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CSGO: Shox no longer the favorite to join Team Vitality

Published: 12/Sep/2019 15:44 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 10:36

by Kamil Malinowski


Team Vitality are currently shaking up their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squad, and have reportedly changed their focus from French star Richard ‘shox’ Papillon.

Vitality announced that Nathan ‘NBK’ Schmitt was removed from the squad on September 7, after a disappointing quarter-finals exit from the StarLadder Berlin Major.

They have since been looking for a replacement, with reports suggesting that G2 Esports star shox is the team’s number one choice after he was reportedly removed from the active G2 lineup. However, talks have allegedly broken down between the two teams and Vitality are looking at an alternative option.

StarLadderVitality may no longer be going after G2’s shox.

According to 1pv.fr, Team Vitality were after shox due to his skill and experience, but they feel that G2’s asking price for the veteran is too high. Therefore, the French team have decided to look towards free agent Fabien ‘kioShiMa’ Fiey.

KioShiMa is no slouch himself, having represented top teams like LDLC, Envy, and FaZe Clan over his lengthy career and even winning two Majors in the early years of CSGO. He would be available almost immediately and not cost a large transfer fee, giving the team ample reasons to sign him.

ESLKioShiMa may be Vitality’s new player.

Many fans have been eagerly awaiting Kio’s return to the competitive scene after his short spell with an international Cloud9 squad came to an end in March 2019. With the French scene looking to shake things up, he may finally have a chance to compete again.

Vitality have not yet commented about their potential replacement for NKB, and after pulling out of BLAST Pro Series Moscow, the team has ample time to decide on their new member, as their next event starts almost three weeks away on October 1.


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.