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How Rain reinvented himself to become FaZe CSGO’s rock

Published: 4/Aug/2020 13:52

by Shane King

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Throughout FaZe Clan’s tenure in Counter-Strike there have been many ups, downs, and roster changes but one thing has remained constant through all this: Håvard’ Rain’ Nygaard

Rain’s path to the top wasn’t always an obvious one. Norway doesn’t have the same history of CS:GO talent as other Scandinavian countries such as Sweden and Denmark. Where both of them have produced multiple elite teams over CS:GOs span as an esport, only a few top-tier players have come from Norway.

While Nygaard played with lots of other top prospects from his home country in the early stages of his career, it was clear he was being held back and if he wanted to reach his full potential in the future he would have to go international.

He got his chance to shine on Kinguin where he spent his early days clicking heads with Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom, and they were the first team to show the true potential of international line-ups. Ultimately, they would go on to become the FaZe CS:GO team.

A lot has changed since that first iteration of the roster, but Rain has been their constant through it all. This is the story of how Rain became FaZe Clan’s rock.

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.