Official: Kjaerbye rounds out FaZe roster

FaZe have confirmed the signing of Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye to their roster.

The 22-year-old joins the European squad after spending the last month exploring his options as a free agent, having decided to part ways with North at the beginning of the official player break following a two years long spell in the F.C. Copenhagen-owned organization.

He effectively replaces Aurimas "⁠Bymas⁠" Pipiras, who played with FaZe on a stand-in/trial basis from May to July. The Lithuanian's departure was confirmed on Monday, when he was announced as mousesports' "developmental" sixth player.

Kjaerbye makes a move to FaZe

By joining FaZe, Kjaerbye will hope to return to the highest level of play on a consistent basis for the first time since early 2018, when he decided to leave Astralis in an infamous shock move to North.

Since then, the 2017 ELEAGUE Major MVP has had ups and downs but largely remained one of North's best performers across most of the team's iterations in 2018-2020, averaging a 1.08 rating on LAN in that period and putting up some standout showings at tournaments such as ECS Season 7 Finals and the StarLadder Major.

Kjaerbye's debut with FaZe will take place on August 19 in the European part of ESL One Cologne. The European mixture will first take on Heroic in the opening round of Group B, which also features three other top-ten teams in Vitality, G2, and fnatic.

FaZe's updated lineup is the following:

Norway Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač
Brazil Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David
Latvia Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants
Denmark Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye

Serbia Janko "⁠YNk⁠" Paunović (coach)

