NiKo on leading: "I'm ready to just give up on it as soon as we have an option that we really want to go for"

We sat down with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač at BLAST Pro Series Miami to run through some of the topics surrounding FaZe as they struggle to find their form mid-season.

FaZe are set to kick BLAST Pro Series off with their first match, which is slated to be against Liquid on Nuke, before closing out the first day of play against MIBR on Mirage. The European combine bombed out of the StarSeries i-League Season 7 group stage and will be trying to redeem themselves at the Watsco Center over the next two days.

NiKo would like to be a secondary caller

In our conversation, NiKo went over some of the team's latest results, coming into the event in Miami, Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev's position in the team, searching for an in-game leader, and the tournaments that FaZe are putting their focus on moving forward.

Going back to the Major, 5-8th place, decent... You maintained the Legends spot, the least you were happy with achieving there, but after that, you had a couple of rough events, namely BLAST São Paulo and StarSeries. Where is the team standing right now?

Yeah, as you said, we finished 5-8th at the Major, which was not too disappointing for us, but it was not satisfying, either. We definitely had higher expectations, especially with the preparation we had for that event, but unfortunately, we didn't manage to bring our A game against Natus Vincere. After that, we had São Paulo, where we also messed up a lot, especially on the second day because after the first day we kind of had the chance to make it to the final, but the next day we lost to Liquid and after that match the team felt pretty bad because we knew that our chance of making the final was very low. That's the thing with BLAST, if you mess up on the first day, going into the second day it's very hard to focus, you just want to make the finals and you don't care if you finish in third or sixth place.

StarSeries was the event where we really got disappointed, we expected way better results, especially not having Astralis and Liquid there. We felt like we could make it all the way, or at least make it to the final. The match against Renegades, we could have won that match, or maybe we should have. If we would have done that, we could have gone 3-0 and the story would be completely different than what happened, which is that we lost in the group stage. Against ENCE, that game was weird, especially because we played so late and we made so many individual mistakes, which could have been caused because of that, and they had so many issues during the last match... The match against North, that was just... we messed up completely. It was not us playing, that was the worst game we played at that event. Unfortunately, it was the last match, which we couldn't afford to lose at all, it was just bad from us. We played way better against Renegades and ENCE, and even though we didn't win, we still showed some good stuff. We tried to win against North, we just had no chance, we messed everything up.

What did you mess up, what happened?

I don't know, we had a good feeling, we had a good preparation, it's just the way we played, we made so many individual mistakes, it felt like it was not us playing, I have no idea why that happened, maybe it's because we fell the pressure of going out in groups... it's hard to say, it was just not us playing against North, which you all could see.

What's the mood coming into this tournament, how do you feel? Are you thinking "it's fine, that wasn't us, we're going to be great here" or are you kind of worried, more of a "what if we continue playing this way" kind of thing?

We are not going to continue playing the way we did against North, that was really just not us playing, even if we played like we did against Renegades and ENCE, that was way better than against North. What I can say is that we are not going to play as poorly as we did against North, and for this event our goal is... I still believe we can win against any team any day, except maybe Astralis. We need to have a really good day to win against Astralis, and they have to have an off day. Other than that, I still think we can win against any team here and make it to the final, not easily, but I believe that we are still capable of making deep runs at events, and that's our goal for this event.

AdreN has now been in a weird trial/stand-in position for a while. How is that evolving, how is that moving along?

Yeah, first we took AdreN just for the Major, then after that we were satisfied with the way he played and obviously we didn't have that many options to bring an in-game leader or something like that, so after the Major we felt like, 'Okay, we can still keep going like this,' with me leading, and we did kind of okay at that event, so we just hope that we can still improve from there on and try to play with AdreN and see what it's going to look like, although unfortunately, it looked pretty bad.

I can't say too much, but we don't have too many options, we can't just go out there and just pick up a player, there are not that many options that are going to fit our team, there are not many in-game leaders out there we can get. Out of the ones we wanted to get, some of them refused, some of them we can't get because of buyouts, and stuff like that.

I see everyone saying that we should get an in-game leader, that I should stop being the in-game leader, but there are not that many options available to just go and get. We don't want to be forced into getting someone we don't want to play with, there is a lot of stuff going on right now and we are trying to find the best possible way for us in the long term, we don't want to just hurry things and just get someone we're not convinced by.

Is that the only change you would consider, bringing in an in-game leader?

