Benched FaZe Clan CS:GO star karrigan finds new team ahead of NA Minor for IEM Katowice Major - Dexerto

Benched FaZe Clan CS:GO star karrigan finds new team ahead of NA Minor for IEM Katowice Major

Published: 1/Jan/2019 3:01 Updated: 9/Jan/2019 15:30

by Albert Petrosyan


In a rather surprising turn of events, Danish-German professional CounterStriker: Global Offensive player Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen has moved to an unexpected team ahead of the Americas Minor.

On December 31, news broke out that the former FaZe Clan in-game leader will be transferring to Team Envy for the upcoming Minor in Katowice, Poland. The deal is for a loan transfer only, which means that karrigan’s stay on Envy could only be for this lone competition.

To make room for karrigan, Envy have parted ways with Matt ‘Pollo’ Wilson, who joined from Ghost Gaming on October 30 as a stand-in player for Kory ‘SEMPHIS’ Friesen.

“Karrigan will be competing with us at the Americas Minor on loan from FaZe Clan,” Envy tweeted. “We’d like to thank Pollo for standing in for us over the past couple months, and wish him the best in future opportunities.”

Unless there are anymore unanticipated roster moves for Envy, their roster heading into the Americas Minor will be karrigan, Taylor ‘Drone’ Johnson, Steven ‘reltuC’ Cutler, Noah ‘Nifty’ Francis, and Josh ‘jdm64’ Marzano, with Zaschary ‘Eley’ Stauffer as coach. 

While karrigan’s departure from FaZe is not the least bit surprising, not many expected him to move to Envy, as evidenced by all of the remarks in comments section of Envy’s announcement tweet.

However, with the Dane-German desperate for a move away from the red and black, this switch does allow him to compete in first major competition of the calendar year.

Finishing in the top two spots would guarantee karrigan and Envy at least $15,000 and spot in the IEM Katowice Major 2019, which has a massive $1 million prize pool of its own. 

Former FaZe in-game leader karrigan was benched in mid-December after a string of poor performances.

This loan move away from FaZe is just another chapter in the saga between the org and one of its longest tenured players. The two had been together since karrigan transferred from Astralis in 2016, forming a powerful roster that won numerous events, including ESL ONe New York 2017 and ESL One Belo Horizante 2018. 

However, after continually falling short at Majors and a string of particularly poor results in recent months, karrigan was benched in mid-December and the search to find a replacement for him began.

While it remains unclear as to who exactly will replace the former in-game leader at FaZe, one thing that is for sure is that karrigan will not be returning to the org after his loan spell with Envy is over, although where he will end up on a permanent basis remains to be seen. 


ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

ESIC csgo coach bug ban
ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.