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1236
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
402
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Lithuania Aurimas 'Bymas' Pipiras
Aurimas 'Bymas' Pipiras
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
96
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1423
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1322
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1291
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#4
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CIS EzforEnCCe
LETSSS GOOO
2020-08-11 14:02
#6
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Australia Sify
yay
2020-08-11 14:02
Poggers
2020-08-11 14:02
We’ll see how this works out..
2020-08-11 14:03
#12
Boo | 
France mbl4
unexpected as fuck No
2020-08-11 14:03
very interesting move, let's see that faze will do anything without a proper igl.
2020-08-11 14:03
karrigan got benched in dec 2018, when did faze have a proper igl ever since? neo got kicked half a year later and wasnt even actually igling half of his time there, nothing changed lmao wtf u on about
2020-08-11 15:07
did i say that "they had a proper igl after they kick karrigan" i said "let's see that faze will do anything without a proper igl." i said that because almost everyone thought that faze will get an igl instead of support-fragger like kjaerbye. i never said that "they had a proper igl" are you using drugs?
2020-08-11 15:38
Rekt him m8
2020-08-11 18:09
he is probably using drugs mens wtf was that comment xaxaaxxax
2020-08-11 18:12
+1
2020-08-11 22:49
Axaxaxaxaxa
2020-08-12 00:08
#14
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Ukraine QarEd
finally, faze top 3 minimum
2020-08-11 14:03
#37
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India c0nsc10us
I highly doubt it. The way they're structuring their team doesn't lend itself to consistency
2020-08-11 14:07
nice
2020-08-11 14:03
true
2020-08-12 00:36
back to 2 major MVPs
2020-08-11 14:03
GOOD LUCK shakerbye can’t wait till Brazil and gaules accuse you of cheat when you beat mibr
2020-08-11 14:03
wat? a lot of people of the international community accused him of cheating, OMEGALUL
2020-08-11 14:11
No, only autistic gold novas accused him of cheat. No pro players, former pro players, no commentator not anyone in the international community accused him of cheating. Only weirdos and gold novas.
2020-08-11 14:26
to tell you the truth I meant it, but my english is very bad. international community i meant like people around the globe, not renowned people LOL
2020-08-11 14:27
Yes, okay, I misunderstood you. Carry on!
2020-08-11 14:27
as much a cheater would never be able to be a major MVP after what happened with KQLY, Kjaerbye is a world-class player, who showed on the lan that he is good.
2020-08-11 14:29
What? You're telling me people think kjaerbye is a hacker?? Wtf changed he use to be shit
2020-08-15 01:31
Yes, man! lmgtfy.com/?q=Kjaerbye+cheating+hltv.org Plebs everywhere!
2020-08-15 01:34
#55
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Brazil pooternd
yes men, kjaerbye god
2020-08-11 14:11
1/8 mens
2020-08-11 16:29
LUL
2020-08-11 14:18
#18
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Brazil zFelipiN
cool
2020-08-11 14:03
EZ
2020-08-11 14:03
#20
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Georgia Megobari
Sad
2020-08-11 14:03
yesss
2020-08-11 14:03
#22
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Poland Yomenik
pogg
2020-08-11 14:03
more firepower pls faze
2020-08-11 14:04
#26
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Latvia YungPan666
And Olof?
2020-08-11 14:04
should retire
2020-08-11 14:11
FaZe’s streamer
2020-08-11 19:33
#265
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Chile cristiaan
rip
2020-08-11 20:56
gl kjaerbye, hope you will help the team
2020-08-11 14:04
#28
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India Hafnex
Faze Poggers
2020-08-11 14:05
GLHF, Shake that booty, and wrist.
2020-08-11 14:06
why would they do this to themselves
2020-08-11 14:06
#32
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Expected But not a move that i see Faze getting benefited from.
2020-08-11 14:06
#33
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Germany DEBlL
now -rain -broky +mhl +kei make faze great again
2020-08-11 14:06
name checks out Matchmaking team with poles who don't know more than 5 words in english would be a great experiment
2020-08-11 14:12
New day, New flag Edit: Have a nice day!
2020-08-11 22:52
#293
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Germany DEBlL
Have a good night
2020-08-11 23:04
Deserved. Finnaly good team for Markus!
2020-08-11 14:06
#35
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Lithuania Edze
gl
2020-08-11 14:07
#309
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United States Hindy
come on, put the mousesports flair on now
2020-08-12 05:06
#322
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Lithuania Edze
Oh I forgot, ty
2020-08-12 13:17
FaZe the F up
2020-08-11 14:07
What major does Niko have lol apart from a major ego xD
2020-08-11 14:16
#114
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Australia CLEGGY
device flair...
2020-08-11 14:38
And proud of it lol...
2020-08-11 16:13
Expected from Kamelåså
2020-08-11 19:35
Your the one with a fake name not me lol dont turn it around kid
2020-08-11 21:34
#38
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Bulgaria gosholin
gl
2020-08-11 14:07
nice parkinson i like very much
2020-08-11 14:08
finally a good move from faze after kicking botmeister.
2020-08-11 14:08
#310
