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19 02, 2017

coldzera: felps brings us more hunger

In our next interview from DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, Marcelo “coldzera” David breaks down SK’s quarter-final battle with Natus Vincere and explains how Joao “felps” Vasconcellos fits into the team.

After advancing from their group with two quick wins, SK facedNatus Vincere in the quarter-finals earlier today. The Brazilians survived a triple-overtime battle on Mirage and had little trouble closing out the series on their signature map, Train.


coldzera believes SK can go on to win DreamHack Masters

We caught up with Marcelo “coldzera” David after the match to find out more about SK’s adjustments towards the end of regulation and the overtimes on Mirage, and asked him whether they feel as comfortable on Train with Joao “felps” Vasconcellos as they used to with the previous lineup:

Let’s begin with Mirage, a very back-and-forth match overall, can you run me through the adaption you made towards the end of regulation and during the overtimes?

In the beginning, we had a new, different style of playing against them. We just waited for them to have mid control and after that we could push together to break it. We made a mistake in the 2v1 against flamie and we lost it, and they broke our economy and the game started being hard because they broke our economy all the time. But after this, we just played normal, 3-2, and gave them mid and afterwards flashed in to get some picks. We started winning rounds, won an eco, and started to play better.

When we went into overtime, we played more passive on the T side and use mid more, because in the regulation we used mid a lot and won many rounds there. On the T side we knew they played bad on B and we forced B more.

A couple of times on Mirage on your T side, I noticed you camped everywhere for a while after trading players early, perhaps waiting for Na`Vi to make a mistake?

Yeah, it’s because Na`Vi started to play aggressive in overtime, sometimes they pushed somewhere and we lost some of the rounds because we played too fast. So we decided to play more passive and waited a little bit.

Going over to Train, before changing the lineup you were the best team on it, do you feel as comfortable on the map with felps as you used to with fnx?

Yeah, we’re comfortable because felps is aggressive and he plays a lot on ladder and he plays well there. fnx tried to do the same in the old team, but felps is more smart and he thinks more fast. He makes plays, fast plays, all the time and helps mid, so he gives us security.

What about felps adjusting to the team overall, do you think you’ve reached the level you wanted with him or will it take more time?

Right now, our team is better. He’s very good, he brings us more hunger, he wants to play a lot. He’s really good and he brings us confidence again. Right now, I think at this tournament we can go to the final and win the finals, after the bootcamp we have a better chance.

Facing North in the semi-finals, can you talk to me about the match-up overall and what you’ll need to do to beat them?

North is a good team, they have two very good players, Magisk and k0nfig. I don’t think we have a secret, we’ll just play our game and see what will happen in the game. We have more experience, I think we are more hungry right now. We’re more focused, I think that is the solution for winning.

Source: HLTV.org

18 02, 2017

TeamOne add bit

TeamOne, which was last seen playing internationally at the WESG World Finals in China, and recently won January’s Liga PRO GamersClub finals locally, has successfully acquired the services of Bruno “bit” Lima, thus closing out the team’s roster.

TeamOne, which was founded in 2015 and started to gain momentum in 2016, has acquired the veteran player Bruno “bit” Lima after successfully negotiating a buyout with Merciless.

This isn’t the first time TeamOne tried buying the player out of his contract, as contacts had already been made when Fillipe “bt0” Moreno retired from competition in January, right after the team returned from China where they finished in 17-20th place.


bit will join veterans pava and Maluk3 in TeamOne

The Brazilian side has shown it is one of the region’s powerhouses, as it recently won the January edition of the local Liga PRO GamersClub, and will be looking to retain regional dominance with the inclusion of the ex-Merciless and ex-Luminosity player into the team.

“Our organization already tried signing bit before, since the moment bt0 decided to retire, but after unsuccessful negotiations we ended up signing trk.

“In early February, when we all agreed we needed a coach, we decided the best solution would be to move our then player AlaNDieg0R to coach. With this new opening in the roster, we re-opened the negotiations for bit, and reached an agreement to buy the player out of his contract.

