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16 10, 2017

BIT CONFIRMS TEAM WITH IMT TRIO & KNGV-

TeamOne member Bruno “bit” Lima has confirmed that he has linked up with Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe and with the three Immortals benched players.

In a Twitlonger post, the 27-year-old revealed that he was first approached by Henrique “HEN1” Teles and Vito “kNgV-“Giuseppe days before TeamOne competed at the ESEA Season 25 Global Challenge, which ran from September 23-24.

Bruno “bit” Lima, who is known for his time with iconic 1.6 teams like mibr, FireGamers and compLexity, explained that he openly discussed his future with his team and expressed his wish to play alongside the former Immortals players, who hold a spot at ELEAGUE Major: Boston as they three of them were part of the roster that finished in second place at PGL Major Krakow.

bit set to reunite with fnx

The team’s roster looks as follows:

Brazil Bruno “bit” Lima
Brazil Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles
Brazil Henrique “HEN1” Teles
Brazil Lincoln “fnx” Lau
Brazil Vito “kNgV-“ Giuseppe

Source: HLTV.org

15 10, 2017

NA CLOSED QUALIFIER FOR AMERICAS MINOR SET TO START

The North American closed qualifier for the Americans Minor is about to start, with 16 teams duking it out for five spots at the Toronto event.

The open qualifier came to an end on Saturday evening, and it went almost according to script as most of the favourites managed to break into the top eight and secure spots in the closed stage.

Raphael “cogu” Camargo’s Gorilla Core fell in the Round of 32 following a three-map series against James “hazed” Cobb’s Muffin Lightning, who would be eliminated in the final round at the hands of Tempo Storm, who relied on a strong individual performance from Bruno “shz” Martinelli.

Immortals will face SoaR in the first Swiss round

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the qualifier was the fact that Mythic, featuring veterans such as Eric “adreN” Hoag and Todd “anger” Williams, were unable to secure a top-eight finish after being downed 2-1 by CLG Academy, with 16-year-old Zack “XotiC” Elshani averaging a stunning 1.43 Rating.

The top eight sides from the closed qualifier will now join eight invited teams in a Swiss stage featuring four rounds. The top five teams will progress to the Americas Minor, joining invited duo CLG and Liquid, as well as the winner of the South American open qualifier.

Below you can find the 16 teams who will compete in the qualifier:

Invited Qualified
United States compLexity United States Beacon
Canada Ghost United States CLG Academy
Brazil Immortals Canada FRENCH CANADIANS
Brazil Luminosity Argentina Gale Force
United States Misfits United States Naventic
North America NRG Canada Rise Nation
United States Rogue United States SoaR
United States Splyce Brazil Tempo Storm

Source: HLTV.org

13 10, 2017

MORTAL KOMBAT DISBAND

Mortal Kombat have disbanded after the team had been unable to find the right playstyle and improve following changes.

Having been released by Imperial and losing one of the core members, Kamen “bubble” Kostadinov, to  ex-Outlaws, MKhave had their fair share of troubles throughout the past month.

The Bulgarians tried out 18-year-old Branislav “BrN” Panov as a replacement for bubble, but the team continued to struggle internally, resulting in early exits at various online tournaments, including the NGC Masters and Hellcase Cup 6.

v1c7oR and dream3r are hoping to stick together after the disbandment of MK

As they had been unable to find the right playstyle, MKdecided to go their separate ways. According to a statement from Viktor “v1c7oR” Dyankov, he and Simeon “dream3r”Ganev will attempt to stick together in the future.

The remaining trio will finish ESEA Premier Season 26 as well as the Esports Balkan League with a mix-team while searching for other opportunities.

“In the last few months, while bubble was still in the squad, we tried to make the right choices and find the perfect playstyle that fits us. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out great, which caused the departure of bubble.” v1c7oR told HLTV.org.

“We decided to give it another shot with our trial BrN, but bad stuff happened lately, we didn’t listen to each other, so a bad mood and nerves started getting to us. We lost the last events the same way like before, and at last, me and dream3r decided to stop trying it out this way.”

“We would like to wish the best of luck to spyleadeR, sHEMETA, and BrN, we wish them to achieve great things with their new rosters. Me and dream3r will try to stick together in the future. You can reach us via vitqn4i@gmail.com”

The following players are currently free agents:

Bulgaria Simeon “dream3r” Ganev
Bulgaria Viktor “v1c7oR” Dyankov
Bulgaria Hristian “shEMETA” Spasov
Bulgaria Emiliyan “spyleadeR” Dimitrov
Bulgaria Branislav “BrN” Panov

Source: HLTV.org

11 10, 2017

DUST2 REWORK ADDED TO BETA DEPOT

Just 24 hours after revealing that the new Dust2 would soon hit the beta depot, Valve has released the map.

In February Dust2 was replaced by Inferno in the active map pool, and since then one of the most iconic maps in Counter-Strike history has been under rework and it seems to be almost done now.

According to Valve, it is “an updated, refined version” but at first sight, it looks like the old Dust2 – just with new textures and minor changes.

Many expected the skybox above tunnels to be removed to make it possible to throw grenades over the roof, but this is not the case for the map yet as the skybox still appears.

