Obviously Karrigan got benched and everybody's talking about who the new FaZe 5th will be.
Here's my take on the potential options and who I think they should take.
OPTION 1: Tarik (Best option IMO)
+Can play support
+Can IGL if NiKo isn't working out as IGL
+Is potentially transfer listed by MIBR (Not 100% confirmed yet)
-Could be expensive (Although FaZe have a lot of money)
OPTION 2: ScreaM
-Bad support player
-Not played T1 CS for a while
OPTION 3: Snax (Worst option IMO)
-Been really poor this year
-Can't play support
-Could cost more than he's worth
OPTION 4: Cromen
+Can play support (To a degree)
+Played well with FaZe before
-Not been on a consistent team for a long time
OPTION 5: AdreN
+Can play support quite well
-May have poor English skills (Idk)
-Inconsistent as of late
Tell me if I'm missing any obvious names
TL;DR - FaZe should get Tarik
Ex6 is better than seized atm and a far more better choice for FaZe than seized.
FaZe does not need another fragger, but someone who stays cool and reads the game well in which ex6 is better than seized.
EDIT: Soo you bringing up their frags has no relevance for FaZe
+Reasonable fragger for an IGL
+Takes the IGL role from NiKo
+Different style to Karrigan - could be good, could be bad though
-Was kicked from G2
-G2 have a history of charging far too much for their benched players
+Young, lots of potential
+Will be the best in the world one day
-Just joined an org, high buyout
-Moving at this stage of his career may be bad for him
-Isn’t what FaZe need right now (Another awper/flashy aimer)
It can be very expensive and needs adaptation, but you can win many rounds that will make a difference. It is a great AWP but, if you saw it play, you will see that it has a crazy target with a rifle. I would not doubt it.
+The best player in the world
+May want to leave Na’Vi
-Won’t leave until after the major
-FaZe don’t need another AWPer right now (Maybe he should join later)
-Massive, massive buyout (Surely)
sure, but who is out there (that is available) that is better?
FalleN? Probably not available
Gla1ve? Probably not available
I'm assuming here ofc that NiKo is not going to igl long term and that faze are looking for an igl. It just doesn't been reasonable to me that he will sacrifice such amazing talent to be igl
He's better as a rifler agreed, but he's still very very capable with an AWP.
After thinking a bit more, he'd be a better replacement for Rain than for Guardian. Still not who I think should replace Karrgian though
+played with olof and rain before (good chemistry)
+strong pistil rounds and strong rifling
+can secondary AWP (although this isn't exactly a problem on a team with olofmeister and NiKo)
+can IGL if NiKo doesn't want to
-signed to NiP
-hasn't been in form as of late
I could just see olof pushing for a former teammate, and he was closest to KRiMZ and dennis, and the former can't leave Fnatic because of their major spot (and also, Fnatic look to be on an upwards turn as of late).
yea, i wish something like -guardian +s1mple, -rain +some great aimer, and replace karrigan with some great igl, if they had niko, simple, olof and one more aimer igl wouldnt have to frag and it would be great team <3
I know about it. :D There was a time he was really considering to end it with CS and start to play DOTA professionally. But he already said in past, it's too late for him to even try it and that he will stick to CS. So I just don't understand from where you get the information about him trying it nowadays :D
From his streams, I can say he is okay. Of course, the situation within the team hit his form and him personally, but when they will find stable fifth for their team and whole team start working and practising properly he is for sure ready and motivated to get FaZe on top. And Major is coming, he will be motivated even more. :D
That major was complete clown fiesta, the only good team there (FaZe) decided to underperform as hell and gift C9 the major through a megachoke. C9 never did anything relevant after that which proves that the major was irrelevant
But they got to the final by being the better team on most of their maps - even that is a feat in its own right. Even if C9 didn't win that major I'd be saying that Tarik was a great IGL as he helped to get them to the final leading the way as their best player as well as their igl
When you have a team of well decorated and seasoned pros, it is extremely hard to find the right person who will fit in. If they get someone with little achievements under the belt, as soon as things go bad, you can be sure where the blame is going to go.
Tarik was getting a lot of criticism at MIBR, so I don't see Niko wanting to be IGL'd by him. Niko will probably feel that he can do a better job than Tarik and might undermine his calls. I guess we'll have to wait and see the route they take.
+1. Tbh, i can't see a lineup with olof, guardian and niko beating a team with the teamwork of astralis. MiBR and FaZe should take the lesson off their earlier mistakes and stop thinking that change the bottom stats player is the answer that they need.
Plus, they should put the "we dont have enough preparation" "we lost motivation" aside and just bring the hardwork if they wanna get somewhere.
Fnatic are know to release players and have much respect for krimz remember godsent fnatic trade
+One of the best bsite anchors with olofmeister.
+ Great Fragger
+ Can igl/ midround call
+ Plays a supportive role with high fragging
They need the core of xizt jw and krimz to retain what ever spot they have. Honestly I think they might play with a standin for the major and grab someone after. Buyouts will be extremely high with the major right around the corner and their will be more players available. Faze has the money but supposedly want to stop spending insane amounts of money on the csgo team. Also faze has very little respect for NA doubt they will snag tarik. Plus Tarik is in talks with c9 and Nrg rn
Eh probably shouldn't of been on the team in the first place but yea it's sad to see someone go because of sickness. Honestly they played at the same level with golden as they did with valens. The move will happen sooner or later wether it's now or because of poor form later on. This last tournament was the first time I saw c9 look dangerous. They will be better without him
Zeus says s1mple has a ton of offers so well just have to see. Cant see him staying in that Navi for too much longer, next major max unless they win it.
