Faze Clan finally shut down the rumor mill by announcing the addition of Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev and coach Janko "YNk" Paunović to their roster.
The team revealed the addition of the two mentioned to bolster their bid at the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Major where they are set to play at the New Legends Stage.
The former Major champion from Kazakhstan will step in replacement of Finn "karrigan" Andersen who was benched by the team and loaned to Team EnvyUs afterwards. AdreN will play under a short-term contract that lasts until the end of the IEM Katowice Major on February.
AdreN is expected to be a big boost for Faze. The ex-Gambit star was the main piece of the CIS group in their championship run at the PGL Krakow Major 2017 where he was hailed as the tournament MVP. Although playing with an international roster may be a challenge for the CIS veteran as he spent the rest of his career playing within the region.
YNk will be taking coaching duties from Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström who stepped down last Saturday due to personal reasons. According to RobbaN, he will be relegated to another position in the organization.
The Serbian coach will be serving his second team as a coach after staying with MIBR in 2018. YNk helped MIBR on addressing inconsistency as he contributed on MIBR’s ZOTAC Cup Masters title and grand final appearances on BLAST Pro Series Istanbul and ECS Season 6 Finals.
The North American organization has been the talk of town after the consecutive departure of former in-game leader karrigan and coach RobbaN. The two had been long time members of Faze since the earlier part of their CS:GO roster in 2016.
The new Faze lineup will make its debut at Los Angeles for the iBUYPOWER Masters which begins on January 19.