olofmeister returns to FaZe's starting lineup as stand-in

The two-time Major winner will play his first match in over five months on Thursday against BIG.

FaZe will play their next matches with Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer as a stand-in, the North American organisation has announced. He will be stepping into Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač's shoes after the Bosnian completed on Wednesday a transfer to G2 in what was "one of the biggest signings in CS:GO history", according to the European organisation.

olofmeister returns to action after stepping down from the roster in mid-May to recover from fatigue. Initially, his spot was filled by Aurimas "⁠Bymas⁠" Pipiras, but the Lithuanian was replaced by former Astralis and North member Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye in August.

olofmeister will play for FaZe again

olofmeister has been a part of FaZe since August 2017, when he completed a transfer from fnatic, with whom he had won two Major titles in 2015. He struggled for consistency during the first five months of this year, averaging a 0.94 rating across all competitions.

The announcement of olofmeister's return comes on the same day the team also parted ways with coach Janko "⁠YNk⁠" Paunović, who admitted that he wasn't successful in fixing the "issues in and out of the game" that have been plaguing the team in recent times.

FaZe have been placed in Group B of the BLAST Premier Fall Series alongside Vitality, Complexity and BIG. It is unclear whether olofmeister will also be playing in IEM Beijing-Haidian, which will take place between November 6 and 22.

FaZe will field the following lineup in the BLAST Premier Fall Series:

Norway Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard
Brazil Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David
Latvia Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants
Denmark Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye
Sweden Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer (stand-in)

