A quick chat with NiKo of FaZE after winning IEM Sydney 2018

On Sunday night, I had the chance to talk with NiKo of FaZe at IEM Sydney 2018. FaZe on Sunday night managed to win against Astralis for a final map score of 3-0. It was a brilliant match that had the crowd roaring.
Fran: How are you finding Sydney so far?
NiKo: Sydney has been quite amazing since last year as well. We have been playing one of the best CS here and I’m really excited about it and happy, I would say.
What did you think of the competition over the week? How were you feeling during that time?
Yeah, this has been one of the toughest events I have ever played, I would say… since I think we played like 19 maps throughout the event. So that’s been really hard. Especially the group stage was really exhausting. [At] the playoffs we showed our real face. So, that helped us a lot.
How do you feel about the grand finals today?
This win helped us a lot especially because we won all 3 closed maps which we struggled with before a lot. So this boosted our confidence a lot for upcoming events. I think we have a really good chance of winning more events really soon.
You guys must all be very happy about winning?
Of course. It’s been a long time since we’ve lifted this trophy… since December, I would say. And, we’ve been in 3 finals since then or 2. So, it feels amazing to finally win the event especially going into the match as an underdog.


Thank you to NiKo for doing this quick interview and thanks to the entire FaZe team for posing for the post-match photo!
Congrats again boys for the epic win at IEM Sydney ????????

Want more IEM Sydney 2018 goodness?

We’ve got plenty more from the weekend if you’re keen to catch up on what happened. Or, if you want to read more interviews, we’ve got a few from Will Dube: