Cloud9's RUSH Weighs in on the Home Crowd Advantage Debate Following BIG's Impressive ESL One: Cologne Run - Dexerto

Cloud9’s RUSH Weighs in on the Home Crowd Advantage Debate Following BIG’s Impressive ESL One: Cologne Run

Published: 9/Jul/2018 11:32 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 14:55

by Ross Deason


Cloud9’s Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba has commented on the ongoing debate about whether there is any such thing as a home crowd advantage at CS:GO events.

The question about home crowd advantages cropped up during the $300,000 ESL One: Cologne 2018 event where the German team, BIG, performed well above expectations.

After BIG defeated G2 Esports 2-0 in the quarter-finals, popular analyst Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields released a video on YouTube where he broached the subject and gave arguments for and against it.

While the Brit did not deny that a home crowd can have a positive effect, he did argue that it isn’t as significant as some people make out, that there is a lot of nuance to the subject, and that the pressure of a home crowd can also work against you.

But BIG’s performance did not stop with their defeat of G2. The German side went on to shock FaZe Clan in the semi-finals and Cloud9’s RUSH took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the subject.

The reigning Major Champion claims that anyone who doesn’t believe in home crowd advantages is “simply wrong” and that he has experienced it first hand:

It seems likely that RUSH is referring to Cloud9’s ELEAGUE Major: Boston win where they shocked the world and became the first North American team in history to win a CS:GO Major by defeating FaZe in the Grand Final.

The support for Cloud9 at the American event was certainly strong and we haven’t seen the same level from the team before or since the Major so his point does hold some significant weight.

Unfortunately for BIG, home crowd or not, they were unable to defeat Na’Vi in the Grand Final, losing 3-1 to the Ukrainian team but still showing a great deal of promise.

You can watch Thorin’s video discussing the subject of home crowd advantages in detail below.

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YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal


Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.