YNk: "I'm not sure if cold - broky is going to be similar to cold - TACO, but it's definitely an intentional partnership"

Following the conclusion of the first day of BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2019, we caught up with Janko "YNk" Paunović to hear how he envisioned FaZe's new lineup.

With Marcelo "coldzera" David and Helvijs "broky" Saukants joining FaZe's core, the squad was faced with quite a few questions regarding how to set up the team in terms of roles and positions. In the end, the AWPing duties fell on Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's shoulders with broky taking most of Swedes' old positions.

YNk is happy that coldzera and NiKo have different views on certain things

In our interview, conducted shortly after FaZe secured impressive wins over Astralis and Natus Vincere, YNk explained his thought process regarding building this lineup and shined some light on how the Nikola "NiKo" Kovač - coldzera partnership has been working out.

Talking about getting this lineup together and the changes in roles that happened, coldzera mentioned that you were helping build the structure with NiKo. How did you envision this team regarding roles, how did you decide to put players in different positions?

Yeah, we did have some overlaps in terms of roles, obviously, you want to put everyone in their comfort zone so they can do their best. One of the main reasons we put olofmeister on the AWP was because he is also more of an anchor/passive player, that is what coldzera does too. And with broky, the question was whether to put him more on that side or not. However, NiKo has to be more in the group because he is in-game leading, rain does a very good job being a part of the group, and the third natural part of the group is the AWPer, right?

In that sense, in the end, we went with olofmeister switching to the AWP and broky taking olofmeister's positions on most maps and being one anchor. coldzera is the other one because as a secondary caller, he can give good information to NiKo, make plays on his own where and create space, make it easier for NiKo to call so it is not a situation where he is micromanaging everyone all the time. People have a lot of freedom to take initiative and give mid-to-late round calls, make plays, and then we just work around it.

This partnership between NiKo and coldzera has been something people have been talking about for a long time, it is very exciting. How did you see the two of them coming together, is it a natural partnership or is it something you have to figure out, how to fit them together?

To be honest, they are great friends outside of the game, they get along super well, but sometimes when it comes to the game itself, they clash on some things. NiKo is a more aggressive player, coldzera is a more passive player, so their views of the game will differ in some situations — which for me is great because both can learn from each other, and in my opinion, the answer is somewhere in the middle. That is why, right now, we have ups and downs because we are going through these motions of being on the same page in some of these situations, that is why we sometimes lose rounds we really shouldn't - it is either miscommunication or something like that. That is why I keep telling the guys: "You know, it is going to take some time for everyone to get used to this and for us to be able to have good chemistry and work off of each other better".

Is it even better from you now that you have coldzera who has a different opinion, a strong voice as well, than before — since karrigan left at least —, when you had mostly NiKo, his ideas were the main ones?

I think that is crucial for any team, really, that is why AdreN was picked up in the first place and then NEO, because you can't have one guy micro-managing everything, I'm not sure what people really think (laughs), but no in-game leader in any top team does that. Everyone needs help and players individually need to be able to react without someone telling them what to do. The game is so fast nowadays, everyone is so skilled aim-wise and game-sense wise that it simply cannot work like that, you cannot have one commander all the time. That was, first of all, necessary for our team, and then, yeah, those clashes I think are really good because in the team there is a lot of respect for everyone, there is mutual respect and people are willing to hear each other out and try things that are probably outside of their comfort zone as well - until we find the way that suits us the best, the perfect mix for our team.

coldzera mentioned that with the meta the way it is right now, that the way you are going to be playing is going bring success at this event, and so far it has been working out pretty well. Is everything working out as expected or is it even better, considering the results?

I think that, obviously, the two results have been very impressive (laughs), I couldn't expect us to have two such big wins straight off the bat and it is very hard for me to predict our result at any tournament against any team because you know, it is really about if we are going to have good energy and good flow during the game, also, if we are going to be able to overcome bad starts which was something we did a great job of doing in the Na`Vi game, being down 5-0 and still having a great half on the T-side.

So for us right now the main goal is just to play a lot more official games, tournaments, because that is when you learn the most and see some mistakes. Practice has been going well, it has been productive, but now is the period for us to go through what we practiced in official games, here and especially in Beijing as well, with a lot of BO3s and the top tier teams being there as well, just get an answer if we are going in the right direction or if we need to make some small adjustments to our game still. So far it has been going great and hopefully, we can keep it up for the rest of the tournament.

Lastly, during the Inferno game we saw broky and coldzera playing B together and I think moses mentioned on the broadcast that this is going to be a partnership on more maps and more sides. Is this something that is going to be similar to the cold - TACO partnership that used to do work in MIBR and SK?

