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FaZe Clan CSGO reportedly dropping Bymas for Kjaerbye

Published: 7/Aug/2020 13:13 Updated: 7/Aug/2020 13:19

by Calum Patterson

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An unexpected change to the FaZe Clan CS:GO roster is apparently in motion, with Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye reportedly set to replace the young star Aurimas ‘Bymas’ Pipiras.

The Danish former Astralis and North player stepped down from the latter in July, with his next move unclear.

16-year-old Lithuanian Bymas got his shot at the big time with FaZe Clan in May, on a trial basis. According to a report from Polish website Cybersport, his time starting on the roster is now up.

kjaerbye playing for North at an ESL event.
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Kjaerbye’s played for North for over 2 years, until July 2020.

He will reportedly be replaced by Kjaerbye as soon as as this month, with the Dane playing alongside the superstars of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač and Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David for ESL One Cologne 2020.

According to Cybersport, the rest of the roster will remain unchanged, with broky, another relatively inexperienced player at the top level, retaining his spot.

FaZe Clan CSGO roster (rumored)

  • Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard
  • Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač
  • Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David
  • Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants
  • Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye
  • Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović – coach

FaZe Clan, competing in the European division at ESL One Cologne, will face the likes of G2, Fnatic, NaVi, Vitality, and Kjaerbye’s former organization Astralis.

There will be no easy matches, and if this reported move comes to fruition, it will likely be due to a lack of confidence in Bymas’s performances against these top teams.

Kjaerbye, meanwhile, hasn’t hit the same form he once had back when winning the ELEAGUE Atlanta Major in 2017 with Astralis. His time on North was a rollercoaster, but this would be another chance for him to showcase his abilities on a star-studded lineup.

ESL One Cologne starts on August 18, and will be played online, with four separate divisions around the world.

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Mouz & FURIA win BLAST Premier Fall Showdown: final placements & results

Published: 29/Nov/2020 22:10 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 22:15

by Marco Rizzo

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The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2020 has all wrapped up as Mousesports and FURIA claimed the final qualification spots for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event hosted sixteen teams from around the world, including invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-two in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

The top two teams, Mouz and FURIA, earned $25,000 each as well as a direct invite to the main event in December and the chance to compete for $750,000.

Everything you need to know about this event can be found below, including all of the scores, finalized brackets, and the full final placements.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown brackets

Group A

BLAST Fall Showdown bracket

Group B

The tournament will consisted of two, single-elimination brackets meeting in the middle, with every match being a best-of-three. The brackets were seeded based on rankings for each team.

Some of the most anticipated games included FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants returned to international competition.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match scores

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Complexity 2-0 Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit 1-2 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA 2-1 Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz 2-0 Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP 0-2 Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe 0-2 MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid 2-1 MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 Heroic 2-1 Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final FURIA 2-1 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Mouz 2-1 Heroic  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final MiBR 0-2 Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Cloud9 2-1 Complexity  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final FURIA 2 – 1 Team Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final Mouz 2 – 0 Cloud9  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

*There was no Grand Final for this tournament since the winners of the two semifinals tie for first place and automatically qualify for the BLAST Fall Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 Mousesports $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
1-2 FURIA $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
3-4 Cloud9 $15,000
3-4 Team Liquid $15,000
5-8 Complexity $10,000
5-8 MiBR $10,000
5-8 Heroic $10,000
5-8 VP $10,000
9-16 Endpoint $3,750
9-16 MAD $3,750
9-16 FaZe $3,750
9-16 NiP $3,750
9-16 Godsent $3,750
9-16 Isirus $3,750
9-16 Spirit $3,750
9-16 Sprout $3,750

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown included a mix of European and North American teams, the latter of which traveled to Europe to get a better connection to the online tournament.

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity found themselves here after BLAST Premier Fall Series, where they failed to qualify for the finals, placing 3rd-4th in their groups. Heroic took Evil Geniuses’ spot after the NA squad was denied travel to Europe due to health restrictions.

Mouz, Virtus.pro, Sprout, and Spirit received invites to participate in the event. While Team Liquid decided to not take part in the group stages, their partnership with BLAST landed them an invite to the Showdown.