Finn “Karrigan” Andersen is FaZe Clan’s newest member, bringing their already substantial roster to a total of eight players. Karrigan has been the ‘In-Game Leader’ of the number 1 Danish team since Team Dignitas added him to their roster in 2014. Since then the roster has moved from Dignitas to Team SoloMid, followed by a brief stint under the banner of Team ? before forming their own organisation known as Astralis.
Astralis have been in a huge slump in recent months leading to the benching and eventual transfer of Karrigan. Rumours are circling that Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander will replace Karrigan in Astralis after success on Heroic and filling in for Astralis at the last Major in Cologne.
Karrigan cited the poor performance of his former roster as a major factor in his decision to leave – it seems Astralis and Andersen were struggling to strike up the synergy in their approach to team tactics. To stop the bleeding, Karrigan is seemingly hoping his exit will act as tourniquet:
“It’s with mixed feelings that I depart from Astralis, but I think it’s a fresh start for both parties. I have had many good moments and these are the ones I’m taking with me in the future.
“The reason for this change is that in the past few months we haven’t been performing to our expectations, which led to different discussions on how to approach the tactical aspect of the game. We came to an agreed conclusion that it was for the best that our paths now split up and I wish the best in the future for Astralis. I hope they will find their way back to the top.”
Finn “Karrigan” Andersen
The current roster of FaZe Clan CSGO now features some of the best talent in the scene. Håvard “rain” Nygaar, Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad, Philip “Aizy” Aistrup, Aleksi “allu” Jalli will all now be lining up alongside Karrigan in their next competitive appearance.
“I’m very happy and honoured to have the opportunity to start another chapter with a brand like FaZe.
“They have a very unique brand, a big fan base and a very talented team, which I hope I can bring to the top where they belong.”
Finn “Karrigan” Andersen
Faze have had the talent of a top team for a long time now, however their performance has been consistently far below expectations. With the addition of Karrigan, FaZe have finally adapted and decided to recruit an In-Game leader and attempt to play with a tactical system in place.
With the next Major coming up at the beginning of 2017, FaZe have a plenty of time to practice with their new playstyle before putting their roster to the test on the largest stage for competitive Counter-Strike. FaZe’s newest signing is their best one yet, and with a strong tactical leader and the individual skill they posses FaZe may finally be on the up.