Yeah, if we make one, that would be the only change.

karrigan said you're becoming better and better, that you're learning a lot and you could eventually become a really good leader, but you're just doing that because you have to. Are you ready to be done with that?

Yeah, I don't want to be the in-game leader, I don't think it's good for our team, I can do way more when I'm the second in-game leader. The thing is, this team needs a second in-game leader, it needs two guys calling all the time. We have players who don't take too much initiative, so you have to push them, you have to tell them what to do, how to react in the game.

Right now it's only me calling on every side of the map, and that's very hard to do because I don't see everything, I don't see what's happening on the other side, that's the biggest reason why you want to have another in-game leader. As I said, I'm ready to just give up on it as soon as we have an option that we really want to go for.

You haven't had much time after StarSeries, but did you have any time at all to look over stuff, change anything, figure stuff out?

Yeah, we didn't have that much time, as you said, because we traveled directly from Shanghai to Miami, but we watched the games we played there and the thing is, we lost two close games against Renegades and ENCE, and these games would have gone differently if we had not lost some crucial rounds, so we couldn't judge too much because if we had won either of those games we would have been in the playoffs, and then I believe we could have played even better than we did in the groups.

How important is BLAST Pro Series Miami for you guys, is it kind of a "make it or break it" deal?

The thing is, with BLAST events, especially with our team, obviously we are going from event to event, but we know anything can happen at this event, it can happen that you lose most of the games because it's best-of-one, but we can also end up going to the final. In my experience, we have always managed to play poorly at BLAST events, we played four of them and the best we did was winning two games, I think.

