NiKo: "YNk is staying 100% and AdreN is also staying for some more time"

We spoke to Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač on the second day of playoffs at IEM Katowice, discussing FaZe's elimination to Natus Vincere in the quarter-finals and the future of Janko "⁠YNk⁠" Paunović and Dauren "⁠AdreN⁠" Kystaubayev with the team.

FaZe's journey at the IEM Katowice Major ended in quarter-finals, with Natus Vincere coming back from a 5-10 deficit on the Terrorist side of Inferno before dismantling the European side on Mirage.

NiKo commented on FaZe's elimination at the hands of Na`Vi

We sat down with NiKo on the second day of playoffs to get his thoughts on FaZe's struggles in their last match of the Major and find out what the future of the team's two newest additions, YNk and AdreN, is.

Let's first reflect on the Na`Vi match and the fashion that you lost in on Inferno, where they pulled off a comeback on the T side - what went wrong for you there?

When we went to CT, the pistol meant a lot for us since we lost it to flamie making another ace, which was remarkable for him. For us, we had a 10-5 half, we lost the pistol round and the first gunround, that's already 10-9. We won two rounds, but they basically just won the crucial rounds on our CT half and that's why they won the match, we always made some small mistakes when it mattered the most and that's why we failed to complete the map in the second half. The biggest issue why that happened is because we just played too safe, I would say, we just thought we were going to win by playing default, we didn't really try to adapt too much to them and that's what we messed up, that's why we lost Inferno.

On Mirage, they just kept rolling, especially after the eco we lost when s1mple went up A alone and killed rain, that eco just completely took our momentum away. They played great, we could never find ourselves on Mirage, so we just played badly on the second map.

We heard rumblings of FaZe looking great in practice, why do you think you weren't able to translate that at the Major?

Yeah, we got really surprised by the way we played at this event, we expected us to play way, way better. We felt really confident, we had never felt this confident in the lineup that we have right now. Going into this Major, we really thought that we can win this whole thing, especially after the group stage and that first half against Na`Vi, we thought 'okay, we found our game, we clicked, that's it, they can't stop us anymore, we are playing amazing CS.' And then somehow we just went bad... It has happened a few times to us, for example in Chicago to Liquid, we played really well, we wrecked them on the first map and then we just lost 16-2, 16-3 in the next two maps. I don't know if we just get too relaxed after we start winning or whatever, but we seem to struggle once we get a really big lead and we can't keep up what we were doing while it was working. That was our biggest issue and as you said, we had been practicing really well, we had had good results, and I don't know why it couldn't just transition at the Major itself. I'm not a magician, I cannot say why that happened (laughs).

YNk will stay with FaZe

We knew from the start that AdreN might not become a permanent player and in one of your interviews on stream you also said that YNk is on some sort of a trial period - can you clarify that and say what the future of the two looks like with FaZe?

Yeah, Janko will be staying 100% for now. He was kind of on a trial from his side, as well, and from our side, we didn't know if we were going to click together and how we were going to work. But after this event, Janko is going to be staying 100% and AdreN is also going to be staying for some more time. We don't know how the future exactly looks like, but we're going to be keeping AdreN for now, for upcoming events.

You have some time to reflect on this result - was there anything in particular that you have discussed that you need to keep an extra eye on in your playstyle for the next few weeks?

When we go back home, we are just going to try to practice the same way that we did for the Major because it really felt great, it felt super productive, everyone was feeling good in the team, so we're going to try to keep that up. Obviously, I'm just going to keep improving as the in-game leader. This was a really good experience for me, I think I changed a lot, between the way I called now and how I called before when I first took the role. The only thing we will keep focusing on is to try to expand our map pool even more, now we played all seven maps - which wasn't maybe the best idea, but we felt really good on all seven maps, and we felt we won many matches just because of the veto, we did it really well. Especially against Na`Vi, I think we did an amazing job in vetoing, against Cloud9 as well, and that's just because we played all seven maps. We're going to keep up with that, try to keep every map as good as the others and just work on our teamplay, try to be more consistent. We showed many highs and lows at this event, so we just have to find a more consistent way to stay at the top of our game.

Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
108
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1011
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1264
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
#1
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Denmark BRCSLUL
That means Niko is getting kicked? For a decent IGL? AdreN played decent but Faze with Niko as IGL is going nowhere. Great fragger, trash igl AdreN IGL thank god and allah
2019-03-01 19:19
27 replies
read?
2019-03-01 19:10
5 replies
#17
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Denmark BRCSLUL
mad cuz not 1st?
2019-03-01 19:11
4 replies
AdreN best player on the team
2019-03-01 19:19
2 replies
what can we say? some teams like the pain and we cant do anything about that.
2019-03-01 19:24
1 reply
You talk like your opinion matter to them, but its not.
2019-03-02 05:46
mad cuz bad
2019-03-02 00:43
could be olof tbh
2019-03-01 19:11
1 reply
#91
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Pakistan Dano2419
+1
2019-03-01 19:53
+1
2019-03-01 19:12
most likely adren will be kicked
2019-03-01 19:13
AdreN should IGL hltv.org/forums/threads/1991697/igl-adre.. Serbian CS is tier-3 and being IGL and coach wtf wrong
2019-03-01 19:16
#41
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Poland Unluko
Read
2019-03-01 19:16
truely, bad decision kick karrigan
2019-03-01 19:21
4 replies
no, karrigan was the problem NiKo just isnt the solution
2019-03-01 19:29
3 replies
Best answer! NiKo is a great player, but his IGLing skills are far from enough for them
2019-03-01 20:01
2 replies
his igl skills are far from anything, its completely trash, he should even consider playing without igl cuz there would be better results i guess
2019-03-01 20:19
1 reply
They need an IGL, but for me the only good players now are guardian and niko
2019-03-01 23:17
and ? GOD = ALLAH
2019-03-01 19:22
4 replies
#84
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North America codered433
God =allu
2019-03-01 19:45
1 reply
allu=allah?
2019-03-01 20:14
Nope, allah is the pagan crescent moon god from pre Islamic arabia, remember allah is supposedly "greater" than the God of Judaism/Christians
2019-03-02 13:14
1 reply
Allah er bare det arabiske navnet på Gud. De tilber samme gud som kristne.
2019-03-02 15:25
I won't support ynk until he kicks niko in the nuts and finds a good igl Otherwise nikos young and promising career will be cut short and he'll end up like shox and snax
2019-03-01 19:26
Olof might start being the igl
2019-03-01 21:37
Can FaZe pls get actual IGL so they have better strats and so NiKo can focus on fragging
2019-03-02 00:00
2 replies
-adren +chrisJ Only suitable option Also if they want to kick olof/rain, +styko or +valde
2019-03-02 08:31
1 reply
Styko? Ahaha, nice joke
2019-03-02 10:16
#2
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Brazil Euires
Easy4ynk, the worst coach
2019-03-01 19:11
3 replies
Better than peacemaker
2019-03-01 19:32
2 replies
#118
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Other UknowY
No, ynk doesn't even make peace.
2019-03-01 21:25
1 reply
6/10 I giggled.
2019-03-02 14:04
oops
2019-03-01 19:10
#4
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India L1nu5
Ok!
2019-03-01 19:10
0/8
2019-03-01 19:10
Lul
2019-03-01 19:10
#7
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Russia Navixddavi
Ez for God AdreN
2019-03-01 19:10
1 reply
true
2019-03-01 21:12
Sigh.. Why do FaZe just not do -AdreN +A real IGL instead of wasting NiKo? lol. Well, GL being #10-#15 soon then FaZe. -AdreN +ChrisJ would be a really good upgrade since FaZe would get a real IGL. AdreN -> CIS team etc, idk.
2019-03-01 19:12
24 replies
#60
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Czech Republic PlaSSma
-Edward + AdreN and -AdreN +ChrisJ
2019-03-01 19:27
8 replies
Yeah
2019-03-01 19:27
#74
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Russia xEsKee
+1
2019-03-01 19:32
That is the best option by miles
2019-03-01 19:36
Skip the middleman and do -edward +chrisj
2019-03-01 20:20
3 replies
Why do Navi need chrisj?
2019-03-02 03:20
1 reply
#151
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Czech Republic PlaSSma
hah
2019-03-02 10:02
u don't see diffeence between Kazakh in Na'vi and Dutch in Na'vi?
2019-03-02 11:21
-1
2019-03-02 10:17
It would be a great trade but ChrisJ won't play with Niko
