NEO stays on as FaZe coach
The Polish legend has been offered a permanent position after impressing on trial.
Filip "NEO" Kubski will be staying on as head coach of FaZe's Counter-Strike team in a permanent capacity, the North American organization has announced. The announcement comes in the aftermath of the team winning three titles in a row, two of which were on LAN.
NEO took charge of the team on a trial basis in July following the sudden departure of Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström, who opted to quit coaching and "move on to the next challenge". This was the first coaching stint for the 36-year-old, who won several titles during an illustrious playing career, including the ESL Major Series One Katowice 2014, and is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the Counter-Strike franchise.
He had a rocky start to his coaching career as FaZe placed 9th-12th at IEM Cologne and ESL Pro League Season 18 and were sent packing at Gamers8 in the Round of 16. However, the team has hit a new gear since the transition to Counter-Strike 2, winning IEM Sydney and the CS Asia Championships on LAN and the Thunderpick World Championship online.
FaZe, who are on a 15-match win streak, could add two more titles to their cabinet before the end of the year as they will compete at the BLAST Premier Fall Final, next week in Copenhagen, and at the BLAST Premier World Final, in December in Abu Dhabi.
But despite riding this wave of success, the team is still expected to undergo roster changes soon, with Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken reportedly on the brink of a return to Liquid, three years after switching teams and signing with FaZe.
The unveiling of a new permanent coach comes one month after it was announced that FaZe Clan will be acquired by Gamesquare, the Texas-based company that also owns Complexity. The deal, valued at approximately $17 million, is expected to be completed in Q4 2023.
In a statement to HLTV, ESL confirmed that it was "examining the potential implications" of the deal. FaZe and Complexity are partnered with ESL through what was called the 'Louvre Agreement', which offers revenue share and spots in certain ESL tournaments to all partner teams. Both organizations are also partnered with BLAST.