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NiKo’s Curse: The CS:GO Hard Carry Who Tries To Do It All

Published: 8/Aug/2020 11:22 Updated: 10/Aug/2020 12:03

by Joe Craven

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Despite being the ever-present in FaZe Clan’s professional CS:GO roster, NiKo’s career has perhaps not had as many trophies as would be expected of a man of his talent. Here, we take a look at one question – are FaZe Clan asking too much of their star man?

NiKo has now spent over three and a half years on FaZe Clan’s roster, achieving a fair amount of success. Recent placements have been consistent if unspectacular, with 3rds at BLAST Premier Spring, DreamHack Master Spring, and Road to Rio’s EU tournament.

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The placements are by no means bad, but they are not at the same dizzying heights we witnessed back in 2017 and 2018 when FaZe Clan put together wins at a host of S-Tier events, including victories over the powerhouses of Natus Vincere and Astralis.

Here, we take a look at NiKo’s time on FaZe Clan and prior to joining the esteemed organization, and ask the question of whether his inherent talent has led to his teammates and fans asking too much of him.

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Regardless of how talented one member is, professional CS:GO has proven time and time again that only a cohesive roster can create a dynasty. See Astralis for this one.

Only time will tell whether NiKo can find himself on a roster capable of emulating their dynasty.

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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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