Due to visa issues, Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev and Nikola “NiKo” Kovač will be unable to play their opening match of IEM Sydney against Chiefs. The International side will use the services of Karlo “USTILO” Pivac and coach Janko “YNk” Paunović.
It is assumed that Niko and AdreN will be back on the server for the rest of the games against the Group B teams such as Fnatic,NRG and MIBR.
FaZe are no stranger to playing a games with their coach Janko “YNk” Paunović. The Serb was seen playing for FaZe when he stood in for Guardian against paiN on the opening day of StarSeries i-League Season 7.
However, FaZe are not the first team that have been hit by visa related issues. Other teams such as Renegades, INTZ and compLexity have been impacted by the roster issues as well. Renegades. Renegades used Smooya instead of Gratisfaction, INTZ were forced to compete without kNgV- and destiny and n0thing stood in for compLexity as Rickeh was unable to attain a visa.
FaZe’s lineup for their opening match will be:
- Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács
- Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer
- Håvard “rain” Nygaard
- Janko “YNk” Paunović
- Karlo “USTILO” Pivac