junior to debut for FURIA in IEM Katowice

The North American sniper will join up with the rest of the squad in Germany this weekend.

Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson will make his first appearance for FURIA in the main tournament of IEM Katowice, the team's coach, Nicholas "⁠guerri⁠" Nogueira, confirmed on Friday in an interview with MGG Brasil.

The North American player was signed from Triumph precisely a month ago but had to sit out the team's first two tournaments, BLAST Premier Global Final and cs_summit 7, due to passport issues. Lucas "⁠honda⁠" Cano, FURIA's sixth player, stepped in for junior in both competitions.

junior is on his way to Germany to link up with the team

According to guerri, junior started practicing with the team while he was still in North America. Using the English language to communicate, the coach acknowledged, has forced the team to "start from scratch".

"Things are going well, better than I expected," guerri said. "Everyone is getting out of their comfort zone. We renamed every spot on every map. It's an ongoing process. It's a step back, there are a lot of things happening. We are switching a player, we are using a new language to communicate, one that is not our native language.

"Sometimes, we tell junior something and he doesn't understand or he speaks too fast and we don't understand. We're still adapting. I'm very happy, everyone is excited, everyone is studying and putting in the effort."

FURIA are one of the first eight teams confirmed for IEM Katowice's main tournament, which will run from February 18-21. The last eight teams in the showpiece competition will be determined by the Play-In Stage, kicking off Tuesday.

