The Kazakh veteran, who had been without a team since being released by Gambit, has penned a short-term contract that will see him play for the team until the end of the IEM Katowice Major, kicking off February 13.
This will be the first challenge in AdreN's career in a team outside the CIS region. The 28-year-old, who first made waves in the Counter-Strike scene when he led k23 to a runner-up finish at WCG 2005, played for teams like Virtus.pro, Astana Dragons and HellRaisers before joining Gambit, whom he would guide to success at PGL Major Krakow.
YNk will be taking over from Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström, who stepped down as FaZe coach on Saturday after nearly three years with the team. This will be the second coaching stint for the Serbian, who guided MIBR between August and December, during which the team won the ZOTAC Cup Masters and reached the final of two Big Events, BLAST Pro Series Istanbul and the ECS Season 6 Finals.
The new FaZe roster will make their first appearance at iBUYPOWER Masters, which will be held on January 19-20 in Los Angeles. Having finished in the top eight at the FACEIT Major, the team will skip IEM Katowice's New Challengers Stage, only getting in on the action in the New Legends Stage, which will run from February 21-24.
With these changes, FaZe now have:
Janko "YNk" Paunović (coach)
OFFICIAL: @AdreNcs will stand-in as FaZe CS:GO's 5th player through the Major, & @YNk has signed on to coach the team ✍️— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) January 6, 2019
Our first games with the new-look lineup will take place at the iBUYPOWER Masters in Los Angeles, California from January 19th-20th.
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