Our biggest goal and focus for now is the Pro League, we missed both the last ESL Pro League and ECS finals last season, so we don't want to mess it up again. In ECS we already threw one chance away, so now our main focus is the Pro League. Whatever happens here, even if we go 0-5, our main focus is gonna be just on Pro League, just to win that group, we believe we are still the favorites in that group and we are going to give it all at that event. StarSeries and this event are going to be the practice for Pro League.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
1048
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1301
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
NIKO TOP2
2019-04-12 13:00
F5
2019-04-12 13:04
#21
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Australia Zilox 
well that puts lots of confidence in the team
2019-04-12 13:05
#47
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Czech Republic CyberBOT 
What do you mean? To me it seems like a realistic view of things, and everyoone on the team is mature enough to understand that.
2019-04-12 13:22
best option is disband
2019-04-12 13:26
#63
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Czech Republic CyberBOT 
And why would that be?
2019-04-12 13:30
#77
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
GL trying to find a IGL as good as karrigan, you ruined FaZe ChoKo, be a man and admit it.
2019-04-12 13:37
#99
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Czech Republic CyberBOT 
They've been having a lot of problems with karrigan at the end, although i'd be interrested in seeing him taing back the reight after his stint with envy, the new blood might have revitalized him
2019-04-12 13:56
#155
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Germany Fabbsen 
Karrigan is now in mouz and i think they won't change in the near future. I'm excited for the new mouz tbh, especially for Frozen as he looked insane.
2019-04-12 15:54
+1 Lineup looks really good. Hope they will do well.
2019-04-12 18:14
#204
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Germany Fabbsen 
Mouz slowly becomes german again :D Chrisj can speak german and Karrigan is half german ;)
2019-04-12 18:55
no cyx, no mouz. newschool.
2019-04-12 18:58
#207
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Germany Fabbsen 
RIP that guy. Just got 20 aswell when he died.
2019-04-12 18:59
+1
2019-04-12 14:03
karrigan is a choker thats why he sucks
2019-04-12 14:10
#112
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Slovakia Georgy10 
Why you think Niko ruined FaZe ? After karrigan left he just take an IGL role. He told he dont want to be an in-game leader but now they dont have another option.
2019-04-12 14:17
#140
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Singapore Wadufuk 
He was igl before karrigan left,wut are u even saying
2019-04-12 15:20
Bullshit
2019-04-12 15:28
#227
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United States Jammin800k 
Joking right?
2019-04-16 15:23
#157
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Germany bre4king 
did you even read and understood the interview above?
2019-04-12 15:55
He become igl after summer, just to see how it work if they change things up
2019-04-12 21:47
#170
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Denmark Cleandog 
+1
2019-04-12 16:53
Bot is better than Karrigan. At last someone can use it to have second life.
2019-04-12 18:40
I hope so too
2019-04-12 14:56
+1000000
2019-04-12 13:19
#145
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Brazil LuizMoreno 
Lol edited scared
2019-04-12 15:32
#2
ayaya | 
Europe AneleClap 
ok
2019-04-12 13:00
, even if we go 0-5, ... i think i dont want to watch this tour coz they are not taking it srs
2019-04-12 14:26
Don't worry mibr got your back.
2019-04-12 14:58
#172
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Denmark Cleandog 
rofl
2019-04-12 16:54
#196
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Hungary TiboRr 
l m a o
2019-04-12 17:40
#3
shox | 
India iejesus 
yes plz
2019-04-12 13:00
FirsT
2019-04-12 13:01
nt nt
2019-04-12 13:14
#5
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France J0riS_ 
Just give up already
2019-04-12 13:00
and who takes over?
2019-04-12 14:06
Olofmeister, rain awp
2019-04-12 14:23
#137
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Australia sad_faze_fan 
rain AWP? Nice bait
2019-04-12 15:11
Rain awp ahagaga
2019-04-12 15:45
#158
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Europe baitpolice 
you're going to jail for this
2019-04-12 15:58
#188
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Australia Matyybro_ 
Wee woo wee woo
2019-04-12 17:03
#203
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Europe baitpolice 
he's going down
2019-04-12 18:47
#6
SpawN | 
Finland slaiska2 
neat
2019-04-12 13:01
#7
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Pakistan ^NewB 
Finally
2019-04-12 13:01
#8
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Europe trey_ 
THEN JUST FUCKING CHANGE IT
2019-04-12 13:01
Read the text please
2019-04-12 13:29
he must be baiting, kids nowadays
2019-04-12 13:53
retarded much? its not like they can just get a very good, fitting player and change one from the current lineup, no team can do that.
2019-04-12 13:47
#173
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Denmark Cleandog 
Sure they can... -niko +karrigan
