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DeKay: Why the future of FaZe Clan CS:GO is looking bleak

Published: 27/May/2019 22:07 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 15:34

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis

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While FaZe Clan’s CS:GO roster was one of the most hyped rosters ever, things have begun to spiral, with the future of the roster now looking incredibly bleak. 

FaZe Clan entered professional Counter-Strike in early 2016 when they acquired the entire G2 Esports roster, which featured Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard and Joakim ‘jkaem’ Myrbostad . At the time, it was the most expensive transfer of players in the history of Counter-Strike at a value of around $700,000. 

The players had only been with G2 for a few months and, outside of their semi-final appearance at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napolca, had not placed particularly well at tournaments. Nevertheless, the acquisition made a statement: FaZe Clan have the money and they will do whatever it takes to get the best Counter-Strike team. What has happened to that attitude? Why are the team so reluctant to sign a permanent fifth player?

ESL/Helena KristianssonNiKo joined an already stacked FaZe Clan roster in February 2017.

Well, signing the best players in the world is an expensive business, and in the midst of legal battles, it may be that FaZe Clan can no longer afford to splash out like they did In 2016 and 2017, when they assembled one of the most talent-heavy rosters to ever exist. Just two months after getting their team, they purchased Fabien ‘kioShiMa’ Fiey from Team Envy to replace Mikail ‘Maikelele’ Bill. 

Six months after that, they grabbed Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen from Astralis, and over the next year they stacked star after star onto the roster by adding Nikola ‘NiKo‘ Kovač, Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács, and Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer. 

Each player came with a tremendous buyout figure that FaZe appeared to pay with ease.

ESLOlofmeister remains with FaZe Clan despite a bumpy road over the last year.

The lineup they built was something the world had never seen before and was almost inconceivable. They had one of the top in-game leaders in the world, one of the finest AWPers in the world, and easily the best rifling trio you could ask for at that time. 

The first six months with karrigan, rain, olofmeister, NiKo, and GuardiaN saw them win three large international tournaments and come close to a Major in Boston. The talent of their roster almost guaranteed them a place at the finals of every event they attended.

Olofmeister’s period of inactivity in mid-2018 for personal reasons was a turning point for the roster and eventually the organization. When he returned, they had a group stage exit at ELEAGUE Premier 2018 and quarter-final appearances at DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 and the FACEIT Major: London. 

This caused the players to turn their backs on karrigan – they had lost faith in him and handed the reins over to NiKo to lead the team. The old FaZe Clan would have replaced karrigan immediately and paid any price to get a new fifth player, but that didn’t happen.

Karrigan finally departed the FaZe Clan roster in January of 2019.

Karrigan hung around on the roster for five more international tournaments before finally being replaced by Dauren ‘AdreN’ Kystaubayev in January 2019. AdreN was a free agent and it was immediately announced that his signing was a temporary move. They have since replaced AdreN with Filip ‘neo’ Kubski, who was also a free agent and is unsurprisingly listed as a temporary addition. 

They could have instead grabbed Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen prior to him joining OpTic Gaming, or gone all-in with a star pick-up like Valdemar ‘valde’ Bjørn Vangså. Valde has conveniently started in-game leading for North, which is something FaZe need to free NiKo back up as one of the best players in the world.

Members of the team have mentioned that they haven’t added a long-term fifth player because they can’t find one they like, but in my opinion, the issue extends well beyond that. CS:GO is much further down the totem pole of importance at the FaZe headquarters than it was previously. 

On top of that, the company have found themselves in the middle of legal trouble. Last year, FaZe Clan were sued by an apparel company for alleged trademark infringement and now they are embroiled in a new lawsuit with Fortnite Battle Royale player Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney.

Instagram: FaZeFaZe Clan is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Fortnite Battle Royale pro Tfue.

The financial toil from their legal troubles will almost certainly have an impact on their teams and if they weren’t willing to spend money on a new player before, they definitely won’t be willing to now. 

Also, the financial return from selling their superstar players might be too tantalizing to pass up. Unless something changes, they have either accepted that they’ll never have a top roster again or plan to exit CS:GO entirely in the coming months. 

Despite it being pure speculation, I am convinced they won’t have a team come this time next year.

