NiKo to replace aizy on FaZe Clan

by theScore Staff Feb 9 2017
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It’s official: mousesports player Nikola "NiKo" Kovač will be joining FaZe Clan, the organization announced Thursday.

“mousesports has been around for as long as I’ve been in the scene and have always been looked at highly,” NiKo said in a statement.

“I've had a great relationship with the organization, with my teammates, and especially with Cengiz. 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.”

As originally reported by Slingshot Esports' Jarek "DeKay" Lewis, NiKo will replace Philip "aizy" Aistrup on FaZe, who signed with North on Wednesday to take over Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel's spot on the team.

mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü said that the transfer became imminent after the ELEAGUE Major, with the organization viewing this as an opportunity to “rework our roster”.

“For the 2016 season Niko has been the face of our CS:GO division and without doubt he will leave a big hole in our lineup at first,” Tüylü said. “In Niko we will lose one of the most competitive individuals I have ever met in esports. He is a great player and a great character and will surely be missed.”

NiKo has been an integral part of mouz since he joined the team in March 2015, leading them to appearances at the last four Majors, though mouz have yet to advance to the Top 8 at a Major. Tüylü acknowledged mousesports’ disappointing results, promising to improve upon their performance going forward.

“It wasn't about mousesports anymore and we can't have that,” Tüylü said. “We built a great legacy over the past 15 years that we are proud of. In the future we want to reflect on our core values again and I hope that this way we can make amends with the fans that we disappointed in the past few months.”

FaZe and mouz will next compete at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017 from Feb. 15-19.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports whose journalism idol is Dino Ghiranze. You can follow him on Twitter.