2019-04-12 16:55
0/8 keeping adren haha surely mouz will sell the igl from their new team retardo
2019-04-12 16:57
And what about chrisJ? He is a good IGL and can take role of 2nd awper? FaZe: chrisJ, Guardian, NiKo, rain, olofmeister mousesports: karrigan, woxic, ropz, frozen, k1oshima if it wouldn't work, swap olof and k1o
2019-04-12 17:08
bro? mouz wont sell anyone from their one month old lineup.
2019-04-12 17:33
Didn't know the fact #201, but... If mousesports won't have a good results, I think they should swap chrisJ/karrigan for a semi-support player like kioshima.
2019-04-12 21:18
Niko used to be in mouz, him and ChrisJ had a pretty bad relationship towards the tail end of it. I'm also not sure how much Niko respects ChrisJ as a leader to begin with, since Chris only started IGL'ing after Niko left mouz. But all that is kind of irrelevant now, the time to show interest for ChrisJ was the moment he got benched in mouz for that split second, not now after mouz has released 1 player and benched the other.
2019-04-12 18:25
Okay, bro, didn't know that fact
2019-04-12 21:12
#9
rain | 
Norway Alexed 
Just get fallen already xdddd
2019-04-12 13:01
#23
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North America AFUCKINGSUCKS 
fallen in 2019
2019-04-12 13:07
#28
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Finland v3gez 
I wouldn't get a washed up player
2019-04-12 13:10
+1
2019-04-12 13:41
#10
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Denmark Experative 
+Aleksib or PashaBiceps and faze top2 at least
2019-04-12 13:03
Aleksib wouldn't downgrade, and I doubt pasha is really as good an IGL as they need
2019-04-12 13:20
nice joke
2019-04-12 13:31
#174
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Denmark Cleandog 
Lol. Pasha goat igl
2019-04-12 16:56
#12
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United States Pogromca 
Gl FaZe!
2019-04-12 13:02
#176
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Denmark Cleandog 
With what? They clearly don't have a plan.
2019-04-12 16:57
#216
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United States Pogromca 
jajajjajaja
2019-04-12 21:35
#13
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Poland friendlySeb 
give it to AdreN, still better
2019-04-12 13:02
At least he realized he is shit at calling
2019-04-12 13:02
#31
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Germany Kaidixdeh 
read this interview hltv.org/news/26349/ynk-there-is-that-vo.. Niko is currently the only option they have and the best one who can kinda call things.
2019-04-12 13:11
I believe olof or even adren would be better IGL than Niko I thinks it's the lack of communication which is the reason they can't Call strat
2019-04-12 13:13
#41
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Russia mmmmmmajestic 
Yeah adren is such a good IGL that he managed to destroy Major winners
2019-04-12 13:18
#87
NiKo | 
Sweden Flippee 
And Olof has never been IGL so idk what you are talking about
2019-04-12 13:47
Yes ik The way I wanted to put it was A person who was never IGL to begin with could be better than Niko because he has more experience
2019-04-12 13:52
#147
shox | 
India prat_pps 
But I thought olof called in the Atlanta major with twist and disco. He's pretty bad though. They did make it to the semis.
2019-04-12 15:35
#153
NiKo | 
Sweden Flippee 
Playoffs at a major bad?
2019-04-12 15:50
#163
shox | 
India prat_pps 
wait what? aren't you arguing against him being a good igl? Im saying he would have been at least decent since they made semis at the Atlanta major.
2019-04-12 16:29
#191
NiKo | 
Sweden Flippee 
NO you said he was bad cuz he didn't make the semis
2019-04-12 17:09
#195
shox | 
India prat_pps 
What no dude !! can you even read?
2019-04-12 17:39
#210
NiKo | 
Sweden Flippee 
Yes i can read: "He's pretty bad though. They did make it to the semis."
2019-04-12 19:56
#222
shox | 
India prat_pps 
Hello? Read the while shit man. I said he cant be that bad they did make it to the semis.
2019-04-13 08:30
#177
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Denmark Cleandog 
+1
2019-04-12 16:57
Niko choker and team destroyer. 2in1
2019-04-12 13:03
Same was said from s1mple and look at him now
2019-04-12 13:30
#101
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World Vidua 
Simple has grown as a person while Niko is stuck being the cry baby.
2019-04-12 13:59
How come? He is very mature
2019-04-12 14:24
#119
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World Vidua 
"very mature" - had a laugh, won't lie
2019-04-12 14:25
Having to carry and call at the same time is hard in their tier. Props to niko for stepping up as an igl.
2019-04-12 14:29
#152
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World Vidua 
I never said he's a bad player so I'm not sure why you're brining that. I just said he's immature and playing tough role shouldn't affect that.
2019-04-12 15:46
So they ahouls go full M one round rain calls, next one guardian and the next one AdreN yes???? Stop playing pugs
2019-04-12 14:31
How is NiKo a crybaby?
2019-04-12 16:32
reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/9z.. Niko is crying because hes team sucks
2019-04-13 15:31
#178
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Denmark Cleandog 
+1
2019-04-12 16:57
Nikon
2019-04-12 13:03
#17
ropz | 
United States jp^ 
there's 4 other options
2019-04-12 13:03
#20