I'm not sure if it is going to be similar to that, but it definitely an intentional partnership because, from my point of view, broky, we were all impressed by him, how skilled he is, how calm he is, good communication, good gamesense for someone so young, right? But he still lacks a little bit of experience on this high level, he is still a bit too loose maybe, because he simply hasn't been punished as much against these teams.

coldzera on the other side of things is a very methodical player, likes to have setups, protocols, things that are not being done randomly on the bombsite he holds and just thought that would be a perfect mix and a great way to make it easier for broky to get into the swing of things and, over time, of course, he is going to see these things for himself and be able to contribute on his own. I think it has been a good decision for the team and I think it has been going great, I'm excited to see how it going to look moving forward.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1079
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
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
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
245
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
very cool ynk broky is already way better than cold
2019-11-02 13:11
#4
gla1ve | 
Australia oce 
+1
2019-11-02 13:11
BAITZERA OMEGALUL
2019-11-02 13:28
Not 100Theives, bad team
2019-11-02 13:41
It wont be the same as Cold and 🌮. Broky can frag too, 🌮 doesnt
2019-11-03 12:32
It’s not 🌮 it’s 💩
2019-11-03 16:36
Its ez for Broky to play with the best player ever, COLDZERA.
2019-11-02 13:48
hur dur, broky is better hur dur im better then you And what is the point?
2019-11-02 14:50
Simply eurocuck not accepting the fact that they're worse than favela, rofl
2019-11-03 17:19
#64
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
Who is better than the goat of the game? 0/8
2019-11-02 15:10
#2
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United Kingdom SUFYY 
win 2 games and they become so confident
2019-11-02 13:11
he still says that they need to practice and they are playing these officials to spot and fix their mistakes
2019-11-02 13:15
#20
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United Kingdom SUFYY 
i joke i joke xd
2019-11-02 13:16
np men
2019-11-02 13:18
I think you don't and we all know it
2019-11-02 14:00
+1
2019-11-02 14:41
#66
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Sweden crittaN 
Nice sense of humour...
2019-11-02 15:17
It's 4 now
2019-11-02 16:37
#3
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
poor broky baiting for cold
2019-11-02 13:11
#5
jhd | 
Finland JHdash77 
Broky is top tier bait for Cold for sure/
2019-11-02 13:11
#6
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Georgia Nika2 
KappaPride
2019-11-02 13:12
reported
2019-11-02 13:14
REPORTED FOR REPORTING A FELLOW RUSSIAN
2019-11-02 13:17
keep it in your dreams lul
2019-11-02 13:18
stfu fake russian still reported for reporting a fellow comrade
2019-11-02 13:21
your already dreaming
2019-11-02 13:22
you cant deny you are still russian dont you remember russiam empire????????????
2019-11-02 13:23
#35
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Georgia Nika2 
thanks you my fellow russian brother <3
2019-11-02 13:28
ofc mens)))))))) we are comrades we protect each other
2019-11-02 13:30
Fuock your empire 😡😡😡😡
2019-11-02 14:07
Communist pig
2019-11-02 14:43
reported for reporting a report (
2019-11-02 13:25
#7
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Bulgaria slaughtersun 
nice englando hltv
2019-11-02 13:12
#8
FalleN | 
Brazil nakka 
Poor Broky, new bait for snakezera
2019-11-02 13:12
#9
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United Kingdom SickaBoy 
yes
2019-11-02 13:12
Wow, Coldzera really wants someone to bait him in all teams
2019-11-02 13:13
Lol Broky is a much more individually skilled player than TACO, would be a shame to see him be cold's bitch just so he can bait and padd stats.
2019-11-02 13:13
#54
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22 
coldzera is the most productive baiter out there. He wins rounds baiting.
2019-11-02 14:27
Individually is extremely necessary but isnt the most important thing to a support...
2019-11-02 15:58
#12
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Russia TheChocola 
tak taco she lox
2019-11-02 13:13
#13
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Greece Petsos 
Broky aka 2nd taco.Poor guy getting baited by baitzera
2019-11-02 13:14
#14
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Kazakhstan tomik0 
LUL pour broky if cold-broky
2019-11-02 13:14
Oh shit colds found another bait
2019-11-02 13:15
#18
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Europe UhddiS 
GODZERA
2019-11-02 13:16
Poor Broky, dying machine for feeding Cold kills
2019-11-02 13:16
#22
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
rip broky
2019-11-02 13:18
#25
NiKo | 
Israel soez4niko 
BAIT PARTNERSHIP AXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2019-11-02 13:19
#26
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Turkey nezz645 
Before baitzera bait TACO,now baitzera bait broky yeah it's definitely sikilar Mr. Clap Clap
2019-11-02 13:20
Lmao baitzera, cold should be the bait for broky
2019-11-02 13:22
#30
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World breezy0 
