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Sources: Twistzz in Discussions with FaZe Clan

Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken is in discussions to join FaZe Clan's CS:GO team, according to sources
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken is in discussions to join FaZe Clan's CS:GO team, according to sources / Photo courtesy of DreamHack

Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken is in discussions with FaZe Clan about joining its active CS:GO roster, according to multiple sources close to the situation. Discussions are still ongoing and it is unclear if a deal will be made before FaZe's participation in cs_summit 7 next week.

Twistzz has spent the most of the last four years with Team Liquid, helping them win the Intel Grand Slam Season 2 in 2019. He was widely regarded as one of the top talents in all of Counter-Strike when he joined Team Liquid from Misfits in early 2017. However, late last month he announced that he would be stepping down from the Liquid roster and would look to join a European lineup in the near future.

FaZe Clan have had trouble recreating the success they had with former in-game leader Finn "karrigan" Andersen between 2017 and 2018. Their former star in Nikola "NiKo" Kovač moved over to G2 Esports last October, which caused Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer Gustafsson to have to return from inactivity to close out the year. Multiple sources have indicated that karrigan is also being courted by FaZe Clan in attempt to get him to return, but it is unclear how far along those discussions are at the moment.

FaZe Clan will begin the year with a busy schedule and are set to play in BLAST Premier Spring, IEM Katowice, and ESL Pro League Season 13 after they compete at cs_summit 7. ESL recently revealed their plans for the 2021 calendar as they attempt to reinstate offline play into the professional CS:GO circuit. If all goes well, offline play should return with the Season 13 ESL Pro League playoffs.