cyx | 
South Africa bonkaz 
I curious. Names pls
2019-04-12 13:05
#27
ropz | 
United States jp^ 
hmm let's see >>olofmeister<< rain adren guardian
2019-04-12 13:10
#36
cyx | 
South Africa bonkaz 
"The thing is, this team needs a second in-game leader, it needs two guys calling all the time. We have players who don't take too much initiative, so you have to push them, you have to tell them what to do, how to react in the game." Sounds like guys with great potential to IGL. olof, rain and guardian clearly are not IGL material and and I have a feeling that nobody would give a fuck about adren calling, otherwise they would've tried that already.
2019-04-12 13:14
#107
ropz | 
United States jp^ 
well rn it's looking like that or they waste their best player's potential taking his focus away from killing ppl
2019-04-12 14:06
#228
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United States Jammin800k 
But Niko is the only one on the team willing to IGL
2019-04-16 15:26
#53
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Czech Republic fabZeef 
NA brain lul
2019-04-12 13:23
+flusha IGL -adreN?
2019-04-12 13:04
#22
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Spain elskio 
Chokon
2019-04-12 13:06
#24
rain | 
Norway Trombass 
Respectable.
2019-04-12 13:07
#25
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
Whatever happens here, even if we go 0-5, our main focus is gonna be just on Pro League. ok
2019-04-12 13:09
#179
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Denmark Cleandog 
Nice focus, lol
2019-04-12 16:58
I don't see any igl on market besides pronax lmao they're really fucked
2019-04-12 13:09
yup
2019-04-12 13:11
Flusha?
2019-04-12 13:12
#50
swag | 
United States Detached 
FNS
2019-04-12 13:22
#55
Germany ayyy 
flusha
2019-04-12 13:24
i think he don't like that role
2019-04-12 13:55
#180
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Denmark Cleandog 
+1 and specially anyone who can control Niko = zero igl....ever
2019-04-12 16:59
Then get a good igl lol
2019-04-12 13:11
#45
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India pm_oldmonk 
Learn to read brother... He said it..
2019-04-12 13:20
Ain't nobody got time for that
2019-04-12 13:22
#54
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India pm_oldmonk 
Tldr; some igls they approached refused, others require buyouts.
2019-04-12 13:23
They thought Karrigan was the problem PepeLaugh They lacked critical information PepeLaugh
2019-04-12 13:12
forsen1
2019-04-12 13:18
I c bajs
2019-04-12 13:25
FeelsOkayMan :point_right: <3
2019-04-12 13:27
He was the problem but they downgraded
2019-04-12 13:31
Karrigan was the problem, NiKo is not the solution
2019-04-12 14:25
+1
2019-04-12 14:29
+1
2019-04-12 17:57
#223
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Belgium lukaku9 
+1
2019-04-13 08:30
#182
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Denmark Cleandog 
+1...they needed basic cognitive skillset in team management
2019-04-12 17:00
#34
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Europe Freeburger97 
you already had one of the best lmao
2019-04-12 13:13
but it was totally failing, not like they decided to give it up just for fun, they actually looked worst they have ever looked with those last events karrigan was still leading, seemed improvement even with niko leading, albeit still not good :).
2019-04-12 13:21
I guess it's just that, although karrigan was one of the best, they lost confidence in him, and then it doesn't matter how good he is if the team doesn't believe he is doing the right thing and that it will make them win
2019-04-12 13:22
#38
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Russia mmmmmmajestic 
F L U S H A
2019-04-12 13:17
#49
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Czech Republic fabZeef 
he dont want to leave c9 and dont want to play with niko
2019-04-12 13:22
#67
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Europe kvvach 
he is not in c9
2019-04-12 13:31
#89
NiKo | 
Sweden Flippee 
He is not even signed with any team einstein
2019-04-12 13:48
He's not in c9
2019-04-12 16:44
He was one of the people who refused
2019-04-12 17:57
#40
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Brazil VeryMibrGuy 
Really nice interview. I hope they sort this one out.
2019-04-12 13:18
#184
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Denmark Cleandog 
You can hope but I give it a likelihood of...zero
2019-04-12 17:01
#211
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Brazil VeryMibrGuy 
Yeah, I know...
2019-04-12 20:20
#46
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Ukraine ksay 
ez pronax ECKSDEE
2019-04-12 13:22
finally he realizes?????
2019-04-12 13:23
Knew all the time and said it before
2019-04-12 13:32
#56
Thorin | 
Sweden ezwuo 
Thank God
2019-04-12 13:24
#60
zehN | 
Finland ludiMacak 
FLUSHA !!!
2019-04-12 13:27
#78
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
He is probably one of them who refused. He said he wouldn't go to Faze
2019-04-12 13:41
#185
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Denmark Cleandog 
Friburger
2019-04-12 17:01
#61
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Latvia florz 
Niko sounds like he has lost already blast pro, ESL Pro and ECS.. being an IGL, you should be definetely more positive and make your team believe they can win.. Haven't seen this in this interview..
2019-04-12 13:28