“Now, we are excited to have him on board, as we have finally closed our lineup and can now aim to reach higher competitive levels. Our goal now is to dominate the South American scene, help develop the local and regional scenes, and compete in international events that we can qualify for/get invites to”

– Leonardo “susC” Prado, TeamOne CMO

With the inclusion of bit, the TeamOne lineup now looks as follows:

Pedro “Maluk3” Campos
Rafael “pava” Pavanelli
Victor “iDk” Torraca
Alencar “trk” Rossato
Bruno “bit” Lima

Alan “AlaNDieg0R” Riveros (coach)

Source: HLTV.org

16 02, 2017

Preparation sign Swedish lineup

Team Preparation is now back as the organization returns to CS:GO by signing a Swedish lineup which contains players like zende and darti.

Last time we saw the Preparation tag was back in November 2016 when they decided to part ways with their CIS based team. Now they are back and this time it is with a Swedish lineup.

The organization has signed contracts with a new team containing the former DenDD player Erik “zende” Sundeqvist, and he brought four Swedes with him.


zende is now back together with his former teammates from Torpedo.

Joachim “darti” Fornstedt and Simon “downie” Storm, who were last seen in action with ArchAngels, have joined Preparation along with their two country men Rasmus “Zitte” Johansson and Samuel “decent” Oldenburg.

The teams in-game leader, darti, says in a statement that the team has been practicing in a couple of months but they are finally ready to take the next step by joining Preparation.

“After some month of practice with a new lineup we felt ready to take the next step and are happy to announce that we will now be representing Preparation as our new home. With Preparation by our side we are excited and feel that we have the tools and support necessary to develop and climb up the csgo-rankings.”

Preparation will house the following players:

 Erik “zende” Sundeqvist
 Joachim “darti” Fornstedt
 Simon “downie” Storm
 Rasmus “Zitte” Johansson
 Samuel “decent” Oldenburg

Source: HLTV.org

15 02, 2017

atter joins Renegades

Renegades have decided to swap their latest addition Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland with the Swedish talent Simon “atter” Atterstam for DreamHack Masters Las Vegas.

Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland joined Renegades in July of 2016, but failed to elevate the team’s results by a significant measure—they weren’t able to win the two Asian events they attended, eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia 2016 and the Asian Minor, finishing second to VG.CyberZen and TyLoo respectively.

Following those tournaments, Rickeh had a good showing inRenegades’s second place finish at DreamHack Open Winter 2016, but the Australian team flopped at the ELEAGUE Major qualifier in December, finishing 15-16th.


Atter was a part of the Swedish TWC 2016 lineup

Coming up to DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, Renegades have decided to swap Rickeh with the 23-year-old Swedish player Simon “atter” Atterstam. atter was most recently in action at DreamHack Open Leipzig, where he was the best-rated player of qwerty, but most of his career was spent with the team Torpedo with whom he attended the Counter-Pit Season 2 LAN Finals.

It is still uncertain if atter will be a permanent figure in Renegadesand what instigated the change—as the both the players and the organization remain quiet on the matter.

Renegades will attend DreamHack Masters Las Vegas with:

Yaman “yam” Ergenekon
Aaron “AZR” Ward
Justin “jks” Savage
Karlo “USTILO” Pivac
Simon “atter” Atterstam

Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović (Coach)

Source: HLTV.org

13 02, 2017

Subroza leaves CLG

Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik has stepped down from CLG’s active lineup with immediate effect, the organisation has revealed.

In a statement, CLG explained that Yassine “Subroza” Taoufiknotified the team of his desire to leave their gaming house and return home “for personal reasons”.

The Canadian player, formerly of ACE, had been part of CLG since August, when he joined the team together with Ethan “nahtE” Arnold after the organisation held trials to fill the last two spots on the roster.


Subroza will return to Canada for personal reasons

The two new additions failed to improve CLG’s fortunes, however, as the team finished 5th-8th at Northern Arena Toronto and 7th-8th at Northern Arena Montreal before bowing out of the ELEAGUE Major qualifier with just one victory from four matches.

“It was a great experience being on Counter Logic Gaming for the past half year,” he told CLG’s website.

“I hope to return to the professional scene soon, and when I do – I hope to come back stronger. Thank you everyone for supporting me.”

Meanwhile, CLG added that they will be looking “for a veteran and proven player” to fill Subroza’s shoes as they hope to get “back on the international stage once again”.

Until a permanent solution is found, the team will be fielding James “hazed” Cobb, who left CLG at the start of the year, as a stand-in.

