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Twistzz: I have to do better than this

The Canadian is not happy with his 2022 despite winning several of the biggest CS:GO tournaments of the year.

After the first six months of 2022, it seemed like nothing could stop FaZe Clan in CS:GO. The international roster had won the biggest events during the first half of the year including the Antwerp Major. But then things changed after the summer break. All of a sudden FaZe started losing matches that they usually would win. The early exit from IEM Rio was the absolute downturn for karrigan's troops, who rebounded a bit with a Grand Final in BLAST Fall Finals in Copenhagen.

One of the most consistent players on the roster was Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken. The Canadian even continued this in the second part of 2022, where the rest of the roster (minus ropz) fell off a cliff in terms of ratings. On HLTV's annual Top 20 Player of the Year ranking, Twistzz is placed 11th for his efforts in 2022. A placement that the Canadian is not satisfied with.

- It’s not top 5 and unfortunately not even top 10, which for me isn’t good enough. I have to do better than this, but it is a step in the right direction and an improvement from last year, given my new role from the beginning of the year.

For Twistzz and FaZe a new year brings them new opportunities to chase the Grand Slam win, which will pay out $1,000,000 to the team. The team only needs one more win at one of these next four events; IEM Katowice 2023, Pro League Season 17, IEM Spring 2023, or IEM Dallas 2023.

- Personal goal [for 2023], the goal of being a top 5 player will never change. As for the team goal, I think we have a nice challenge ahead of us to be better than we were in 2022. The Grand Slam may appear close, but it will take a lot of work and we understand that. I think we want to win everything again and build a stronger era this time, Twistzz tells HLTV.

You can read the full interview and article with Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken here.

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