NiKo: "From now on karrigan won't be the in-game leader"

After FaZe bombed out of ESL One New York we were able to catch up with the team's new in-game leader, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, to talk about the team's current state.

FaZe had a rough showing at ESL One New York, as a 1-2 loss against G2 followed by a 0-2 against NRG meant the European combine was out in last place at a tournament they were one of the favorite teams to lift the trophy.

NiKo will lead FaZe moving forward

In the following interview, NiKo shares about the atmosphere in the team following the Major, falling back into bad habits in New York, and some of the changes that are to come in FaZe.

Tell me a little bit about the team's expectations before coming here. You were one of the favorites on paper, did you feel that way?

Yeah, our expectations were high. I think everyone expected to make it to the final or even that we would win the event. It didn't work out well, though. It is what it is and we just have to keep moving forward.

How hard were the losses? Coming in with those expectations and then losing to G2 and NRG, two teams you're supposed to be better than. How deeply did this affect you?

I think this is one of the worst losses at an event and one of the biggest disappointments we've ever had. It's the first time since Stockholm that we're not actually going to play in the arena, so that was pretty frustrating. As you said, we lost to G2 and NRG, two teams we have to win against if we want to get back to our level. Especially G2, we haven't lost to them in over a year or so, I think. When we started losing it started to feel like the beginning of the Major, and that was a big issue.

Tell me what happened. What didn't work?

It's hard to say why it happened, but what happened is that the mood in the team got bad once we started losing. We didn't play together, the communication was bad... It wasn't us playing at all, I don't know why. As I said it just happened and we're going to try and work on it for the future. There's not much to say, it was just not us.

Several teams have been saying that, after losing matches here, there was bad communication and a bad atmosphere. It seems like a bit of a generalized feeling among some of the teams expected to perform really well here and that have had some troubles. Why do you think that is, is everybody feeling bad after the Major?

I don't think we felt that bad after the Major because we started playing better after we came back from 0-2. Everybody was feeling good, even after the Astralis loss everything was fine in the team, we had our chance to win against them, at least on Mirage where we let it slip away. Losing to them wasn't that frustrating. Coming here everything was fine, expectations were still there, the mood was there, but once we started playing, once we started losing... That Cache game against G2 destroyed us, I don't know why it happened, it just did.

You started calling at the Major after going 0-2 to try and switch things up. Here, karrigan was calling again, right? Did you feel like you were falling back into some bad habits?

Yeah, that's one of the reasons we started playing poorly. Once we started losing it was just flashbacks from the Major. People got in a bad mood instantly. Not much to say, but yeah, we fell into bad habits here at this event.

Did you feel like calling at any point?

No, no. We had a deal, karrigan is calling this event. We were going to try to fix the issue we had at the beginning of the Major and it didn't work out. From now on we're going to see what's going to happen.

Is there a chance we'll see roster moves? Is that a possibility?

It's very unlikely but from now on karrigan won't be the in-game leader anymore, it's going to be me.

So you talked a bit about the Major showing, you said it wasn't a huge disappointment after the bad start. Can you develop a bit?

It wasn't a disappointment because as I said already we played fine against Astralis. We had our chance to win against them. We had a bad start on Mirage, came back, and threw a few rounds. Then on Inferno we had a big early lead, 10-5, won the pistol, but we lost the forcebuy... We just lost some crucial rounds and they punished us for that because they're the best team in the world. It was very close, and just making it to the playoffs was a big relief for us, so there aren't many regrets, I'd say.

By the way, RobbaN wasn't here...

He decided to skip this event to stay at home with his new baby, but he'll be back for the next events.

So you'll work with him hand in hand? Do you think his not being here affected the team a bit?

I don't think it affected anything, but it could have been better if we had him once things started going downhill. He's really good at fixing mistakes outside of the game, like making the mood in the team better. He's really good at getting players to just focus on the game instead of being somewhere else, mentally. That could have helped us, maybe we could have won against these teams if he would have been here, but it didn't affect the game that much.

I'm going to start working with him more than karrigan did, because karrigan is the guy that wants to work things himself. He was working alone most of the time, but I'm going to need help from both him and RobbaN.

So what are the goals for the near future?

I think it's just finding ourselves again. We're supposed to be at the top, and we're going to be there pretty soon.

What do you need to get there?

To find our team again, for the players to find themselves in the team again.

How do you find it?

