FaZe Clan bomb out of ESL One NY in Coldzera’s debut - Dexerto

FaZe Clan bomb out of ESL One NY in Coldzera’s debut

Published: 27/Sep/2019 17:56 Updated: 27/Sep/2019 18:23

by Scott Robertson


In their first CSGO tournament after the highly anticipated acquisition of Marcelo ‘coldzera‘ David, FaZe Clan played far below initial expectations for a roster of that amount of talent. Is it time to hit the panic button already?

With their new additions of coldzera and Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants, FaZe have set a high bar for themselves in the competitive CS:GO scene. 

But unfortunately, they have stumbled and tripped over the bar in their first tournament.

With a 2-0 loss to the newly acquired Evil Geniuses roster (formerly NRG Esports), and then a 2-0 loss to OpTic Gaming, FaZe were the second team eliminated from the tournament and went home with an 0-4 record on maps.

Their loss to Evil Geniuses can’t be blamed on the new additions. Broky had a good series against EG, leading the FaZe team in KDA on both maps. His play on Nuke kept his team in the game, but even he couldn’t stop a red hot Evil Geniuses team from rolling over FaZe on Vertigo. FaZe’s star Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovacs didn’t fare well on the second map, as he had an abysmal game on Vertigo, only picking up three kills and dying eighteen times.

ESLFaZe competing at ESL One NY

But a team experimenting with a new roster playing against a red hot top-three-in-the-world squad energized by some shiny new blue uniforms? Evil Geniuses were heavily expected to take that series.

However, the FaZe loss to OpTic, a team that didn’t even qualify for the EU minor, let alone the the Berlin major, is surprising. Especially given how one-sided it was. OpTic had a terrific team performance on Nuke, while FaZe were reliant solely on Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer having a good game. While a breakout game from the veteran is good news for FaZe going forward, it’s still a tough loss to swallow.

FaZe suffered another tough loss on Dust II, again relying on olofmeister with some support from NiKo to generate all of their offense. For OpTic, it was a standout performance from René ‘cajunb’ Borg, who joined the team last month. That win has to feel good for cajunb, in his second stint with OpTic, who’s struggled to find solid footing with any new team since leaving Astralis.

Is it time to panic if you’re FaZe? Is all that money spent on coldzera a waste? It’s far too early to tell. It’s only been four maps and it’s only their first tournament. To have coldzera and NiKo both end up in the bottom three statistically of all the players at ESL One NY is a shock, but FaZe should only be concerned if these kind of results start to repeat.

ENCE are in a similar boat, having finished fifth at BLAST Moscow in their first event with Miikka “suNny” Kemppi. For both ENCE and FaZe, it’s best to avoid hitting the panic button too soon.

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ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

ESIC csgo coach bug ban
ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.