S1mple responds to speculation of him joining FaZe Clan's CS:GO roster - Dexerto

S1mple responds to speculation of him joining FaZe Clan’s CS:GO roster

Published: 20/Dec/2018 23:37 Updated: 20/Dec/2018 23:45

by Bill Cooney


With rumors floating around that he might be joining FaZe Clan, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev took a fans Twitch donation as an opportunity to put those rumors to rest.

S1mple is widely considered one of the best CS:GO players in the world and almost joined FaZe in 2016 before singing up with his current team NaVi.

Recently, rumors have been floating around that s1mple could be headed to FaZe in 2019, but on stream the pro denied he was headed anywhere.

During a recent stream, a viewer sent a donation message that read “Good luck in FaZe Clan. It’s a new level for you by playing with Niko and rain.”

After a confused look, s1imple replied “Man, I’m not joining FaZe Clan, so there is no need to wish me good luck. Good luck in 2019, that’s what you need to wish.”

Despite the rumors, it seems s1mple is not headed to FaZe, bad news for some FaZe Clan fans, but something that should make Na’Vi fans plenty happy.

Next year should be a big one for CS:GO given the bevy of recent roster moves that are in the pipeline, and with s1mple staying on Na’Vi, the Ukranian team will look to have one of its biggest years yet.


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.