CSGO Star Niko Joins G2 Esports From Faze Clan

by in CS:GO | Oct, 28th 2020

In what G2 is calling the “biggest signing in CSGO history,” the team has picked up Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, as he joins his cousin Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač on the G2 Esports roster. NiKo was formerly one of the biggest stars on FaZe Clan’s roster, which has kept speculation around the move at a fever pitch.

G2 May Make More Changes

G2 hints that this may not be the last roster move for the CSGO team, either – a clear change in direction as they’ve realized what they’ve been doing hasn’t been working for some time now.

Niko’s Big Move

The reason this move is such a big deal for Niko, at least, is because he’s been with FaZe Clan for a very long time. He moved to the team in late 2017 after being a part of the Mousesports roster for about 2 years and has been with FaZe Clan since. During his time with FaZe, he won a number of BLAST Pro Series events, ESL One Belo Horizonte, IEM 13 Sydney, and placed second to Cloud9 at the ELEAGUE Boston Major, among other accomplishments. 

“I’m really excited to announce that I will be joining G2 Esports,” Niko said on Twitter. “I can’t explain how happy I’m that I will be playing with Hunter and rest of the guys from now on. I’m coming to this lineup with the goal to bring them back to the top and make sure to stay there.”

To date, Niko has won about $750,000 in prize winnings over the course of his career, a number that’s only sure to keep going up as he continues to compete.

He has consistently been ranked in the top 12 players in CSGO every year by HLTV, placing 11th in 2019. He also holds the record for most kills in a map at a Major after scoring 52 kills against Flipside Tactics back at MLG Columbus 2016.

G2’s first match with Niko will be against Furia at the BLAST Premier Fall Regular Season in Group C on November 2. From there, G2 could continue to make roster changes based on their performance. They currently have a six-man roster, including Kennys, Jackz, AmaNek, Nexa, Hunter-, and now Niko. While some CSGO teams have operated with this sort of six-man roster, it could be that G2 Esports looks to drop one of their players to keep operating costs lean, especially with events not yet having transitioned back to a LAN format in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.


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