Woah, we mentioned NiKo at the end of that story, and then the next story is about him. Can't believe how that worked out.
The move to G2 has come with much less fanfare than one might have imagined had they heard the move a few years ago. While most of us were hyped to see how NiKo does, the story around him has changed so much over the years.
In this interview with HLTV, he talkes quite openly about how and why he left FaZe Clan, also dropping in that he nearly joined C9, which would have been great. It's a nice chat with a guy who you hear so much about, but rarely ever hear from.
Now, following NiKo comes doubts about his character. While ego is healthy (and at top level competition, near mandatory), the Bosnian appears from the outside in to be a control freak, and one whose own hubris has stunted his last teams.
Mousesports became NiKo and four lookouts, with our hero being the star player, face of the brand, clutch AWPer and support-player who also dabbled in in-game leading. FaZe Clan, despite their star-studded roster, appeared to be on the path to something similar once karrigan got sidelin.
The suggestion is, that every team NiKo is in, is always NiKo's team, and not a team with NiKo in it.
But truly, has NiKo ever had a team where taking over hasn't been his best option? According to him, karrigan asked him to take over (though one wonders whether that was a 'if you think you're so good, why don't you f'ing try it' sort of deal), and mousesports developed into a dumpster fire when he left.
He even tried to let someone else IGL on mouz, but we can only imagine it's very hard to listen to Spiidi telling you what to do when you're NiKo.
Maybe, if NiKo had a crazy team around him with a leader he respected, he could, we don't know, make a Major final 🤔?
If any team can break NiKo's hard outer shell and show us the fun side of him, it's the org that literally made French people likeable. Being part of G2 is all about taking the mickey out of yourself, while avoiding turning into a meme. Oh, wait.
Add to that they have a family member of NiKo's, a fragging IGL and the timeless kennyS factor, and we might finally have a team where the Bosnian rifler can be the superstar - but by way of not being the main guy, in many aspects.