Star CS:GO rifler Robin "ropz" Kool will be replacing Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer Gustafsson on FaZe Clan's active roster for 2022, the organization announced Monday.
The move officially signals the end of the Estonian lurker's near-five-year long run with MOUZ since April 2017.
Ropz, 22, initially announced his departure from MOUZ less than a week ago on Dec. 9, putting a bow on the first chapter in his esports career in which he played his first LAN and went on to win nine titles and be named MVP of ESL Pro League Season 10.
"During this time, my life has completely changed to something I could never envision," ropz said in a statement posted on Twitter. " It's absurd how it began, being picked up out of nowhere and given a chance to prove myself.
"I'm forever thankful for MOUZ and the team back in 2017 to give me this opportunity to let me grow as a player, but also as a person. … The timing and everything was if the stars aligned for me. Remember, that when your time comes, make sure you are prepared. Luck favors hard work."
Fittingly enough, ropz first joined MOUZ soon after superstar Nikola “NiKo” Kovač departed the organization for FaZe.
Now, four-and-a-half years later, ropz will be doing the same to reunite with Finn “karrigan” Andersen, MOUZ’s former IGL from March 2019 to February 2021.
As shown in ropz's announcement video, it appears life has gone full circle for him in the gaming world, as he has went from an aspiring FaZe5 applicant in 2014 to a full-on esports player for them after seven years.
After a rather lukewarm showing in 2021 — managing just three top-four placements, and failing to reach the PGL Major Stockholm playoffs — despite FaZe bringing back karrigan and signing Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken, the organization now looks to ropz to perhaps be the piece that unlocks the potential for the roster.
The new active FaZe Clan CS:GO roster is:
- Håvard "rain" Nygaard
- Helvijs "broky" Saukants
- Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken
- Finn "karrigan" Andersen (IGL)
- Robin "ropz" Kool
- Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (Coach)