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United States Hindy
faze is going to blow up after this move, just like Beirut
2020-08-12 05:07
yes ;)
2020-08-12 11:04
bad move. Lekro would be way better
2020-08-11 14:08
he wouldnt be way better at all and they would have to pay for him...
2020-08-11 14:13
+1
2020-08-11 18:49
thought coldzera and kjaerbye did not talk to each other
2020-08-11 14:08
#46
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Pakistan LoOuU2
y tho
2020-08-11 14:09
a lot of brazilian players tell in stream that once a lot of brazilians were partying in europe (coldzera, lucas1, hen1 and others) and kjaerbye and the brazilians started to fight, and lucas1 (i dont remember if it was really him) knocked kjaerbye out
2020-08-11 14:12
#66
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Pakistan LoOuU2
oh shit , why would you hurt a face as beautiful as Kjearybye`s
2020-08-11 14:13
y all danish are as beatiful as him? :(((((((((
2020-08-11 14:14
#72
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i dont know mens(((
2020-08-11 14:16
Look at device, yes mens Look at MSL, no mens
2020-08-11 14:34
#126
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Pakistan LoOuU2
MSL only exception , rest handsome mens))
2020-08-11 14:45
nice gay mens)))
2020-08-11 15:03
#149
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Pakistan LoOuU2
mens))
2020-08-11 15:07
mens((
2020-08-11 15:16
#167
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Pakistan LoOuU2
sorry mens((
2020-08-11 15:19
True men, danish mens are beautiful while danish womens are big and bearded.
2020-08-11 18:05
#230
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Pakistan LoOuU2
I haven't seen many Danish girls but bearded? Wtf!
2020-08-11 18:10
#44
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United Kingdom Cujoishere
sick move
2020-08-11 14:08
Interesting move. Could be good
2020-08-11 14:09
Now just: -BotRain +IGL
2020-08-11 14:11
+1
2020-08-12 02:03
#50
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Germany Nachofish
idk chief but gl
2020-08-11 14:11
#53
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Europe Juuzou_
Interesting, i have a feeling this will work wonders for both faze and kjaerbye
2020-08-11 14:11
when -rain?
2020-08-11 14:11
#240
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Latvia kArnyje
Never
2020-08-11 18:45
Fuck this shit, I'm out! Not a good move imo and I dislike Kjaerbye on top of that...
2020-08-11 14:12
omegalul
2020-08-11 14:12
#61
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United States noCap
spicy move i like this a lot
2020-08-11 14:12
just pick a fucking igl
2020-08-11 14:13
Hi
2020-08-11 14:13
Poor Janko, this team is on the borderline of being uncoachable, dm&chaos. He is more useful as more of an analyst for them or something probably. I don't see any cohesion in this team at all, they'll probably be top 5-6 because of individual skills but they'll never be top 1-2 team. Who the fuck knows, we'll see
2020-08-11 14:13
#311
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United States Hindy
team cohesion, they are all best friends
2020-08-12 05:08
Bad move FaZe will fall with shakerbye
2020-08-11 14:14
hooooly shit thats insane, faze #1 now
2020-08-11 14:14
#71
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Australia Aquaaa
Why tf did they replace Bymas with Kjaerbye? I rly don't understand...
2020-08-11 14:15
because he is slightly better
2020-08-11 14:20
#89
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Australia Aquaaa
Not tru
2020-08-11 14:25
nice bait
2020-08-11 14:39
#221
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Sweden Trkmag
He is way better
2020-08-11 17:55
kjaerbye is way more experienced
2020-08-11 18:37
Cause he is much better. Even if bymas had his moments he wasn't playing like a pro. He needs experience after all.
2020-08-11 20:18
shake it like a salt shaker markus
2020-08-11 14:18
#76
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Spain Holiwis
Xd gl
2020-08-11 14:20
#80
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Spain elskio
axaxaxaxa I'm gonna laugh
2020-08-11 14:21
#82
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Japan chanse
A team with 3 snakes :D
2020-08-11 14:22
washed up bot joining a washed up line up, except broky... They had the opportunity to pick huNter & nexa but big ego NiKo wants to IGL and then they had the opportunity to pick ALEX, but yet again they are picking another young guy (Bymas) and when shit doesn't work they pick Kjaerbye of all the fucking talents there is out there. Get a real IGL and go away from this I'm-doing-it-all for myself to shine type of IGL
2020-08-11 14:22
But hunter is family so you telling bullshit
2020-08-11 14:25
NiKo is one of the best IGL in the world wtf
2020-08-11 14:28
#222
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Sweden Trkmag
Bro NiKo started fucking entrying for FaZe while he was IGL, I don’t think NiKo is a good IGL but he absolutely isn’t doing it for his own stats
2020-08-11 17:56
#85
alex | 
Spain mokerz
nice powder, if kjerbye is not a cheater will be good movement for faze
2020-08-11 14:23
ok so -rain for +GOD LOBA then?
2020-08-11 14:24
Next olof quit cs go and start a career in valorant
2020-08-11 14:25
RIP olof
2020-08-11 14:26
gl I feel this is going to be tough cus weak igl
2020-08-11 14:26
i want orgy with this faze roster
2020-08-11 14:26
#95
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France Tred0x
they definitly needed a cheater
2020-08-11 14:26
#96
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Uruguay iNVE14
-broky + nitr0
2020-08-11 14:26
#99
