Brazilian CS:GO star Marcelo ‘Coldzera’ David has been linked with a move to FaZe Clan once the StarLadder Berlin Major has concluded, claims 1PV's neLendirekt, and that might not be the only change for the multi-national roster.
The StarLadder Berlin Major is in full flow, but that hasn’t stopped Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from thinking about their immediate futures.
Complexity Gaming were dumped out of the Challengers Stage by Grayhound Gaming, prompting founder Jason Lake to confirm that an overhaul was being considered. However, the biggest shake-up in the scene could come in the form of FaZe Clan, who may finally be taking the step up to pair Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač with MIBR's Coldzera.
According to French CSGO insider neLdirekt, MIBR and FaZe Clan are set to begin negotiations over a move for Coldzera once the StarLadder Berlin Major has concluded.
NeL also noted that the former Major winner could even be willing to pay a part of his own buyout from MIBR in order to play for FaZe. The French Insider also confirmed a rumor that Cold has been living in Serbia - the home nation of FaZe coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović.
Some extra info that I couldn't really confirm or that is too touchy to be right : price talked about is around 1 million.
Also, cold was in Serbia for a while, do what you want with that :)
— neL (@neLendirekt) August 30, 2019
That wasn’t all, though, with NeL stating that FaZe could also fix their long-term IGL problem in one fell swoop. Since the departure of Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen, the in-game leader role for FaZe has been left in the hands of multiple players - with superstar NiKo taking the reigns at one point.
Legendary Polish star Filip ‘NEO’ Kubski has been leading the way for the international team but is apparently set to depart following the Major to open up a spot for Coldzera to take.
According to NeL, FaZe could hand the IGL role to ENCE leader Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen if “certain conditions” are met, which would likely include a disappointing showing at the Major.
AleksiB is set to depart his Finnish counterparts once their run at the event is over, with the team announcing that Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi will be his replacement.
Whether these moves happen or not remain to be seen, but neL’s information is usually reliable so it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see them pulled off.
The StarLadder Berlin Major concludes on September 8, meaning that it won’t take long for the traditional post-Major shuffle to get underway.