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1276
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:
442
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:
128
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:
1463
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
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1436
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1362
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:
1341
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
easy for the goat
2020-10-28 21:32
12 replies
#195
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Germany X5ander
haha, BIG is Top 5 team in the world. A Faze with olof can never beat them. Olof is legend, but today he isn't one of the best players.
2020-10-29 11:39
11 replies
#201
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Lithuania Extazis
It will be funny if BIG losses
2020-10-29 12:26
9 replies
No way.Isaw tabsen in Community FFA-DM server in 3AM.I don't think Cold and Rain could try so hard .They are just trying to enjoy their final career time right now.
2020-10-29 12:48
8 replies
#208
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Spain daniel03s
yeah ima just enjoy watching this roster. at this point im awaiting the complete rebrand of it so ima just enjoy watching olof + whoever else before they get benched
2020-10-29 14:33
7 replies
Why Bring a washed up bot when there is so much talent out there.. he was great went to retirement and now comes back.. KKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-10-29 15:18
6 replies
#214
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United States R3ASON23
That's why he is only a stand-in. They are looking, but don't want to commit yet to anyone.
2020-10-29 16:02
2 replies
#236
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United States weaboo
-broky +guardian -kareabye +fallen ezzzzz
2020-10-30 15:58
1 reply
that won't work
2020-11-06 15:10
#215
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Spain daniel03s
cus they had 2 days and he at least knows what he has to do in the team.
2020-10-29 16:11
2 replies
Ty 4 Update bro
2020-10-29 20:42
1 reply
#225
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Spain daniel03s
np any time
2020-10-29 23:09
Buddy you're german not please don't talk here. Don't forget that BiG are the biggest onliners so far and syrsoN consistently carrying them lol
2020-11-06 15:10
#4
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Europe ROMAG
easy for boostmeister
2020-10-28 21:32
1 reply
#204
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Ukraine ftiis
no
2020-10-29 14:16
LETS GOOOO
2020-10-28 21:32
nice
2020-10-28 21:32
good luck.
2020-10-28 21:32
#12
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Europe Velurom
Good luck, olofmeister.
2020-10-28 21:33
GOAT RETURNS!
2020-10-28 21:33
#14
ANa | 
Romania GeDu
as stand in? As far as I know he was leaving for a period of time due to fatigue, not permanently. And he is still under contract with FaZe. So instead of looking for 5th why not continuing with olofmeister?
2020-10-28 21:33
13 replies
That fatigue and burnout was just to show to public the real reason was to find a better 5th fir the team as olof could perform on roles assigned to him If olof was burned out he would habe returned after player break and they never had signed kjaerbye Now when NiKo left and they need a player thats why olof is coming back and they surely will remove him afterwards ig
2020-10-28 21:35
5 replies
Unless olof suddenly performs well*
2020-10-28 23:47
2 replies
#159
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United States 1nsaneMe
True. Fingers are crossed for GodOlof to come back!!
2020-10-29 03:26
would love to see that
2020-10-29 12:11
u think they just decided that theyre gonna sell niko, their best player llulul from 2 weeks until the transfer? idiot?
2020-10-29 00:14
1 reply
can you enlight me and tell me what are u trying to say?
2020-10-30 15:23
Yeah sure. Go from a bad IGL in NiKo to a worse IGL in cold or rain.
2020-10-28 21:37
5 replies
IT HAS TO BE OLOF. NO WAY THEY WILL BE MAKING THE CALLS.
2020-10-28 23:01
3 replies
#142
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Brazil pooternd
imagine cold being igl GO B GO B GO B GOB SMOKE SMOKE SMOKE SMOKE CT CT CT AND COFFINS COFFINS MOLLY TRIPLE TRIPLE TRIPLE cold always repeat the same phrase every second
2020-10-29 02:06
1 reply
Gob b
2020-10-29 07:28
would be pretty funny to look at tho kekw
2020-10-29 02:08
rain has never been an IGL, he has been a lot, but IGL or AWPer is not one of them. I guess I just got baited by a 12y.old...
2020-10-29 01:54
The way i see it there's only two options for Olofmeister, either stay in Faze. Or make a team with PashaBiceps xD.
2020-10-29 11:25
welcome legend
2020-10-28 21:33
this FaZe > FaZe with NiKo
2020-10-28 21:33
4 replies
this kind of looks like a super version of godsent
2020-10-28 21:59
1 reply
#108
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Indonesia lukerey
But godsent still had 1 brain which is kRYSTAL. This faze is all aim, which is interesting.
2020-10-28 23:06
#183
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Austria doMK0
I think thats very unrealistic, they will place last in the group.
2020-10-29 08:55
#189
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Sweden flippig
+1
2020-10-29 09:50
KAJBJER WITH KJAERBYE
2020-10-28 21:33
"One legend steps away, another legend steps in." Are we talking about YNK and Olof? Because NiKo is not a legend. Win a major or at least be number 1 in the world before getting that title.