How do I find it? I have no idea (laughs). I haven't thought about it yet, to be honest, but I think it's going to be about getting something fresh in the team, which is me calling. Having something new people can believe in, I think that's important for the team, and I'm just going to try to get all of the players in their comfort zone again, especially rain because he hasn't been playing as well as he did at the end of last year.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1136
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
"Is there a chance we'll see roster moves? Is that a possibility? It's very unlikely but from now on karrigan won't be the in-game leader anymore, it's going to be me." NiKo is the second best player in the world, he should not be the IGL. Even if he is gonna be the IGL for now they should kick karrigan.
2018-09-29 20:50
#7
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
expected - karrigan + byali
2018-09-29 20:49
Hell nah pls not
2018-09-29 20:50
#265
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Sweden Flukey 
+FaZe MSL
2018-09-30 00:20
#268
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United States Cherryyy 
+ faze kio part 2 he is one of the best supports in the world and they could really use him on the team whether it’s his loose calling in combination with support or just his skill at support and let rain and Olof loose
2018-09-30 00:29
#289
rain | 
United States tjt2390 
+1
2018-09-30 02:14
Loose calling against Astralis meta OMEGALUL This is why FaZe can't win a major, they're trash at adapting to their opponents.
2018-09-30 02:22
Well, at this point I'd say G2 is better than Faze. at least G2 they have the brains, Niko being IGL means that his skills are gonna rust, just like in the old mousesports time Niko Top2 player shouldn't be an IGL p.s/ just like you force player like twistzzz to be a dedicated awper
2018-09-30 04:56
why would they +MSL when they already have an IGL
2018-09-30 12:54
#38
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Poland LIL6IX 
+1
2018-09-29 20:51
yes pls but wont happen
2018-09-29 20:52
- karrigan + coldzera The team needs more firepower :/
2018-09-29 21:56
wtf no they need a suport passive bitch
2018-09-29 21:57
Yeah I was joking lul, I think Coldzera might be good for the team but you'd be cutting someone else for him instead. IDK who you'd pick up for that role though. If this was 2 years ago I'd say Rubino cause he was a huge part of North/Dignitas' success, but idk where the fuck he is anymore. As important as Styko was for Mouz I don't think he's talented enough for a team that wants to be #1 in the world, but he might be the best option if you can't poach someone like Taco or Xyp9x or maybe Xizt.
2018-09-29 22:06
#248
Japan gfe 
-karrigan rain + fallen cold done.
2018-09-29 23:37
#355
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France CriiZiX 
Nice brain! 2 AWP in the same team and no support player. Cool idea
2018-09-30 22:27
#365
Japan gfe 
Ever heard of double awp setups? Ever heard of changing positions for the good of the team?
2018-10-01 13:44
#367
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Pakistan Xander_cs 
U mean Envyus lost their mind with nifty and jdm on the same team
2018-10-01 20:43
#401
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France CriiZiX 
Yup, dedicated awp players are not as good with rifles as full time riffles obviously
2018-10-05 00:57
Faze does not need more firepower, they need more ppl who can play support roles, to boost the already High firepower
2018-09-29 23:33
XDDD
2018-09-29 23:06
thats very true and thats an upgrade
2018-09-30 15:21
#351
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Poland general007 
byali doesnt speak eng, so... no.
2018-09-30 20:11
#14
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Faroe Islands Jones123 
Make the best player igl this always works
2018-09-29 20:49
So ur saying gla1ve best player ?? axaxaxaxa
2018-09-29 20:52
He can be a topfragger and IGL in the same time Imagine what will he do when he would concetrate only on hitting shots
2018-09-29 20:56
He needs to concentrate his focus on captaining not on his own gaming, rip talent
2018-09-29 21:43
#221
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Europe @Wonky 
He has been doing that since he left mouz so that made him the #2 in the world but now that he’s calling it hunk his level won’t be that impressive but it will be good
2018-09-29 22:33
#242
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Denmark iaintnojoke 
He was pretty good in Heroic (under Snappi), though I think he's gotten better since then.
2018-09-29 23:30
#281
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Norway Scrotimus 
Dideferent niki dude😂😂
2018-09-30 01:29
#290
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Denmark iaintnojoke 
I'm talking about Glaive, who used to be on Heroic.
2018-09-30 02:15
Yes he is.
2018-09-30 02:08
niko second best player in the world? LUL
2018-09-29 21:11
easily.
2018-09-30 01:27
Niko second best player in the world? This isn't 2017/6 mate. He's good, easily top 10, definitely not second best. S1mple, Electronic, Dev1ce, Dupreeh, Magisk and even at a push Coldzera are better right now.
2018-09-29 21:16
COLDZERA OMEGALUL
2018-09-29 21:17
It's arguable. I'd personally put Niko above him, but there's an argument to be made. Sort out your autism btw, getting out of hand.
2018-09-29 21:19
coldzera = didnt win anything in 2018, worse rating than NiKo NiKo = multiple tournament wins in 2018, 1 MVP in 2018, better rating than baitzera
2018-09-29 21:21
good job rekting yellow tooth +1
2018-09-29 21:59
DSQ, it's amateur roast tournament.
2018-09-29 22:45
Right now NiKo is not at form but device? Dupreeh? Magisk? coldzera? hell naw This whole year NiKo is easily top2/3
2018-09-29 21:22
Fan of Faze.
2018-09-29 21:51
NiKo is solid top3 after s1 and devve IMO
2018-09-29 21:58
+1
2018-09-29 23:37
Yes and?
2018-09-29 23:04
#326
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Germany sza_ 
So faze fans are incorrect and cant state their opinions. Fuck outta here
2018-09-30 15:56
"<3 rain"
2018-09-30 20:12
#353
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Germany sza_ 
get a life
2018-09-30 20:28
#209
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South Africa JustQ3 
No, Niko is not top 2 this year. And the stats prove it. He is easily top 8 but 2/3 no.
2018-09-29 22:07
Which stats prove it? These ones don't, lmao hltv.org/stats?startDate=2018-01-01&endD..
2018-09-29 23:04
Lmao u retard
2018-09-29 23:24
Lmao u retard
2018-09-29 23:24
