FaZe Clan and Cloud9 Clashed at IEM Sydney in a Rematch of the ELEAGUE Boston Grand Final - Highlights - Dexerto

FaZe Clan and Cloud9 Clashed at IEM Sydney in a Rematch of the ELEAGUE Boston Grand Final – Highlights

Published: 3/May/2018 10:06 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 13:08

by Ross Deason


FaZe Clan’s CS:GO team has bounced back from a difficult start to their IEM Sydney run to clinch third place in Group A and eliminate Cloud9 from the tournament.

FaZe Clan started their IEM Sydney campaign with a victory over ORDER but were surprised by Renegades in the following match, losing 2-1 to Noah ‘Nifty’ Francis and co.

They then went on to meet Grayhound in the elimination match and were pushed to the limit, dropping the first map and having to grind their way back by winning a Dust 2 decider.

In the third place decider match they had to face Cloud9, the team that defeated them in the ELEAGUE Boston Major Grand Final, with the loser being eliminated.

The first map, Mirage, started in a fashion that would continue for most of the series as the FaZe players took it in turns to pick up multi kill rounds, like these quad kills from Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač  and Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács.

Cloud9 had their moments of brilliance in the early on in the game, with one round from Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba featuring an impressive display of entry killing on Mirage’s B bombsite.

Unfortunately, these rounds were few and far between and FaZe Clan gradually extended their lead until they eventually closed things out with a score of 16-9.

Moving over to FaZe Clan’s map choice, Cache, Cloud9 got off to the perfect start with a CT side pistol round win but FaZe bounced back in their first rifle round and business as usual quickly resumed.

With an 11-4 lead at halftime, FaZe looked to be in supreme control and they refused to relinquish it. GuardiaN picked up an impressive 1 vs. 2 in round 17 which seemed to be the final nail in the coffin and Xizt eventually wrapped things up in round 22 with a 3K for the 16-6 win.

The 2-0 victory was exactly what FaZe Clan needed to go into the playoff stages with confidence.

With a quarterfinal match against Fnatic facing them on May 4th, they will need to keep up their current form.

Cloud9 is eliminated from IEM Sydney in 7th – 8th place.


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.