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FaZe CSGO reportedly find NEO replacement for ESL One New York

Published: 13/Sep/2019 10:09 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 10:39

by Joe O'Brien

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FaZe Clan’s CS:GO team is reportedly set to play with young talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants at the upcoming ESL One New York tournament.

According to a report by CyberSport, broky will fill the gap left by the departure of Filip ‘neo’ Kubski at ESL One New York, which is taking place on September 26-29, although it’s not confirmed whether he’ll be a permanent addition to the team or simply acting as a substitute.

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Broky was first linked to a potential move to FaZe after he was seen practicing with the team alongside another unknown player going by the name of ‘dickb0mb’. Broky is currently a free agent, having most recently competed for Epsilon Esports, and many have touted the 18-year-old as a potential future super-star.

Epsilon EsportsBroky made a name for himself during his time with Epsilon.

The other mystery player was filling the place of Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács, who also seems set for a move away from FaZe, with reports suggesting he might be set for a return to former team Natus Vincere. It’s currently unclear whether this move could go through before ESL One New York, which Na’Vi will not be competing at.

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Who the other mystery player is has not yet been revealed, although fans have speculated that it could have been Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, who has expressed interest in playing alongside FaZe star Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, or Nemanja ‘huNter-‘ Kovač, who is also NiKo’s cousin.

ELEAGUEcoldzera has repeatedly expressed interest in playing alongside NiKo.

Both players are currently under contract, however, with coldzera on the bench at MIBR and hunter- playing for CR4ZY. Whether FaZe could negotiate a transfer for either remains to be seen, should they in fact be pursuing one of these players.

The changes come after an underwhelming end to the StarLadder Berlin Major for FaZe Clan, who finished with a 1-3 record in the group stage, losing their status as Legends. ESL One New York will be the first premier event taking place after the conclusion of the Major.

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FaZe Clan’s current expected roster for ESL One New York:

  • Håvard ‘rain‘ Nygaard
  • Ladislav ‘GuardiaN‘ Kovács
  • Nikola ‘NiKo‘ Kovač
  • Olof ‘olofmeister‘ Kajbje
  • Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants
    • Janko ‘YNk‘ Paunović (coach)
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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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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.

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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.

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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.

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