Ruben Villarroel 
Sidelined once more
July 1, 2018
RUBINO's eye infection has come back with a vengeance, meaning the Norwegian will continue to sit out, reports.
At the beginning of May, the 24-year-old contracted an eye infection that forced him to sit out at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in Dallas and DreamHack Austin. RUBINO came back just in time to play at the CS:GO Asia Championships, where he helped Heroic advance to the quarterfinals. Unfortunately for RUBINO and Heroic, his eye infection has relapsed which will force the Norwegian to sit out as the team will bring forth AcilioN as a stand-in. There is no official timetable for RUBINO's return to action.
Out of action due to illness
May 5, 2018
RUBINO will be sidelined for the coming weeks due to an eye infection, Heroic have announced.
RUBINO will be inactive on the roster in the coming weeks due to an eye infection. This comes as a troubling time for Heroic, who has recently been in the process of restructuring the team after losing AWPer JUGi and in-game leader Snappi to OpTic Gaming. To make matters worse, Heroic missed out on a spot at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, as they placed eighth in the European division after losing the tiebreaker to HellRaisers. It is unclear if RUBINO will return in time for DreamHack Open Tours coming up in little over two weeks on May 19-21.
Picks up split in OT
March 21, 2018
RUBINO picked up a 44/45 KD on Tuesday for Heroic, who split the series with the Ninjas in Pyjamas in Week 4 of ESL Pro League Season 7.
RUBINO started the series on the T-side of Inferno with a rough beginning as NiP took a massive 6-0 lead early. RUBINO was able to make pixels connect, but his 1.07 rating wasn't enough to help carry his team to a win as NiP led the series 16-6. The series shifted to Train where RUBINO got off to a great start on the CT-side, contributing to a massive 7-0 lead. NiP began to crank out rounds, but RUBINO put a stop to their comeback with a triple kill retake in Round 12 to cripple the Swedes economy. The first half finished 11-4 for RUBINO and co. but the second half was rather lopsided as NiP brought the deficit to match point. RUBINO remained composed through the extra rounds to pick up two rounds on both T and CT-sides to take the 19-16 series split.
Joins Heroic
February 14, 2018
Heroic has revealed that RUBINO will be joining their starting roster.
RUBINO has been without a team since being released from Team Dignitas in January. He had a great performance for Astralis as a stand-in at the ESL Pro League Finals, despite the 9-10th place finish. The 23-year-old has finally landed on an active roster and it comes at the perfect time for Heroic. The team's coach, peacemaker, stated that RUBINO would fill in the other qualities the team needed that they didn't get from es3tag. RUBINO will debut in the ESL Pro League and will boot camp with the team ahead of the upcoming IEM Katowice.
Free Agent
Set to join Heroic
February 7, 2018
Former Team Dignitas and North member RUBINO is set to join Heroic after cs_summit 2, according to a report from
It is reported that RUBINO will be filling in the void of es3tag, who is speculated to be benched after cs_summit 2. es3tag joined the team in the dawn of valde's exit to North; however, his time with the team has been cut due to lackluster performances in 2017. RUBINO has been on the radar since January when he was released from Dignitas due to a spell of disappointing results. The Norwegian is no stranger to Danish teams, as his former team consisted of Danish masterminds such as North's MSL and cajunb. He also played for Astralis in December as a stand-in at the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals and ECS Season 4 Finals, helping the team reach the semifinals on both occasions.
Filling in more than a spot
December 17, 2017
RUBINO went nuts with a 32/15 KD on Friday in the 16-13 win over FaZe Clan at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
RUBINO took a tough 3-0 deficit early on the defense of Overpass as FaZe showed an aggressive offense early. However, the patience from RUBINO paid off to help his team on the retakes and holds to help even the 3-3 score. He then tied the game for Astralis in Round 8 with a triple kill hold on Long-A to secure the round. RUBINO also followed up with a quad kill to secure the two-round lead. FaZe contested but the composure from RUBINO allowed the team to edge the first half 8-7 going into the second. Despite FaZe taking the two opening rounds, RUBINO never missed a beat getting the entry-kills and frags in the second half to outlast FaZe in the win, posting a team-leading 116.6 ADR.
Can't fill dev1ce's shoes
December 6, 2017
RUBINO ended Astralis' rough loss to FaZe Clan on Day 2 of the ESL Pro League Finals with a 9/17 KD.
While he may have performed well enough in the dev1ce's stead on Day 1, RUBINO came crashing back down to Earth here in this game on Day 2. He ended the game with the second-lowest damage and kill total in the entire lobby, which is a far cry from the type of output that dev1ce would have normally put up. It was only one game, but it was still not something that you want to see from a stand-in. Astralis has to hope that dev1ce is back soon or this could become the new normal.
Solid in backup role
December 5, 2017
RUBINO put up a 17/15 KD in Astralis' 16-11 win against Luminosity Gaming on Tuesday at the ESL Pro League Finals.
