Olivia R. May 25, 2020
FaZe Clan is never one to shy away from signing rookies and young talent.
The organization announced today that 16-year-old Aurimas "Bymas" Pipiras will be standing in for Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer Gustafsson on their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The young rifler will be playing with the squad in the DreamHack Masters Group Stage.
CSGO insider Jarek Lewis predicted this roster move a few days ago.
This is Bymas' first opportunity playing on a professional team. While he may not be the most experienced player, he has impressed while playing on Level One and Demolition Crew, earning about $18,000 in his short CSGO career to date. For now, Bymas will be replacing olofmeister on a trial basis, but this will be the teenager's chance to prove he has what it takes to play in a top tier CSGO team.
The Lithuanian player has received a lot of support from veterans in the CSGO community thus far.
"You got this," Ali "hAdji" Hain tweeted at Bymas before Faze Clan's match against GODSENT.
FaZe Clan did end up taking the win in Bymas' debut, beating GODSENT 2-0. Bymas had a 46-45 KD, the lowest on the team, while new teammate Marcelo "coldzera" David finished with a leading 71-45. Bymas still managed to help the team rack up another victory in the online tournament.
Bymas has big shoes to fill after olofmeister steps down
olofmeister announced his departure from FaZe Clan just two days ago, explaining that he was leaving the CSGO team entirely for the time being.
"During the last period I have felt increasingly fatigued and that I have been losing the motivation needed to do myself, my teammates, and the FaZe brand justice. I still love the game and the scene but I need to regain my motivation. I am going to take some time off to recuperate and think about my future. We’ll meet again," olofmeister said in an emotional statment to his fans.
FaZe thanked him for all he had done for the team in a follow-up tweet.
The 28-year-old Swedish CSGO pro had been with FaZe Clan since the summer of 2017, helping them take titles at ESL One: New York 2017, ELEAGUE CSGO Premier 2017, Esports Championship Series Season 4, and EPICENTER 2018. Soon after the string of successful competitions, olofmeister took a three-month leave of absence.
Before signing with FaZe Clan, olofmeister played on Fnatic's CSGO team for three years. Throughout his time on their roster, Fnatic won some big tournaments as well. It's no surprise that Fnatic called him an "undeniable legend" upon hearing the news of his second break from competitive play.