TL;DR: I'm gonna keep b8ing my teammates until there's an IGL that plays a style I agree with.
2019-04-12 13:30
haha
2019-04-12 15:55
Retarded spotted
2019-04-12 16:23
#69
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Germany k_den 
i hope this team keeps going down more and more. sad for god guardian but the other players are all cucks who deserve to get rekt
2019-04-12 13:32
Flair checks out
2019-04-12 13:33
#70
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Canada TorontoSucks 
Nice confidence
2019-04-12 13:32
#186
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Denmark Cleandog 
ROFL...new low in hltv interviews
2019-04-12 17:02
#72
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United States DervGuy 
Thank god It says that FaZe have players that will not take initiative to, which kind of explains why NiKo was forced to take up the IGL, because no other player literally could FaZe are kinda fucked, don't know if there are any good IGLs in the scene right now
2019-04-12 13:44
#74
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Europe kvvach 
they are fked theres no igl to bring. flusha is not proper igl
2019-04-12 13:34
flusha 3 major > kvvach 0 major
2019-04-12 13:54
#75
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Finland Karvapallo25 
dizbaNdz
2019-04-12 13:36
#76
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
Niko sounds very tearful. LUL S1mple 2018 + would never give an interview where he cries about circumstance so much. He would mention them probably but never use them as an excuse. This is why Niko is so weak. " We have players who don't take too much initiative, so you have to push them, you have to tell them what to do, how to react in the game." LUL you have Major winner in this team but they still too bad to initiate? WTF Disband this team.
2019-04-12 13:42
#105
NiKo | 
Europe 90ieskid 
"Why you bully me?"
2019-04-12 14:04
Yes? There are different kinds of people you know? Imagine GuardiaN stepping up to be the IGL xD thats what he meant you idiot
2019-04-12 14:27
Just be a rifler not igl
2019-04-12 13:41
#187
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Denmark Cleandog 
He can't. He does not respect any igl on planet earth...sad but true
2019-04-12 17:03
0/8
2019-04-12 18:02
get s1mple ffs
2019-04-12 13:41
niko+s1mple_0_major_flusha_3_majors
2019-04-12 13:43
Individually, yes. Together they will get all the majors.
2019-04-12 13:44
+1
2019-04-12 15:19
who do u think they couldnt get bcuz of buyouts+refusals?
2019-04-12 13:41
#83
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
Golden buyout Flusha refuse There aren't so many options. Zeus, Fallen, Gob all IGL that are bound hardly on their teams. So there are only the few who are free to go. And most of them aren't proven to play under real high pressure or known to really lead a team. Flusha isn't a real IGL but he can do it and cuz it is Flusha all would respect his calls.
2019-04-12 13:48
"Out of the ones we wanted to get, some of them refused, ..." yeah I really wonder who they were thinking about. The only dedicated IGL who was kinda free is MSL.
2019-04-12 13:56
It would have been an upgrade but they are probably thinking they are too good to bring him in. These guys need to chill :D
2019-04-12 14:00
Bring xzist here as IGL.
2019-04-12 13:48
If Faze speaks russian AdreN would be a better IGL
2019-04-12 13:51
-NiKo problem solved
2019-04-12 13:51
but yanko is the best fifth ever
2019-04-12 13:52
#94
Romania jDT 
who believe that they tried to buy gla1ve? which were other options?
2019-04-12 13:52
#226
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Finland spin-o 
Yeah i suppose they tried to get him but he refused, who else it couldve been?
2019-04-13 18:53
That was a good idea kicking your IGL in the first place huh? It was not failing because of him but because all of them were demotivated because of Olof's absence and lack of proper training. They even all admitted they were not praccing and were demotivated. What can karrigan do ? He added that he was trying to bring them together and make them feel motivated again. He was the only one trying for fuck sake. Now this is just KARMA. Also he is crying about the circumstances but man if you keep having bad days with your teammates not showing up you should have something better to come with but "we didnt play like ourselves". There is something wrong with your team. Find it.
2019-04-12 13:58
#108
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Europe kvvach 
sad but truth
2019-04-12 14:08
+1
2019-04-12 14:55
#103
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Hungary Skipper001 
nexa
2019-04-12 14:02
very smart moveeeeeee
2019-04-12 14:14
I think being IGL for Faze must be hard. I can imagine Niko bitching about every move and decision he does not like LUL
2019-04-12 14:17
its not really igl issue just olof and adren lacking in skill/confidence
2019-04-12 14:17
#114
bodyy | 
Afghanistan remiska 
Well maybe he shouldn’t have overthrown Igl in the first place
2019-04-12 14:18
Good interview. First step is to admit one's weaknesses and eat one's pride. :) Hopefully it will be okay soon enough. #FaZeUP
2019-04-12 14:18
bring in ynk for IGL lol.
2019-04-12 14:21
i guess Rain or GuardiaN is a good option for IGL, but FaZe doenst play really smart in the second half. in the first half mostly FaZe win or play good
2019-04-12 14:27
#124
