FaZe Clan is a professional eSports organization based in North America with teams competing in various entries in the Call of Duty series, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch. The organization had its start on Youtube as a gaming clan, consisting of players like Faze ClipZ, FaZe Resistance and FaZe Housecat, who gained notoriety with his trick shot videos which he did for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
It all started when the earliest members of the Clan were making sniping videos for Call of Duty. The current co-manager FaZe Temperr would later be leading the team, and with the 2012 release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the team decided to enter the competitive gaming scene. So here is a short summary of what the team has been up to since its inception.
In the Beginning…
The original organization and first FaZe Clan team was founded in 2010, and consisted of Folsom, Heist, Sham and Secretly, whom competed at the MLG Winter Championship. Although the young team had unclear expectations of what they wanted to accomplish, but having built a large following with their video channel, a large number of their fans came to support them.
After a few minor changes in the team lineup, the new roster would consist of Heist, MBoZe, Methodz and Replays, but this wouldn’t last for long, and Replays would be the only one staying with the team, with Huhdle, Slacked and SpaceLy joining him to complete the team. Even after the team had mixed results at several tournaments, they decided to stick with their current roster when they were going to attend the MLG PAX Prime Invitational.
They managed to make it to the semifinals, but were eliminated by compLexity Gaming, who would eventually take 2nd place at the event. Next, they took part in the MLG Fall Invitational, but finished only in 4th place, though only 4 teams participated in that event.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
When the new Call of Duty: Ghosts was launched in November 2013, FaZe Clan decided to make a change in its roster and to bring in Classic to replace Slacked. The new team, Replays, Classic, Huhdle and SpaceLy, entered the MLG Fall Championship, and their 8th seed gave them the difficult task of facing TCM Gaming, but they were unable to win and fell to the Losers bracket, which only provided another loss coming at the hands of eLevate.VeXed.
After several major lineups changes, with even original members leaving the team, FaZe prepared for the 2014 Call of Duty Championship going through an online qualifier and regional qualifier, after which they had secured their place in the event. At the Championship event, they would fight their way through strong competition, and in the end secured 6th place and $50,000 in prize money.
After the championship event, the organization decided they would create 2 new teams, FaZe Black and FaZe Red, which were led by Proofy and Theory, respectively. Both teams tried to establish themselves early on at events like UGC Niagara, but only FaZe Black managed to secure the 5/6th place at the event, with FaZe Red coming in at 9th-12th rank.
Advanced Warfare and New Rise to Power
After new lineups changes plagued the teams as the result of internal and personal struggles, a new roster consisting of Censor, Apathy, ACHES and SlasheR went to compete at the MLG Columbus, looking to make a statement. The team started off well, successfully entering the winners bracket, but were set back when ACHES had to leave the team because of medical issues. However, he would soon return, trying to secure a win for the team, but they ended up in the losers bracket.
From there they bounced back, defeating Team KaLiBeR, Denial and Prophecy, which secured them a place in the grand finals along with their rivals OpTic Gaming. In the end, FaZE came out victorious over OpTic Gaming and took the $10,000 prize money.
After this successful run, FaZe planned to take advantage of their newfound winning form and take it to UG Orlando. While there had been doubts the team would perform as they had previously, due to constant online arguments, they had to enter the loser’s bracket. There they placed in 16th place. This lead to new roster changes and the changing of who would be team captain.
New Roster – New Glory
FaZe managed to make a deal with Denial eSports with Advanced Warfare still being a target for the team. Players Huke and SlasheR were exchanged for Clayster and Attach, with ZooMaa and Enable staying in the team. The new team lineup showed promise when they competed at the Pro League and with several LAN wins. They even managed to repeat their victory over OpTic Gaming when they beat them with 3-0 at the UMG Dallas 2015 and became one of the new fan favorites.
This proved that the team was finding their true form and were just getting started. When they traveled to Europe to compete at the renowned GFinitity LAN event, one of the biggest new upcoming events, next to COD Champs and the X Games, they were able to easily mow through their competition and once again ended up facing their old rivals OpTic Gaming in the finals. This time, OpTic Gaming were better prepared and secured a 3-0 lead over FaZe. But FaZe would not let this be the end of their newfound success and managed to come back from a 0-3 setback, ultimately winning the LAN event.
- Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto (Slayer)
- James “Clayster” Eubanks (Slayer)
- Dillon “Attach” Price (Objective Player)
- Ian “Enable” Wyatt (Support)
FaZe Clan Trivia
- Before being successful in the world of competitive gaming, FaZe managed to become the organization with the most Youtube subscribers, attracting over 4 million subscribers
- FaZe Temperr, the owner of the FaZe Clan professional teams, has 1.5 million Youtube subscribers, with other players like FaZe Apex and FaZe Rain coming in with 4.4 and 4.9 million subscribers respectively
- The record holder in terms of total number of Youtube subscribers is FaZe Rug, who has 5.4 million subscribers and over 942 million views