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Marcelo “coldzera” David announced, on June 1, that he has move to FaZe Clan’s bench. The team benched coldzera ahead of their upcoming BLAST Premier Spring Final against Natus Vincere. In his announcement, the Brazilian stated that he would weigh his options for the future, as his contract with the organization ends soon.

Before coldzera was benched from FaZe

Coldzera joined FaZe in September of 2019 after his time on MIBR. At that time, the roster had star player Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and tenured Swedish in-game leader Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson. He began with a first place finish at BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019 and a fourth place showing in the 2019 BLAST Global Final.

2020 was an up-and-down year for FaZe. They performed well at the start of the year, placing first in their group in the BLAST regular season and the Intel Extreme Masters XIV Europe qualifiers. But that was about it for Coldzera and FaZe, outside of their first place finish at the Intel Extreme Masters XV. The team’s ceiling in 2020 seemed to be around third or fourth place at major events.

In 2021, FaZe brought in Russel “⁠Twistzz⁠” Van Dulken and Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen to bolster their roster. However, the team has not had great results to show for it. FaZe dropped out of their most recent tournaments, DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 and Flashpoint, without a single series win.

Coldzera has two Major trophies to his name and was named the top Counter-Strike player in the world by HLTV two years in a row. He has been in the top 10 of HLTV’s year-end rankings multiple times. In addition, he has competed professionally for almost a decade and many have speculated that this may be the end of his Counter-Strike career.

Coldzera has given no indication of his future plans, retirement or otherwise.

Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.
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