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G2 Reportedly Sets Staggering Buyout Price for Benched CS:GO Stars

Published: 26/Jun/2018 15:36 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 15:17

by Ross Deason

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New reports have surfaced claiming that G2 Esports has set a staggering buyout price of around $800,000 each for Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt and Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire.

NBK- and apEX were benched by G2 Esports in June of 2018 after an unsuccessful stint with NBK- as the French team’s in-game leader.

As a result of the disappointing results, G2 decided to bring Richard ‘shox’ Papillon back to the team and allow him to assemble his proposed team with Kevin ‘Ex6TenZ’ Droolans and Edouard ‘SmithZz’ Dubourdeaux.

Rumors about where NBK- or apEX would play next soon started to circulate, with NBK- being heavily linked with a potential move to Cloud9 and reportedly even playing with them on a trial basis.

However, those talks seem to have stalled and Cloud9 is now supposedly looking at using Óscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas as a stand-in for ESL One: Cologne and ELEAGUE Premier 2018.

DreamHack / Adela SznajderRumors about NBK- heading to Cloud9 seem to have gone quiet.

If a recent report from flickshot.fr is to be believed, the reason for neither of the French players having a new home yet may well be due to a staggering $800,000 price tag per player that G2 has supposedly set for buyouts.

“according to our information, the buyouts in the G2 Esports contracts would amount to $800,000 per player. This amount would have been a deal breaker in certain opportunities for the two french players and it seems that they should not move unless a large organization buys them out.”

This information seems to suggest that G2 is hoping is not as certain about the current lineup of shox, Ex6TenZ, Smithzz, Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub, and Alexandre ‘bodyy’ Pianaro as some might believe.

If the organization can keep hold of NBK- and apEX, it will have the opportunity to backtrack yet again if shox’s new roster is not as successful as they originally hoped.

With the reported $800,000 price tag, G2 Esports will either make a great deal of cash from selling one, or both, players, or be able to hold onto them until a final decision is made about the direction of the roster.

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NiKo’s LAST DANCE? The stats behind FaZe’s IEM New York renaissance

Published: 20/Oct/2020 20:27

by Alan Bernal

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Before IEM New York 2020, FaZe Clan’s CSGO team had gone 338 days before winning an event at Blast Copenhagen in 2019. After taking the top spot in the EU IEM, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač showed why the elite talent would be missed if this really was the last dance with FaZe.

There’s no sugar-coating the FaZe star’s woes in the last year, that was only made more apparent with the team’s placements at events.

Up until October 2020, FaZe failed to make any notable finals and posted an 11th place finish at CS Summit 6, 9th-12th at ESL One Cologne, as well as a 13th-14th placement at ESL Pro League Season 12.

This didn’t help public perception for Niko, who was starting to notice CSGO fans’ flak towards his own IGL capabilities and new teammates on the roster.

Throughout 2020, Niko actually hasn’t been having a bad year. His HLTV rating for the year is sitting at 1.11, a decline from the 1.19 and 1.18 ratings for 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Bosnian has never posted below 1.04 at an event this year.

IEM New York could serve as a turning point in FaZe’s fortune so far. Not only did the team take top billing, Niko soared above his squadmates with a 1.28 event rating with 22.3 kills per map with 55.1% headshot rate to boot.

With questions in the air about Niko’s future in FaZe, the 23-year-old star’s performance at IEM could be an indicator of better things to come as long as he’s on the team.