2020-10-28 21:34
23 replies
He is FaZe's legends. Helped them to so many titles and MVPs and the best player in this teams history in CS.
2020-10-28 21:38
4 replies
I mean for FaZe sure For counter strike Why would he be. Cuz he got carried by rain and guardian a few tournaments? With one of the greatest IGLs of all time and some of the best veterans? Once they all left he's been shitting the bed for a "legend"
2020-10-29 03:08
3 replies
cry all you want, NiKo is a legend already, has been for years
2020-10-30 00:46
2 replies
2020-10-30 00:59
1 reply
too lazy; didn't read
2020-10-30 02:33
Stop writing and cheer for the arg scene
2020-10-28 21:48
3 replies
What is there to cheer for. Dead ass scene for a dead ass country. Nothing to write about Argensyria world's first 4th world country.
2020-10-29 03:07
2 replies
I feel you brother
2020-10-29 06:34
truth be spoken
2020-10-29 14:24
#88
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United States ekwi
imagine unironically thinking you have to win a major to be a legend
2020-10-28 22:15
8 replies
There are some who are already legends without doing it Like s1mple or GuardiaN for example. My point is that he doesn't deserve it. If at least he'd win a major or be the number one then he would. But atm he's not a legend, he's some egokid who has talent and loves to waste it. Not even the best Bosnian player lmao.
2020-10-29 03:06
7 replies
#160
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United States ekwi
No. I feel like people should be entitled to think whatever they want, and we don't need to debate things. A lot of people seem to think niko is a legend, so it is true.
2020-10-29 03:28
6 replies
you way of thinking is so erratic my friend... a legend is defined by his acts, not by what a bunch of people think or not. The only correct point on your words is that anyone can think or express what they think... but that doesnt mean it will be true.
2020-10-29 14:29
3 replies
#211
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United States ekwi
It doesn't matter what is true or not, we're all just spectators and we can think whatever we want if it suits us, because it's for fun. The way we think doesn't change anything, it doesn't affect the players' situation or their thoughts. there is no point in trying to settle things, there is no truth outside of just opinions, so there is no point in debate. People should just feel entitled to think and say whatever they want, nothing actually matters
2020-10-29 15:11
2 replies
o.0 my god, how old are you? it doesn't matter if its true or not? dude you must eat a bunch of lies daily and dont even notice... just spectate You are the best person for a politician to influence
2020-10-29 18:19
1 reply
#220
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United States ekwi
the world of esports =/= politics did you really just compare sports and rooting for teams to actual real world things? I feel like this is my point, that this is a spectator sport lol. I don't want to bring thinking and analysis to my enjoyment of a spectator game lmao
2020-10-29 18:26
Aigh, NiKo is a legend then. But Olof is a god among men. And NiKo is not even close. People by giving him the title are lowering the value of the word. Not everyone gets to be a legend, even exceptional talents don't get to.
2020-10-30 00:58
1 reply
#232
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United States ekwi
Yea I think that's fair. It's just, personally think if people regard someone highly and their individual performance was exceptional, that's enough for them to be a legend. That, of course, doesn't mean they necessarily won and accomplished the most things Doubtful that niko can ever achieve, in his remaining career, the success that olof had in his prime, with fnatic. It's just, I really don't know what other word to use. Like, people always talk about people being legendary in 1.6 and so on. I don't think people really care too much about "oh they won the 2009 cup something something", it's enough for them to be well known.
2020-10-30 02:39
#109
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Indonesia lukerey
Doesn't matter NiKo won a major or not. He will be one of many legends for csgo.
2020-10-28 23:08
4 replies
Maybe with given time. Atm no. Legend status shouldn't be gifted away to anybody. Same as why I don't think people like pronax are legends.
2020-10-29 03:07
3 replies
You can think whatever you want man but NiKo is legend of csgo and you can't change it
2020-10-29 04:35
#178
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Indonesia lukerey
You the only one who think pronax isnt a legend.
2020-10-29 07:43
Nowadays the "Legend" status is given to anybody they feel like giving. Yes you are right Niko doesn't deserve the title, the only thing he is good at is farming eco rounds to get good stats nothing else. Plays for his stats not for the team, picks AWP over the primary awper, igl's when it's not his thing. I am just happy he left Faze.
2020-10-29 11:25
#26
arT | 
Brazil logzera
Thank you Niko for not taking aleksib while you could.
2020-10-28 21:34
1 reply
Or ALEX or any decent IGL. Ruins the fucking team by thinking he is tier 1 IGL and after some time leaves for another team. SNIKOOOOOO
2020-10-28 23:46
FalleN inc guys
2020-10-28 21:34
2 replies
i'd wanna see that but please set coldzera for success this time
2020-10-30 00:46
1 reply
+1
2020-10-30 08:58
inb4 they do better than G2
2020-10-28 21:35
Pls, only for this tournament
2020-10-28 21:35
In Olof We Trust
2020-10-28 21:35
