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The stats that prove FaZe Niko is CSGO’s hard carry

Published: 3/Jul/2020 13:11 Updated: 6/Jul/2020 10:46

by Joe Craven

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NiKo has been representing FaZe Clan since 2017 and, despite his inherent talent and tangible leadership skills, the roster built around him has never quite hit the heights it could have done.  

Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač has long been considered one of the best CS:GO players in the world thanks to his incredible fragging power. Though, he has never quite hit the heights a player of his talents could have done.

Recent placements have not necessarily been poor, but back to back third-place finishes suggest they are struggling to crack the very top of professional Counter-Strike. Named at second place on Thorin’s 2018 top ten CS:GO players, he was subsequently omitted from the 2019 list.

However, are his teammates dragging him down? Here, we break down the career of the Bosnian CS star, and take a look at the statistics behind his performances. There’s a degree of subjectivity in the analysis of the stats, but one conclusion is easy to arrive at: he has long been the star of his roster, forced to play out of his skin to pull his teammates up to his standard.

Whether major roster changes are brewing for FaZe Clan is another matter, but it certainly seems that NiKo needs more support from those around him. Only time will if the 23-year-old can find the right teammates and make his way to the very top.

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YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal

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Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.