2019-03-01 19:29
11 replies
why
2019-03-01 19:29
Well...FaZe needs a new IGL. & by the looks of it Karrigan will be announced by Mouz in a day or two: twitter.com/karriganCSGO/status/11014781.. Ofc it could be Envy (Waste his career) or maybe North, lol.
2019-03-01 19:30
9 replies
OpTic?
2019-03-01 20:20
1 reply
Well maybe. But tbh he should join his old team aka Mouz with Valde (Someones gotta rescue him lol)
2019-03-01 20:21
Fuuuuuck no! At least I hope. He should go to Envy and be happy about it.
2019-03-02 01:48
6 replies
" He should go to Envy and be happy about it." ??? Happy? I would be depressed lol
2019-03-02 02:05
5 replies
Because he is a dogshit.
2019-03-02 14:21
4 replies
No? lol
2019-03-02 15:24
3 replies
Yes? lol
2019-03-02 15:52
2 replies
#172 He will 99% go to Mouz.
2019-03-02 15:53
1 reply
#175 Hope not coz he is a dogshit
2019-03-02 16:20
Even NiKo is better IGL than ChrisJ
2019-03-02 09:11
1 reply
Nice joke.
2019-03-02 10:47
I think adren performed better than olof, so -olof +real igl; +olof for nip -bot dennis
2019-03-02 09:26
+1
2019-03-01 19:10
niko is going
2019-03-01 19:11
what a shit coach
2019-03-01 19:11
#13
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Brazil ^7|1
gg
2019-03-01 19:11
#14
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Macedonia trashbait
guess adren stays till summer time then
2019-03-01 19:11
OMEGALUL
2019-03-01 19:11
wait.. what ??!! they need an actual good IGL, like chrisJ...
2019-03-01 19:11
MORE COACH QUOTES
2019-03-01 19:11
#19
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Poland Astoner55
ffs just add an IGL
2019-03-01 19:11
Cool
2019-03-01 19:11
ok
2019-03-01 19:11
oof
2019-03-01 19:12
o boy
2019-03-01 19:12
Lmao Niko is officially a retard
2019-03-01 19:12
trying to destroy the team I guess 😂😂😂👌👌👌
2019-03-01 19:12
imagine niko on t1 team in 2019 lmao
2019-03-01 19:12
1 reply
#2 2017, #3 2018 yes dud
2019-03-01 19:13
NiKo igl = rip career
2019-03-01 19:12
#30
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Poland KasPro
good a change won't do them any good
2019-03-01 19:12
1 reply
+1
2019-03-01 19:35
GODreN
2019-03-01 19:12
It's ironic. Rain is going to get kicked when he starts playing well as opposed to all of 2018 when it was justified to kick him.
2019-03-01 19:12
1 reply
#116
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United States ItsImpact
But they aren’t kicking rain
2019-03-01 20:32
#33
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France StickyRice
That's why FaZe will never win a Major, until maybe a hero helps them (s1mple or ZywOo in 2020 with more experience) : they think they can win the whole thing while they definitely could have lost to Clown9 with Zellsis
2019-03-01 19:13
3 replies
#76
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Germany rema1
good solution! a plastic team which buys starplayers from everywhere should buy even more of them. they need an IGL.
2019-03-01 19:34
2 replies
Buys star players aka didn't buy anyone since 2017
2019-03-02 09:12
1 reply
#171
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Germany rema1
they bought niko bought guardian bought olof from topteams. soon they will buy another one. its so funny that despite these investments they can't win a major
2019-03-02 15:00
Fuck me this team just wants to suffer. ChrisJ just sitting there on the free market smh
2019-03-01 19:13
4 replies
chrisJ is trash
2019-03-01 19:18
1 reply
+1 lol NiKo > ChrisJ in everything expect AWP maybe
2019-03-02 09:13
#70
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Russia RIMJOBOB
why faze would want another overrated old washed up player to the roster?
2019-03-01 19:30
1 reply
They need literally any other IGL than NiKo.
2019-03-02 14:05
#37
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Macau s1v9mple
Adding more star players won't do much until FaZe stop letting egoistic choko IGL
2019-03-01 19:14
Nooooo, God, please, no, no. Nooooooo Please stop being retardads and pick ChrisJ at once
2019-03-01 19:15
Maybe rest of the team should kick niko and bring back karrigan? hmmm
2019-03-01 19:16
-ADREN +CHRISJ HURRY UP MOTHERFUCKERS OR ELSE THIS TEAM IS GONNA DISBAND SOON
2019-03-01 19:17
#43
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Brazil bigjohnson
IGLing is not for everyone... It could ruin Niko's skill, the seized effect RIP
2019-03-01 19:17
1 reply
#54
