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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


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.

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.

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.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.