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Yugoslavia RiggedShit
Niko cant admit hes own mistakes he just cant igl and now you add this parkinsons disease cheater kjaerbye
2020-08-11 14:28
Cya
2020-08-11 17:37
-broky +1 good igl and niko awper and let's go top2 team go kids with reply : broky is good bla bla bla bla, he is bad for this team, so much baiter
2020-08-11 14:29
broky is good bla bla bla bla
2020-08-11 15:14
ok
2020-08-11 14:29
faze hopin' some shaky cheats will save them
2020-08-11 14:29
Lets rekt everyone
2020-08-11 14:30
ezezeez
2020-08-11 14:34
#109
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United States JustBitsy
Ooof
2020-08-11 14:36
KJAERBYE ON TOP!!!!
2020-08-11 14:37
2 years later... kjaerbye kicks Niko from faze
2020-08-11 14:37
Imagine
2020-08-11 14:38
F for ALEX csgo career. No org will pay his buyout and he's playing on valorant mix teams already. It is inevitable that he will be a bench warmer for some time and probably move to valorant
2020-08-11 14:37
#129
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Finland Khroni
I can still see some teams keeping him in mind, karrigan is getting to the older stage and mouz could keep him in mind He could also replace stanislaw in eg when they rejoin EU teams and lose every match, or any other int team like og/godsent if they don't improve more
2020-08-11 14:49
it's really stupid if he really wants to become a valorant pro. it's his decision but he could have a very good career in a good team since he is a very good IGL.
2020-08-11 18:49
On what ground do you class him as a good IGL? The few times Zywo0 didn't dominante Vitalitys strats was absolutely nothing to show for when Alex was IGL.
2020-08-15 09:15
this team has insane individual skill on paper. but again, that alone won't bring them to the top. we will see how this move work for them
2020-08-11 14:38
Lets go faze
2020-08-11 14:38
Another bad roster move
2020-08-11 14:41
Good kuck kjaerbye
2020-08-11 14:41
#121
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Saudi Arabia Xpicyy
Nice, they added cheater
2020-08-11 14:42
Oh really? And how has he manager to do that without getting caught? And how come no pro, coaches or commentators have been able to spot what you seem to be able to see?
2020-08-12 20:10
ok
2020-08-11 14:42
#124
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Switzerland x676
couldn't care less
2020-08-11 14:42
finally a team with 5 great individual players
2020-08-11 14:45
bro Faze need a good IGL ...
2020-08-11 14:50
Faze is probably the second most stupid org on the world or maybe first its them or hellraisers
2020-08-11 14:46
#128
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France Uexo
Good for Kjaerbye
2020-08-11 14:49
#134
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Denmark Gehledes
First of all Niko is a good igl whether you like it or not. 2nd of all, I think Kjaerbye will be a great edition
2020-08-11 14:55
#159
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Netherlands wesbvb
Addition, but agreed
2020-08-11 15:15
wow kjaerbye I hope you stay there for a long time
2020-08-11 14:59
#137
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Serbia LtN))
ok
2020-08-11 14:59
expected
2020-08-11 15:00
#140
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Serbia LtN))
still aim but no brain team
2020-08-11 15:00
Better than whomas but still not what they need (IGL).
2020-08-11 15:01
#142
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Brazil SecondKS
NICE MOVE!
2020-08-11 15:01
Cool . Good Luck Kjaerbye in FaZe Clan =)
2020-08-11 15:04
#146
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Israel FRIsaac
gl
2020-08-11 15:05
I think its time to change the coach too
2020-08-11 15:05
Insane! Insane! Insane! For the first time i'm hyped
2020-08-11 15:08
Never been impressed by him to be honest. Feels like everyone has been talking about him as the next big thing in the danish scene, except that talk began like 4 years ago, and his career has basically just gone in the opposite direction since then. Was hoping for them to take in an IGL instead to let NiKo focus on what he does best. Someone like ALEX or Lekr0.
2020-08-11 15:11
all parkinson no brain. fuck faze for adding this dirty cheater
2020-08-11 15:12
u good???
2020-08-11 15:19
still no IGL, 3 years straight of not having a real IGL, lol
2020-08-11 15:15
Also 3 years straight of no relevant trophies wonder if there's some connection🤔🤔
2020-08-11 17:39
Pog
2020-08-11 15:15
#160
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United Kingdom JackINF_
Gonna be interesting to see who is going to throw the flashes and who is going to be the bait for Niko and Cold
2020-08-11 15:15
Lmao
2020-08-11 15:18
nice pick
2020-08-11 15:28
Kjaerbye redemption arc PogU
2020-08-11 15:32
#172
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Sweden Zolity
oh shit
2020-08-11 15:34
#173
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Indonesia en1lykS
Can't believe this is happening.. Well, GL then
2020-08-11 15:36
#174
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Europe legal2333
Ez major #FaZeUp
2020-08-11 15:40
#175
jL | 
Estonia pj4
Good Luck to both Bymas in mouz and Kjaerbye in FaZe :)
2020-08-11 15:38
alex is the fucking gareth bale of csgo won't play not going anywhere soon
2020-08-11 15:38
#179
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Bulgaria mythr0x
good luck
2020-08-11 15:40
bymas>Kjaerbye
2020-08-11 15:40
GL kjærbye
2020-08-11 15:42
Underrated player
2020-08-11 15:42
bumas>kjaerbye
2020-08-11 15:43
faze tier 2 nice
2020-08-11 15:46
GL Kjaerbye! Hope this is the last piece of the puzzle!
