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Niko hits back at FaZe Clan haters after ESL One Cologne elimination

Published: 27/Aug/2020 2:00 Updated: 27/Aug/2020 2:01

by Alan Bernal

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CSGO star Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač has addressed the ‘hateful’ comments audiences were directing toward his FaZe Clan team moments after being eliminated from ESL One Cologne.

After an 0-2 loss to Team Vitality in the second round of the Lower Bracket in the ESL Cologne EU bracket, CSGO fans were directing their displeasure about the team on social media. The mounting furor was directed at many FaZe players, but largely aimed at newcomer Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye.

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While players usually work off critiques and typically welcome feedback to build upon, there was a wave of comments that didn’t sit too well with the in-game leader.

“Enough with the hate on my team and Kjaerbye,” NiKo said. “We had 5 days of practice and we nearly won against the number two team in the world who has been bootcamping over two weeks.”

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The best of three was one of the day’s best matchups with both teams unrelenting on either side of the map. On FaZe’s map pick of Dust 2 in Game 1, it was a game of CT sides as both teams commanded the defensive side to take it to overtime.

It’s there where the French team were able to pull away with a 4-1 scoreline in OT after FaZe came back down 7-15 in regulation. That ultimately put FaZe in a dire predicament for Game 2 as they faced Vitality on their map pick of Nuke, where they’ve won 53 times of the 85 total matches played in their team’s history.

There were many reactions to FaZe’s performance, particularly to the moments in which they had man-advantages just to concede the round, failed to trade kills at pivotal moments, or gave up early picks to Vitality.

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Separately from NiKo’s comment’s, coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović also said that the team still had “some rust from the vacation which showed in an embarrassing amount of rounds lost where we had a numbers advantage.”

Regardless, it was clear that NiKo wasn’t ready to roll over with what was being said about his team.

As FaZe prepares for upcoming CSGO events around the corner, there’s going to be more opportunities to prove how far this iteration of the lineup fare with the quality of players it has on the roster.

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Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun

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Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.

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Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.

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After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.

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But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.

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While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.

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