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Myanmar xdcc
a bit different considering seized becamse IGL only out of necessity (plan in NaVi was to make starix coach-IGL when zeus was kicked). imo nikos biggest problem is that he thinks hes the best. maybe this will be a good lesson for him if they fail again & again
2019-03-01 19:22
After NiKosports now we have Niko clan
2019-03-01 19:18
#47
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Poland kvvach
ynk is ok imo but niko on igl is bad idea
2019-03-01 19:19
Very bad idea, NiKo has not yet understood that they need an experienced IGL, gg FaZe -AdreN +ChrisJ IGL
2019-03-01 19:25
gg faze
2019-03-01 19:21
-olof +chrisj? Like srsly they need some IGL.
2019-03-01 19:22
1 reply
Chris is shit IGL
2019-03-02 09:13
worst coach ever ynk he NiKo's friend Noob CLan
2019-03-01 19:22
1 reply
#57
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Slovakia Mr_Jumbo
Worst player on major- erdogan Xantarex
2019-03-01 19:24
#56
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Slovakia Mr_Jumbo
Faze Up
2019-03-01 19:23
no s1mple no major
2019-03-01 19:27
#61
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United Kingdom Vugo360
Need IGL!!!
2019-03-01 19:27
#63
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Europe L3G10N
-olof +chrisj I dont want this too but looks likely.
2019-03-01 19:27
Imo Adren adepted really good for Faze. Its just that Niko has to stop igl and become a madfragger again, Adren can igl together with rain may be?
2019-03-01 19:28
FOR SOME MORE TIME" ahahhaahahaha better disband
2019-03-01 19:30
#71
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United States eu4ia_
In other words: RIP Faze
2019-03-01 19:31
#72
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Brazil cadik
>YNK IS STAYING 100% RIP faze
2019-03-01 19:32
2 replies
The only ones that say that are the Brazilian. They already explained why it didn’t work on mibr, it wasn’t because of ynk
2019-03-01 19:42
1 reply
#139
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Singapore FallBlade
+1 all comments on this page saying Ynk sucks as coach are just Favela CS players
2019-03-02 05:28
NIKo GuardiaN chrisj STYKO AdreN
2019-03-01 19:33
Impov, flusha should join FaZe inplace of Adren
2019-03-01 19:34
niko destroyed this team. it's over.
2019-03-01 19:35
1 reply
+1
2019-03-01 19:54
expect the unexpected niko will leave for mouz and chrisj will replace him oskar and mouz's 5th unknown
2019-03-01 19:35
#82
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Finland Smoonah
weatherman strats haha
2019-03-01 19:42
good
2019-03-01 19:46
maybe you should not die to zues lmao
2019-03-01 19:47
Faze up
2019-03-01 19:50
For some more time... Kappa
2019-03-01 19:51
niko you are worst igl in the game pls get good igl over adren or olof
2019-03-01 19:51
Adren Was the best in this team through the whole tournament so better than fckn star niko
2019-03-01 19:55
-adren +golden, fresh IGL and he has proven himself as decent
2019-03-01 19:59
1 reply
#140
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Singapore FallBlade
golden is still in c9 and he's still sick
2019-03-02 05:29
stop igl
2019-03-01 20:02
Well, good luck with coming up with tournaments. Don't see them winning with YNK and AdreN. Awful combo. What a waste of NiKo's talent to put him in IGL role. What does YNK even do? Cheerleading? AdreN is an odd duck. Not sure what his role even is? Fragging? The team with that much fire power still needs someone helping with fragging? That doesn't even makes sense.
2019-03-01 20:03
Wow, I certainly was expecting Faze making more structural changes. Keeping team as it is, dunno man. Saying as huge AdreN fan (he is best <3). Maybe Adren IGL, but I dunno... He is sure the best at the role of second-in-command. This team sure is short of clarity of vision, not sure how it should be played, perfect synergy is an extremely hard task to achieve. Is it possible before changes? Maybe hire some psychologist of Astralis level? tldr dunno-o-o-o-o-o
2019-03-01 20:03
alga GODreN
2019-03-01 20:08
Is he the owner of the org? Omega LUL
2019-03-01 20:09
I will break this interview down Niko - "yes we are happy being garbage, we wont change anything and continue to be a laughing stock"
2019-03-01 20:13
2 replies
ty, expected from FaZe
2019-03-01 20:17
