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Team Singularity releases Infinite, Signs Floppy

Team Singularity releases Infinite, Signs Floppy

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UPDATE: Team Singularity has signed Ricky “floppy” Kemery. It's official! We would like to welcome @floppyCSGO to our CS:GO team! Over the last months he has proved himself as a great player and we are looking forward to working with him!#SNGARMY pic.twitter.com/DidZiff1ni — Team Singularity ✈️ 🇬🇧 (@SNG_Esports) February 12, 2019 ORGINAL STORY: According to […]


Disco Doplan Leaves Red Reserve Claiming Breach of Contract

Disco Doplan Leaves Red Reserve Claiming Breach of Contract

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According to a tweet from Joakim “disco doplan” Gidetun, he has terminated his contract with Red Reserve. The former Fnatic rifler will search for a team while he works “to improve inside and outside the game.” Gidetun claims that Red Reserve breached his contract, but no specifics have been released. As of yesterday I officially […]


CSGO: ECS Announces Revamp for Season 7

CSGO: ECS Announces Revamp for Season 7

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FACEIT have refined ECS, its CSGO league, for the upcoming season. Changes come after ESL reformed their Pro League. Both tournament organizers have optimized their leagues due to numerous player complaints. The Round-Up   To qualify for ECS S7 Finals, teams must battle through five best-of-three knockout stages. Interestingly, ECS has only included North America and Europe […]


CSGO News: Smooya Banned from FACEIT Pro League

CSGO News: Smooya Banned from FACEIT Pro League

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According to a report from Dextero.com, Owen “smooya” Butterfield has been banned from FACEIT Pro League indefinitely after and interaction with Optic Gaming’s Ismail “refrezh” Ali, in which Smooya told the player to “kill himself” in now-deleted tweets. Butterfield has had a troubled CS:GO career, recently leaving BIG citing difficulties fitting into their team system. […]


CSGO: Mousesports Announces Departure of Styko and ChrisJ

CSGO: Mousesports Announces Departure of Styko and ChrisJ

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After crashing out of the Katowice Minor, Mousesports have decided to part ways with Martin “STYKO” Styk and Chris “chrisJ” de Jong according to a post on the team’s website. The organization has said that it will announce a new roster shortly. According to Mousesports, they have also parted ways with coach Sergey “lmbt” Bezhanov. […]


CSGO: North Replaces Coach before GG.Bet ICE Challenge

CSGO: North Replaces Coach before GG.Bet ICE Challenge

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According to a blog post from the organization, North will trial former Alternate Attax coach Torbjørn “mithR” Nyborg during the GG.Bet ICE Challenge. Former Coach, Alexander “ave” Holdt has decided to step down in order to focus on his family after a year with the team. https://twitter.com/TheNorthIsHere/status/1092430884152725504 North’s Director of Esports, Jonas Svendsen, had this […]


CSGO News: Heroic Teases Brand Overhaul

CSGO News: Heroic Teases Brand Overhaul

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Early this morning, the official Twitter of Heroic.gg and its players replaced their profile pictures with a plain black picture and tweeted out a mysterious tweet teasing a makeover of their existing brand. The last time that the team unveiled a new logo was April 2017. pic.twitter.com/wQSwSCOOvU — HEROIC (@heroicgg) February 4, 2019 The tweet, […]


CSGO News: niko Joins Rogue As Roster Moves Continue

CSGO News: niko Joins Rogue As Roster Moves Continue

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Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen has officially joined the Rogue CS:GO squad according to the team’s official twitter account. Niko replaces fellow Dane Jesper “TENZKI” Plougmann on the squad. The move comes just weeks after Rogue failed to qualify for the IEM Katowice Major Qualifiers. Previously, niko helped his former team, Optic Gaming, place second at cs_summit […]


Could Substitute Players Become The Norm In CS:GO?

Could Substitute Players Become The Norm In CS:GO?