I don't understand the title
2019-11-02 13:22
lol
2019-11-02 13:26
Here's hoping FaZe is gonna stick with this team for a long time, just enough for the team to get used to each other and practice lots of strats.
2019-11-02 13:28
#38
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India FAZE_NO1_SOON 
Idk if people are blind or just want to comment "baitzera" xD. He's ofc not baiting in FAZE. HLTV even has "opening kill attempts" statistics, make use of it mens)))
2019-11-02 13:33
#67
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Sweden crittaN 
Flair checks out
2019-11-02 15:20
#73
Luken | 
Argentina urfoloq 
nt f0rsaken
2019-11-02 16:43
Nt NoScener
2019-11-03 00:22
#93
Luken | 
Argentina urfoloq 
nt burger boi
2019-11-04 15:51
#74
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Brazil BlueLighting 
it's a meme man, don't take it to the heart
2019-11-02 17:32
#39
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Canada Winterwaifurn 
Interview word for baiter = "Passive player"
2019-11-02 13:36
Lol +1
2019-11-03 00:22
Yeap broke baiting for cold , good partnership
2019-11-02 13:41
#42
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Singapore FallBlade 
broky = new bait
2019-11-02 13:42
3SOME WITH NIKO
2019-11-02 13:44
Hltv be like: BaItZeRa hurr duurrrrrrrr Broky will LEARN a lot playing with the goat of 2016 and 2017
2019-11-02 13:47
#46
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France J0riS 
Broky will get baited by cold from now on
2019-11-02 13:50
BROKY GONNA BE DECOY INC YNK CONFIREMD SO SAD FOR YOUNG TALENT, COLD GONNA RUIN HIS CARRER.
2019-11-02 14:01
Hello toilet cleaner
2019-11-02 22:20
Imagine losing to FaZe.
2019-11-02 22:30
#49
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Libya animeTRASH 
ynk y bully the kid men))
2019-11-02 14:04
#50
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Libya animeTRASH 
cold: go bait4me
2019-11-02 14:04
#52
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United States GiantDays 
Damn cold, just let Broky play :(
2019-11-02 14:24
watch out, broky, baitzera will make u his bitch
2019-11-02 14:27
wow i can't believe how sad broky must've been when he heard that ynk compared him to taco
2019-11-02 14:28
#82
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Canada whatisthisban 
this but I think he still enjoy his life 😂
2019-11-02 22:58
baitzera is back now with tac... broky he can be top 1 again
2019-11-02 14:39
#61
shox | 
India iejesus 
I am sure you didnt read the whole thing 🤡
2019-11-02 14:51
im pretty sure you dont know how hltv works my newfag friend
2019-11-02 15:03
#78
shox | 
India iejesus 
Lmao it's cute when you talk about things you dont know. Kid
2019-11-02 20:11
pepelaugh oh no no no
2019-11-02 20:25
#60
shox | 
India iejesus 
Ok
2019-11-02 14:51
Please read before you say broky is to be colds bitch. "I'm not sure if it is going to be similar to that, but it definitely an intentional partnership" - They are going to be partners at a site f.ex. Why? "he [broky] still lacks a little bit of experience on this high level, he is still a bit too loose maybe.." "coldzera on the other side of things is a very methodical player, likes to have setups, protocols, things that are not being done randomly on the bombsite he hold" This is the experienced player, who won the 1st ranking in the world, teaching a new talented player a few tricks. We still have to see how it ends up though, but my alarm clocks are not ringing cause of a silly title
2019-11-02 15:05
STFU baitzera is baitzera
2019-11-02 19:08
#65
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
I guess reality means nothing to the weird people who dwell on this website. Still calling the GOAT a baiter in 2019. Dark times.
2019-11-02 15:12
They are just 12 year old trolls. They don't mean to be taken seriously at all.
2019-11-03 00:24
#68
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Australia vamped 
I hope this doesn’t shit on a young talents career. They should develop him to become the star in the future.
2019-11-02 15:34
#69
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Turkey berkovic 
lol
2019-11-02 15:51
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2019-11-02 16:08
#97
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Australia SUNSPY 
My thoughts exactly
2019-11-05 17:12
#75
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China SkywakerR 
they are in a good form now
2019-11-02 17:44
rip broky gonna get baited by baitzera...
2019-11-02 19:07
Coldzera Baiter Broky Baitee
2019-11-03 12:30
#88
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Turkey berkovic 
çok soğuk ynk broky zaten soğuktan çok daha iyi
2019-11-03 15:54
#91
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Australia Lon3wolf12 
Brokezera.
2019-11-04 06:42
broky baited for life smh
2019-11-04 14:18
#94
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Australia kTw0 
Holy shit this has to be the worst title in HLTV history. That English is wack and that's coming from an Australian
2019-11-05 03:29
#95
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Brazil umcarasemnick 
baitzer0 found another one to bait? expected 😂
2019-11-05 03:46
haven't you sign broky men -Fup
2019-11-05 03:56
took me a while to realize what the title meant
2019-11-05 21:29
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