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FaZe Clan’s NiKo apologizes for “embarrassing” performance at Berlin Major

Published: 1/Sep/2019 16:34 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:07

by Daniel Cleary


CSGO star, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač has apologized to fans after FaZe Clan’s shock exit at the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019.

Despite not having the most success this year, FaZe Clan’s CS:GO team has always been regarded as one of the most individually skilled line-ups of all time, with iconic names such as Olofmeister and GuardiaN as core members of the team.


Many FaZe fans were surprised to see the popular international roster fall short at the Major in Berlin, after falling 2-1 to Renegades in the New Legends stage, placing in them in tied 12th place overall.

ESL/Helena KristianssonNiKo has been a star player for FaZe Clan’s CS:GO roster since his arrival.

The unexpected result means that their roster will lose their ‘Legends’ status before going into the next CS:GO major and FaZe NiKo was not happy with his performance, apologizing to fans shortly after their elimination.


“Embarrassing individual performance by me throughout the whole event, sorry everyone for letting you down,” NiKo expressed, apologizing to his followers and FaZe’s Counter-Strike fans.

FaZe’s early elimination from the tournament also means that Olofmeister’s incredible streak placing Top 8 or better and holding his Legend status at every one of Valve Major’s has finally been broken.

FaZe Clan will now have to start their next Major event from the New Challengers stage and will have to fight their way through the competition in order to have a chance at regaining the all-important Legend status.


Although according to recent reports, FaZe may be looking to switch up their roster soon after news broke that they are in talks with MIBR’s Coldzera and ENCE’s Aleksib.

Despite Niko’s disappointment at the StarLadder Major 2019, his cousin Nemanja ‘huNter-’ Kovač from Team CR4ZY is still in with a chance of qualifying for the Legends stage as they take on Natus Vincere in a Bo3 elimination series on September 1.


How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal


German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.


Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.


This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.