FaZe Clan confirms addition of Coldzera ahead of ESL One New York - Dexerto

FaZe Clan confirms addition of Coldzera ahead of ESL One New York

Published: 26/Sep/2019 3:15 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 4:27

by Isaac McIntyre


Counter-Strike superstar Marcelo ‘coldzera‘ David for an undisclosed fee ahead of ESL One New York this weekend.

The Brazilian superstar’s move was first rumored after the conclusion of the Berlin major, and was further confirmed by DeKay on September 24. Many in the Counter-Strike community have simply been waiting for an official announcement for the organization.

Now confirmation from FaZe has finally come on September 25, and the former MIBR star will now officially join the roster of Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer and trial player Helvijs ‘broky’ ahead of the upcoming eight-team tournament.

The announcement comes after coldzera was spotted in various Instagram stories alongside members of the FaZe roster, further cementing the rumors the CSGO superstar would be linking up with the storied organization on the eve of the ESL event.

FaZe’s video opened on org owner Thomas ‘Temperrr’ Oliveira, who joked that he would be joining the active roster for New York. Coldzera appeared on-screen moments later, asking “What about me?” and confirmed he was the real new addition to the squad.

The reveal comes after coldzera has spent the past two months in self-selected exile on MIBR’s bench following a major fallout between the star and his former roster.

Although the superstar faced a slump with the Brazilian lineup since joining in 2018, his individual talents and the positives he will bring to FaZe cannot be denied.

The 24-year-old was twice crowned HLTV’s best player in the world in 2016 and 2017, and was a core part of the massively dominant SK Gaming roster that won majors in Cologne, Atlanta, Krakow, and Boston across those two years.

ESL / TURTLE ENTERTAINMENTColdzera has not played an official tournament since ESL One: Cologne 2019 in early July.

Since linking up with MIBR, however, things have gone downhill for the famed Brazilian star. Their last tournament together was in Cologne, where they tumbled to a 13th-16th finish. MIBR went on to finish 12-14th at the Berlin major after coldzera requested to be benched.

FaZe’s transfer marks the first time the team has made a paid transfer in CS:GO since signing Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács from Natus Vincere in late 2017. Following that major move, the organization has only signed free agents or acquired players on loan.

DreamhackFaZe finished 12-14th at the Berlin major after falling to Australian powerhouse Renegades.

The new-look FaZe roster will debut with coldzera, as well as trialist broky, when their group stages matches begin on Thursday, September 26. 

The team is in the same group as Astralis, OpTic Gaming, and NRG Esports, the last of whom is expected to make the surprise switch to Evil Geniuses ahead of the New York tournament this weekend, according to DeKay’s sources.

FaZe Clan’s new Counter-Strike roster now consists of:

  • Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovacs
  • Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard
  • Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer
  • Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants
  • Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David

Exclusive interview: GeT RiGhT announces Twitch switch from CSGO

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 15:03

by Lauren Bergin


Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund has announced his departure from professional Counter-Strike, as he moves to Twitch streaming full-time. 

2021 has just got started and Sweden are already stealing the show. Just days after PGL announced the Stockholm Major, GeT_RiGhT has decided to call time on his legendary competitive career.

During an exclusive interview with Dexerto, the 30-year-old discusses the career highs and lows, his battle with Crohn’s disease and what the future holds for the Swedish titan.

GeT_RiGhT interview

GeT_RiGhT & f0rest: End of an era

f0rest and GeT_RiGhT hugging
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Counter-Strike’s dynamic duo is no more.

The Swede has a CS legacy like no other, but an integral part of those wins and losses was his partnership with countryman Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg. The two share a long list of tournament wins together, including the coveted Major.

The two Counter-Strike behemoths have played together for over a decade, and it’s clear that the end of this partnership is one of the most emotional aspects of GeT_RiGhT’s retirement.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but at the same time, it’s been a beautiful ride.” Alesund goes on to describe their partnership as “the biggest highlight” of his career.

CSGO & Crohn’s: A battle worth fighting

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GeT_RiGhT’s battle with Crohn’s is a perplexing one.

It may shock a lot of people, but GeT RiGhT describes living with the disease as being “one of the best things that ever happened” to him, as well as one of the worst ones.

He describes his lifelong battle with the stomach pain that accompanies the illness, but goes on to explain that he’s thankful, as the official diagnosis brought with it a sense of both physical and mental relief.

In terms of playing CS, however, he describes it as “horrible.” The associated pain, alongside weight and blood loss meant that focusing on the game became a trial all in its own. After asking himself whether it was worth risking his health, his response shows a mixed bag of emotions. “Yes and no really,” he admitted, as the pro player life and its fandom are always worth it, but the two day bedridden recovery period certainly has left a scar.

GeT_RiGhT: Twitch streaming & beyond

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What’s next for GeT_RiGhT? We can’t wait to find out.

It’s important to note that the Swedish legend will not be leaving CS. He sees the game as home, explaining: “I grew up in the scene and I’ll do anything it takes to help it grow.”

While he admits he can’t go into exact details about his future plans, he sees Twitch and content creation as a “competition on another level,” as he explores a plethora of games such as League of Legends and Warzone with more creative freedom.

GeT_RiGhT explored his excitement for Valorant, but clarified that he’s “not going to become a professional Valorant player.” With that said, he does believe that the game “has huge potential to overtake CS:GO” at some point in down the line.

Throughout this entire interview, you get a sense that the Valorant pro (sorry Chris, we had to) is in the best place he’s ever been. We’ll be excited to see where his streaming career takes him, whether it’s Riot’s Future Earth or otherwise. So keep an eye out, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!