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CSGO: FaZe Clan make first roster change after Berlin Major

Published: 11/Sep/2019 15:15 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 15:32

by Calum Patterson

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North American esports organization FaZe Clan have released substitute player Filip ‘NEO’ Kubski from their CS:GO roster, following their disappointing placing at the StarLadder Berlin Major.

After releasing Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen in late 2018, FaZe Clan have been in a tricky spot, unable to find a set lineup to achieve success, with leader Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard even revealing they regretted dropping the Danish star.

Polish veteran NEO came into the roster as a substitute in May, having left his long-term home of Virtus.Pro in December, but despite his experience, NEO’s addition never looked like a permanent solution to FaZe’s problems.

DreamhackNEO’s time with FaZe has come to an end.

On September 11, FaZe announced that he would no longer be part of the CS:GO team as a substitute, thanking him for his efforts.

Although some may consider NEO to be in the twilight years of his long career, he still displayed flashes of excellence, showing he still has time left at the top, if he chooses.

It now leaves FaZe back at square one, with the four-man roster that has been together for over three years, but missing the key building block that was, for a time, Karrigan.

It remains to be seen if these four players will stick, as rumors have already surfaced that one or more of the team are being tapped up for moves elsewhere, which would signal the complete end of the FaZe roster which many touted for greatness, but never truly realized it to their full potential.

Their 12-14th placing at the Berlin Major could well be the nail in the coffin, but nothing is confirmed yet, and with a busy roster shuffle period now in full swing, anything could happen.

FaZe Clan CS:GO roster

  • Håvard ‘rain‘ Nygaard
  • Ladislav ‘GuardiaN‘ Kovács
  • Nikola ‘NiKo‘ Kovač
  • Olof ‘olofmeister‘ Kajbjer
    • Janko ‘YNk‘ Paunović (coach)
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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

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The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.