Caroline Rutledge
Caroline Rutledge
Caroline is an esports journalist focusing on CS:GO. Starting out as a casual CS:GO fan, her interest quickly turned into a passion as she spent years studying the game. She has put that knowledge to use as a journalist, now writing about professional CS:GO for multiple websites including TheGamer.

CS:GO: FaZe Reportedly Targeting Kjaerbye

CS:GO player Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye playing at a computer
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Former Astralis and North player Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye may be joining FaZe Clan.


FaZe Clan is targeting former North player Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye for its CS:GO roster, according to reports from Cybersport and HLTV. The 22-year-old would join the active lineup in place of stand-in Aurimas "Bymas" Pipiras. Kjaerbye has been without a team since leaving North in July.

Two Years With North

Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye most recently played for North, joining the squad after a two-year tenure with Astralis. The Danish rifler linked up with North in early 2018, securing wins at DreamHack Open Tours and DreamHack Masters Stockholm in his first year with the squad. The team reached the semi-finals of the ECS Season 7 Finals and later won DreamHack Open Sevilla in 2019. 2020 saw North place 5-6th at DreamHack Open Leipzig, and 3-4th at DreamHack Open Anaheim.

Kjaerbye stepped down from the active North roster in May, citing health issues as his reason for departure. He remained an inactive member of the team until July, when he fully parted ways with the organization. Kjaerbye has been without a team since, though now looks to join multinational squad FaZe Clan in place of 16-year-old stand-in Aurimas "Bymas" Pipiras.

Bymas joined FaZe on a temporary basis in May, and has since competed in four events with the team. Following the teenager’s addition, FaZe finished fourth in Gamers Without Borders, third in both DreamHack Masters Spring and the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, and 11th in cs_summit 6 Europe.

Kjaerbye’s move to FaZe Clan is currently unconfirmed. FaZe is next scheduled to compete in ESL One Cologne 2020 Europe, which is slated to begin on August 18.

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