Natus Vincere and FaZe released an announcement, revealing the transfer of Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács to the United States based organization, in which he replaced AWPer Aleksi "allu" Jalli.
The Slovakian's new home has now been revealed, as he makes a move to FaZe, who have had great success leading up to the PGL Major Krakow, but then went out in groups in Poland following a 0-3 record in the Swiss format.
After negotiations between the two sides, GuardiaN was bought out of his contract with Natus Vincere for an undisclosed fee. In turn, Aleksi "allu" Jalli departs the active roster to make room for the new addition, after having been part of the team since August last year when he replaced Ricardo "fox" Pacheco in the squad.
In his year with the team, the Finn helped FaZe garner three top fours at big events, as well as three runner-up finishes and the organization's first title at StarSeries Season 3 Finals earlier this year.
"For a long time, GuardiaN was an essential part of Natus Vincere. Together we have achieved a lot of victories, had our ups and downs, but today our ways part. This change was necessary for Ladislav as well as Na`Vi.
"I thank GuardiaN for all the time spent with the team. I wholeheartedly wish him luck in the new organization. We believe we are going to encounter you in a final of a Major!" Na`Vi CEO, Yevhen Zolotarov, said in a statement.
"We're thrilled that GuardiaN will be joining the team and the players are excited to get back to work after the break. And thank you to allu for all of the hard fought battles over the past year - allu is an incredible talent and we wish him the best of luck on his next chapter." coach Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström added in FaZe's announcement on Facebook.
FaZe now are:
Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)
GuardiaN's debut with the new squad will be in the European division of ESL Pro League Season 6, which is set to begin on August 22.
FaZe have also been confirmed to attend the first big offline event after the off-season, DreamHack Masters Malmö taking place from August 30-September 3, which will effectively serve as the European squad's offline debut.