European Counter-Strike team FaZe Clan are in the final stages of acquiring Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David from the Immortals organization, according to multiple sources close to the team. It is expected that the transfer will be finalized in time for the team to play with him at ESL One: New York this week.
Coldzera will officially fill one of the two spots left vacant by the departures of Filip ‘NEO’ Kubski and Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács from the active roster. Filling the other spot on trial is Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants, a relatively unknown AWPer from Latvia.
GuardiaN has already been announced as the replacement for Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko on his former team Natus Vincere.
The transfer of coldzera marks the first time FaZe Clan have paid a transfer fee in CS:GO since acquiring GuardiaN in the second half of 2017.
Since then, they had only used free agent players or players on loan including former Major winners in Filip 'neo' Kubski and Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev.
FaZe Clan were able to retain their slot at the StarLadder Berlin Major with a 1-3 record in the New Legends Stage. Their performance earned them a spot in the New Challengers Stage for the next Major, scheduled to take place in May of 2020.
Their other recent performances included a group stage exit at ESL One: Cologne 2019 and a quarter-final appearance at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals.
A two-time CS:GO Major winner, coldzera was crowned HLTV's best player in the world in 2016 and 2017. The 24-year-old was the star player of the Luminosity/SK Gaming core during their era of Counter-Strike dominance but became disillusioned as results declined following the move to MIBR.
In July of 2019, he opted to bench himself and MIBR chose to play with coach Wilton 'zews' Prado at the StarLadder Berlin Major. Coldzera has not played an official tournament since ESL One: Cologne 2019 in early July.
Should the move go through, FaZe Clan's CS:GO roster would consist of:
- Nikola 'NiKo' Kovacs
- Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
- Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
- Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
- Marcelo 'coldzera' David