After aizy left FaZe for North, NiKo will replace him in the FaZe lineup after one last tournament with mousesports.
RUBINO left North earlier this week which lead to aizy joining North and leaving a position open at FaZe. FaZe have been using their reserve player jkaem until NiKo joins after DreamHack Masters Las Vegas.
NiKo spoke about the move: “mousesports has been around for as long as I’ve been in the scene and have always been looked at highly. I’ve had a great relationship with the organization, with my teammates, and especially with Cengiz (mousesports CEO). FaZe Clan is massive but relatively new to eSports. With such an incredible fan base and the way they have come together as an organization over the year or so, the people I’ve met and the plans I’ve seen; this is a dream coming through.
“FaZe Clan is a bit of a mystery to us hardcore eSports guys, and to finally look behind the curtain to see what this is all about has been absolutely refreshing. I’m sure you’ll all see more of what I’ve seen over the course of the year. It’ll be such as pure pleasure to go for the number one spot together with the team and see the organization grow. They’re cool people, they got their heads in the right place, they know their position and they know what they need to do to move forward. Most importantly; all they care about is their people and their fans – that’s what I love the most about all this. The passion for gaming and for eSports!”
The FaZe owners also commented: “FaZe Clan are elated to have NiKo on board. When approached by North about Aizy, before approving his transfer we first needed to survey who our prospective replacements for him could be; and while others were considered, we quickly defaulted to NiKo as a talent we have long coveted. In our eyes, with our lineup around him, he has the potential to become the best player in the world in 2017.
“Once a healthy conversation had developed between us & mousesports around NiKo, we then moved forward with North’s interest in Aizy. For FaZe Clan, these two moves were treated together as one uniform transaction. However, with Aizy scheduled to appear in North’s lineup immediately, before NiKo appears in ours, we went ahead with the announcements of his move separately. Together with our team and the full organization behind them, we’ll continue our pursuit of progression towards becoming a consistent top tier force in Counter Strike.
“We want to thank mousesports for everything they’ve done for eSports and we want to specially thank Cengiz for facilitating the transfer. We wish them the best of luck going forward in CS:GO and other eSports. These are exciting times for FaZe Clan; both for the directors, and eSports teams. Our main responsibility is to make our fans proud, and to continue growing our brand. These crazy years are only the beginning – what we’re excited for most is what’s to come. The support from our fans is heard loud & clear: this one’s for you.”
FaZe are now:
Finn “karrigan” Andersen
Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey
Aleksi “allu” Jalli
Håvard “rain” Nygaard
Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström (Coach)