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How to watch the DreamHack Masters Winter 2020: stream, schedule, scores

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:45 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 23:57

by Alan Bernal

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The DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 is upon us and here’s all you need to know to keep up with the action, including the CS:GO streams below, schedule across all four regions, and how the $250,000 prize pool will break down as placements start to wrap.

Spread across four regions, DreamHack are hosting some of the best teams in the world with stacked brackets in Europe and across its events.

With the qualifiers out of the way, all participants have been confirmed and are moving through the different brackets to see who will make it to the playoffs.

As we get deeper into the brackets, the online era of CS:GO is going to give us a unique DreamHack experience that’s bound to result in some wild outcomes. So check out our guide below on everything you’ll need to get viewing.

DreamHack CS:GO Streams

All of the games are going to be broadcasted on DreamHack’s Twitch channels, with a few events taking place at the same time. We’ve embedded the active ones below, and will add more if anything were to change.

DreamHack teams

Europe – 16 teams

Group A Group B
Heroic Astralis
c0ntact Gaming GODSENT
FaZe Clan Team Liquid
Team Spirit mousesports
Complexity G2 Esports
ENCE Nemiga Gaming
Cloud9 FURIA Esports
Gambit Esports North

North America – 8 teams

Group A Group B
Chaos Esports New England Whalers
Rebirth Esports Mythic
Rugratz Team oNe
Triumph Yeah Gaming

Oceania – 4 teams

Teams
Avant Gaming
ORDER
Renegades
Chiefs Esports Club

Asia – 4 teams

Teams
Invictus Gaming
TYLOO
ViCi Gaming
TIGER

In the current era of CS:GO, most of the world’s top-level competition have made the move to Europe, so it’s no surprise to see many recognizable orgs listed in the same event.

However, for Asia, Oceania, and North America, lesser known competition will have a fantastic opportunity to put their name on the map. Teams like TIGER, Renegades, Chaos, and more will all want to make a splash in their respective regions.

DreamHack Masters format and schedule

Due to the disparity in participants across the four events, there’s going to be slight differences in how they all play out, but all DreamHack events still have the typical bracket play with teams competing in a Best-of-Three to advance.

The DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 starts on Monday, November 30 through to the Grand Finals across the four respective regions on Sunday, December 6.

Schedule & Results

Europe

November 30

Group A Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket Round 1 Heroic 2-0 c0ntact Gaming 4am 7am 1pm
Upper Bracket Round 1 FaZe Clan 0-2 Team Spirit 4am 7am 1pm
Upper Bracket Round 1 Complexity 2-1 ENCE 11am 2pm 8pm
Upper Bracket Round 1 Cloud9 0-2 Gambit 11am 2pm 8pm

 

Group B Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket Round 1 Astralis 1-2 GODSENT 4am 7am 1pm
Upper Bracket Round 1 Team Liquid 0-2 mousesports 5am 8am 2pm

December 1

Group A Game PT ET BST
Lower Bracket Round 1 FaZe Clan 2-1 c0ntact Gaming 7:30am 10:30am 4:30pm
Lower Bracket Round 1 ENCE 0-2 Cloud9 7:30am 10:30am 4:30pm
Upper Bracket Round 2 Heroic 2-0 Team Spirit 11am 2pm 8pm
Upper Bracket Round 2 Complexity 0-2 Gambit 11am 2pm 8pm

 

Group B Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket Round 1 G2 Esports 2-0 Nemiga 4am 7am 1pm
Upper Bracket Round 1 FURIA 2-0 North 4am 7am 1pm

December 2

Group B Game PT ET BST
Lower Bracket Round 1 Astralis vs Team Liquid 4am 7am 1pm
Lower Bracket Round 1 Nemiga vs North 4am 7am 1pm
Upper Bracket Round 2 GODSENT vs mousesports 7:30am 10:30am 4:30pm
Upper Bracket Round 2 G2 Esports vs FURIA 7:30am 10:30am 4:30pm

December 3

Group A Game PT ET BST
Lower Bracket Round 2 Complexity vs FaZe Clan 4am 7am 1pm
Lower Bracket Round 2 Cloud9 vs Team Spirit 4am 7am 1pm

