NEO joins FaZe
The announcement states that NEO is taking on a role of a substitute, but upon further clarification, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač confirmed to HLTV.org that the Pole is currently undergoing a trial period in the European squad.
The veteran will also take on in-game leadership within the team, a role FaZe had been looking to fill ever since the departure of Finn "karrigan" Andersen at the end of 2018, which saw NiKo take over the duties for the following six-month period.
NEO returns to activity after a six-month break from competition, which started upon his release from Virtus.pro in December. His online debut with FaZe will be up against his former team in ECS Season 7 Week 4, and his first LAN event with the new team is set to be DreamHack Masters Dallas, kicking off on May 28.
With the change, the team are saying goodbye to AdreN, who had been signed at the beginning of 2019 for a period that was originally supposed to last until the end of the IEM Katowice Major, but the Kazakh ended up extending his stay for two more months as FaZe were looking for the right fit in the IGL position.
The European side had mixed results with the 29-year-old, grabbing two titles at ELEAGUE Invitational and BLAST Pro Series Miami and finishing outside of the playoffs at tournaments such as StarSeries i-League Season 7 and IEM Sydney.
FaZe's roster now looks as follows:
Janko "YNk" Paunović (coach)