olof return to his 2015 form
2020-10-28 21:35
good luck legend.
2020-10-28 21:36
seems like there's no thought put into FAZE cs:go
2020-10-28 21:36
I hope he does good
2020-10-28 21:36
finally some good fucking news love me some SEXYMEISTER
2020-10-28 21:37
Did he get money for all these months of being on the “bench” He’d better donate som new fresh blood players som money. Im not sayin motar style but donate startups... but ofc he wont do this he aint a real mannn😉😉
2020-10-28 21:38
4 replies
He didn't get benched he left bro
2020-10-28 23:05
3 replies
Im sure he didnt? Y tf would faze resign him if he backstabbed them back then..
2020-10-28 23:12
2 replies
#130
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Norway DiskarN
He never left, only a senere fatigue break from CS. Although I do believe underperforming and losing interest in CS might be the real story.
2020-10-29 00:10
1 reply
probably playing shitty positions wasn't fun too
2020-10-29 02:10
AZR incoming
2020-10-28 21:38
"to stand in"... so doesnt sound like he fully wants to commit to coming back
2020-10-28 21:38
Pog
2020-10-28 21:39
#48
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Romania [AloHa]
god
2020-10-28 21:39
love it
2020-10-28 21:41
#52
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Chile nachooww
GIVE ME MORE OLOF NEWS
2020-10-28 21:44
GL legend
2020-10-28 21:45
#54
cArn | 
Philippines J4DEM
he is really done playing competitively right?
2020-10-28 21:46
#55
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United States SWiFTzZzZz
Pog
2020-10-28 21:46
Welcome back king
2020-10-28 21:46
cold IGL?
2020-10-28 21:47
1 reply
#71
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Ukraine Dert38
+1
2020-10-28 21:55
#58
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Denmark Zaerdna
Why as a stand-in though?
2020-10-28 21:48
What? You mean Niko 0 majors a legend? Olof is a legend no doubt but Faze cmon...
2020-10-28 21:51
2 replies
#111
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Indonesia lukerey
2020-10-28 23:09
1 reply
Imagine thinking otherwise.
2020-10-28 23:19
#63
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Brazil SecondKS
Welcome again OlofGOD
2020-10-28 21:53
expected
2020-10-28 21:53
hype olof’s show!!!
2020-10-28 21:53
i miss you, GOOD LUCK LEGEND
2020-10-28 21:53
#68
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Ukraine Dert38
8/8 news
2020-10-28 21:54
#69
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Asia loveall
FaZe wins now.
2020-10-28 21:54
him, rain and niko were the only reason why I am supporting FaZe, soon to only be Rain. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
2020-10-28 21:55
Nice
2020-10-28 21:55
#74
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Europe t.o.p
THE TWO-TIME
2020-10-28 21:58
#75
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Chile esanchez47
YES!
2020-10-28 21:58
The news we were waiting for
2020-10-28 21:59
#79
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Algeria Tari)))
Nice GL
2020-10-28 22:03
#80
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Brazil candymau
I've got nothing but RESPECT for this man. Good Luck Olof !!!!
2020-10-28 22:03
will be deadlast in the scoreboard with 4-5 kills
2020-10-28 22:04
1 reply
IT was already showed that he had enough impact since how faze played without him
2020-10-29 07:23
nice
2020-10-28 22:05
PogChamp I hate faze. But i like olofmeister, he is one of the true legends of CS. Welcome back olof wait. stand in...
2020-10-28 22:10
F FaZe
2020-10-28 22:10
#87
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Sweden ADAMAS_
FLUSH THEM OLOF!
2020-10-28 22:12
#89
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Czech Republic FabyCZ
KING IS BACK!
2020-10-28 22:20
olof i miss you my friend lets go babyyyyyy
2020-10-28 22:28
great
2020-10-28 22:31
#94
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Bulgaria thealexxy
Rip Major Rio ambitions, -40% of rmr points, nor that Faze has much...
2020-10-28 22:32
a true star player
2020-10-28 22:46
gl
2020-10-28 22:48
So he lied on twitter? Oh well, I'm glad he's back anyway, hope he stays.
2020-10-28 22:50
glhf, very handsome man
2020-10-28 22:51
#100
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Brazil Fulmini
yikes I thought Fallen was going to FaZe, but it looks like he's just going to build another team with Bot Taco and Bot Fer :(
2020-10-28 22:54
Goat. I wish you the best.
2020-10-28 22:57
#102
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Brazil Toxic_BR
I hope this is prime olof coming back
2020-10-28 22:57
I'm actually more excited to see olaf rather than niko
2020-10-28 23:00
#105
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Lithuania Edze
YESSIRRRRRRRR
2020-10-28 23:03
Why faze keeps bringing back that wqshed up bot
2020-10-28 23:08
#112
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Singapore Jaredlkj
Now dont give him shit roles
2020-10-28 23:11
Nice!
2020-10-28 23:17
welcome back GOAT get yo ass ready kids. #olofGOAT #thecryisfree #choke2
2020-10-28 23:41
perfectly selected picture, props to faze
2020-10-28 23:49
Legend <3
2020-10-28 23:49
Welcome back
2020-10-28 23:57
#129
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Poland SebL
It's understandable that they need a stand in fastly, so they take olof, but long term it makes no sense to bring him back, the guy is a legend but let's be honest, things are looking horrible for him. Maybe it's time to call it quit.
2020-10-28 23:58
expected
2020-10-29 00:36
GOAT is back
2020-10-29 00:59
#136
