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DeKay’s Sources: coldzera transfer to FaZe Clan nearing completion

Published: 24/Sep/2019 15:27 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 15:29

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis

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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.

ESL / Turtle EntertainmentColdzera has been practicing out of Europe since departing MIBR.

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.

ESLColdzera’s arrivial would be FaZe’s first money spent on a transfer since

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
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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

CaseEsports land1n
CaseEsports
CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.