>most maps played >third highest-rated team with less of an even spread than the #1 and where #2 already has the #1 player in the world >only rating close to him is #3 player Watch how people will still tell you that he's not top 3. Don't waste your time with these people. Also, NiKo is #3 in the LAN category. #4 and #5 after him are fucking Espiranto and nexa, both who have played almost merely a THIRD of the amount of maps NiKo has. He's only beaten by device and s1mple on LAN for the whole year.
2018-09-29 23:37
WHY DO POEPLE ALWAYS SAY TOP 2 TOP 4 just say number 4 number 2 are you all retarded
2018-09-30 13:01
WTF ? Are you high ??? Devve >> NiKo in 2018 ..
2018-09-29 23:46
Stats say otherwise, device only started being impressive when Astralis started being good, NiKo has been carrying FaZe for a while
2018-09-29 23:47
Stats aren't everything.. He hasn't been carrying shit when it mattered, please look at how he did on elimination matches, finals etc. ( Major final comes to mind ).. device had way more impact, tournament wins, MVP's.. By the way because you like to talk about stats how do they " say otherwise "? Device has better ratings last 3, 6, 12 monthes, be it LAN, online or Big events so what are those " stats you're talking about please ???
2018-09-29 23:55
NiKo has only choked 1 time when it mattered this year and it was @ the major. device baits more, has more eco/exit frags, hltv.org/stats?startDate=2018-01-01&endD.. device has less maps played and still not higher ratings. Also Astralis has been way better this year so it's expected for device to have better achievements
2018-09-29 23:58
You conviently chose the only stat that has NiKo in front , GG !!! hltv.org/stats?startDate=2018-01-01&endD.. hltv.org/stats?startDate=2017-09-30&endD.. hltv.org/stats?startDate=2018-03-30&endD.. hltv.org/stats?startDate=2018-06-30&endD.. hltv.org/stats?startDate=2018-06-30&endD.. hltv.org/stats?startDate=2018-03-30&endD.. hltv.org/stats?startDate=2017-09-30&endD.. As far as " baiting more " and eco fragging more, that remains to be seen. I would have agreed in 2016, but not necessarily today. Btw he is the team AWPer what is he supposed to do when people hunt him after they decide to eco ? Let them kill him ?? Anyway we'll see who's right once the ranking are out in a few monthes...
2018-09-30 00:19
No I choose the fucking stat that is for the whole year and the one that HLTV counts too... When we are talking about who was the best this year I'm not gonna talk about last 6 months or 3 months, I'm gonna talk for whole 2018.. device will be in a better pos in the rankings 100% though, that so if FaZe doesn't win a few tournaments and NiKo a few MVPs
2018-09-30 00:22
From all the players u mentioned only s1mple and dev1ce can fit the description,rest,niko is way beyond
2018-09-29 21:23
+1
2018-09-29 21:35
what the fuck are u talking about NiKo with s1mple are the best players in the world. Device is not that good not at their level.
2018-09-29 21:51
he is not top2 LMAO he is a fucking bot
2018-09-29 21:34
s1mple > device > Niko
2018-09-29 21:36
niko is full bot mate
2018-09-29 21:36
+1 name checks out
2018-09-29 21:36
w8 u dont think that he is a bot?
2018-09-29 21:37
obviously not lol
2018-09-29 21:38
moron
2018-09-29 21:38
ty
2018-09-29 21:38
#154
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United States MrFornino 
Name checks out
2018-09-29 21:47
he is a bot
2018-09-29 21:48
#191
NiKo | 
Europe 90ieskid 
Nt budget Niko(ropz)
2018-09-29 21:59
LMAO ropz>niko everyday cunt XD
2018-09-29 22:04
#201
NiKo | 
Europe 90ieskid 
Nt ropz, but no.
2018-09-29 22:05
nt niko=bot
2018-09-29 22:05
#207
NiKo | 
Europe 90ieskid 
-Niko #2 2017 -ropz #43 2017
2018-09-29 22:07
its not 2017 mate stop living in the past
2018-09-29 22:07
#348
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Lithuania c0mmandCS 
Well then 2018 - Niko #2 and ropz #42
2018-09-30 19:53
niko full bot stfu
2018-09-30 19:54
#143
flusha | 
Other awzaq 
fallen led sk gaming since 2015 and was one of the best players of the team in their era, he was top 4 in 2017 mate
2018-09-29 21:38
actually he was #6 in 2017 and #2 in 2016
2018-09-30 09:48
#327
flusha | 
Other awzaq 
thanks
2018-09-30 16:02
#153
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Israel DonowurName 
Kick karrigan and get MSL or other good experienced IGL out there, don't leave NiKo in this backpadeling rule.
2018-09-29 21:47
#183
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India C0|d 
MSL LMAO.. GOT KICKED FROM OWN TEAM EVEN AFTER GETTING MVP OF A TOURNAMENT.. NO THANKS
2018-09-29 21:58
#195
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Israel DonowurName 
You got a better idea? Also north kicking him doesn't mean much, MSL is a very good and experienced IGL, speaks english and is heavily tactical unlike karrigan which is maybe what faze needs
2018-09-29 22:02
#206
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India C0|d 
yeah he's fine... i was actually surprised to see him get kicked... but not suitable for faze surely ... they r a superteam and karrigan led them to supremacy initially ... he's the same karrigan as he was few months ago .. it's about resetting the team to bring in fresh stuff .. which i suppose cn happen with change in in-game leading... also niko said he will be working with both karrigan and robban and roster changes are unlikely ... so it's not like they have lost confidence in karrigan as a teammate.... so i m still hopeful...we'll see
2018-09-29 22:07
#226
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United Kingdom AaronZeller 
+1 for nice and thought-over comment.
2018-09-29 22:48
Replace karrigan with Krimz, make NiKo IGL ('cause he was still reking ass as IGL during the major, only being beaten by vintage Olof performances and GuardiaN in one match), and if that "refreshment" of the line-up doesn't help rain become better, replace him with...I dunno, fucking anyone, really, since Krimz can already kind of do his role anyway. Bring in SuNny or something and just go with NiKo's also-loose but hopefully more confident calling (as compared to karrigan) and go back to another confident, aggressive FaZe dynasty where only Astralis will give them trouble by anti-stratting them.
2018-09-29 23:41
#260
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India C0|d 