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Even though the parallels between “regular” and esports always seem to imply an uneasy companionship of sorts, the rise of playing video games professionally clearly owes a lot to the models established by existing sporting franchises. Some lessons are learned, many are ignored, and while it’s evident that CS:GO, League of Legends and the like […]


CSGO: Shuffle of the North – How North Can Relight Their Fortunes

CSGO: Shuffle of the North – How North Can Relight Their Fortunes

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The Danish CS:GO scene is in both its best and worst ever state. Astralis, the gods of Denmark, are ruling CS:GO in their era. The first winners of the Intel Grand Slam, Astralis are set for further glory in 2019. Elsewhere in Denmark, The Green Wall of OpTic Gaming, with an undoubtedly talented roster, have […]


CSGO Esports: What We Learned From The ELEAGUE Invitational

CSGO Esports: What We Learned From The ELEAGUE Invitational

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The ELEAGUE Invitational concluded with Faze defeating their rivals Cloud9 2-1 to take home the trophy. Here are a few things we learned from the minor. Optimism surrounding Cloud9 Although Cloud9 didn’t get the result they wanted, falling to Faze in a best of three in the finals, there were plenty of bright spots to […]


CSGO Esports: IEM Katowice 2019 Asia Minor Recap

CSGO Esports: IEM Katowice 2019 Asia Minor Recap

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Beyond the Anatolia-related puns, the Asia minor always felt like the odd one out of these qualifiers, and this iteration proved no exception. Even with the lack of TyLoo – who have finally managed to crack the code and make it to the New Legends Stage –, the competition still felt like “Renegades and the […]


CSGO Esports: IEM Katowice 2019 Americas Minor Recap

CSGO Esports: IEM Katowice 2019 Americas Minor Recap

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With the regular minor events complete, we’ve successfully established eighty percent of the Katowice newcomers. While there’s still one last chapter to be written with the third-placed playoffs, we can already decipher most of the interesting storylines of the Americas minor. This tournament has clarified a lot of domestic hierarchies. Established that NRG and karrigan […]


CSGO News: Bravado Gaming Cancels Indiegogo Campaign, May Leave the US

CSGO News: Bravado Gaming Cancels Indiegogo Campaign, May Leave the US

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South African CS:GO team Bravado Gaming has cancelled their IndieGoGo campaign and will refund all money raised. Dubbed “Project Destiny,” the campaign seemed to be raising money to allow Bravado Gaming players to stay and compete in America. As of this morning, the campaign had raised $4,268 of its $30,000 goal. At one time they […]


CSGO: The IEM Katowice 2019 Asia Minor Storylines

CSGO: The IEM Katowice 2019 Asia Minor Storylines

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Perhaps the competition with the lowest profile out of the four, the Katowice Asia minor will nevertheless offer an interesting snapshot of the state of play in a part of the world that Valve clearly covets: even though the Asian sides thoroughly failed to make an impact on the big stage so far, TyLoo’s successful […]


CSGO: The IEM Katowice 2019 Americas Minor Storylines

CSGO: The IEM Katowice 2019 Americas Minor Storylines

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With the European and CIS minors out of the way, the spotlight is now turned on the Americas and Asia’s representatives. Just like its EU counterpart, the American minor features a team – and a player – that arguably shouldn’t have to grind through this stage in order to get a ticket to Katowice: all […]


Team Liquid Overcome Astralis To Win iBP Masters IV

Team Liquid Overcome Astralis To Win iBP Masters IV

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Team Liquid finally defeated Astralis in a grand final, ending the streak of five grand final losses to their Danish kryptonite and took home the trophy at the iBP Masters IV. Liquid played with new addition Jake “Stewie2k” Yip as well a new coach in former TL IGL Eric “adren” Hoag, and beat Astralis 2-1 […]


CSGO: What Went Down at the IEM Katowice 2019 CIS Minor

CSGO: What Went Down at the IEM Katowice 2019 CIS Minor

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IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor Recap While the European minor and its incredible upsets stole the spotlight, the CIS competition also had quite a few interesting storylines to offer: the “usual” suspects will be making a return to the big stage in the form of AVANGAR and Team Spirit as the old guard of the […]


CSGO: What Went Down at the IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor

CSGO: What Went Down at the IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor

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The European minor was littered with fallen giants and upsets in every stage of the event: while no one can say that ENCE or Vitality didn’t deserve their spots, it has to be said that their performances were overshadowed by the failings of those better-known names that failed to show up. Questions will be asked […]


S1mple, The Ukranian Superstar – Part 2: The King

S1mple, The Ukranian Superstar – Part 2: The King

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See: S1mple, The Ukranian Superstar Part 1: Origins In this second part of the Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev series, his 2018 comes under the spotlight. To analyze s1mple’s 2018 is to analyze the best a player has performed individually in one year of Counter-Strike, in history. He carried his team, often alone, as he fought hard […]


