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How Stewie2K became the most important CSGO pro in America

Published: 28/Jun/2020 10:54 Updated: 29/Jun/2020 11:49

by Calum Patterson


Few players in Counter-Strike esports boast a resume as impressive as Stewie2K’s, and fewer still are from North America. The once underrated rookie has turned all of his doubters green with envy as he’s stomped his way through some of the biggest tournaments.

A crucial part of Cloud9’s Boston Major win – the first-ever for an NA team – Stewie didn’t rest on his laurels. Instead, he moved from team to team, trying to land on a roster with as much talent and motivation himself.

After a stint on SK Gaming / MiBR, Stewie found his true calling on Team Liquid, and with Astralis’s form waning slightly combined with not attending every tournament, a gap opened up for a Liquid era.

They made the most of the opportunity too, winning the Intel Grand Slam in only 63 days, from their first win to their fourth, earning them a nice $1 million bonus.

Now, Team Liquid’s form is stuttering, and they face new rivals not only internationally, but also on home turf, as Evil Geniuses look to be eyeing up the number one spot in NA.

But Stewie2K won’t even be considering taking his foot of the gas, and when Major time comes rolling around, he’ll be more determined than ever to bring Team Liquid, and North America, Major glory.


YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal


Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.