I don't think roster change will be a good move... Arguments - 1. They r already gelled up as buddies and teammates after 1 yr of playing together... Even with robban... 2. With igl out of the way and some personal time of his own (as tweeted by karrigan), he cn focus on becoming better fragger.. Although he is playing support role quite well recently... 3. With niko working with karrigan and robban on igl, will bring in new stuff to make others regain confidence... 4. I m hopeful of niko's calling because he is one of the top players currently and he knows how to open up rounds... Which will surely rub off on others when he will be igl... 5. As of now more often than not faze lineup seems a bit unbalanced with either guardian rain or olof niko doing work in matches... But now it cn be more balanced and everyone cn take responsibility better... 6. They have 1 yr of gr8 and top tier performances to build upon for the future... Bringing in a new player will reset everything... Which will slow things down. . That's my analysis... If u disagree it's fine.. But don't start commenting rubbish..
2018-09-30 00:10
#261
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India C0|d 
Btw judging from this interview they r not making roster moves... But who knows... I'll be damned if in 2 days time we see hltv post saying so... Personally will be disappointed if that happens..
2018-09-30 00:15
There is a roster change coming. Are we supposed to believe that "the mood got bad" because they lost a couple of rounds in the beginning of a match? Is Niko kidding? EVERY team loses some rounds or a map ALL the fucking time, that just happens in CS. The mood is bad because Kerrigan knows that he is on his way out. He is a huge primadonna and acted in a similar way back before and when he got kicked from Astralis.
2018-09-30 12:30
#315
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India C0|d 
Hmm
2018-09-30 12:32
niko=bot
2018-09-29 22:04
Please bring back Kio
2018-09-29 21:55
#187
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India C0|d 
DONT THINK HE WILL FIT WELL WITH THE OTHER 4
2018-09-29 21:58
#202
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Finland kommunisti 
ahaha worst post of 2018 award
2018-09-29 22:05
We saw what happened to shox
2018-09-29 22:10
#216
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Finland Taynz 
+1
2018-09-29 22:13
im worried for NiKo im afraid what happened with Shox and Snax will happen to him as well.
2018-09-29 22:52
-GuardiaN +chrisJ
2018-09-29 23:35
#273
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Poland GumiPr0 
Karrigan: 'Niko, go kill' Niko: 'No, I call' Niko: 'Niko, go kill' Niko: 'OK'
2018-09-30 01:07
#282
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Brazil Collee 
He isn't #2 and FalleN got #3 and #6 being igl anyway
2018-09-30 01:32
#286
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Pakistan perth 
Both p1mple and botvice are better than choko
2018-09-30 01:45
#287
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United Kingdom F_ANG 
Niko IGL'd in mousesports and still put up good numbers, he's shown he can still do it at the major, i believe with Karrigan now relieved of IGL duties he can fully focus on hard supporting his players, its also going to be good for him to not have to focus on making calls and allowing him to reset his mind. Im really excited with this decision and i think it can be the fresh change faze needs to get back to the top. FAZE UP BITCHES
2018-09-30 02:08
-karrigan +Cromen. For God sake please 😟 I am loosing trust in you guys day by day. You have to start doing experiments like C9 and fnatic...I think now both of them are comparatively more stable then before...but you are not...cmmmmon guys...time to faze up...
2018-09-30 07:57
#307
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United States T4RK3SH 
Kioshima would be better
2018-09-30 09:46
1. Simple 2. Device 3. Niko sorry i have to tell you bro
2018-09-30 12:50
If you want a good in game leader, use Ex6tenZ or s1mple, they have been the smartest players since the new rosters for g2 and navi came in, especially s1mple, you might expect some knife frags from him as well.
2018-09-30 18:12
-karrigan +nbk can speak the language and can play the roles needed. The perfect anchor player. Why no one is picking up nbk i don't understand
2018-10-01 03:15
#2
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CIS LRtx 
tier3
2018-09-29 20:49
#81
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
wuahahaha
2018-09-29 21:06
Rip
2018-09-29 20:49
F
2018-09-29 20:50
karrigone BibleThump
2018-09-29 21:33
oof
2018-09-29 20:49
#5
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
hhahahaa you shouldn't be either
2018-09-29 20:49
#84
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
+1
2018-09-29 21:06
+1
2018-09-29 21:17
#146
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Canada Surzz 
+1
2018-09-29 21:38
#6
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Indonesia Exodd 
O shit, smells like a new 5th is coming soon
2018-09-29 20:50
#8
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Netherlands RaVersoN 
FINALLY -karrigan +anyone
2018-09-29 20:49
mouz: -ropz +karrigan FaZe: +ropz
2018-09-29 21:09
ChrisJ and Karrigan? 2 IGLs? its stupid idea they dont need IGL anjd ropz is playing well
2018-09-29 21:24
Did you read a title of the news?
2018-09-29 21:50
Chrisj didn’t use to be an igl you know
2018-09-29 21:55
And? He is IGL and it works so I don't see reason to change him
2018-09-29 22:41
it works? lul is that why they're kicking him for MSL?
2018-09-29 23:37
ChrisJ kicked? I didnt hear about this
2018-09-29 23:38
#9
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Korea Damianlee 
Oh no not again.... it ended really bad with mouz :/
2018-09-29 20:49
No it didn't , the guy made them a respectable team with spidi , denis and lowel as their player's.
2018-09-29 20:58
He also benched chrisj and oskar It was "respectable" because hes a god tier aimer, but he ruined the team
2018-09-29 21:18
Yea but you can't expect one guy to do 3-4 roles. Mouz was a clusterfuck til he started playing. He had responsibility of 3 ppl when he played for mouz which is insane.
2018-09-29 21:28
you're really hot
2018-09-29 23:38
This is a whole different case.
2018-09-29 21:23
#135
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Korea Damianlee 
not really, he was the best player with the best stats just like now; but when the team started to lose he blame the strats and the IGL and took the responsability of it. But no one can say anything about it cause he's the star of the team. But he won't be able to lead in game while being the best player.
2018-09-29 21:34
It is a whole different case. More pressure now, in mouz it was like "i go kill do this", now he has to lead star players and he is gonna get anti-stratted and in general that was 2 years ago. Players change every day and week so obviously he has matured as a player and etc
