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CS:GO: NiKo addresses FaZe Clan roster speculation after IEM Katowice exit

by Daniel Cleary

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FaZe Clan’s Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač has clarified rumored roster moves for his team after defeat in the quarter-finals of IEM Katowice Major, at the hands of Natus Vincere

NiKo has been in the conversation for the best CS:GO player in the world in recent years, and to many, it came as a shock when FaZe had a shaky run through the Legends stage of the major and were then defeated by Na’Vi in the quarter-finals.

In an interview with HLTV, NiKo explained his mindset going into the event and what the future holds for the FaZe Clan roster.

The Bosnian professional was also surprised at how the major played out for them “We got really surprised by the way we played at this event, we expected us to play way, way better. Going into this major, we really thought that we could win this whole thing.”

Some fans have been wondering if a roster change is on the cards for the all-star lineup as they haven’t had the usual success since benching their in-game leader Karrigan in December.

NiKo has been a star player for FaZe Clan since February 2017.

NiKo has clarified that their new coach, Janko 'YNk' Paunovič will be “100% staying for now” after his trial period with the roster.

He also confirmed that although he does not know what the future holds for FaZe Clan’s roster, their stand-in player, Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev will be remaining on the roster “for now, for upcoming events.”

Despite this performance, however, NiKo has remained confident in his team and took away a lot of positives from the major. “This was a really good experience for me, I think I changed a lot.” 

He now looks to improve with his team before competing once again at before Blast Pro Series São Paulo on March 22.

FaZe Clan CS:GO roster

  • Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
  • Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
  • Olof 'Olofmeister' Kajbjer
  • Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovačs
  • Håvard 'Rain' Nygaard
    • Janko 'YNk' Paunovič (Coach)