slovenia. After a while however, Team Kinguin would be acquired by Gamers2 and would partner with Kinguin in which the team would play under the name of "G2.Kinguin". The only LAN that Ninic would attend with the team however was DreamHack London 2015, which was again a very lacklustre tournament for the team after a shaky game against SK Gaming before losing to Team SoloMid and being upset by Copenhagen Wolves in the group decider. It was shortly after that Ninic would leave and prepare to return to playing.

Returning to play[edit]

Ninic would remain teamless for the rest of 2015, until after the new year where he would join Method's remaining duo of Justin "just9n" Ortiz and Samuel "SileNt" Portillo. He would also join up with former mousesports teammate and in-game leader Fatih "gob b" Dayik as well as fellow North American player Peter "ptr" Gurney. They would end up being signed by NRG Esports and move to North America in the process, but would have very minimal success except for Counter Pit League Season 2 - Finals where they used Wodarz as a stand-in from PENTA Sports in Gurney's place after having an injury during turbulence which ruled him out from being able to play. Ninic and Portillo would end up playing as the AWPer in Gurney's place while Ninic would also play as the support alongside Wodarz taking turns between the roles. They would end up being successful and upsetting Team EnVyUs but would later fall to Astralis who were somewhat in a slump at the time.

The team would later swap out Ortiz and Portillo to bring in Wodarz permanently, alongside former Counter Logic Gaming player Jacob "FugLy" Medina. The team would enjoy very minimal success, despite qualifying for a few LAN tournaments but they would fall short in all of them. It was until the end of the year when the German players including Ninic would decide to make a BIG change. Initially, Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus was expected to move to NRG Esports from ALTERNATE aTTaX in Gurney's place but in the end, the German trio of NRG would bench themselves and form a new organization called BIG. In this lineup, Ninic, Wodarz and Dayik would be joined by nex, and Bartholomäus.

The Germans would very much enjoy more success under BIG, where they began having deeper runs in events and even winning some. The first event that Ninic would play under the banner alongside his former NRG teammates, as well as his new teammates would be DreamHack Open Leipzig 2017 where they would achieve a 2nd place but losing to FlipSid3 Tactics. Ninic and BIG would qualify for the Europe Minor for PGL Major Kraków 2017, which was a somewhat shaky run but very successful amongst the German side. They would top the group of the minor over Team EnVyUs, the favourites. BIG would later be put in the semifinals over the Norweigan/Portuguese/Danish Team Dignitas lineup but would fall 0-2, placing themselves in the lower bracket against Team EnVyUs. The next day, they would manage to upset Team EnVyUs 2-0 to claim a spot and they would soon get payback on Team Dignitas before taking down PENTA Sports in the grand final to win the minor. It was then when they qualified for the major with a 3-1 record in the swiss group, only losing to Cloud9 who they'd later face at the major itself.

At the time of the major, BIG were placed against favourites FaZe Clan in the first round of the swiss group and Ninic's crew would take them off guard with a 16-8 victory on Inferno. At the time they were also using the infamous jump-peek bug to gain an advantage, but were later requested not to use it as it gave teams an unfair advantage - they were believed to also have used this against Immortals in the major qualifier also. Despite this, they would still knock down Cloud9 16-11 and later defeat SK Gaming 16-14 after a 5-10 deposit which Ninic's crew would come back from. All three of their group games were played on Inferno but moving into the quarterfinals, they would play fellow Brazilian team Immortals. They would at first win the first map, Cobblestone, in overtime with a 19-17 victory. They would later end up losing Inferno, their go-to map 16-7 before falling on Train 16-14 with fairly close halves which ended their major run.

In the aftermath of the major, Ninic and the rest of his team still sufficed some big achievements including qualifying for the ESL Pro League but would end up losing their spot at the end of the season moving down to ESEA Premier (also known as the Mountain Dew League) once again.