 

Group B Game PT ET BST
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 7:30am 10:30am 4:30pm
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 7:30am 10:30am 4:30pm

December 4

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Quarterfinals TBD vs TBD 4am 7am 1pm
Quarterfinals TBD vs TBD 4am 7am 1pm
Quarterfinals TBD vs TBD 7:30am 10:30am 4:30pm
Quarterfinals TBD vs TBD 7:30am 10:30am 4:30pm

December 5

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Semifinals TBD vs TBD 4am 7am 1pm
Semifinals TBD vs TBD 7:30am 10:30am 4:30pm

December 6

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Grand Finals TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 4pm

North America

November 30

Group A Game PT ET BST
Opening Matches Chaos 2-1 Rugratz 2:30pm 5:30pm 11:30pm
Opening Matches Triumph 1-2 Rebirth 3pm 6pm 12am

December 1

Group B Game PT ET BST
Opening Matches Team oNe vs Yeah 2:30pm 5:30pm 11:30pm
Opening Matches Whalers vs Mythic 2:30pm 5:30pm 11:30pm

December 2

Group A Game PT ET BST
Winner’s Match Chaos vs Rebirth 11am 2pm 8pm

 

Group B Game PT ET BST
Winner’s Match TBD 2:30pm 5:30pm 11:30pm

December 3

Group A Game PT ET BST
Elimination Match Rugratz vs Triumph 11am 2pm 8pm

 

Group B Game PT ET BST
Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 2:30pm 5:30pm 11:30pm

December 4

Group A Game PT ET BST
Decider Match TBD vs TBD 11am 2pm 8pm

 

Group B Game PT ET BST
Decider Match TBD vs TBD 2:30pm 5:30pm 11:30pm

December 5

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Semifinals TBD vs TBD 11am 2pm 8pm
Semifinals TBD vs TBD 2:30pm 5:30pm 11:30pm

December 6

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Grand Finals TBD vs TBD 12pm 3pm 9pm

Oceania

November 30

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket Round 1 Renegades 2-0 Chiefs ESC 8:30pm 11:30pm 5:30am

 December 1

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket Round 1 ORDER vs Avant Gaming 8:30pm 11:30pm 5:30am

December 2

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket Final Renegades vs TBD 8:30pm 11:30pm 5:30am

December 3

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Lower Bracket Round 1 Chiefs ESC vs TBD 8:30pm 11:30pm 5:30am

December 4

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Lower Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 8:30pm 11:30pm 5:30am

December 5

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8:30pm 11:30pm 5:30am

Asia

December 1

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket Round 1 TYLOO 1-2 TIGER 12am 3am 9am

December 2

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket Round 1 ViCi vs Invictus 12am 3am 9am

December 3

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket Final TIGER vs TBD 12am 3am 9am

December 4

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Lower Bracket Round 1 TYLOO vs TBD 12am 3am 9am

December 5

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Lower Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 12am 3am 9am

December 6

Playoffs Game PT ET BST
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12am 3am 9am

DreamHack Winter 2020 Final Placements and Winnings

Europe

Team Prize Money (USD) Pro Tour points
1st TBD $60,000 400
2nd TBD $30,000 265
3rd-4th TBD $12,000 160
TBD
5th-6th TBD $5,000 75
TBD
7th-8th TBD $5,000 65
TBD
9th-12th TBD $2,500 45
TBD
TBD
TBD
13th-16th c0ntact Gaming $1,500 N/A
ENCE
TBD
TBD

North America

Team Prize Money (USD) Pro Tour points
1st TBD $35,000 320
2nd TBD $15,000 190
3rd-4th TBD $6,000 105
TBD
5th-6th TBD $2,500 N/A
TBD
7th-8th TBD $1,500 N/A
TBD

Oceania

Team Prize Money (USD) Pro Tour points
1st TBD $8,000 185
2nd TBD $4,000 85
3rd TBD $2,000 45
4th TBD $1,000 NA

Asia

Team Prize Money (USD) Pro Tour points
1st TBD $8,000 185
2nd TBD $4,000 85
3rd TBD $2,000 45
4th TBD $1,000 NA