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FaZe CSGO practice without GuardiaN or NEO amid roster swap rumors

Published: 6/Sep/2019 10:22 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 12:48

by Connor Bennett

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FaZe Clan’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team has been spotted playing with two new faces ahead of a huge post-Major roster shuffle.

The second, and final, CS:GO Major event of 2019 is rapidly drawing to a close as teams battle for supremacy at the StarLadder Berlin Major.

Fans have already seen numerous shocks, including the stunning eliminations of ENCE and Team Vitality in the quarterfinals but some huge names didn’t even make it to the arena stage. One such team is FaZe Clan, who were knocked out at the New Legends stage with a 1-3 record. In the fallout, the all-star European line-up is shaking things up in a big way.

DreamhackThe current FaZe Clan CSGO roster has been together since May.

Eagle-eyed members of the CSGO community, including the popular Don Haci, noted that following their exit, FaZe Clan had been practicing against Ninjas in Pyjamas without Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács and Filip ‘NEO’ Kubski.

Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac, Håvard ‘Rain’ Nygaard, and Olof ‘Olofmeister’ Kajbjer made up part of the FaZe side but were apparently joined with 19-year-old rising star Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants and another pro going under the alias of ‘dickb0mb’.

The organization had reportedly been set for talks with legendary Brazillian pro Marcelo ‘Coldzera’ David and ENCE in-game leader Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen, but some onlookers pointed out that the unusual name could belong to someone else.

That fifth pro could very well be NiKo’s cousin and current CR4ZY star Nemanja ‘huNter-’ Kovač – who has been linked with joining FaZe in the past – and is a part of a steam group under the ‘Dickb0mb’ name.

Yet, others noted that the unusual name may be linked to Serbian player ‘djokabomba’ who is a friend of FaZe coach Janko ‘YNK’ Paunovic and has played in a number of online qualifiers in his home region.

It still remains to be seen as to what moves FaZe will make in the post-Major shuffle, but it appears clear that they are already lining up some fresh blood.

The StarLadder Berlin Major concludes on Sunday, September 8, and plenty of teams will be circling for new rosters once a winner is crowned and the resulting confetti is cleaned up.

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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.”

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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.