Olofmeister Officially Makes Return to FaZe Clan Roster Ahead of ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier - Dexerto

Olofmeister Officially Makes Return to FaZe Clan Roster Ahead of ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier

Published: 10/Jul/2018 20:54 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 16:13

by Calum Patterson


FaZe Clan’s Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer has officially made his return to the competitive roster following a lengthy time off, joining the team for the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier.

In April of 2018, olofmeister announced he was stepping down from the roster citing personal issues, but didn’t go into great detail, leaving a hole on the roster which FaZe had to fill.

Firstly having Richard “Xist” Landström step in for the team’s ECS Season 5 matches, it initially looked like olofmeister would return in May, but his hiatus was extended.

For the remainder of his time away, Norwegian player Jørgen “cromen” Robertson filled his spot and the team managed to be somewhat successful as cromen impressed.

Reaching three straight semi-finals at firstly the ECS S5 Finals, followed by 1st place at ESL One Belo Horizonte, before another top four finish at the recent ESL One Cologne.

cromen played well in all the tournaments, even with the star power surrounding him on the roster, but FaZe will be relieved to finally have olofmeister back to complete the team ahead of the many important tournaments to close out 2018.

And FaZe fans will not have to wait long to see olof back in action, as the organization has confirmed he will return to the lineup for the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier beginning July 21.

olofmeister had also taken a break from social media during his time away from competition, but posted on Twitter to assure fans he was ‘ready to roll.

Groups for the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier are yet to be announced, but only the top teams from around the world will be in attendance.

FaZe Clan, Astralis, Team Liquid, MiBR, Na’Vi, Fnatic, Cloud9 and mousesports will be drawn into two groups of four, with the top two from each advancing to the playoffs to compete for the lion’s share of the $1 million prize pool.


ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

ESIC csgo coach bug ban
ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.