YNk could have joined FaZe Clan instead of MIBR

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YNk could have joined FaZe Clan instead of MIBR
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Janko "YNk" Paunović made waves in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene when he was announced as the coach of MIBR, but as he explained to HLTV, things could have gone very differently.

According to the former analyst, he was courted by both the newly-revived MIBR side and FaZe Clan once the competitive season started to quieten down.

[Immortals General Manager] Tomi also reached out to me, since they were thinking about replacing boltz with NiKo, but he had no intention of leaving FaZe. He actually suggested that I should join FaZe as a coach, since RobbaN was mentioning stepping down if he could find a suitable replacement to spend more time with his family, and this was appealing to me since I could keep living in Serbia.

So, as YNk revealed, not only did MIBR want him as a coach, they wanted to bring Nikola "NiKo" Kovač on board from FaZe Clan and Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström was considering stepping down - something he may well still do. He went on to explain that he met with both teams in Atlanta to make his decision, and it was an easy choice once he spoke to the Brazilian side.

YNk is currently contracted for a two-month stint, where he will accompany the team on their tournament appearances and in their European bootcamps. Once the ZOTAC Cup Masters, DreamHack Masters Stockholm, FACEIT Major: London, and BLAST Pro Series Istanbul are all out of the way, YNk and MIBR will discuss what to do moving forward.

It is a perfect way for me to see how things go - not results, just the job in general - without having to relocate full time to North America or get locked into a long contract.

For now, it's a case of waiting and seeing how MIBR perform under the new-found guidance of YNk. And for his future? It's not entirely results-based, which could mean his team performs wonderfully but coaching is just not for him. Time will tell.

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