RUBINO is filling in for dev1ce in the AWPer's absence, and while he didn't necessarily light up the scoreboard, RUBINO was solid enough to get his team the win. When the team faces more formidable competition, however, he could leave a bit to be desired. While he had some nice plays in this game, he only finished with a 58.6 ADR. He will certainly need to bring a bit more to the table as the week goes on.
To the stars in Odense
November 30, 2017
The Danish organization has announced that they will be using RUBINO for the upcoming LAN Finals of ESL Pro League.
RUBINO will be wearing the black-and-red jersey for Astralis in the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals. Astralis are unable to bring in former GODSENT member, dennis, to the LAN finals in Odense, Denmark due to his season being mainly dedicated to GODSENT. dennis also joined the team days after the transfer deadline, helping Astralis with a second-place finish at BLAST Pro Series against SK Gaming, and he also participated in the last match of ESL Pro League, whereas RUBINO did not. The Norwegian will also represent the team in the upcoming ECS Season 4 Finals in Cancun, Mexico in mid December, the organization has added.
Dismal display in 2-0 loss to Astralis
May 18, 2017
RUBINO posted a 30/42 KD on Wednesday in a 2-0 series loss to Astralis in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.
RUBINO had a slow and quiet first half despite winning a few rounds that allowed him to finally make some noise on the scoreboard. The 11-4 deficit at the half was a distant past as RUBINO surged in the ten-round streak over Astralis in the second half, contributing a small 14/24 KD and 64.7 ADR. Astralis then went on to close out Game 1 with a five-round streak to close Nuke 16-14. Game 2 RUBINO had a dismal first half down 12-3, but the second half seemed promising as RUBINO got a few rounds together until Astralis won their fourth round to take Game 2 16-7, with RUBINO posting a 16/18 KD and an 80.1 ADR on Mirage.
Comes up just short against VP
January 27, 2017
RUBINO went 43/51 in North's loss to in the quarterfinals of the ELEAGUE Major.
Despite this strong performance in Game 1, RUBINO was the slowest member of North to get going in the second game, as he was just 10/10 after 18 rounds. As a team, they looked much better, though. Whereas they got completely pushed around on Overpass, they looked very crisp on Cache. Accordingly, they rode a strong Game 2 into a decisive Game 3. RUBINO took a couple rounds to get going, but he locked up a nice double in Round 7 to push North out to a 6-1 lead. He ended the half with a double in Round 15 as North took a 12-3 lead. He only tallied five kills in the second half that saw North get dominated by VP. The Danes just couldn't do anything against the veteran play of VP, who took the final map 16-13.
Parts ways with Team Dignitas
December 20, 2016
RUBINO has parted ways with Team Dignitas, reports Jacob Wolf of ESPN.
Hot on the heels of the team's qualification for the ELEAGUE Major in January, the players and team have mutually agreed to part ways. The team was recently purchased by the United States-based Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA, which has led them to start looking for a roster filled with North American players. While the players are now currently left without a banner in which to fly under, they have every intention of staying together. This means they will be competing at the 2016 Worlds Electronic Sports Games final and ELEAGUE Major in January. More information on the players' futures will be coming fairly soon.
Surging in win
December 19, 2016
RUBINO boasted his team with a 30/17 KD over Spirit on Day 1 of the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier.
RUBINO shined in the fourth round as his picked up his first double entry kill onto the A-bombsite to secure the round for a 2-2 tie. In the sixth round, RUBINO managed to squeeze a triple kill onto the B-bombsite, but lost the round falling back to a tied record. However, in the following round, he swiftly picked up a double kill to close out the seventh round to retake the lead 4-3. After giving up three rounds to face another tie breaker, RUBINO once again snags a double to help his team to a 7-6 score, breaking the tie for the second time. RUBINO closed out the half with the remaining two rounds with two or more kills in each to a 9-6 lead at the half. In the second half, RUBINO played more aggressively with his AK-47 giving Dignitas favored odd man situations, which reflected the early 14-6 lead. Three of those rounds won were secured by RUBINO who picked up multiple kills in each, including Dignitas match point round. Dignitas secure Mirage 16-11 after a short Spirit comeback faltered.
Tag-teams with k0nfig in big win
December 18, 2016
RUBINO put up a strong 25/13 KD in Team Dignitas' win against G2 on Day 4 of the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier.
RUBINO didn't get a kill until Round 5, but he picked up a double in that round that kept G2 bogged down and gave them the bomb plant and detonation. He came up big again in Round 12 with a quad kill to close the gap between the two teams a bit. He started off the second half well with a big 3k to win the pistol. Throughout the rest of the map, he tag-teamed with k0nfig to completely shut down G2 on their way to a 16-9 win.
Takes backseat in win over SK
December 10, 2016
RUBINO went 12/15 in a 1-0 win over SK Gaming in Group B of the ECS Finals.
RUBINO started off hot, with a fearless challenge through a Molotov'd Monster, which netted him a gorgeous pair of entry headshots into the B-site. He fell off from there, but still pitched in a healthy 84.8 ADR, finding spurts of damage here and there. With a win over the vaunted SK, who are struggling at the moment, Dignitas becomes a forerunner to escape Group B.
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