FaZe Clan has updated their fans with a bit of bad news prior to IEM Sydney kicking off. In a post to the FaZeUpdate Twitter, the organization revealed that Janko “YNk” Paunović and Karlo “USTILO” Pivac will be acting as players for the team during their first match at the minimum.
The two will be replacing Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev of the active roster. The former being the teams star player and best performer throughout this teams lifetime. Playing without the likes of NiKo will certainly be throwing a wrench into their plans and mean that the rest of the star-studded roster needs to hit peak performance.
FaZe opens up their Australian run against some locals in the Chiefs. While not the most menacing of foes present at the event, playing with a coach and an unfamiliar face can be tough. YNk may be getting used to this though as he had to compete alongside his players in the opening match at StarSeries i-League Season 7 as well in place of Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács.
USTILO was once a member of Renegades and has bounced around since, currently in free agency following the breakup of ICON.