2018-09-29 23:09
guardian and olof lol. niko respects them more than they respect niko. stop being deluded.
2018-10-01 13:49
#160
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Yeah you're right... it's worse because now hes on a team that is actually expected to win and being stratted against by top tier IGLs and coaches consistently
2018-09-29 21:50
Yeah probably but that isn't why it's different to mouz. Now he has more pressure, as you said more teams will anti-strat, but in mouz it was more like "i go kill", now he has GuardiaN, olof and rain to lead and karrigan/potential new 5th, not fakin denis
2018-09-29 23:07
#259
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South Africa nimmaJ 
So he has players with bigger egos and more pressure vs better opponents with more expectations and that's a good thing? Considering he didnt really shown that he was a good IGL on mouz, just that he could put HIMSELF in good positions, I'd say no
2018-09-30 00:00
I didn't say it's a good thing lol Although we can't know, he was an IGL in mouz like almost 2 years ago, players change, so I don't think it will be fully like around him.
2018-09-30 00:19
#271
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Then yeah... it is worse as i stated before
2018-09-30 00:44
#10
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Hungary Ilove2bait 
KARRIGAN IS GONE IM 2 weeks I A PORT AF HISTORY
2018-09-29 20:49
#80
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United Kingdom XNL 
Karrigone*
2018-09-29 21:05
f
2018-09-29 20:49
- karrigan + HUNDEN
2018-09-29 20:50
#79
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Germany sunnyrain 
+1 the god needs to be called
2018-09-29 21:05
maybe
2018-09-29 20:49
Sooo karrigan is becoming overall useless
2018-09-29 20:50
-karrigan +anyone
2018-09-29 20:50
-karrigan +ptr
2018-09-29 20:51
Wtf? How you write comment without words???
2018-09-29 20:54
N1 xddddd
2018-09-29 21:01
#52
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Netherlands jonsve 
lmao kk
2018-09-29 20:54
#17
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
rip karrigan :(
2018-09-29 20:50
#20
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Australia PARAFAL 
there is no point in having karrigan in the team then lol
2018-09-29 20:50
karrigan is good men, men :D
2018-09-29 20:53
karrigan could be shot caller
2018-09-29 21:51
#21
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Ukraine gungrave 
so who new 5?
2018-09-29 20:50
hmm. maybe a men who play cs?
2018-09-29 20:53
#165
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Could be a lady that pleh CS
2018-09-29 21:51
Very soon he'll be out of the team then...
2018-09-29 20:50
#23
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Lithuania SH4NKER 
lol
2018-09-29 20:50
#24
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Belgium Chuckyyy 
karrigan will have to frag if he wants to stay
2018-09-29 20:50
Karrigan is a men who dont kill much in cs. But if he shoots more mens, he will be good men for FaZe :D
2018-09-29 20:53
MAN is used to denote a single male whereas MEN is used for denoting more than one male. In short, one can understand it as simple difference of singular and plural
2018-09-29 21:12
men )) look me ok men
2018-09-29 21:12
#25
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Brazil OMAIGOD 
:0
2018-09-29 20:50
#26
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Brazil fuNNa 
cya karrigan
2018-09-29 20:50
RIP
2018-09-29 20:50
then he is as good as gone
2018-09-29 20:50
expected
2018-09-29 20:50
again flashbacks. it was a fucking week ago.
2018-09-29 20:50
He meant boston
2018-09-29 21:50
Bye bye Karrigan
2018-09-29 20:50
bye karrigan... cya in 1.5 years on some t2 team
2018-09-29 20:51
wasted talent
2018-09-29 20:51
-karrigan +XANTARES top2 ez
2018-09-29 20:51
F
2018-09-29 20:51
thats sad for karrigan but ...
2018-09-29 20:51
then - fucking karrigan
2018-09-29 20:51
-karrigan +coldzera RL called it 😂
2018-09-29 20:52
#43
NiKo | 
Other HasomY 
-karrigan inc
2018-09-29 20:52
- karrigan + men who plays cs and is good at killing men in cs nice men
2018-09-29 20:54
#121
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Korea GayVeryNice 
i agree men, hopefully we'll see another men in karrings place men. karrigant isnt good for faze anymore men have a nice day men, men
2018-09-29 21:22
GODNIKO
2018-09-29 20:53
#45
ALEX | 
Sweden 444SEN 
Poor NiKo man, has a shit time in mouse carrying 4 bots, and now has to carry karrigans weight as well as take over the reigns of igling, what a sick joke.
2018-09-29 20:53
I agree with you, prokda
2018-09-29 21:51
are they really gonna put their best player to igl role ? are you kidding me with that shit
2018-09-29 20:53
#67
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Finland Madd!z 
I would guess that no one else in that team can IGL. I can't remember olof, rain or guardian being the igl ever in any team.
2018-09-29 20:57
even if niko gonna igl then they dont neek karrigan,maybe LANTARES ? OOF that would be sick
2018-09-29 21:45
#179
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Finland Madd!z 
He needs to improve his english before he can get to international teams
2018-09-29 21:55
#49
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United States CallMeTaco 
I wouldn't be surprised if Niko's ego is a factor in why they can't perform, he always just seems like a person who is full of himself.
2018-09-29 20:53
Possible. Heck even probable. But there was a clear boost in the teams performance when niKo took over at the major. Have to see what happens, but Kerrigan always was pretty underwhelming for an igl. I think there are better options to come in and igl than NiKo.
2018-09-29 21:30
It looks like it. In the recent video i've watched both karrigan and Niko were pointing at each other as the ones being a bitch(yeah, it was the exact question in video) in the team complaining about everything.While other players had different opinions. As everyone can see Niko gets tilted easily and someone who tilts isn't really fit for being a igl.Then again, karrigan is the god of choking .So no idea how's that gonna work out for the team. Kinda wish they had kept Xizt instead of karrigan. That guy is dogshit in terms of fragging but he's composed and decisive unlike karrigan who panicks when things don't go his way. They might become a good team with Niko as the igl. But i hardly see them becoming the best team.
2018-09-29 22:19
#53
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Netherlands @Deji 
-karrigan incoming
2018-09-29 20:54
