es3tag steps in for FaZe at BLAST
FaZe found a new stand-in within hours of finding out they wouldn't be able to use Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke.
FaZe have announced that Patrick "es3tag" Hansen will step in for the team at the BLAST Premier Spring Groups. Their campaign in the tournament starts on Friday at 12:00 with a match against Complexity in the opening round of Group B.
The Dane comes in to save FaZe at the final hour after they were told earlier this morning that their original replacement for Håvard "rain" Nygaard, k0nfig, would not be allowed to participate in the event with them due to having been registered as Heroic's substitute.
The decision from BLAST to reject the original emergency replacement came as a surprise to FaZe, who claimed that the tournament organizers had previously told them k0nfig would be able to stand in for them. The turnaround came after the proposed change was reportedly met with resistance from other teams.
es3tag is currently sitting on the bench in Ninjas in Pyjamas, who are also participating in BLAST Premier Spring Groups. During the winter off-season, he was replaced in the lineup by Daniil "headtr1ck" Valitov, who will be making his debut in Copenhagen on Saturday.
BLAST has stated that es3tag will not be allowed to play should FaZe meet Ninjas in Pyjamas later on in the tournament. They play in separate groups but could meet in the gauntlet stage, if neither team wins their group.
FaZe's roster for the BLAST Premier Spring Groups looks as follows:
Helvijs "broky" Saukants
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken
Finn "karrigan" Andersen
Robin "ropz" Kool
Patrick "es3tag" Hansen (stand-in)