Ex-OpTic & EG CSGO coach ImAPet set to join 100 Thieves - Dexerto

Ex-OpTic & EG CSGO coach ImAPet set to join 100 Thieves

Published: 30/Apr/2020 20:35 Updated: 30/Apr/2020 20:36

by Alan Bernal


It appears that 100 Thieves have found a new coach for their CS:GO team by reportedly signing Chet ‘ImAPet’ Singh weeks after the NA mind departed Evil Geniuses.

First reported by DBLTAP’s Jarek ‘Dekay’ Lewis, ImAPet will replace Aleksandar ‘kassad’ Trifunović, who abruptly left the 100T org on April 28. The Serbian coach and 100T had mutually parted ways, paving a road for the Top 10 CSGO team to add a major piece for their roster.

ImAPet has been the silent commander behind Evil Geniuses, the core of which formerly played under the NRG banner. Now he’ll be tasked with leading a 100T team that’s already proven to be among the heavy-hitters in the scene, with much to the credit of their previous coach.

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With kassad’s departure, ImAPet will now lead the 100T CSGO team.

With a roster consisting of Australians Aaron ‘AZR’ Ward (27), Justin ‘jks’ Savage (24), Jay ‘Liazz’ Tregillgas (22), Sean ‘Gratisfaction’ Kaiwai (24), and lone Norwegian Joakim ‘jkaem’ Myrbostad (26), ImAPet will be among the youngest on the team.

But the 23-year-old commands a veteran presence with how much he’s accomplished in his short four-year career behind the scenes on a CSGO team.

From the time he took over as the head coach of Counter Logic Gaming and the brief time he was on OpTic Gaming, ImAPet’s teams have almost consistently been in the discussion of formidable competitive factions.

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ImAPet was a large part of elevating Evil Geniuses to the best team in the world.

But it wasn’t until he was paired with NA superstars Vincent ‘Brehze’ Cayonte and later ‘Tarik’ Celik on NRG, where the coach was really able to turn theory into meaningful results.

After completing the roster of what is now Evil Geniuses, ImAPet’s tamed resolve led the team to a two-week stint as the top-ranked team in the world, beating out the likes of a resurgent Fnatic, Astralis, and even NA powerhouse rivals Team Liquid.

Some of the first signs of the coach’s prowess came to light in 2018 after NRG took the top spot at Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII Shanghai, in a time when they had yet to acquire crucial weapons like Tarik and Peter ‘stanislaw’ Jarguz.

Though CLG was never a top team during ImAPet’s reign, his influence turned good pieces into an competitive team.

That would only be a precursor to his success as a head coach that includes first-place finishes with EG at ESL One New York 2019 and StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8.

With a new era of CSGO stars quickly taking hold of the competitive landscape, ImAPet is in a unique position to have a great blend of emerging talent and established veterans to elevate 100 Thieves even further.


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.