NiKo is such a amazing guy. I freaking love him in-game! He has amazing personality and is a real beast himself ingame. He will lead this team to top 3 for sure :)
2018-09-29 20:54
but his fragging ability will not be same, if he can frag same and lead the team then i guess his from another world
2018-09-29 20:57
I am sure he will drop the performance but not as karrigan will do... Probably karrigan will become the new Xyp9x and NiKo will be the new (better) gla1ve we will have Astralis 2.0 :)
2018-09-29 20:57
#108
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
I think after they went 0-2 NiKo carried them through to the play offs. I think he has a different style of doing it to be honest. Where he utilizes the whole time of the clock and gives himself some time to focus on his individual picks and his positions. Hard to tell.
2018-09-29 21:17
dude u are thinking in black and white stop, get help KBT is good for cerebral diseases like aspergers
2018-09-29 21:52
Karrigan: Niko GO kill Niko: No. I call Niko: Niko go kill Niko: Okay
2018-09-29 20:54
Ahahahahaha
2018-09-29 21:03
lol
2018-09-29 21:07
lmao
2018-09-29 21:12
XDDDD
2018-09-29 21:25
hahaha
2018-09-29 21:49
LOLED ROFLED
2018-10-01 00:18
so he need to step up now i guess
2018-09-29 20:55
-Karrigan +Krimz And if Guardian retires then +JW
2018-09-29 20:55
after major
2018-09-29 21:53
KICK THIS BOT
2018-09-29 20:55
#60
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Spain xHipeRzZ14 
-karrigan +MSL
2018-09-29 20:56
-karriBOT +PlesseN
2018-09-29 20:56
#64
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
-karrigan +s1mple
2018-09-29 20:56
#66
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Finland toimistabil 
-niko +hunden
2018-09-29 20:57
-karrigan +krimz
2018-09-29 20:58
#71
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United States cataclysm 
Big yikes from me. This team is gonna fall apart in the coming months. Also, seems highly likely they will kick Karrigan when his contract runs out.
2018-09-29 20:59
if faze buys out golden then i believe faze has a good chance of getting their shit together
2018-09-29 21:07
3/8
2018-09-29 21:58
you never know these days.
2018-09-29 21:59
Look cloud9
2018-09-29 21:59
c9 degraded to clown9 even before golden remember when they lost to teamone on LAN at wesg?
2018-09-29 22:00
Yea but I mean they aren't showing any results. Didnt they lost to VP now?
2018-09-29 22:03
i mean, i like golden because he took a shitty looking fnatic and made them a solid tier2 team with lekro jw flusha and krimz, although it took a very long time. c9 looks dead right now, and skadoodle is ready to retire at any given time. golden can’t bring the dead back to life, i think fnatic was actually doable but c9 is like a fish that has been out of water for 9 weeks, fnatic for like 1 hour
2018-09-29 22:11
so faze will legit be playing 4v5 most matches. karrigan is a useless appendage IGL is the only thing he's good for. except for the 1/10 games where he goes off.. stupid
2018-09-29 21:01
karrigan is a good player. I could imagine that he is feeling released so i think that will effect him to perform better, because now he hasnt got so much pressure as he had while in gamne leading
2018-09-29 21:01
We will see how that works out I guess.
2018-09-29 21:03
XANTARES OR SCREAM?
2018-09-29 21:04
Reply needs to have actual content
2018-09-29 21:48
karrigan not IGL?? karrigan nob assulter = benched
2018-09-29 21:05
so what is he there for now lmao shit player
2018-09-29 21:06
ok hear me out this might be insane but what if MSL actually works out?
2018-09-29 21:06
#85
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Germany grabke 
lol Niko tried the same shit in Mouz won't work as well in FAZE.
2018-09-29 21:06
+1
2018-09-29 21:08
Wtf you talking about? It did work, after 0-2 in major Niko started to calling and they went 3-2 and 16-12, 16-14 vs Astralis.
2018-09-29 21:24
This is not gonna be the same case... stop it blyat
2018-09-29 21:26
spidii denis nex were poop
2018-10-01 00:20
#86
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United States MATT_HARDY 
TOXIC AS FUCK
2018-09-29 21:06
#87
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Ukraine ksay 
this team is dead gg
2018-09-29 21:07
atleast they dont throw for the skins
2018-09-29 21:49
#173
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Ukraine ksay 
they should thats the only way they can win some cash
2018-09-29 21:53
they have enough cash trust me ;) they are probably the richest pro players on the scene
2018-09-29 21:55
#185
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Ukraine ksay 
win some cash win
2018-09-29 21:58
#90
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Netherlands itsm 
He will soon follow his asian superchin prodigy bnTet by being IGL and dropping heaviliy in statistic
2018-09-29 21:08
Okay so why is he still in this roster? He is not playing good tbh, and his main role was igl and now he is not even that.
2018-09-29 21:08
#94
LUCAS1 | 
Portugal Jaamby 
-karrigan +jimbi
2018-09-29 21:09
-karrigan +s1mple plx
2018-09-29 21:11
-karrigan +chrisJ POGCHAMP
2018-09-29 21:12
ok lol
2018-09-29 21:13
if he won't be igl then for sure it's -karrigan + who?
2018-09-29 21:15
#103
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Thailand hahahoha 
its time -karrigan +zywoo
2018-09-29 21:15
FaZe ScreaM
2018-09-29 21:16
Faze scream?
2018-09-29 21:18
-karrigan +hobbit ofc
2018-09-29 21:18
-karrigan +xan "bottom fragger vs tier 1" tares
2018-09-29 21:18
Kick him already then.
2018-09-29 21:19
This move almost never fucking works, why are they doing this?
2018-09-29 21:20
+XANTARES
2018-09-29 21:21
I doubt this is gonna work. Players tend to think that being IGL is relatively easy. And then they come to a point when team is stuck and they don't know what to do.
2018-09-29 21:21
worked good enough with Chris in mouz, and NiKo has done it before, i think this can work
2018-09-29 21:23
#120
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
one of the ebst IGL's in this game, just 3 bad months he will come back and win another major in the future as a IGL
2018-09-29 21:22
#220
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North America 1aurora 
who, niko or karrigan
2018-09-29 22:30
- karrigan + byali or + krimz or + kjaerbye so many good options to choose from
2018-09-29 21:25
#138
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
they need fire power cuz niko will drop his ratings with callings but they also need someone who can replace karrigan at supporting so byali is a good option
2018-09-29 21:36
-karrigan -robban (I cant understand why they play without coach)
2018-09-29 21:34