But yeah these seem like the only paths to challenging Astralis/Liquid
I think after, teams dont like making changes before majors (whether it would improve them or not) unless s1mple really wants out. Also dont know their contract situation so faze might just have to wait or pay a ridiculous buyout
idk who's gonna replace karrigan, either they get a free agent like scream or pay shit load of money to top10 team like navi/mouz/fnatic, pure gamble.
BUT one thing is certain, Robban must be replaced with Ynk.
Most reasonable options is: Dennis, krimz.
Others close by. flusha or s1mple
Longshots: Sunny, , Cromen, xantares.
Superpooperscooper longshots: Marceliouce, radifaction.
But i doubt They go for any unproven talent @ big international lans.
disco doplan (benched in RR and could actually be an ok pick up, who knows)
Rest of 2019 (HS, Innocent, RUBINO, Ayken)
ex6tenz (bad pickup just an idea)
Byali (MIKSTURA isnt an org so free agent
Seized (if youre retarded)
Frozen (GUNRUNNERS is poor org, wont ask much and could be interesting)
zehN (Save him from HAVU ffs)
Pronax (only good since hes a free agent)
No (RR are a bad team and he’s not a great player)
In order - Maybe, No, No, No
Maybe (Although he’s a risk - I don’t think he’s ready)
Maybe (Risky, may have an incompatiable style)
No (Not ready)
Idk (I don’t know Finnish CS tbh)
No (Unless he’s the coach)
it was more based on who's available
Most were just ideas and the only decent pickups would be
and people will give me shit but doplan. He is a fairly underrated player imo. Not the caliber FaZe would want but I could see him picking up the IGL role and giving FaZe a potential triple AWP with him, GuardiaN and NiKo.
Bondik is probably the best pickup since he's exactly what FaZe need but he doesn't wanna play the roles they need. FaZe lacks an overall clutch player outside of Olof and NiKo and Bondik is a clutch god and an amazing support but doesn't want that role.
Refrezh was a really good lurker for Tricked and while his role changed a bit for Fragsters he still played similar to how he did with Tricked. I think that his style might fit FaZe with their aim based teamplay.
zehN was apart of the reason PENTA made top 16 at Krakow and is a very good player. He is 27 so his age kinda takes away from what people think he can do but he was 26 when the Krakow run happened and has always been a really good player. He's easily top 5 in Finland in terms of skill maybe even top 3.
If FaZe wanted a triple awp they’d use Olof
Agreed, although with Tarik transfer listed he’s kind of likely to join and I’d consider him to be better than Bondik
Refrezh played well with C9, but I think its too risky right now
I don’t think he’s good enough from FaZe from what I’ve heard/seen
I like what you’re saying though, so +1 for using your brain
Thats the point. Faze is one of the most redicilos teams. With so high skilled players you need only deacent strategies to win. I think in igl role niko is not so good than neo looking at that what hes skill is.
Even if niko wants to be igl they can try and get neo back like in old days when he could frag (dont think its gonna hapen)
Then theres question dose he want to join the team whats all about winning and beaing nr1 when hes at end or so at csgo pro carrier (now looks like that) maybe he wants to chill more than grind it agin.
Edit: +knows alot about players and teams
How about pasha xd
-have no idea he is if snachie was awper
-have no idea what role he could play in faze
-not that good
-theres better players to pick
-its not 2013-2017
+has Pasha London school
Fan tag checks out for me and im sad
I would go for cromen. Tarik might have IGLed C9 to win a major, but I highly doubt that it was because of him calling. He is imo the most overrated player in NA. Cromen (as you said) played with FaZe before and is not as big of a start like the rest of the team. They need someone like that to bring freshness into the team. Only problem: who will IGL?
What I don't understand is:
Why would you bench karrigan if you don't have a proper replacement ready?
I still believe Faze just needs a mental coach to get the confidence back on karrigans calling. Niko shouldn't IGL imo
As long as nikos fragging is still on point he can be the IGL but I still think it's a waste of firepower
Furthermore I consider Niko as a player who would make more individual mistakes if his calling doesn't work because he used to topfrag. No idea if I explained it properly but I hope you know what I mean
I see what you’re saying, but the firepower on FaZe should be enough to make up for the drop in NiKo’s firepower that him leading could potentially lead to
It all comes down to whether or not he’s actually a good igl or not tbf
But that's the thing. Every pro player who plays 8 hours a day has decent aim and stuff but Niko somehow manages to outclass them all. With him IGLing I think his personal form will drop to "normal" pro Level. Of course if his IGLing is good enough and the strats are working they don't need monster Niko but if the strats don't work they need someone who can make plays without proper strats
The next months will show if he's capable of doing both at the same time. I just want a proper IGL in Faze so Niko can go crazy on the server without having to worry about the strats
I’ve never considered Valde to be an option tbh
Krimz won’t join because of the major spot
Styko wouldn’t want to leave Mouz and they wouldn’t want to let him go (At least for a while)
Tarik would be a good option, and he was the best option at the time of writing