CSGO News: Ghost Gaming Officially Adds Freakazoid

CSGO News: Ghost Gaming Officially Adds Freakazoid

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At around 8PM Eastern time, Ghost Gaming officially welcomed Ryan “freakazoid” Abadir to their roster. After Ghost Gaming rifler Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik stepped down, many outlets reported that freakazoid was a likely replacement. No need for an introduction, welcome to #GhostGang @FreakazoidA. pic.twitter.com/wEQxI4CqHp — Ghost Gaming Esports (@GhostEsports) January 19, 2019 While yet unconfirmed, Ghost […]


4 “Major” Questions That iBP Masters IV Can Answer Before IEM Katowice

4 “Major” Questions That iBP Masters IV Can Answer Before IEM Katowice

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The iBUYPOWER Masters IV kicks off this weekend, Saturday, January 19th, and because we are so close to the IEM Katowice Major, we can use this tournament to give us a  preview of what we can expect at Katowice from the top teams in attendance. Understandably, the “saving strats for the Major” meme is alive and well, […]


CSGO News: Unicorns of Love Expand into CSGO, Sign Euronics Roster

CSGO News: Unicorns of Love Expand into CSGO, Sign Euronics Roster

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Unicorns of Love, of EU LCS fame, expand into the CS:GO scene this week as they sign a fully German roster. The move comes after the Unicorns were ousted from the EU LCS by Riot Games, who cited the want for teams with a larger financial backing than UoL could bring to the table. UoL […]


CSGO News: Swole Patrol In Talks With Cromen, Per DeKay

CSGO News: Swole Patrol In Talks With Cromen, Per DeKay

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According to a report by Jarek “DeKay” Lewis, Swole Patrol is currently in discussions with Jørgen “cromen” Robertsen to join the team citing several sources. Swole Patrol has had a rough go of it lately, losing three of its core players to other teams. Main-AWPer Austin “Cooper” Abadir famously left Swole Patrol as the team […]


CSGO News: Heroic Signs blameF To Replace MODDII

CSGO News: Heroic Signs blameF To Replace MODDII

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Heroic announced the signing of Benjamin “blameF” Bremer to the active roster from Epsilon eSports, replacing Andreas “MODDII” Fridh. The move comes after Heroic failed to qualify for the IEM Katowice 2019 Minor in early December, losing BO3s to OpTic Gaming and ENCE. During that time, Fridh never posted an HLTV rating of higher than […]


CSGO: IEM Katowice 2019 CIS Minor Storylines

CSGO: IEM Katowice 2019 CIS Minor Storylines

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IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor Storylines For many Western viewers, the CIS region is the CS:GO equivalent of the twilight zone. And yet, there are quite a few familiar faces amid all the shadows and the confusion, and it turns out that some of the most interesting storylines of this minor cycle will come from […]


CSGO: IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor Storylines

CSGO: IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor Storylines

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IEM Katowice 2019 CIS Minor Storylines It’s always the darkest before dawn, and the long buildup to the Katowice major is finally starting to reach its conclusion. London’s incredible upsets, subtle rule changes, injuries and other drama all came together to set up perhaps the most exciting minor cycle in CS:GO history – but perhaps […]


S1mple, The Ukranian Superstar – Part 1: Origins

S1mple, The Ukranian Superstar – Part 1: Origins

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Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is the AWPer for CIS powerhouse Natus Vincere. The 21-year-old is lauded by most as the best in the world and by some as the best of all time. In just five short years of professional play, he has worked his way up the rankings into one of the best teams in […]


Global Offensive: A Three-Way Crossroads for Karrigan

Global Offensive: A Three-Way Crossroads for Karrigan

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Former FaZe in-game leader Finn “karrigan” Andersen lost his leadership role to NiKo at the FACEIT Major, and never regained it. His performance while in an unfamiliar position on the roster eventually resulted in him getting benched. FaZe has loaned the Dane to Envy so that he could compete at the upcoming Minor, and he […]


Made in Serbia: YNk’s Overrated Coaching Adventure

Made in Serbia: YNk’s Overrated Coaching Adventure

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Rarely is a coaching move considered a high-profile transfer in the world of CS:GO, but Janko “YNk” Paunović’s decision to exchange broadcast desks and fancy suits for a MiBR jersey grabbed the attention of the community. However, it’s worth taking a critical look at his tenure with the Brazilian-American side. No matter how many times […]



Is CS:GO’s F2P Shift a Sign of Valve’s Declining Powers?

Is CS:GO’s F2P Shift a Sign of Valve’s Declining Powers?

