It happened! After nearly four years, Nikola “NiKo” Kovač has finished his adventure with FaZe Clan. This is of course no surprise because the Bosnian transfer has been rumored for several weeks — but now we can officially confirm that he will continue his career in G2 Esports, although it is not clear at the moment who exactly he will replace.
“Three and a half years at FaZe Clan are over. With tears in my eyes, I say goodbye to everyone who was involved in this project during my stay at FaZe, to all the players I played with, to all the people behind the organization who have always supported me, and to all the fans who they supported,” admitted Kovač in a self-published statement.
“It has been an amazing journey with many ups and downs. I will keep many good memories. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to win the Major trophy for such a legendary organization and nobody regrets it more than me. Maybe my decision failed some of you, but I believe it was the best solution for each side,” NiKO continued. “I have played with a lot of players in FaZe and I would like to thank all of them for the time we spent together. Especially rain and RobbaN, who were with me from the beginning of my time in the team,” he added.
NiKo became a FaZe player in February 2017 — it was then that he was pulled from mousesports, where he was definitely a standout figure. It is not surprising then that there were rumors that the American organization was to spend as much as half a million dollars for his services. But it paid off, as the Bosnian immediately became the standout figure of the star-studded team, winning six MVP medals from HLTV along the way.
With time, however, his duties related to the role of the leader fell on his shoulders, which affected the performance of both Kovač himself and the entire team. After that, he wasn’t able to deliver top performances and even subsequent roster changes did not change much in this matter. Suffice it to say that FaZe’s latest “achievements” are five defeats in the ESL Pro League and only 9th at DreamHack Open Fall 2020.
In this situation, the line-up of G2 Esports is as follows:
- Kenny “kennyS” Schrub
- Audric “JaCkz” Jug
- François “AmaNEk” Delaunay
- Nemanja “nexa” Isaković
- Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač
- Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
- Damien “maLeK” Marcel – coach
What about FaZe Clan in this situation? It is not entirely clear. Let us remind you that this year the international squad has already made three changes — first in May Aurimas “Bymas” Pipiras replaced Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer, and three months later the Lithuanian chair was taken over by Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye. However, with NiKo’s FaZe departure, they will also need a new leader, which could make the search for a Bosnian successor much more difficult.