GuardiaN: "NiKo is the IGL and we have to believe in him"

FaZe AWPer Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács has confirmed that Nikola "NiKo" Kovač remains the in-game leader despite the recent addition of Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev to the line-up.

The 28-year-old joined FaZe in a stand-in capacity at the start of the year, replacing Finn "karrigan" Andersen, who had been moved to the bench following the team's frustrating second half of 2018.

NiKo is still the in-game leader, at least for the time being

The Kazakh veteran has in-game leader experience from his time with Gambit, but GuardiaN confirmed that NiKo is still calling the shots, adding that the Bosnian can "learn a lot" from working under the team's new coach, Janko "YNk" Paunović.

"The future will show what will happen, if we keep AdreN or bring in some other in-game leader," GuardiaN said in a conference call with members of the media.

"At the moment, NiKo is the in-game leader and we have to believe in him."

The Slovakian AWPer also shed some light on the changes introduced by YNk, who is in his second coaching stint after previously guiding MIBR.

YNk had admitted that some of his ideas had been met with resistance by MIBR's players during his four-month stint with the team. FaZe, for their part, seem to be enjoying the changes and believe that they were long overdue.

"I would say that the most important thing is that he has brought discipline, made us stick to a schedule and changed the way we practice," GuardiaN noted.

"He brought something that we had needed for a long time. I think the discipline is the biggest part of it."

FaZe will attend the ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational looking to bounce back after crashing out of iBUYPOWER Masters in the group stage following two best-of-one defeats to Ghost.

Håvard "rain" Nygaard admitted that the issues that plagued the tournament, which included hours of technical delays on the first day and an evacuation of the venue due to security reasons, took their toll on the team, and vowed that his side will give a much better account of themselves in future tournaments.

"Frustration got to us after the first day," the Norwegian said. "Even though the circumstances were the same for both teams, it was a little bit too much.

"I know that how we played at iBUYPOWER Masters is not how we are going to play at future tournaments."

Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1172
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1543
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1446
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
#1
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South America IFK 
wow
2019-01-24 21:00
#3
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Canada YankeeM 
NiKo is in the same position as he was in mousesports
2019-01-24 21:01
nt vaiiance
2019-01-24 21:34
Same overrated
2019-01-24 22:10
#131
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Korea clarityyyy 
nikosports v2.0
2019-01-24 23:18
#208
frozen | 
Ukraine Dendil 
Lmfao ,Niko became bettet
2019-01-25 11:06
And he put himself in that position.
2019-01-26 00:11
#17
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Sweden Unluko 
Nice
2019-01-24 21:02
#224
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Turkey OceanIron 
it's too early to give him that responsibility. igl is related to experience. he's good, nice rifler, he's the ripper, ability, but not good enough for igl. he need exp for beeing igl.
2019-01-25 12:59
#2
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Norway stinkyfrog09 
rain top 1
2019-01-24 21:00
Flag checks out
2019-01-24 21:03
top 1 of what xaxaxaxa
2019-01-24 21:03
buffness
2019-01-24 21:19
#176
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Singapore FallBlade 
eating a cigarette
2019-01-25 06:26
#99
rain | 
Latvia RAIN_CLAN 
top 1 comment
2019-01-24 21:40
olof top 1 /close
2019-01-25 05:29
#177
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Singapore FallBlade 
forsaken top 0 /close
2019-01-25 06:26
Thanks
2019-01-25 10:48
currymeister top 1 close/
2019-01-25 12:29
#181
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Norway stinkyfrog09 
nt
2019-01-25 07:05
WHAT ??????
2019-01-24 21:00
#5
Blue | 
Sweden face_baby 
ok
2019-01-24 21:01
#6
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United States fear0w 
Ez4KoVAC
2019-01-24 21:01
#8
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Brazil BrasCubas 
A new IGL every week? Wasn't Adren supposed to be their IGL?
2019-01-24 21:01
nop
2019-01-24 21:05
definitely wasn't
2019-01-24 21:07
#60
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North America Fule 
Wrong Adren
2019-01-24 21:13
#77
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Dominican Republic Okieant33 
No. NiKo has been their IGL for months now
2019-01-24 21:25
lol, NiKo has been IGLing since september 2018
2019-01-24 21:31
#9
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Brazil DanishBias 
faze who?
2019-01-24 21:01
#10
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Singapore FallBlade 
FazeUp
2019-01-24 21:01
gl
2019-01-24 21:01
I believe
2019-01-24 21:01
I dont tho
2019-01-24 21:01
I aren't think that.
2019-01-24 21:01
#15
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
hmm
2019-01-24 21:01
for a moment i thought that the title said "NiKo is the BEST IGL..."
2019-01-24 21:02
#20
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United States Trump2020KAG 
idk....
2019-01-24 21:03
NiKo IGL FaZe #TOP1
2019-01-24 21:03
FaZeUP
2019-01-24 21:03
#23
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Panama Cyain10 
"Niko will keep making up lose"
2019-01-24 21:03
Niko best igl
2019-01-24 21:03
#25
NBK- | 
China Gnikiv 
yes u have no other choice.
2019-01-24 21:03
#29
PAGO | 
Poland Kimanerq 
xd
2019-01-24 21:04
Ghost 2 - 0 FaZe Clan
2019-01-24 21:04
S1mple 1 top1 dev2ce 0 top1
2019-01-25 14:56
S1mple 1 top1 dev2ce 0 top1
2019-01-25 14:56
then enjoy being t2
2019-01-24 21:05
Saying MIBR fan?
2019-01-25 07:07
lmao a styko fan talking about mibr
2019-01-25 17:39
Styko is from not Toxic af country
2019-01-25 18:18
At least not tier2
2019-01-28 15:50
It took you so long to respond. You were definitely creating this respond for 3 days because your english is not that good to write at hltv articles When you are from kindergarden
2019-01-28 16:53
I'm not a kid that lives in a game forum everytime because I have my life and I have to work. Someone from the butthole of the world thinks that gonna offend me saying bullshit all the time. Go do something useful, because you're not useful here :)
2019-01-29 09:49
At least my country is not toxic like yours How i said before and my country has The best AWPer in The world so...
2019-01-29 11:20
Your country doesn't have the best awper neither is a good country. You have nothing good to show.
2019-01-29 14:06
You know Peter Sagan? 3 times world cyclist champion. Or How many times did Brazil win hockey world championship? So if you know nothing About my country please stfu
2019-01-29 15:05
Lmao talking about hockey The only team which is 5 times world cup champion is Brazil. We're better than your country, so don't try to say more bullshit like you did.
2019-01-29 22:11
You said my country has nothing good to show so i proved you wrong
2019-01-30 06:20
Wtf
2019-01-24 21:05
Not the most accurate nick, but close one. Should be tier 10 lol
2019-01-29 14:07
Gambit after loosing Zeus declined so much, Faze is Next
2019-01-24 21:06
But karrigan isn't good anyways, they just have to get a good player who can help NiKo IGLing
2019-01-29 14:09
let's what it brings I hope it would be an exception from the rules, as usually in cases like this K/D gets lower and lower and lower and lover and lowel luv bruh wtf??
2019-01-24 21:07
#39
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Japan Jotaro 
Hahahahhahah Niko igl ahahahaha
2019-01-24 21:07
Steel > Niko
2019-01-24 21:07
Bye Faze no more trophy
2019-01-24 21:08
#42
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Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
sounds like 322
2019-01-24 21:07
#43
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Poland Kleigen 