This means that CLG currently have:

Stephen “reltuC” Cutler
Kenneth “koosta” Suen
Ethan “nahtE” Arnold
Pujan “FNS” Mehta
James “hazed” Cobb (stand-in)

Source: HLTV.org

12 02, 2017

jkaem to play for FaZe in Vegas

FaZe backup member Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad will be the team’s fifth member at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, HLTV.org has learned.

Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad has been on FaZe’s bench since November, when Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey was moved back to the starting lineup, and was seen playing for the team in the ESL Pro League earlier in the week.

He will step into the shoes of Philip “aizy” Aistrup, who has signed for North, as FaZe’s newest recruit, Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, will play one last tournament for mousesports – DreamHack Masters Las Vegas – before switching teams.


jkaem will play for FaZe in Las Vegas

FaZe have been drawn in Group D of the $450,000 tournament, along with Natus Vincere, mousesports and Renegades, with their first match pitting them against the Australians.

This means that FaZe will attend the event with:

Finn “karrigan” Andersen
Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey
Aleksi “allu” Jalli
Håvard “rain” Nygaard
Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad

Source: HLTV.org

10 02, 2017

FaZe secure the services of NiKo

Following the departure of Philip “aizy” Aistrup to North, FaZe have managed to secure the services of the Bosnian star Nikola “NiKo” Kovač.

Earlier this week, Ruben “RUBINO” Villarroel decided to step downfrom North due to a lack of motivation, starting a domino effect that lead to FaZe losing Philip “aizy” Aistrup to the Danish organization.

FaZe used their reserve player Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad in the meantime, but were looking for a permanent replacement and were allegedly close to adding Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom to their ranks. However, it looks like Belgian player will be staying in the French scene after all, as he is set to join Vincent “Happy” Schopenhauerand Cédric “RpK” Guipouy in EnVyUs.


NiKo will be joining FaZe in a blockbuster move

To fill the last spot in their team, FaZe will be adding one of the hottest prospects in CS:GO, the star player of mousesports—Nikola “NiKo” Kovač.

The 19-year-old Bosnian was ranked 11th in HLTV.org’s Top 20 players of 2016 list due to his great individual performances throughout the year, but he didn’t achieve much with his team—mousesports’ 3-4th place finish at ELEAGUE Season 1 was by far their best placing of 2016.

NiKo will be playing out one last tournament with mousesports, DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, before officially joining FaZe. This is what he had to say about the move:

“mousesports has been around for as long as I’ve been in the scene and have always been looked at highly. I’ve had a great relationship with the organization, with my teammates, and especially with Cengiz (mousesports CEO). FaZe Clan is massive but relatively new to eSports. With such an incredible fan base and the way they have come together as an organization over the year or so, the people I’ve met and the plans I’ve seen; this is a dream coming through.

FaZe Clan is a bit of a mystery to us hardcore eSports guys, and to finally look behind the curtain to see what this is all about has been absolutely refreshing. I’m sure you’ll all see more of what I’ve seen over the course of the year. It’ll be such as pure pleasure to go for the number one spot together with the team and see the organization grow. They’re cool people, they got their heads in the right place, they know their position and they know what they need to do to move forward. Most importantly; all they care about is their people and their fans – that’s what I love the most about all this. The passion for gaming and for eSports!”

The FaZe ownership added their statement on the move as well, pointing out that aizy’s departure was only approved after they developed a conversation with NiKo:

“FaZe Clan are elated to have NiKo on board. When approached by North about Aizy, before approving his transfer we first needed to survey who our prospective replacements for him could be; and while others were considered, we quickly defaulted to NiKo as a talent we have long coveted. In our eyes, with our lineup around him, he has the potential to become the best player in the world in 2017. Once a healthy conversation had developed between us & mousesports around NiKo, we then moved forward with North’s interest in Aizy. For FaZe Clan, these two moves were treated together as one uniform transaction. However, with Aizy scheduled to appear in North’s lineup immediately, before NiKo appears in ours, we went ahead with the announcements of his move separately.”

mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü added that NiKo revealed his interest in joining FaZe after the Major:

“After the major, NiKo approached us with the wish to join FaZe. We agreed that after all the effort he put in at mousesports it was time to search for a solution that would benefit everyone involved. Together with FaZe we were able to work out a mutually beneficial transfer. We see this as a big opportunity to rework our roster and build a much more homogenous mousesports team that our fans can get behind. We had a great time with Niko and I speak on the behalf of everyone at mousesports when i wish him the very best for his career and personal life.”