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Spain flakkk 
So... Now, who is the faze igl..???
2019-04-12 14:27
Still niko, until they find a new one.
2019-04-12 14:32
All hail God Emperor NiKo
2019-04-12 14:38
yet retards think he is killing faze because of his ego who wants to be igl lmao. its not cool to be IGL, only silvers do not understand that. its actually a very hard position to be because the main decision maker is you. but never mind retard gold novas
2019-04-12 14:39
+1
2019-04-12 15:53
#131
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Denmark sexGOAT_69 
rain IGL and main AWP NiKo support olof second caller GuardiaN entry AWPER AdreN Deagle lurker
2019-04-12 14:54
#181
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Denmark sNju 
You're on NSA's watch list now, GL dude.
2019-04-12 16:58
"and you don't care if you finish in third or sixth place" this sums up csgo now, oversaturation and too much money has destroyed the players competitive nature. I see Astralis want to win, but I see comment like this, NiP smiling when they lose, and Liquid happy to get 2nd place. It's like don't you want to win?!
2019-04-12 14:59
60 iq comment
2019-04-12 15:44
says the autist with a troll account
2019-04-12 16:54
this is not a troll account
2019-04-12 17:00
-adren +a decent igl -case closed
2019-04-12 15:04
WTF FAZE make a roster change braindead management
2019-04-12 15:16
#141
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Kazakhstan potatomato 
never give up Niko!
2019-04-12 15:21
-adren +flusha when ready done
2019-04-12 15:26
#144
NiKo | 
Asia LustBoi 
maybe let adren or olof do it?they have more experience right?
2019-04-12 15:30
#146
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African Union mikecool 
In denial still obviously. Faze need to step up for everyone to continue respecting them. On the flip side, everyone sees Faze as Swiss cheese. Full of holes and ripe for the taking. It's going to be difficult for them until they get two proper leaders making calls for the team. Until then, I see them doing as mediocre as they have been.
2019-04-12 15:33
its time ITS TIME SEIZED BACK TO TIER ONE FAZE TOP TEAM ONCE MORE YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAA
2019-04-12 15:38
#149
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Brazil Chiller 
They should have gotten ChrisJ when he was benched on mouz.
2019-04-12 15:43
+1
2019-04-12 15:58
Why doesn't olof try to IGL? The way he is playing it shouldn't be that much of a burden to do
2019-04-12 15:58
#189
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Denmark sNju 
Why don't Messi play left back? CS:GO is at such a high level at the moment that it's not just good enough that someone "just try out IGL'ing". Back in the NiP/fnatic days Olof could probably have been IGL and still won. Today, there's no f**king chance that you reach top 3 without a team consisting of 5 players that has had many years to perfect their role, good chemistry, good management, and a long time to practice.
2019-04-12 17:07
#161
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Brazil ralfera 
ok, so adren will continue to play with faze... top 5-8 max this year!
2019-04-12 16:14
#164
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Poland howlhistory 
check zero results for them on blast it is so stupid, that all teams say, that they "understand" their problems (for ins. mibr), BUT in future their disgusting playing is the same maybe liquid would finally fuck up astralis ? )
2019-04-12 16:30
Should've gotten Tarik when he was available. Unless he refused.
2019-04-12 16:32
#168
SS | 
Germany BLITZKRlEG 
lmao no
2019-04-12 16:45
#169
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Indonesia en1lykS 
"Yeah, I don't want to be the in-game leader, I don't think it's good for our team, I can do way more when I'm the second in-game leader. The thing is, this team needs a second in-game leader, it needs two guys calling all the time." . ikr...
2019-04-12 16:50
#192
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Iceland oflo 
finally
2019-04-12 17:17
#193
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Norway PeteZz 
-Olof +aleksib /closed
2019-04-12 17:20
#206
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Faroe Islands ruski_puski 
-niko +msl /closed
2019-04-12 18:59
#208
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United Kingdom broco 
SIGN ANGE1 ANYONE BUT NIKO PLEASE
2019-04-12 19:13
#209
rain | 
Slovakia timky 
you need someone with autority, to guide NiKo/Rain etc. for me : MSL, ANGE1, even FALLEN or GOB B
2019-04-12 19:31
Thank god lol. FaZe needs a REAL IGL asap.
2019-04-12 21:02
Almost like they kicked an amazing igl
2019-04-12 21:20
Faze Up! HLTV virgin haters remain in your basements
2019-04-12 21:48
-olof -adren +aleksib +sunny ez win ez skins
2019-04-12 22:03
#220
shox | 
Lithuania Jaguar4s 
so much excuses in this one. could have, would have, should have..
2019-04-12 22:26
Looks like he's trying to convince his self that they are still good...
2019-04-13 04:45
There's a serious lack of good IGLs right now. AleksiB for example is a new exciting smart IGLer which just doesn't copy all common strats and is also good at lurking and scoring important frags but he would never switch to FaZe unless ENCE would disband which won't happen right now.
2019-04-13 11:22
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