#141
shox | 
India iejesus 
Lmao Then whats the Point in keeping Karrigan Kick that ass Up
2018-09-29 21:37
Rain playing bad IS one or their biggest problème
2018-09-29 21:44
#150
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Europe IaNoSky 
its time to faze
2018-09-29 21:44
-bot karrygay
2018-09-29 21:46
but he'll remain in the team? braindead
2018-09-29 21:49
-karrigan +KRIMZ Top 1
2018-09-29 21:50
#163
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Denmark Jonasnhj 
-Karrigan +MSL Best roster move for them ATM
2018-09-29 21:50
#170
ZywOo | 
Europe fasih1 
karrigan is the biggest problem in Faze, he needs to leave man
2018-09-29 21:52
#174
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Sweden Dguyg 
RIP FaZe Karrigan :(
2018-09-29 21:54
#175
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Kazakhstan andyreed 
Faze Hobbit, let's go!
2018-09-29 21:54
#181
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Denmark aCggg 
just kick him, hes useless bot
2018-09-29 21:56
FaZe is bad so they solution make niko igl results = worse brainded jumped
2018-09-29 22:00
that's a weird way to say ''we give up''
2018-09-29 22:01
If karrygan is kicked and NiKo keeps calling, Styko would be a good option. (Chill with comments, try to understand the point) Faze has niko(superstar), olof(star), guardian(star), rain(star/fragger idk). Adding too many stars/fraggers could be bad. Why not add a true support. I mean karrigan will be a support player but maybe still could be a better option idk
2018-09-29 22:02
wtf star is not role NiKo IGL Olof lurker Rain entry/anchor Guardian AWP Karrigan ??? I suppose support/anchor
2018-09-29 22:05
I mean you understood the point didn't you? Obviously still isn't a star but everyone wants Faze to put a star there, like more firepower u know?
2018-09-29 22:07
+k0nfig Rain support, k0nfig entry EZ
2018-09-29 22:04
#211
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Brazil D1scharg4 
+MSL -KARRIGAN
2018-09-29 22:07
#213
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El Salvador Sp1x 
If Karrigan isn't the IGL then why is he even there.
2018-09-29 22:10
- Karrigan + Styko
2018-09-29 22:12
#217
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Chile nachooww 
finally
2018-09-29 22:14
-Karrigan +MSL
2018-09-29 22:15
NiKo is not sure “how to find themselves again”. How about start to play as a team instead of 5 players playing FPL together. Don’t mind NiKo calling but I doubt the problem with FaZe is IGL-related. The team is incapable of playing as a team then strats are just useless.
2018-09-29 22:34
#223
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Russia supostatekx 
Finally good news. So here it would be: 1. NiKo - IGL & top aimer 2. Guardian - awp 3. Rain - entry, rifler 4. Olofmeister - lurker, enty, rifler, second awp, etc (multirole actually, read guardians interview) 5. Karrigan - support, nades, kill change. That is a decent set up, do not ruin it. If you -karrigan and take some aimer, for example krimz or ropz, you will have to give support role to Olof (and loose best multirole player) or rain. So it would be rain, but rains doesn’t likes this, so it would be not comfortable to play this role, his stats will fall and he will be kicked. So you can swap karrigan only to another support player. But what English speaking player would be so much better to worth the effort? There is no one available at the moment. But what really needs to be done is retirement of the good-father-and-bad-coach-robban and hire some top tier professional to help NiKo manage the situation. And faze would finally win the fucking major.
2018-09-29 22:37
KRIMZ is support so...
2018-10-01 13:29
#398
rain | 
Norway TritoNOF 
Get K1o back
2018-10-03 19:50
#398
rain | 
Norway TritoNOF 
Get K1o back
2018-10-03 19:50
#227
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Vietnam rollofocker 
come on faze get your shit together!!! otherwise at least get a 3 man core with great chemistery and grind the practice!!! like good old days just practice without enemies and get a good coach for god sakes.
2018-09-29 22:49
Get sean in
2018-09-29 22:52
-robbaN +seang@res -karrigan +KRIMZ
2018-10-01 13:28
they gon pull a golden on him
2018-09-29 23:03
#233
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
-karrigan +imoRR KappaHD
2018-09-29 23:06
#235
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Europe lerajie 
- Karrigan + cromen
2018-09-29 23:07
#322
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Taiwan Barton0536 
+1
2018-09-30 14:36
Krimz is coming in soon. Krimz Olof NiKo Rain Guardian
2018-09-29 23:26
Just stop changing! Thats all they need!
2018-09-29 23:30
#251
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Germany NiceC 
LUL Tiltboy3000 as an IGL
2018-09-29 23:41
Everyone will think its a necessity for karrigan to be cut, but I disagree He's really not a bad player. He's a good clutcher, a smart supportive player, and at the very least can be the bait for strats. Hopefully having his mind free will elevate his game When this team was made, everyone said they were lacking a supportive element. Well here it is Now while it is true NiKos game might suffer, I don't think it will be significant. Faze has never been a team to rely on their strats, and are the epitome of loose style counterstrike. With the support of analytical minds like robban and karrigan, NiKo will be doing minimal calling and will keep the same roles And everyone always called faze the team of star players. Everyone complained there wasn't enough space for the skill on the team. Now NiKo takes a step back and suddenly people think the team will lack firepower? Ridiculous Its clear this is a team decision, and I respect how selfless Niko is being. However, if he thinks he can do this the same as mousesports and have four little bitches, then this will fall apart straight away. But I think that he has really matured as a player and is capable of doing this While this might not be the ideal team structure, it certainly is not the death of them, and with time they can still compete to be the best in the world As an aside, robban has been thinking about taking a step away from counterstrike. If he is replaced, then faze has a lot of options for the direction of the team if this doesn't work
2018-09-29 23:56
he's good but he whiffs and chokes a lot. his aim adjustment is pretty bad, like if he's slightly off with his first bullet he often misses the whole burst or spray. compared to say dupreeh or olof who have insane micro adjustments and aim control. smart player though, will be interesting to see if he improves when not calling