wtf is wrong with you guys, NiKo is fragger, AdreN or someone else should be IGL
2019-01-24 21:07
#44
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Guardian is great but he needs to adopt the Astralis approach and get fit physically as well as mentally. Same for Rain, he always looks a bit podgy too. These guys are professionals and even if it's not an athletic sport it still requires you to play 3 hour plus games and being a fatty won't help.
2019-01-24 21:08
#107
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Vietnam rollofocker 
it's a mental game but when you're physically fit you can perform much better or feel much better. biology is not to be neglected even when you're talented at something. a normal man needs exercise to be healthy to perform better. not these crazy whey protein body builders just plain soccer can make a lot of difference. and can help with tilting.
2019-01-24 21:56
#174
2019-01-25 06:08
>zywoo >being fat makes u bad at cs
2019-01-25 06:08
#45
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Brazil GRACE1 
i just wanna say lul
2019-01-24 21:08
niko IGl and soon faze would become like mouz in 2016, he is not an IGL that carry you to the victory
2019-01-24 21:09
ok, he's retarded.
2019-01-24 21:09
#49
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
He meant NiKo is one little high headed toxic brainless douche who will never be #1
2019-01-24 21:10
Wtf. They will keep dragging themselves down with this mentality
2019-01-24 21:10
#52
nitr0 | 
Ukraine 400bpm 
gl
2019-01-24 21:10
Astralis: to the stars Niko’s Faze: to the destruction XD
2019-01-24 21:11
last pkace exit every tournament
2019-01-24 21:11
#58
Jame | 
Russia m0nteq 
The Kazakh veteran xDDD
2019-01-24 21:12
Maybe you shouldn't.
2019-01-24 21:13
LMFAOOOO
2019-01-24 21:14
SHADDAP SHADDAP
2019-01-24 21:14
Guardian its bot...
2019-01-24 21:14
what did you said me you little sh1t?
2019-01-24 21:23
you are fatguardians bitch ? :D
2019-01-24 21:25
you are fatguardians bitch ? :D
2019-01-24 21:25
you are so funny lol
2019-01-24 21:25
its not joke its true :DD or you dont think that he fat ? :DD
2019-01-24 21:26
no? just normal big guy
2019-01-24 21:28
hahaha 160kg - its very big guy ? :DD man hi is fat...
2019-01-24 21:30
He's a short and fat guy, not big and tall
2019-01-24 21:32
you dumb moron, can't even tell a joke if it's right infront of you
2019-01-25 02:46
wow wow child relax... if your mom see what you write you go to bet early ...
2019-01-25 11:02
what did you even write? you're like a special stupid aren't you. Here's the thing, you're clearly retarded. I'm not mad, there's just no nice way of saying it buddy.
2019-01-26 04:57
Nt baiter
2019-01-25 14:57
#64
GuardiaN | 
Slovakia Ajko 
Be honest i like niko, but i dont trust him much about his IGL skills ..
2019-01-24 21:15
#66
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India transformer 
Niko is the superstar of the team, FaZe clan knows about it, so the management and the entire team need to dance to his tunes. Karrigan, did bring some structure to this team, but he too faced difficulties to handle the superstar of the team, and he was atlast shunted out. Now Niko is IGL same as he was in his mousesports day, hope he remain non toxic, or else this might be the decline of the current faze team.
2019-01-24 21:16
Decline? More like DISBAND LUL
2019-01-24 21:27
#71
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World taco__ 
what? then what was the point of bringing adren?
2019-01-24 21:20
No point he was just available and need someone for the major after major adren will be sent packing and they'll pick up a permanent player.
2019-01-24 21:28
#85
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Dominican Republic Okieant33 
Because he's a better role player/fragger than karrigan. If karrigan is going to be there and not IGLing, why is he there? I still think AdreN should have went to HellRaisers and this isn't the correct pickup for FaZe but there really isn't an IGL available willing to leave their current homes. Gob B or even MSL would fit well there but gob b isn't leaving BIG and MSL I think is only a good temporary solution.
2019-01-24 21:29
To fill the roster's lock for the major
2019-01-25 00:19
Please dont kill your super star.
2019-01-24 21:26
Hello admin
2019-01-25 14:58
Hello br0
2019-01-25 21:27
#81
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Iceland caverat 
just disband
2019-01-24 21:26
Let's go faze! We believe in you NiKo <3
2019-01-24 21:31
Why would you believe in shit IGL?
2019-01-24 21:33
#94
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Brazil GICCO 
sooo... is adren staying in the team? for fuck sake no
2019-01-24 21:37
#95
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Finland Smoonah 
Niko IGL with rain still on the team lulw
2019-01-24 21:37
#96
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Finland M0nzaa 
lol just disband already :()
2019-01-24 21:38
#97
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United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
“and we have to believe him” Should be saying “and we believe in him” , Ladislav! Could be his English, or could indicate that some people aren’t happy with the decision...
2019-01-24 21:38
#115
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Indonesia segopecel 
because he knows niko is not a pure igl, thus not the best igl they can get
2019-01-24 22:13
I'm not a native speaker and I can see why it can be a little problem for you. But I would say you are thinking too much about it. He meant it in a positive note for sure. I heard many times that someone said: "we have to believe him" in a positive note and similar context.
2019-01-24 23:02
+1
2019-01-25 15:20
#98
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China teguP 
shad ap
2019-01-24 21:39
#100