They still don't understand that they're garbage, they think they are doing everything right, just re-read this: "Yeah, we got really surprised by the way we played at this event, we expected us to play way, way better. We felt really confident, we had never felt this confident in the lineup that we have right now. Going into this Major, we really thought that we can win this whole thing, especially after the group stage and that first half against Na`Vi, we thought 'okay, we found our game, we clicked, that's it, they can't stop us anymore, we are playing amazing CS.' And then somehow we just went bad... It has happened a few times to us, for example in Chicago to Liquid, we played really well, we wrecked them on the first map and then we just lost 16-2, 16-3 in the next two maps. I don't know if we just get too relaxed after we start winning or whatever, but we seem to struggle once we get a really big lead and we can't keep up what we were doing while it was working. That was our biggest issue and as you said, we had been practicing really well, we had had good results, and I don't know why it couldn't just transition at the Major itself. I'm not a magician". And this is just brilliant: "I cannot say why that happened (laughs)." LUL
2019-03-02 00:38
#103
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Europe Gigska
niko just leave this team if you respect this organization)
2019-03-01 20:13
Kick niko, ruined guardian and olof
2019-03-01 20:14
#106
B1T | 
Europe Gigska
maybe niko now profitable to stay cuz he can making bets on loose)
2019-03-01 20:16
Then you need to go niko. stop ruining this team
2019-03-01 20:17
Niko with his ego
2019-03-01 20:18
I guess Niko take igl role cuz he think we have great players and we can win only on skill like they do with karrigan. But now olof plays bad,rain not so stable,niko cant play good on igl role and dont do mistakes (rushing with bomb). If they cant buy chrisj,mb try swap olof and dennis?
2019-03-01 20:28
YNK and Niko will ride it back to the day before Karrigan joined.
2019-03-01 21:46
Fazepalm Niko. Get a good IGL ffs. You got all the fragging power you need
2019-03-01 22:03
Just Niko single handedly destroy faze by becoming an IGL.
2019-03-01 23:39
#125
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Brazil SecondKS
Oh no! Niko, just take chrisJ and kick adren please, you need of a excelent igl and niko fragger number 2 again. Niko like a igl is kill the team!
2019-03-01 23:52
some more time cya adren
2019-03-02 00:28
Lmao, after that interview I realized that FaZe are even more delusional than I thought.
2019-03-02 00:31
-ynk -olof -niko as igl
2019-03-02 00:40
-Adren -Guardian +Sunny +chrisJ
2019-03-02 00:52
they will play with Adren until they find a new good igl
2019-03-02 03:02
#141
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Singapore FallBlade
No proper IGL no major
2019-03-02 05:30
Let's Olof by IGL and keep AdreN ! Niko will play better by free
2019-03-02 05:49
2 replies
Olof IGL? When did it ever work out
2019-03-02 09:15
1 reply
Niko cant IGL. Lets him Tanker or baiter
2019-03-07 07:25
NA Faze! :/ Faze Erkast 2k19
2019-03-02 12:23
adren was not bad problem is the IGL so far
2019-03-02 14:04
mistake to keep YNK. he should never have been hired in the first place. a guy with ZERO success as a coach is given one of the best CSGO teams to experiment with. ridiculous. he should have had to proof his worth first by bringing a tier 3-4 team to tier 1-2.
2019-03-02 15:42
They need an urgent IGL, playing with Niko as IGL are not going anywhere
2019-03-02 17:37
#179
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Australia zanics
niko too toxic to play a team game imo he wants to igl because he wants to make the game revolve around him, but hes not good enough to make it work problem is hes also too arrogant to play under a better igl because he just wants to have the game be under his control niko will never win a major
2019-03-02 18:15
1 reply
nailed it, they seriously need someone else to IGL. Yes it was a good call to kick karrigan but replace him with another IGL. Its also good to get YNK as coach. As far as players I would keep Niko & Guardian, Anyone else would be on the chopping board, specially rain. sorry bud. maybe rain should join mouz.
2019-03-03 04:13
Good to hear that they are not looking for any changes
2019-03-03 00:01
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