YNk Steps Down as FaZe Clan's CS:GO Coach

Janko "YNk" Pauvonić leaves FaZe Clan, will take break from coaching.
Janko "YNk" Pauvonić leaves FaZe Clan, will take break from coaching. | Photo by FaZe Clan

Janko "YNk" Paunović announced that he will step down as coach for FaZe Clan. YNk wrote on his Twitter that he will be taking a break from coaching until at least the end of the year.

He writes "[T]oday I'm announcing my decision to step down as coach of FaZe Clan. For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I've done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success. Because of this, I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward."

Janko "YNk" Paunović Steps Down as FaZe Coach

This announcement comes just after fellow former-FaZe member Nikola "NiKo" Kovač was acquired by G2. YNk notes that the team is having recurring issues that he was unable to solve, and it seems like it was enough of a problem for him to step down. Niko's acquisition by G2 might have been the final push for YNk to step down.

YNk was a professional CS:GO player and analyst until 2018. Since then, he worked as coach for FaZe and MIBR. During his coaching career, his teams have placed first in six major tournaments.

"I'd like to thank FaZe for the opportunity, all the staff, the players who've been on the team and of course the fans for their continued support. I still have love for the game and the coaching profession although my plan is to take a break from coaching until the end of the year and see what 2021 brings."