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United States Nohj 
Skadoodle has more majors than niko and guardian combined
2019-01-24 21:41
And device have more than all 3 combined
2019-01-24 21:57
#116
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United States Nohj 
and jw has more than all 4 combined
2019-01-24 22:17
#158
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Denmark Duckter007 
No
2019-01-25 01:59
and Pronax has more majors than all those combined, your point?
2019-01-25 02:47
My point was to point out that his point was lame, I know mine is too though
2019-01-25 09:39
flashbacks to jonestown
2019-01-24 21:48
#110
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Denmark mersault17 
XD
2019-01-24 21:59
#105
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara 
kick Niko plz save Faze - kick Niko
2019-01-24 21:52
#111
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Vietnam rollofocker 
it's their call. it just seems like star players aren't good igl's. being tactically talented AND mechanically gifted is extremely rare. good luck ynk just know that a coach can never replace a real igl who can give good mid-round calls and be the capitan to the team. GL HF (ps: you can't buy chemistry)
2019-01-24 22:01
#free niko
2019-01-24 22:01
#118
method | 
United States f0xes` 
NiKo is the best, youngest player on the team and you want him to IGL? Where is the "leadership" and "veteran savvy" that all the other old players are supposed to bring? Roster flopped a lot harder than even I imagined, nothing will salvage this shipwreck.
2019-01-24 22:38
#120
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Japan ayayalaw 
bad for niko second mousesports LUL everybody play like idiot now on his team and he has to be igl again GG
2019-01-24 22:59
If NiKo wouldn't want to be an IGL he would say it already. I think he has a quite big influence in a team. I mean they had enough time to find someone else than AdreN. But he was free and it looks like they want to try it like this and will decide after the major how to continue.
2019-01-24 23:11
+1
2019-01-25 07:55
#121
Snax | 
United States MNSA 
>sign an igl >don't let him igl look at this org... oh no, oh no no no
2019-01-24 23:01
AdreN is not a dedicated IGL (please don't use his time in Gambit as an argument) and it was nowhere said that he is coming as an IGL to the team.
2019-01-24 23:14
then why pick adren? there so many other stars out there
2019-01-24 23:17
Because he was free agent at the moment, he is experienced, and no one else is willing to leave his team or let his player leave a team before a major. The negotiations are not so easy at all and NiKo said that FaZe don't want to spend too much money now until it's necessary. So as a temporary replacement is AdreN okay. Also, #85 comment has some good arguments.
2019-01-24 23:28
who said Adren was IGL? LOL they only pick him for roster lock, they will probably try to get better players after major that must be hard to figure out for a 3IQ brain
2019-01-25 02:49
+1 also free agent, the best player with free agent out there
2019-01-25 11:01
#123
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Norway AtomicXD 
oh yeah yeah
2019-01-24 23:02
if Niko is the iGL why the fack did they picked AdreN ffs .. wow
2019-01-24 23:08
free agent
2019-01-25 11:01
lol
2019-01-24 23:17
remember mouz?
2019-01-24 23:35
#138
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
Instead of belief they should improve themself.
2019-01-24 23:36
#141
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United States eu4ia_ 
From nikosports to nikoclan. Someone save this man!
2019-01-24 23:51
#142
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Finland ginbay 
:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2019-01-24 23:52
#147
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Finland f0pZ 
good talent wasted, just hire an proper IGL so niko can frag..
2019-01-25 00:15
belive in him gg disband LUL axaxaxaxa
2019-01-25 00:38
so what GuardiaN actually means is that Niko sucks at being IGL but GuardiaN has no choice but to follow Niko's instructions?
2019-01-25 02:32
Rip Faze
2019-01-25 05:09
+1
2019-01-25 05:35
#183
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
N1v9Ko
2019-01-25 07:22
No chance my friend
2019-01-25 08:12
#191
Romania jDT 
if Niko is IGL why they brought Adren? to be support for him at calls? they need a good IGL, they are missing aggresive style ( as olof played in fnatic era). They are making one big mistake: focusing too much on niko style and they forgot that they have olof also...they let him in shadow and now his style is very average and he became ordinary...sad
2019-01-25 08:22
NiKo plays aggro CS. But i agree with olof stuff; at least they are using him as secondary awper
2019-01-25 11:00
#194
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Turkey Slapdash 
With discipline, everything will work out
2019-01-25 09:31
using NiKo as IGL is like using a race horse to a journey in the desert: It might work, but you would be better off with a camel & the horse would perform better on the track.
2019-01-25 10:06
Wait... if AdreN is not IGL, why the fuck they invited him? There are so many good players than AdreN, the F... :DD
2019-01-25 10:08
free agent
2019-01-25 10:59
so you will kill niko's skills
2019-01-25 11:17
#210
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Denmark EyesWallow 
That headline makes it sound like Guardian doesnt believe in him
2019-01-25 11:20
+10000
2019-01-25 12:49
ez for Nikosports
2019-01-25 12:48
ez
2019-01-25 15:53
nt
2019-01-25 18:34
Sounds like a cry for help.
2019-01-25 18:51
YNK superman as in mibr???😂😂 stats said enough hahahahha
2019-01-25 22:34
Nik0_Major igl losing to Cloud9 loool
2019-01-26 09:45
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