FaZe is now:

Finn “karrigan” Andersen
Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey
Aleksi “allu” Jalli
Håvard “rain” Nygaard
Nikola “NiKo” Kovač

Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström (Coach)

Source: HLTV.org

9 02, 2017

ScreaM to join EnVyUs

Despite rumors about Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom joining FaZe abounding after he was left out of the French super team which joined G2, the Belgian player will finally be joining the rest of the players involved in the French shuffle, including his G2 teammate Cédric “RpK” Guipouy, in EnVyUs.

Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom was already seen standing in for the boys in blue during the IEM Katowice 2017 qualifier while David “devoduvek” Dobrosavljevic attended Assembly Winter 2017 with Vexed. At the time it was unknown if he would remain with the team, though, as rumors were still flying concerning the future of the Belgian player, who was then in talks with FaZe.


ScreaM and RpK will meet back up in EnVyUs

Finally, however, negotiations were unfruitful between the parties involved and ScreaM will now be donning the EnVyUs blue, where he will join forces with the likes of Vincent “Happy” Schopenhauerand Cédric “RpK” Guipouy.

The EnVyUs lineup was announced last week with five players, including the up-and-comers Alexandre “xms” Forté and devoduvek. To make place for ScreaM, the latter will be benched—although not released—until EnVyUs can find a role for him within the organization, as reported by VaKarM.

EnVyUs’s lineup is now comprised of:

Vincent “Happy” Schopenhauer
Christophe “SIXER” Xia
Cédric “RpK” Guipouy
Alexandre “xms” Forté
Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom

Damien “maLeK” Marcel (coach)
David “devoduvek” Dobrosavljevic (back-up)

Source: HLTV.org

6 02, 2017

SK add felps, fnx joins Immortals

SK have officially added Joao “felps” Vasconcellos, who completed the roster that had been playing with a stand-in for the past two months. Lincoln “fnx” Lau has joined Immortals in felps’ stead.

Joao “felps” Vasconcellos had been heavily linked with the SK move ever since the organization removed Lincoln “fnx” Lau from the starting roster following internal issues in early December.

In the two past two months, SK fielded stand-in Ricardo “fox” Pacheco, who helped the team reach semi-finals at ECS Season 2 Finals and at the ELEAGUE Major.


felps completes SK roster

Today, the organization formally announced the signing of felps, who supported the Brazilians at the Major, while fnx was transferred over to Immortals.

According to the release, felps has already joined the team at their gaming house in California to begin training for DreamHack Masters Las Vegas taking place from February 15-19, where SK will debut with the new squad.

SK are:

Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo
Fernando “fer” Alvarenga
Marcelo “coldzera” David
Epitacio “TACO” de Melo
Joao “felps” Vasconcellos

Immortals have the following lineup:

Ricardo “boltz” Prass
Henrique “hen1” Teles
Lucas “lucas” Teles
Lucas “steel” Lopes
Lincoln “fnx” Lau

Rafael “zakk” Fernandes (coach)

Source: HLTV.org

5 02, 2017

fnatic qualify for IEM Katowice

fnatic have secured their place at the $250,000 IEM Katowice after advancing to the closed qualifier’s upper bracket final with wins over mousesports and G2.

Earlier today, the IEM Katowice closed qualifier began with 11 teams fighting in the best-of-three, double elimination bracket for three spots at the $250,000 event taking place from March 1-5.

So far, the bracket saw the new-old fnatic taking one of the three spots, defeating mousesports 2-1 and the new G2 lineup 2-0.


The new-old fnatic qualified for Katowice with two wins in a row

Natus Vincere will lock horns with Heroic for another spot tomorrow at 15:00, while the last spot will be decided in the lower bracket.

G2, Tricked, EnVyUs, and Epsilon are still in the run as well, while three teams have been eliminated. For the entire bracket, go over to the event page.

The IEM Katowice team list currently looks as follows:

OpTic SK Virtus.pro North
NiP Cloud9 FaZe Astralis
fnatic EU closed qualifier EU closed qualifier NA closed qualifier

The North American closed qualifier also began today, where Liquid,Immortals, Misfits, and CLG lock horns for a single spot at IEM Katowice.

Source: HLTV.org