Who should replace Karrigan on the FaZe CS:GO roster? - Dexerto

Who should replace Karrigan on the FaZe CS:GO roster?

Published: 21/Dec/2018 14:47 Updated: 21/Dec/2018 15:19

by Connor Bennett


FaZe Clan are searching for a fifth member to join their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster after benching long-time in-game leader Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen. Now two of the scenes most vocal names have made their feelings known about the situation. 

The team will need to make a change before the January 1 roster lock for the upcoming IEM Katowice Major. However, there has been no inclination on which player they will pick up to replace Karrigan.  

Natus Vincere star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev was the first name to be linked to join the all-star roster. S1mple added bait to those rumors when he tweeted FazeUp? on December 18. However, he rubbished the rumors during his December 20 stream when he stated: “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.”

Karrigan was dropped by FaZe Clan after spending nearly three years on the roster.

The debate will rage on until the team finds a suitable replacement for their long-time in-game leader. However, two of Counter-Strike’s biggest name have weighed in on the situation and given their opinion on the situation. During episode 59 of the Return Of By The Numbers podcast, hosts Richard Lewis and Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields discussed the prospect of who may be picked up by FaZe Clan.

“I have a real hard time trying to figure out someone that this team would simultaneously respect but is even vaguely available. Like, that’s a real tough call to narrow that down right there,” said Thorin. “If anything, if they don’t respect someone like Karrigan, who’s left at that point?”

“I literally cannot think of an in-game leader of the caliber you would think,” added Lewis.

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The pair did discuss one notable name who could join the roster – Chris ‘ChrisJ’ de Jong of Mousesports. “ChrisJ has done a really good job with Mous, which is kind of a FaZe-like team but would they really recruit him to this team?” said Thorin.

However, after his history with FaZe’s star player, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, they aren’t sure that could ever happen. 

“I don’t even think ChrisJ and NiKo could. I don’t know if that’s a marriage that wants to get fucking renewed, you know,” added Lewis. 

Whoever FaZe decide to replace Karrigan with, they will have to make a move before the New Year’s day roster lock. With a small pool of talent available as free agents, they have to dig deep into their pockets to find a replacement. 


Cloud9 CSGO terminates woxic’s contract three-months after forming the “Colossus”

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:44 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 18:46

by Andrew Amos


Cloud9 are making another change to their long-term CS:GO “colossus,” reportedly benching Turkish AWPer Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker for ex-Chaos’ Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach. The former mousesports star is just three months into his three-year contract.

Update on January 18

Cloud9 and woxic mutually agreed to terminate the AWPer’s contract after trying to navigate problems that were “almost insurmountable.”

CSGO fans are now looking ahead for what may come next as C9 officially look for a replacement AWPer and head coach, as woxic will now plan his next move apart from the org.

Original story follows below

Cloud9 is undergoing big changes heading into the 2021 season. Turkish star woxic could be on his way out of the colossus just three months into his three-year contract.

The star AWPer is reportedly being benched “due to non-performance related issues,” according to Rush B Media, but a person close to the team “did not believe that there was an internal disagreement that took place which would cause [woxic] to be [benched].”

woxic playing for mousesports at DreamHack Open
Woxic is set to be benched on Cloud9’s CS:GO colossus for American rifler Xeppaa.

The team had mixed results after their late-2020 rebuild, finishing last in Flashpoint Season 2, but third in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.

W0xic has posted middling results at these recent events, with an average HLTV rating of 1.00 since joining Cloud9. He has struggled to shine like his 2019 peak with mousesports, where he played a part in claiming the European squad a ESL Pro League Season 10 title.

First in line to replace woxic is the now teamless Xeppaa. After the disbanding of Chaos, the squad has gone their separate ways, with the likes of Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf and Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina swapping to Valorant.

The 20-year-old American rifler shone during Chaos’ rise at the end of 2020, helping the squad win IEM Beijing 2020, DreamHack Masters Winter, and secure a podium spot at ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Summer.

Speculation has also been rife about who else Cloud9 could potentially be signing. Cloud9 General Manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer posted a Tweet with four emojis indicating two contracts being signed.

With the removal of Kassad at the end of 2020, the second signing could indicate a return of former Assistant Coach Chris ‘Elmapuddy’ Tebbit. The Australian coach has been linked with Cloud9 yet again, less than two months after leaving the squad for Gen.G.

Cloud9 are yet to confirm either the benching of woxic, or the signing of Xeppaa. We will update you as more information arises.