2020-08-11 15:59
As a Faze fan i am crying atm... RIP ESL Cologne, Faze ain't gonna do shit the next couple of months.
2020-08-11 16:06
One day a team will try a team full of IGLs with no aimers, unlike the usual all-aim-no-brain teams
2020-08-11 16:18
RIP FaZe top 30 incoming
2020-08-11 16:20
still dont get it why are they keep adding more firepower to this roster , they just need a good IGL , niko , cold , rain is enough for the firepower of the team...
2020-08-11 16:23
cool -rain -broky +s1mple +zywoo
2020-08-11 16:27
#206
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United States Artifactz
ok... I'm curious to see if this works
2020-08-11 16:56
#208
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Poland ethereal0
downgrade
2020-08-11 17:04
Finally faze will become good again, not now, but whenever kjaerbye leaves
2020-08-11 17:06
Wow so this is replacement for Olof??? Lol olof will be better in 50 year old than Snakebye
2020-08-11 17:22
Imagine a 2017 Kjærbye, reaching those hights on FaZe. Would be insane!
2020-08-11 17:30
this guy is so fucking beautiful
2020-08-11 17:36
#331
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Brazil pooternd
yes homo or no homo?
2020-08-13 13:16
no homo sure
2020-08-19 15:34
#216
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Portugal joaosenra
Why faze should by an igl if in some weeks niko will call instead of the igl and kick in after 2 months yes, better buy 5 pog guys unleash them in the server like its was a matchmaking or a faceit game and hope for the best kkkk
2020-08-11 17:37
#219
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Poland SebL
He is a solid player, he is not anything special, he won't make huge amounts of frags, but he is insanely experienced, and he is very stable, when he will have to frag he will frag, and I think that's a good choice for FaZe. For me now FaZe should remove rain, because for me he is really bad in his role, and add dupreeh, because for me he would fit percetly into rain spot but he will make his job much much better.
2020-08-11 17:42
gl buying out dupreeh from astralis
2020-08-11 18:38
#253
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Poland SebL
FaZe Clan have money, I don't think that would be a problem.
2020-08-11 19:15
dupreehs buyout is def at least 750k and i doubt they would want to spend that much
2020-08-11 19:40
#263
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Poland SebL
For this kind of player? For me they could try.
2020-08-11 20:23
Still gonna be trash
2020-08-11 17:46
Trash. There are a lot of players better than him that can suit this team.
2020-08-11 17:57
#225
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Sweden Trkmag
#FaZeUp
2020-08-11 17:58
You're a Faze fan too mens?)) good to know
2020-08-12 00:10
#330
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Sweden Trkmag
Dig FaZe and baller CIS sqauds like old F3
2020-08-13 10:58
#233
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Denmark twinseN
Well lets see how it turns out :)
2020-08-11 18:20
KKKKKKKK
2020-08-11 18:25
nice i dont think it will fix their issues but nice
2020-08-11 19:05
GODBye TOP 1 !!!!! FAZE LETS GO FOR MAJOR!!!!!!!!!!! Godzera Godniko Godbroky GodKjaerbye Godrain
2020-08-11 19:15
delusional
2020-08-11 21:20
10-0 incoming when playing vs BIG
2020-08-11 19:15
#260
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Lithuania HunTeriS
bymas is better
2020-08-11 19:44
Ez4FaZe #FaZeUp
2020-08-11 20:09
who?
2020-08-11 21:19
HOLY FUCK GUYS!! IM SO HYPED RIGH NOW!!! #EZAF
2020-08-11 22:12
God damn it. This will be a banger
2020-08-11 22:52
Kjaerbye is a good player and for sure up for the task in this team, but.. really faze? Are you sure firepower was the thing you needed?
2020-08-11 23:25
They couldn't get alex, so they went for firepower and experience, instead of just firepower
2020-08-12 13:03
Excited to see this. I'm not expecting much but I just hope they continue to improve. Rip i cannot change name anymore(((( Bumas you will always be remembered
2020-08-12 00:15
fucking lit
2020-08-12 00:43
Honestly, I can't see how Snakebye can be a good choice for this team, can somebody explain? LUL
2020-08-12 01:23
Need - rain
2020-08-12 02:04
Lulz
2020-08-12 03:21
one more time big mistake by Faze. Tier2 player
2020-08-12 09:05
#317
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Turkey sedo7
nobody can save faze, they got used to lose
2020-08-12 11:05
lets hope this works out better than the last time he made a major team switch xD
2020-08-12 11:13
Hahaha that's perfect! North HLTV ranking kjaerbyebye start: 20 North HLTV ranking kjaerbyebye end: 22 Goodjob gonzo!! Now get FazeLOL out of top10 pls. First then u da real mVp.
2020-08-12 12:48
Bymas better
2020-08-12 15:38
#332
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India Faze0089
If this doesn't work out, Faze should sign an igl. Niko for me is the best player in the world but he is a below average igl. His individual performance is also taking a hit because of this. This is do or die for Niko as an igl.
2020-08-13 17:02
1month later : Kyerbye leaves Faze
2020-08-14 06:07
#335
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Bulgaria mythr0x
gl
2020-08-14 14:33
how is he an improvement on Olaf, they need proper IGL not another aimer. Faze is frustrating.
2020-08-15 01:39
Lmao Change Bymas to "this"
2020-08-16 20:55
Faze the fuck up bois!
2020-08-19 17:41
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Portugal Cy4b3ard
What about olofmeister? Where does olof stand in all of this?
2020-08-19 20:34
bro hes retired
2020-08-21 05:17
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