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Germany sommares
> stand in > starting lineup can anyone explain???
2020-10-29 01:04
2 replies
#167
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India _Jazz_
Stand in coz he is here probably for just 1 tourney. Starting lineup as he is still in contract with FaZe. Just inactive.
2020-10-29 05:25
1 reply
#182
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Germany sommares
ahhhhhh
2020-10-29 08:48
I put all my money on faze!
2020-10-29 02:02
Return of the King
2020-10-29 02:10
POG
2020-10-29 02:32
Dead team
2020-10-29 02:44
3 major MVPs and still dead lmfao
2020-10-29 03:16
#162
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Philippines leks1
This Faze = Liquid aimwise.
2020-10-29 03:34
#166
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Germany Shackrag
back to top 1 now that the deadweights gone
2020-10-29 05:13
#168
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World xuyan96
whos igling in Faze now? Cold or Olof
2020-10-29 05:27
He might not be the 2015 olof but its always a good feeling watching him play. we almost thought he would never return to the scene again
2020-10-29 05:35
#170
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Brazil v0m1t
Hopefully olof still has something left in him , would be nice to see
2020-10-29 05:42
Pog
2020-10-29 06:26
FaZe should disband, there's no way they're ever gathering a team that can compete for the win.
2020-10-29 07:27
Watch cold start to perform now, really looking forward to watching them play, no disrespect to NiKo at least I won't have to watch him roll his eyes when he gets 16:1'd anymore
2020-10-29 07:29
#180
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Sweden hausmanis
I dont think this will work. BUT if it works, would be so amazing to se OlofM back and Faze making it without Niko. Kjaerbye, Rain, Cold and Bymas is a strong 4 tho, with a great IGL they could become toptier again. I doubt OlofM´s form is every going to be "old olofM" good again, but i hope so
2020-10-29 08:28
1 reply
wdym bymas xaxaxaxax he left faze ages ago u mean brokyy right?
2020-10-29 12:13
#181
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Denmark twinseN
Wb Olof aka Legend :)
2020-10-29 08:29
#185
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Nepal Naughty_O
This team could be better without NiKo. No more Bosnian man-child with his egoist and passive-aggressive substance.
2020-10-29 09:03
Nice im so happy olof is good player
2020-10-29 09:25
Just let the poor bloke retire
2020-10-29 10:25
#191
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France Chim0ng0
Now -broky +GuardiaN back and nice lineup
2020-10-29 10:37
1 reply
wat
2020-10-29 23:18
legend is back, hopefully we can't expect god performance
2020-10-29 11:55
Time for Olof to join the elephant´s graveyard Dignitas... But still, why is he labeled stand-in when he has a contract with Faze? Weired!
2020-10-29 11:55
sad excuse for a "support player"
2020-10-29 11:58
#203
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Ukraine Xe0m
GL!
2020-10-29 13:02
Honestly speaking, its gonna be quite difficult for Faze specially with the sudden change of IGL and other roles along with adjusting their play style as per the sudden player change. BIG definitely shouldn't lose this. If in case Faze manages to do this, its gonna be troll of the week by 'Trollofmeister'.
2020-10-29 14:29
Generally speaking, this is exciting for FaZe. I really believe Niko has been holding them back for a long time. FaZe was so much better before they got him. He was such a good player that, instead of trusting his team mates, he took over the IGL role which was stupid because he was way better as a fragger. Then he took over awping, which was also stupid because he's a way better rifler. Honestly, FaZe has now been unlocked from a bad situation. Can't wait to see how they improve.
2020-10-29 14:56
1 reply
Idk where the fuck they can find good igl. Looks like fallen is only decent option + he can play with awp.
2020-10-30 19:00
I really hope he performs and hopefully He can stay in the team. I have nothing but respect for this legend.
2020-10-29 15:45
#216
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Singapore eriknords
Exciting news but Olof will probably need a couple of games to get back in shape
2020-10-29 16:29
The goat graces us once again.
2020-10-29 16:47
olofmeister returning with Tec-9 nerf 😍
2020-10-29 17:34
olofmeister boostmeister my friend
2020-10-29 18:28
dead team
2020-10-29 20:21
#224
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Sweden RaketHopp
g o a t
2020-10-29 21:34
rain-igl cold-support broky-awp krbjae-entry olof -lurk
2020-10-30 11:53
so far not good, faze needs to fix this lineup asap now that niko is gone. They can be better than they were with niko imo. Keep broky, rain, cold and go from there. Karrigan, cold, broky, rain, jkaem would have been great
2020-10-31 04:58
Cool
2020-10-31 20:27
"steps in after 5 months" yeah hes totally not gonna be washed or anything. and hes totally not gonna retire for good after his short standin period.
2020-11-02 10:01
Whos going to be their new 5th? I hope some talent from FPL and cold takes the role of igl
2020-11-03 15:03
One of best players in history is on bench We all age
2020-11-04 15:25
olofmaister - we love you
2020-11-07 16:13
Been playing CS since 1.3, and our beloved community still amazes me. People REALLY loves hackers :D JW, krimz, olof, flusha and all the silent aim people out there REALLY appreciate your backup guys.
2020-11-09 13:17
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