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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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S1mple vs ZywOo: The Stats That Prove Who Was IEM Beijing’s Real MVP

Published: 27/Nov/2020 16:58

by Marco Rizzo

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The two best CSGO players of 2020 faced each other in the grand finals of IEM Beijing-Haidian, with both Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev and Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut delivering incredible performances across the tournament. 

Fresh off the end of IEM Beijing, Dexerto takes a look at the statistics of the two best players of the event trying to determine who was the real MVP.

Across the five maps, ZywOo was the only player on Vitality to display an overall positive HLTV rating as Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom only played two maps after subbing in for Kévin ‘misutaaa’ Rabier on Dust 2 and Richard ‘shox’ Papillon on Inferno.

The young Frenchman was responsible for some of the most incredible moments in the entire tournament, with two ace clutches in the final map of the event.

S1mple, meanwhile, boasted some ridiculous numbers in the first two maps of the final series, collecting 64 kills across Dust 2 and Nuke while spearheading NaVi’s domination in the first half of the series.

While ultimately being on the losing side of the grand final, s1mple earned the highest rating of the series with 1.47, an incredible achievement across five maps.

Both players were also unbelievably consistent across the entire tournament, and while ZywOo edged the Ukrainian in overall ratings, s1mple had the better k/d ratio out of the two.

These two have been tearing the CSGO scene this year and IEM Beijing won’t be the last time these two prodigies face each other in the finals of a major tournament.