Brazil Lucas 'honda' Cano
Lucas 'honda' Cano
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
21
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.71
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
209
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
Lets go!
2021-02-13 15:44
30 replies
nice lets see how good he is now
2021-02-13 15:44
17 replies
Better than honda for sure.
2021-02-13 15:51
16 replies
#22
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Brazil Monkerino
ofc but que questoin is: is he better than hen1?
2021-02-13 15:53
5 replies
Dont think so dude
2021-02-13 15:55
1 reply
#61
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Sri Lanka w7tv
but he will be way more motivated
2021-02-13 16:52
#60
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Poland Lother96
Maybe not right now, but definitely he has a potential to be better than Hen1
2021-02-13 16:45
#90
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Georgia Xeeh
Probably not, especially when you consider communication issues
2021-02-13 18:28
I think his style of AWPing might suit the team better.
2021-02-13 21:17
#105
arT | 
Brazil joroca
korean jealous of honda honda >>> nissan
2021-02-13 20:04
5 replies
Hyundai>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>honda
2021-02-13 20:05
4 replies
#107
arT | 
Brazil joroca
toyota >>>> hyundai
2021-02-13 20:06
3 replies
#124
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United Kingdom sam_
aston martin >>>> everything UK king of luxury cars))))
2021-02-14 05:36
2 replies
#125
arT | 
Brazil joroca
tell that to my troller, if u need to go off road
2021-02-14 12:28
1 reply
#127
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United Kingdom sam_
No off road in London mens))
2021-02-14 20:17
Blackpink da best +1
2021-02-13 21:03
2 replies
Twice > Blackpink
2021-02-13 23:11
1 reply
i love both
2021-02-13 23:28
dont think so. I feel for some reason honda is a better fit and communication is also way easier. imagine a team like furia switching between Portuguese & english. they will choke eventually.
2021-02-14 01:46
Liquid!
2021-02-13 15:55
11 replies
Lets go
2021-02-13 16:21
Lulquid*
2021-02-13 16:26
9 replies
Thank god we didn't get 16-0ed yesterday. Has Liquid ever been 16-0ed before?
2021-02-13 16:29
8 replies
getting 16-1d, not 16-0d surely that's something you can be proud of LUL
2021-02-13 16:35
6 replies
16-0 is much worse than a 16-1 for sure. I mean G2 got rekt 16-2 by Navi in iem kato grand finals but its for sure not as embarrassing as a 16- OMEGALUL
2021-02-13 16:40
5 replies
how about winning? have you thought about that?
2021-02-13 16:44
4 replies
lmao
2021-02-13 17:43
Oof
2021-02-13 18:14
nice
2021-02-13 15:44
weird move but good luck
2021-02-13 15:44
1 reply
+1
2021-02-13 15:47
#4
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Europe xOwen
yeesss
2021-02-13 15:44
Cool!
2021-02-13 15:44
Yes!!!! Finally!!!
2021-02-13 15:45
i dont like furia but is brazil, good lucky guys
2021-02-13 15:45
26 replies
How come? It’s like the easiest team to like :b
2021-02-13 16:00
14 replies
true
2021-02-13 16:03
#36
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Brazil renatorib
fer crashed it in the middle
2021-02-13 16:08
12 replies
Fer? What are u on about?
2021-02-13 16:42
9 replies
#62
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Sri Lanka w7tv
soyboys get everything personal even when a pro call someone cheater or disrespectful even so they did not wrong at that time
2021-02-13 16:53
#67
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Brazil renatorib
There was a match between mibr and furia that had a 'disagreement' between the teams, and after that, the community splitted in two. Before that, almost everyone cheered for both mibr and furia, after that, many started cheering just for one or just the other, and hating each other. Mibr's side was much bigger, so, there's a lot of Furia's haters. I blame Fer because after match he said a lot of bullshit and cursed everyone of Furia. He literally threw gasoline on the fire
2021-02-13 17:04
7 replies
Ah right, now i remember, thank you for the explanation. Btw, I’m on Furias side in that!
2021-02-13 17:42
6 replies
#80
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Brazil renatorib
I still cheer for both (and every br team), but my heart is Furia xD
2021-02-13 17:50
5 replies
As do i with swedish teams, but the fav. Is fnatic :) When it comes to BR-teams i prefer Furia, chill team with respectable fanbase (the old mibr-one was toxic af.. :b)
2021-02-13 18:07
4 replies
#101
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Brazil renatorib
Coldzera, Fer and Fnx def super toxic. Taco sometimes. Fallen is a gentleman. I think the image he has out there is very distorted, the guy is fcking awesome. Made mistakes sometimes, I don't deny Edit: I realized that maybe you were talking about the fanbase, not the players. xd
2021-02-13 19:12
3 replies
I was, but thanks for your interesting input! :D
2021-02-13 20:59
#121
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Brazil SecondKS
+1000
2021-02-14 05:10
1 reply
#122
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Brazil SecondKS
Between fer, kng & co and furia, i prefer furia. Exciting plays for furia, funny cs, players and fanbase not toxic...
2021-02-14 05:14
stfu bro, fer is trash too
2021-02-13 16:54
1 reply
#69
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Brazil renatorib
? I'm not extolling Fer. He sucks lol
2021-02-13 17:06
Bro they are by far the coolest team from brazil and art is the second coming of fallen This project with junior is not gonna work tho. He’s very good but these comm problems will be enhanced when the going gets tough against top 10 teams and the other 4 will want to go back to full portuguese again
2021-02-13 16:10
10 replies
#50
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
They should've gone for saffee or rcf. Junior will have to play out of his mind for it to work at a decent level.
2021-02-13 16:33
1 reply
#123
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Brazil SecondKS
+1. I prefer +RCF, because i like pain team, and pain -saffe is so bad for them
2021-02-14 05:16
#63
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Sri Lanka w7tv
in fact should be the opposite, problems from the start in coms but with time they get used to it and with one another
2021-02-13 16:54
5 replies
No. Im not saying it takes a long time for the problems to get too big. Im saying they are now in honeymoon period and everybody tries their best to make the comms work. They are never gonna be as good as native language comms. So after like 2 months already they will play top 10 teams and find out they can never comm as well in english + will still confuse call outs and then they will say fuck this english comming and will kick him or make him 6th player. They will not get used to it enough to not blame comms on important loses. Just wait