2018-09-30 00:19
#256
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Israel Roeezz 
Wow, I mean this guy is amazing... His attitude for the game is so great, and saying things like "it's unlikely a change would be made" is so good for his team to hear. I believe making him IGL could be the right move in this case, but it baffles me as to what role Karrigan will take. They might finally get a supportive element in the time, sort of a Xyp9x type, and he does have some fragging skills.
2018-09-29 23:54
Q- Here, karrigan was calling again, right? Did you feel like you were falling back into some bad habits? A- Yeah, that's one of the reasons we started playing poorly. OOF Karrigone in 3....2.....1
2018-09-30 00:29
#269
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Estonia RaimanS2k 
-karrigan +add me, even i am better(gn4) Kappa
2018-09-30 00:35
#270
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Lithuania KingOfPing 
Its two thinks in my mind if Niko will be IGL maybe they had to change karrigan for other player, maybe another star, fragger. But in other way they have enough fire power, yes Niko will be IGL, but rain or olof can be great entry fragger instead of Niko and then they need support player that perfectly can be karrigan, hes not great fragger but really good support player also whos can be cold in clutch situations. And when karrigan will not be IGL he have more thinks to concentrate to fragging. My opinion Faze first should try this option with Niko IGL ant karrigan as support player, if that dont work then watch for changes.
2018-09-30 00:36
#274
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Brazil Danxd22 
If he is not gonna be the IGL anymore... then he is useless now. I'm sorry to say that.
2018-09-30 01:08
#284
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Brazil Collee 
Don't apologize for saying the truth m8
2018-09-30 01:33
+1
2018-09-30 01:35
He is gonna be the IGL... of Optic.
2018-09-30 05:17
-karrigan +flusha
2018-09-30 01:08
No. -karrigan +ScreaM
2018-09-30 01:25
No. -karrigan +flusha
2018-09-30 01:26
#295
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Brazil SecondKS 
No. -karrigan +ScreaM
2018-09-30 03:38
No. -karrigan +flusha
2018-09-30 04:33
#397
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Brazil SecondKS 
No. -karrigan +ScreaM
2018-10-03 19:38
#276
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Hungary Griffisz 
Karrigan: Niko GO kill Niko: No. I call Niko: Niko go kill Niko: Okay
2018-09-30 01:16
Good news for FaZe Clan
2018-09-30 01:25
#283
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Brazil Collee 
So kick him
2018-09-30 01:32
Love the interview. He still respect his teammate. And he pointed out rain perfomance. Yes it is another reason they getting downward. Hope rain can catch his old perfomance. After all this cs scene still needed faze to make it more interesting. Or it will be boring to see only top 3 dominating getting all the semi/finals.
2018-09-30 03:03
#369
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Brazil SecondKS 
yess... +1
2018-10-02 03:05
#293
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Australia t0rrent 
This is why astralis 2 majors, faze 0
2018-09-30 03:05
#294
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Brazil SecondKS 
Faze MSL? Faze Scream? Faze NBK? Faze byali? Faze kio? Faze ANGE1?
2018-09-30 03:37
#319
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Turkey darknight53 
Faze hardstyle
2018-09-30 12:54
#368
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Brazil SecondKS 
+1 hahaha
2018-10-02 03:00
Rip Karrigan
2018-09-30 03:40
#297
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China haskell_cg 
double igl after double awper, looking great ^O^
2018-09-30 03:50
#298
NiKo | 
Europe DRM7MD 
Faze Krimz or Faze XANTARES
2018-09-30 04:06
Krimz tilts to much , wouldn't be a good idea to have him and NiKo in the same team. As for Xantares , I'm feeling thank you. The guy can't speak english for shit.
2018-09-30 11:57
#317
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Turkey darknight53 
Actually he can , did you watch his streams ? Yes he is not good but he can learn when he can go different team .
2018-09-30 12:53
He can talk but he would stutter like crazy when having to call under pressure. Which would lead to bad communication and bad calls...
2018-09-30 12:58
Goodbye, Karrigan. Hello, Coldzera.
2018-09-30 04:27
not happening
2018-09-30 09:36
#304
s1mple | 
Germany DJaizz 
-karrigan +s1mple
2018-09-30 09:06
karrigan 100% kicked from the team then
2018-09-30 09:36
-karrigan +csr
2018-09-30 09:49
NiKoClan
2018-09-30 12:27
Reminds me of when coldzera said he was going to igl, probably going to last 2 events then karrigan will take over again...
2018-09-30 12:28
There is a roster change coming. Are we supposed to believe that "the mood got bad" because they lost a couple of rounds in the beginning of a match? Is Niko kidding? EVERY team loses some rounds or a map ALL the fucking time, that just happens in CS. The mood is bad because Kerrigan knows that he is on his way out. He is a huge primadonna and acted in a similar way back before and when he got kicked from Astralis.
2018-09-30 12:32
Karrigan >> Mousesports Snax >> Faze (IGL) not gonna happen but i think it would work.
2018-09-30 14:48
snax? no thanks.
2018-10-01 13:06
#324
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United Kingdom trtr098 
Do people actually believe North kicked MSL? He is going to join FaZe
2018-09-30 15:14
then -karrigan and get someone who can frag, krimz maybe
2018-09-30 19:55
Niko was actually insane when calling for mouz, some players are vest when they call, like fallen
2018-09-30 20:56
- karrigan + coldzera
2018-10-01 00:23
#370
 | 
Brazil millerjmatos 
+1
2018-10-02 03:06
#360
rain | 
Norway TritoNOF 
- Karrigan +NBK / K1o
2018-10-01 12:27
cant believe people still believe in Niko. He's a high level choker, barely won any tournaments because he always underperforms when its winning time, and now he's slowly showing Karrigan out the door. Next up will be rain or Guardian, but ofcourse never Niko himself. He is the king of online games and group stage.
2018-10-01 13:35
MVP ESL BH. rain is like his duo so won't get kicked. GuardiaN lulz, he is guardian, he has the say out there, both him and olof will never get kicked, they are the legends of teh team.
2018-10-03 19:53
i heard krimz was offered a position on faze and he's considering! this is awesome! krimz and olof reuniting again! twitter confirmed!
2018-10-05 01:00
bad igl
2018-10-26 03:36
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