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DeKay’s Sources: TaZ’s Aristocracy CS:GO team to receive investment from Codewise CEO

Published: 13/Jun/2019 14:49 Updated: 13/Jun/2019 16:23

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis

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Polish Counter-Strike team Aristocracy are expected to create a new esports organization with investment from Codewise CEO Robert Gryn, according to multiple sources. At this time, the name of the new organization is unknown as discussions are still ongoing.

Codewise Unicorns entered CS:GO in the later part of 2017 by picking up a Polish roster with a core of players that still remain today. Despite playing together for almost two years, they have been unable to break into the international competitive scene and have very few recognizable results.

With the creation of a new organization, it is unclear if Codewise Unicorns will remain under ownership of Robert Gryn’s brother, Alex. Robert Gryn is the CEO of parent company, Codewise, a European technology company.

Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas is one of the most respected Counter-Strike players in Poland and has played professionally for eighteen years. He is most known for his time with Virtus.pro in CS:GO where they won a Major and numerous international tournaments over a three year period with the same five-man lineup.

Since leaving Virtus.pro, he has played on a new lineup named Aristocracy that recently became free agents after leaving the devils.one organization. That move was first reported by Dexerto and came as a result of disagreement over contract terms presented to the players.

GamezillaTaZ’s time on Virtus.pro cemented his legacy as a CS:GO legend.

Aristocracy currently hold a spot in ESL Pro League Season 10 after their 9-10th place finish in Season 9. They failed to qualify for the StarLadder Berlin Major after four attempts at open qualification.

On their final attempt, they lost to Virtus.pro only to beat them five days later in the Spring ESL Polish Championship.

Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly stated that Robert Gryn was also CEO of Codewise Unicorns, rather than his brother, Alex Gryn.

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Olofmeister set for FaZe CSGO return amid NiKo exit rumors

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:10

by Marco Rizzo

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Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer is set to make a surprise return to the active FaZe CSGO lineup, right in time for the Blast Premier Fall 2020 amid rumors that Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač is headed to G2.

According to a report from cybersport.pl, olof will replace teammate Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač at the event as the latter prepares for a move away from FaZe Clan. It is unclear whether olofmeister will remain a part of the squad after the conclusion of the BLAST tournament. This will be the first official match that the Swede has played since he announced that he was stepping away from the game in May of 2020. 

The rumors of NiKo’s departure from FaZe have gained traction since September, with reports from HLTV and 1pv claiming the Bosnian star has agreed to join G2 and replace François ‘⁠AmaNEk’ Delaunay.  NiKo’s cousin, Nemanja ‘huNter’ Kovač, is also a member of the G2 roster and pair have always been linked with a move to team up at some point. 

Rumors were further fueled by a tweet from the mother of FaZe player Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, after his team’s victory at IEM New York Europe. The tweet asked NiKo to “rethink some decisions” – possibly referencing his move to G2. 

Coldzera's mom asking NiKo on twitter to reconsider decisions
Screenshot via Twitter
Twitter’s automated translation read: “coldzera family asks you to rethink some decisions”

HLTV stated that the FaZe star and IGL was due to make his debut for the French-Balkan mix team during the Blast Premier Fall Series.

Reddit user BuKYSK posted a screenshot of a practice server, which seemingly shows a FaZe team practicing with olofmeister instead of NiKo, hinting at his departure from the organization. 

Olofmeisterstepped down from the starting roster in May 2020, citing a need to recover from fatigue. The announcement came after a series of disappointing tournament runs for the star-studded roster and especially for olof. 

NiKo playing for FaZe Clan at EPL Season 9 Finals
ESL:Helena Kristiansson
NiKo has been a part of FaZe clan since 2017 after joining from Mousesports

Assuming the move is confirmed, the match against BIG will be olof’s first professional match in six months. 

Despite claiming a victory at the European side of IEM New York, this iteration of FaZe has constantly failed to match the expectations set after the addition of coldzera.

Since the departure of Finn ‘⁠karrigan’ Andersen, the international superteam has not fielded a dedicated IGL, with NiKo attempting to shoulder the burdens of being the captain and star player. With none of the current FaZe players or olof being natural in-game leaders, the leadership question will continue to be the most pressing issue for the team if NiKo departs.  

FaZe Clan BLAST Fall Primer 2020 roster

Below is the reported FaZe Clan lineup for the BLAST event:

    • Håvard ‘⁠rain⁠’ Nygaard
    • Marcelo “’coldzera⁠’ David
    • Latvia Helvijs ‘⁠broky’ Saukants
    • Markus ‘⁠Kjaerbye⁠’ Kjærbye
    • Olof ‘⁠olofmeister⁠’ Kajbjer
    • Janko ‘YNk⁠’ Paunović (coach)