PARIVISION Announce F_1N as a Head Coach

21 Jun 2024
Tit Krajnik 21 Jun 2024
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  • PARIVISION have announced Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov as a new head coach
  • The 40-year-old replaces Gregory “balblna” Oleinick
  • The ex-Counter-Strike pro returns to the scene after nearly two years
On Thursday, June 20, Russian Counter-Strike esports team PARIVISION announced the signing of Ivan "⁠F_1N⁠" Kochugov, who joins the team as a new head coach. He will replace the recently departed Gregory “balblna” Oleinick.

⁠F_1N is a well-known name in the Counter-Strike scene. He made his professional debut in 2007 as a player for and has since played for forZe and UNiTed. He ended his career as a player with in 2011.

After a six-year break, F_1N returned to the scene as a head coach for a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squad, Art of Cybergame, where he spent only two months before the team was bought by pro100.

Later, F_1N joined Gambit Esports, where he worked alongside known names from the scene, including Vladislav “safety” Gorshkov, Sergey “Ay1Le” Rykhtorov, and Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov while on Gambit Youngsters and Gambit’s main roster.

With Gambit, F_1N has accomplished a lot but is mostly remembered for his 8.75-mont ban from ESIC for exploiting the coach bug. His ban started in September 2020 and ended in 2021, when F_1N returned to coaching with Gambit.

The 40-year-old strategist remained active as a coach until December 2022, when Cloud9 closed down their Counter-Strike academy squad and released F_1N.

F_1N has been inactive since then but was given an opportunity to re-launch his esports career with PARIVISION. But F_1N will have his hands full, as the team has been recently depleted to four players following to the departure of in-game leader Andrey “Jerry” Mekhryakov.

PARIVISION are currently ranked no.66 in the global Counter-Strike standings a fair bit below their peak ranking of 46th, which the team accomplished in April 2024.