Nihilum Gaming have completed their CS:GO lineup with the addition of former iBUYPOWER member Derek “desi” Branchen.

Nihilum had been in the market for a new fifth player since parting ways with Timothy “autimatic” Ta, a move that sought to end a run of poor form that saw the team slip up in several online tournaments.

Derek “desi” Branchen, who was a free agent after being released by eLevate, performed well during a brief spell as a substitute for Nihilum, which prompted the team to tie him down to a permanent deal.

desi signs for Nihilum

The former iBUYPOWER member will have a baptism of fire with his new team as his first event will be the North American offline qualifier for ESL One Cologne, which will see the two finalists qualify for the upcoming major.

“I am proud to say that I am a new addition to the Nihilum team,” Branchen told

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that Nihilum has given me, and hope to represent them well in online/offline events, starting with the ESL Offline Qualifiers early next month.”

Nihilum now have the following lineup:

Soham “valens” Chowdhury
 Joshua “sancz” Ballenger
 Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen
Spencer “Hiko” Martin
Derek “desi” Branchen