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Kjaerbye joins FaZe Clan CSGO team to replace Bymas

Published: 11/Aug/2020 13:26 Updated: 11/Aug/2020 13:59

by Calum Patterson


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.

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.

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.


BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch


Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

BLAST Premier Fall Series with S1mple
The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.