Information[edit]

Gear and settings[edit]

Mouse settings [1] (list of)
Mouse Effective DPI cm/360 in/360 DPI In-game sens. Windows sens. Raw input? Polling rate
ZOWIE GEAR FK1 800 52 20.5 800 1.0 6/11 On 500 Hz
Last updated on 2016-08-03 (497 days ago).
Hardware
Mouse Mousepad
ZOWIE GEAR FK1 SteelSeries QcK+
Monitor Refresh rate In-game resolution Scaling
BenQ XL2420T 120 Hz 1024×768 Black Bars
Keyboard Headset
EpicGear Dezimator EpicGear SonorouZ SE
Last updated on 2016-08-03 (497 days ago).
Crosshair settings (list of)
Style Size Thickness Sniper Gap Outline Dot Color Alpha
4 1 0.5 1 -1 Yes (thickness 1) No (0) Custom (5) 255
No date of last update specified!
Click "Expand" for a code to copy and paste into your console.
cl_crosshairalpha 255; cl_crosshaircolor 5; cl_crosshaircolor_b 255; cl_crosshaircolor_r 255; cl_crosshaircolor_g 0;cl_crosshairdot 0; cl_crosshairgap -1; cl_crosshairsize 1; cl_crosshairstyle 4; cl_crosshairusealpha 1; cl_crosshairthickness 0.5; cl_crosshair_sniper_width 1; cl_crosshair_outlinethickness 1; cl_crosshair_drawoutline 1;

Career achievements[edit]

Date Placement Tier Tournament Team Result Prize
2017-11-03 A22nd A2Major ESports World Convention 2017 - Paris Games Week 0 : 2 $17,474.37
2017-10-22 A22nd A2Major DreamHack Denver 2017 0 : 2 $20,000
2017-07-21 A55 - 8th A1Premier PGL Major Kraków 2017 1 : 2 $35,000
2017-06-18 A11st A2Major Europe Minor Championship - Kraków 2017 2 : 0 $30,000
2017-05-14 A22nd A2Major ESEA Season 24: Global Challenge 0 : 2 $10,000
2017-05-06 A11st A2Major ESL Meisterschaft: Spring 2017 2 : 1 $8,799.22
2017-01-15 A22nd A2Major DreamHack Leipzig 2017 0 : 2 $20,000
2016-04-26 A55th A1Premier ESL Pro League Season 3 - North America 14/8 Grp. S. $27,000
2015-04-19 A44th A1Premier ESEA Season 18 - Global Invite Division 0 : 2 $10,000
2013-12-14 A11st A2Major ESL Pro Series Germany: Winter 2013 2 : 0 $5,496.77
About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament
Date Placement Tier Tournament Team Result Prize
2015-11-15 A66th A7Qualifier FACEIT League 2015 Stage 3 - Europe 7/7 Grp. S. $0
2015-10-15 A44th A7Qualifier CEVO Season 8 Professional Europe 5/4/2 Grp. S. $0
2015-09-20 A55 - 6th A1Premier DreamHack Open London 2015 11 - 16 $2,000
2015-09-08 A11st A2Major Gaming Paradise 2015 2 : 0 $30,000
2015-09-04 A22nd A7Qualifier CS:GO Championship Series: Season 1 - Last Chance 1 : 2 $1,000
2015-09-03 A11st - 2nd A7Qualifier FACEIT League 2015 Stage 3 - Europe Closed Qualifier 2 : 1 $0
2015-08-27 A44th A2Major CS:GO Championship Series: Season 1 - Group Stage 0 : 2 $0
2015-08-22 A55 - 8th A1Premier ESL One: Cologne 2015 0 : 2 $10,000
2015-08-13 A11st A6Weekly QuickShot Arena #2 2 : 0 $1,500
2015-06-22 A66th A1Premier ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 - North America 13/9 Grp. S. $11,500
About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament

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References[edit]

  1. CS:GO Player Setups, docs.google.com