2021-02-13 18:01
4 replies
#87
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
art, vini and hond have an beautifal english
2021-02-13 18:25
3 replies
The article suggests otherwise dude
2021-02-13 18:56
2 replies
#99
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
i know, but they 3 live playng FPL
2021-02-13 18:58
1 reply
#100
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Sri Lanka w7tv
they've living abroad for a couple years now, surely they have mix experience com's and training altogheter
2021-02-13 19:01
#70
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Brazil renatorib
The truth is that no one can replace Hen1. He played in a extreme high level last year
2021-02-13 17:07
1 reply
S1mple. /closed
2021-02-13 18:02
gl
2021-02-13 15:45
#10
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Good luck!
2021-02-13 15:46
#13
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Hope all goes with him and his team!
2021-02-13 15:47
Big tournament to debut in.
2021-02-13 15:47
mvp 100%
2021-02-13 15:48
Hope we can cheer vrum vrum honda vrum vrum soon
2021-02-13 15:48
#19
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Germany Droidd
lets go
2021-02-13 15:51
nice
2021-02-13 15:51
#21
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Turkey sonbafrali
Cant wait to see his performance. I hope he wont crush under expectations.
2021-02-13 15:52
1 reply
#119
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United States BigDudley
Will he live up to hen1?
2021-02-14 00:34
#24
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Poland SebL
Finally, I think he will show up really good this tournament, I'm excited to see him.
2021-02-13 15:55
Are they doing 6 man with honda or is junior just in for good? I wonder if he can live up to what Hen1 did.
2021-02-13 15:57
5 replies
6 man roster
2021-02-13 15:59
3 replies
Very interesting. I remember sometime last year Guerri did an interview where he said 6 man roster was the way of the future. But so far I have only seen Vitality truly make it work. I feel like Bubzkji isn't really utilized on Astralis the same way Nivera is utilized on Vitality.
2021-02-13 16:01
2 replies
#44
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
Bit in navi
2021-02-13 16:20
1 reply
Yes true.
2021-02-13 18:46
#98
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Brazil hugoooo
honda won't play as long as the other five can attend
2021-02-13 18:56
Good luck!
2021-02-13 15:58
expected
2021-02-13 15:58
Where is hinda
2021-02-13 16:05
GL furia, and GL junior
2021-02-13 16:07
#35
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Switzerland x676
ahhaahahahahha
2021-02-13 16:08
glhf
2021-02-13 16:12
IEM will it be on LAN?
2021-02-13 16:14
2 replies
no(((
2021-02-13 16:16
1 reply
sad :( :( :( :( :(
2021-02-13 18:19
niceee
2021-02-13 16:15
#41
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
now yes fury will catch on fire!!!
2021-02-13 16:15
Good luck junior!
2021-02-13 16:16
"Everyone is getting out of their comfort zone. We renamed every spot on every map. It's an ongoing process. It's a step back, there are a lot of things happening. We are switching a player, we are using a new language to communicate, one that is not our native language." I doubt this gonna work out
2021-02-13 16:31
1 reply
#65
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Sri Lanka w7tv
they will com in english? what a shame 6 speaking brasileiro and one americano, they should teach juninho how to fala
2021-02-13 16:56
Furia is gonna end up like old tyloo with BnTeT, except instead of 3 languages, its just 2. Could work I guess
2021-02-13 16:32
yeeees 1junior cmoon
2021-02-13 16:34
Language barrier is going to be a problem for sure . 4 people can speak the same language and they will %100 switch language ingame when the situation is tense. if all 5 are from different countries its okay but if 3 or more people are speaking the same language than its gonna be a problem.
2021-02-13 16:35
This will either go really well or really poorly
2021-02-13 16:35
Very nice lets go junior
2021-02-13 16:35
Furia are terrible
2021-02-13 16:40
1 reply
#95
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Brazil hugoooo
I hope you're not judging them for what they did with honda. Their official lineup will debut in Katowice.
2021-02-13 18:54
#66
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Bosnia and Herzegovina StigmaKG
Good luck Junior bro! Vamos Furia!!!
2021-02-13 17:00
Finally! GL Furia
2021-02-13 17:05
So junior cant speak fluent portuguese. I thought sooo
2021-02-13 17:10
2 replies
No, Furia will comunicate in english!
2021-02-13 17:17
1 reply
yes this means problems!
2021-02-13 17:18
if the language barrier doesnt work out blame furia for signing him....not that junior will make much of a differnce at all...but he is better than honda....honda was horrible....
2021-02-13 17:21
3 replies
#89
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
oh i acidentally make 3 aces in my first game vs a Tier1 team
2021-02-13 18:27
honda was fine dont be mean for no reason
2021-02-13 18:33
1 reply
bruh he was the weak link....do me a favor like a good boi and post his rating for me...mad??? im LOL because people think he did good....post his rating for the maps he played now
2021-02-13 19:41
#75
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Chile cristiaan
GL
2021-02-13 17:28
#76
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Brazil MrLucas
Finally!
2021-02-13 17:42
#79
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Brazil logzera
Honda < Ford (in cs only of course)
2021-02-13 17:46
#81
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Slovakia Adwarin
I think it will be the same case like stewie in mibr
2021-02-13 17:55
very nice !
2021-02-13 18:44
#94
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Brazil hugoooo
Finally... no more defeats to lower teams
2021-02-13 18:53
furia the new ence
2021-02-13 19:20
Furia back
2021-02-13 19:33
They should do what BIG did and still talk in German whenever Junior is not directly involved to not kill their entire communication
2021-02-13 20:08
#109
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North America joeS
Lets go Junior and Furia!
2021-02-13 20:26
YESSS! I have been hoping for this. I'm loving the Furia line-up and always thought Junior would be perfect, I like Honda but he can be 6th man.
2021-02-13 20:59
speaking in English is a mistake, it takes time to ratiocinate when you receive a call. They are very used to do that in Portuguese, now changing languages is going to increase the time to actually understand and act on the call, and every microsecond counts in csgo
2021-02-13 21:24
love to see this
2021-02-14 00:14
Good luck júnior.... GoFuria
2021-02-14 13:36
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