FaZe Clan have announced the signing of former North and Astralis CS:GO player Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, replacing the outgoing Bymas, who joined mousesports on August 10.
Kjaerbye left North earlier in July, with his next move unclear. It was then first reported by Polish site Cybersport that he was being lined up to replace the 16-year-old Aurimas ‘Bymas’ Pipiras on FaZe Clan.
Lithuanian Bymas was given his big shot on FaZe Clan after impressive performances in FPL, but was unable to show the same level of individual prowess while surrounded by the other superstars on FaZe.
On August 11, FaZe Clan confirmed the move, welcoming the Major winner to their already stacked roster.
— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) August 11, 2020
Kjaerbye will now be fragging alongside Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants. Although, the Dane will have big shoes to fill, since Bymas was originally a temporary stand-in for Counter-Strike legend, Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer.
They don’t have long to settle in with their new teammate before diving right in at the deep-end for ESL One Cologne 2020, starting on August 18. In the tough EU division, FaZe will be put to the test immediately by the best teams in the world.
FaZe Clan CSGO Roster
- Håvard ‘rain‘ Nygaard
- Nikola ‘NiKo‘ Kovač
- Marcelo ‘coldzera‘ David
- Helvijs ‘broky‘ Saukants
- Markus ‘Kjaerbye‘ Kjærbye
- Janko ‘YNk‘ Paunović – coach
Bymas joins Mousesports
Bymas, meanwhile, has joined mousesports as a ‘development’ player, being added to their roster as a sixth member. He does not replace anyone on their starting lineup, but presumably would be their first choice as a substitute.
— mousesports (@mousesports) August 10, 2020
Mouz explained: “We experienced how sudden circumstances can change this year. Thus we decided to broaden our roster and bring in a sixth player to be prepared.”
Mousesports will also be playing at ESL One Cologne, starting with Group Stage matches on August 23. Due to ongoing travel restrictions, the event is totally online, with each geographical region split into four divisions; EU, NA, Oceania and Asia.