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NiKo competing at an ESL event
|Born||16 February 1997|
|Current team||Faze Clan|
|Games||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|Career prize money||$684,855.13|
|2010-??-?? – 2013-1?-??||Team Refuse|
|2012-11-06 – 2013-12-16||iNation|
|2013-12-16 – 2014-??-??||GamePub|
|2014-??-?? – 2015-01-12||aimface|
|2015-01-12 – 2015-03-04||iNation|
|2015-03-04 – 2015-05-04||mousesports|
|2015-05-04 – 2015-08-30||mousesports (Backup)|
|2015-08-30 – 2017-02-19||mousesports|
|2017-02-19 – present||Faze Clan|
Nikola Kovač (born 16 February 1997), better known by his in-game alias NiKo, is a Bosnian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and former Counter-Strike 1.6 player, who plays for FaZe Clan, serving as a rifler (lurker) and secondary sniper. He is considered by many to be one of the best players in the world.
NiKo first gained notoriety across Europe after being picked up by the Serbian team iNation. His impressive performances led to interest from mousesports, who signed him in March 2015. In February 2017, thanks to his impressive performance, he was recruited by FaZe Clan in a bid to garner together a star-player team. He is the cousin of another professional CS:GO player, Nemanja "huNter" Kovač, who is currently playing for G2 Esports.
NiKo's first big tournament win was at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3, followed by a winless period of five months with a near miss at Esports Championship Series Season 3. Following a re-shuffle of the FaZe roster, bringing in the two best players of 2015; Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer Gustafsson and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, FaZe was rejuvenated and managed back-to-back flawless victories at ESL One: New York 2017 and ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017. Following this, the team went two months without a win before taking the Esports Championship Series Season 4 trophy over mousesports at the end of the year. Falling just short in ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018, the first Major of 2018, the team then entered another lull, this time with Richard "Xizt" Landström standing in for olofmeister, until they managed to take home Intel Extreme Masters XIII - Sydney, and shortly after, managing to win ESL One: Belo Horizonte 2018 trophies at the beginning of the summer with Jørgen "cromen" Robertsen as a stand-in. In October 2018, FaZe came first place in the EPICENTER 2018 event in Moscow, Russia, making this his seventh first place victory at a premier event with FaZe Clan.
Awards & Recognition
- Was voted the 11th best player of 2016 by HLTV.org.
- Was voted the 2nd best player of 2017 by HLTV.org.
- Was voted the 3rd best player of 2018 by HLTV.org.
- Was voted the MVP of 4 different tournaments.
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