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While the titans of PC gaming at Bellevue have already managed to pull off multiple iterations of the F2P model without sacrificing the gameplay experience and esport potential of their titles, a critical look at the broader landscape might prompt you to look at CS:GO’s similar shift in a different light: there’s a pretty good […]


Follow the Money: How Healthy is CS:GO’s Esport Scene?

Follow the Money: How Healthy is CS:GO’s Esport Scene?

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It’s no secret that it’s been a challenge to find profits in the world of esport nowadays, and it seems like mainstream interest, and a growing revenue pressure could very well collide in 2019. CS:GO’s third-party tournament circuit continues to produce eye-popping endeavors and sponsorship deals while many whisper about a potentially more extensive market […]


Boosting for Profit is Now a Crime in South Korea, How Will Riot Games Respond?

Boosting for Profit is Now a Crime in South Korea, How Will Riot Games Respond?

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What Is Boosting? Firstly, what is ‘Boosting’? Boosting is when a gamer logs into another gamer’s account to play a ranked game to increase their ranking. Boosting has become a serious issue throughout major esports such as Overwatch, LoL, Dota 2 and CS:GO. The South Korean ‘Act on the Punishment of Alternative Game Act’ The […]


Counter-Strike: Don’t Feel Sorry for Complexity or LDLC

Counter-Strike: Don’t Feel Sorry for Complexity or LDLC

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LDLC and Complexity are not bad teams, but they are fragile. Both sides have earned their namesakes through big single tournament results; LDLC, at IEM Chicago; Complexity, at the FACEIT London Major. While these two events come months apart, the manner in which they both earned their victories is the same. They both found momentum […]


Counter-Strike: Looking Ahead to ECS Season 6 Finals

Counter-Strike: Looking Ahead to ECS Season 6 Finals

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ECS Season 6 Finals begin on November 22 in Arlington Texas and will feature 8 of Counter-Strike’s top teams battling for a $660,000 prize pool. Here are some story lines to keep an eye on heading into the tournament. Team Liquid can’t beat Astralis Easily the most promising North American team, Liquid have been turning […]


Counter-Strike: NiKo’s FaZe Isn’t a Great Team

Counter-Strike: NiKo’s FaZe Isn’t a Great Team

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It’s easy to be baited by FaZe. They are a team who show their strengths in the reflection of their trophies. From ESL One New York 2017, to EPICENTER 2018 over a year later, the ‘feel’ of a FaZe win is impossible to replicate. It’s as explosive as it is clinical; as overwhelming as it […]


Team Vitality Involved in Possible Spot-Fixing Incident

Team Vitality Involved in Possible Spot-Fixing Incident

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The French Powerhouse Team Vitality has come under the eye of players and admins due to a very shady looking play enacted during their match against Team Valiance at the Loot.Bet Cup 3. The team boasts popular players such as NBK-, apEX, and Happy, all known for having played with the best of the best […]


Professional Esports Player Caught Cheating On LAN

Professional Esports Player Caught Cheating On LAN

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Optic Gaming India is making rounds on the internet after a rather hilarious hacking scandal. They were competing in the eXTREMESLAND Asia tournament against the Vietnamese team Revolution. The game was heating up and it looked like the pressure got to team optic’s member Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat as he turned on hacks mid game. The […]


FACEIT London Major: A Valiant Effort From Hell-Raisers

FACEIT London Major: A Valiant Effort From Hell-Raisers

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What looked to be a one-sided map 1 on Mirage in favor of Team Liquid, started to turn towards Hell-Raisers as they started showing signs of life nearing the end of the first half with a score of 3-12. After taking the game to 6-12 and a nearly perfect clutch from woxic, the game tilted […]


2018 FACEIT London Major: Navi Crushes The Dreams Of BIG

2018 FACEIT London Major: Navi Crushes The Dreams Of BIG

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The Faceit London Major is in full swing. A strong showing in the group stages of the Major set BIG to be the team to look out for. Gob b especially demonstrated exceptional site holding skills, he would routinely be able to hold his own against Tier 1 players. The underdog run, however, came to […]


CS:GO Esports Gets 7 Episode TBS Series

CS:GO Esports Gets 7 Episode TBS Series

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Turner & IMG’s ELEAGUE is giving CS:GO fans an inside look at the key moments of the recent ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018. The seven episode series will begin airing August 31 at 11pm EST/PST on TBS. Eight of the world’s best professional Counter-Strike / CS:GO teams will be featured during the show. According to ELEAGUE.com, “ELEAGUE will kick […]