Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard is a Norwegian cyber athlete who trains in CS: GO as the entry fragger for Faze Clan. His strong background in CS Source has helped him be the good player he is today, having played alongside teams like London Conspiracy, LGB Esports, Team Kinguin and G2 Esports.
Nygaard has about three tattoos on his left arm, a Koi fish that represents luck in esports tournaments, familia for he has family at heart and a lighthouse with his sibling’s name.
There are times when gaming can put pressure on pro players especially when training for upcoming esports tournaments. Nygaard’s way of coping with stress is doing what he loves to do – cooking in between practice. His favourite dish that gives him energy is a good steak.
Where it all began:
Håvard used to play football in his younger days, training 6 to 7 hours a day, instilling him a sense of game strategy as well as discipline and commitment towards a sport he loved to play. When he was around 8 or 9 years old, he would watch his brother play Counter Strike Source and encouraged him to play the video game.
Since then Nygaard has never stopped playing Counter-strike, always improving his fighting skills that eventually will make him a better player to compete in esports tournaments. The very first team rain joined was partyastronauts back in 2013 competing in CS: GO. The best feeling about esports gaming is the rush he gets when he plays on the live stage, hearing the crowd cheering for him.
Faze Clan is an American esports company that was founded in May 2010, widely famous for their Call of Duty competitive presence. In 2012, the association decided they needed to expand and nowadays support teams that play CS: GO and Overwatch.
Faze Clan CS: GO was created in January 2016 with the acquisition of former G2 Esports players. Their very first competition they played was DreamHack Leipzig 2016. Since the beginning the CS roster has changed for the better of the team to create the current lineup that consists of Karrigan as captain, rain, NiKo, GuardiaN and Olofmeister.
Rain and his team Faze Clan have attended esports events such as DreamHack Masters Malmo, PGL Major Krakow, ESL One Cologne, IEM Sydney, DreamHack Masters Vegas and Eleague Major 2017.
Faze Rain has acquired the gaming experience going against top esports teams such as Gambit, SK Gaming, Space Soldiers, Navi, Flipsid3 Tactics, Immortals, Optic and Ninjas in Pyjamas among many others.
The greatest achievement for Faze rain and his team was at the ECS Season 3 Finals. The CS squad lost against the world’s top team, SK Gaming with the score 1-2, they finished second to claim their prize of a stunning $120K.
The second great accomplishment for rain and Faze Clan was winning the esports tournament StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3. They took the league title beating Astralis with the score 2-1 to proudly claim their reward of $125K.
Rain and his team Faze Clan have recently won the CS: GO tournament, ESL One: New York 2017. The Counter-Strike unit beat Team Liquid with an unbeatable record 3-0, to win the championship and scoop their prize of $125K.