We have collected some photos of the new map below here:

A site

Mid

Short

Lower tunnel

Upper tunnel

B site

New models

The reworked Dust2 is still in beta, making it not possible to play yet unless you go to Library and right click on CS:GO and choose Properties. Then you navigate to the Beta tab and choose to download 1.36.0.7.-rc1.

Valve is looking for feedback on the map, which will be continuously updated in the coming months.

9 10, 2017

GRAYHOUND BENCH PRAKM

Grayhound has revealed that Montheara “prakM” Prak will be moved from the active lineup to a substitute role, the Australian organisation announced.

Ahead of the ROG MASTERS Asia-Pacific qualifiers as Australia’s representative, the Oceanic roster has agreed on benching Montheara “prakM” Prak, after being a part of the team since late June.

The news comes after the squad finished 5-6th at the ESEA S25 Global Challenge LAN, where they used Mohammed “MoeycQ” Tizani to fill in for Christopher “dexter” Nong, due to roster locks during the online season.

prakM is no longer a part of the active lineup

Another wave of bad news hits Grayhound, as their coach Alex “Magikkk” Langusch revealed that the team did not receive an invite to the upcoming Asia Minor, despite fielding three players from the ex-Immunity lineup, who finished third at the previous Minor.

With Grayhound on the search for a new replacement, their current roster is as followed:

Australia Christopher “dexter” Nong
Australia Callum “BURNRUOk” Henderson
New Zealand Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai
Mongolia Erdenetsogt “erkaSt” Gantulga

Australia Alex “Magikkk” Langusch (coach)

Australia Montheara “prakM” Prak (backup)

Source: HLTV.org

5 10, 2017

PENTA RELEASE ROSTER

PENTA and their three remaining players, Kevin “kRYSTAL” Amend, Jesse “zehN” Linjala, and Paweł “innocent” Mocek, have come to a mutual agreement to terminate their contracts, the organization announced earlier today.

PENTA haven’t fielded a stable five since the departure ofMiikka “suNny” Kemppi and Kevin “HS” Tarn, who had been acquired by mousesports and OpTic, respectively, leaving the team with just three players.

Shortly after GODSENT announced the addition of PENTA’s coach, Niko “naSu” Kovanen, the German organizationrevealed they have cut ties with the remaining players, Kevin“kRYSTAL” Amend, Jesse “zehN” Linjala, and Paweł“innocent” Mocek, following a mutual agreement.

kRYSTAL’s three-year-long period with PENTA comes to an end

A team with a spot at the next Major qualifier is thus up for grabs as long as the trio stick together. PENTA are, however, open to negotiations with their former players if they finalize their roster.

Timo “Spiidi” Richter and Denis “denis” Howell stood in for the squad in various competitions, such as the WCA 2017 Europe Main Qualifier, although the former is still under contract with mousesports.

kRYSTAL & co. will from now on compete under the tag Seed:

Germany Kevin “kRYSTAL” Amend
Finland Jesse “zehN” Linjala
Poland Paweł “innocent” Mocek

Source: HLTV.org

4 10, 2017

GAMBIT SIGN FORMER NA`VI COACH ANDI

Andrey “Andi” Prokhorov, who made a mark first as the analyst and then as the coach of Natus Vincere, has joined Gambit—the team’s manager announced today.

Ever since the latest CIS shuffle, that saw Danylo “Zeus”Teslenko depart Gambit together with the team’s coachMikhaylo “Kane” Blagin, the Kazakhstani team had a vacant coach spot, with the team’s manager Qesha Qrishbayeff being the one standing behind them at events. Now, it has been announced that Andrey “Andi” Prokhorov will be the new coach of Gambit.

Andi has a new challenge ahead of him

Two months ago, Andi was removed from Natus Vincere after an almost four-year-long cooperation during which he climbed the ranks, finally becoming the coach of the CS:GO roster in March of this year. During the recent shuffle, the Ukranian was removed in favor of Kane, whose spot inGambit he will now be taking.

The team and the coach are yet to put out a statement about the signing, with the news coming directly from the Twitter account of Gambit’s CS:GO team manager, Qesha Qrishbayeff.

Gambit are now:

Kazakhstan Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev
Kazakhstan Rustem “mou” Telepov
Kazakhstan Abay “HObbit” Khasenov
Kazakhstan Bektiyar “fitch” Bahytov
Russia Mihail “Dosia” Stolyarov

Ukraine Andrey “Andi” Prokhorov (coach)

Source: HLTV.org

3 10, 2017

RESISTANCE EARN WESG EU & CIS REGIONAL FINALS SPOT

RESISTANCE defeated ZeroGP 2-1 (Cache 16-5, Cobblestone 14-16, Train 16-5) in the grand final of the South-East Europe WESG qualifier, earning a spot at the WESG EU&CIS Regional Finals LAN.

In the final of the WESG qualifier for South-East Europe, that featured teams from countries such as Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia, as well as Greece and Israel, ZeroGP and RESISTANCEmade it to the grand final.

The Montenegrin side that features Nikola “Lobanjica”Mijomanović went through their side of the bracket defeatingSquared and MiDošli, while a mixed version ofRESISTANCE took down Netrunners in their semi-final matchup.

k1Ng0r (middle) and HOLMES (far right) attended last year’s WESG EU&CIS LAN

The first map of the grand final was Cache, RESISTANCE’s pick. The Serbian side started well, taking six out of the first nine rounds as Terrorists before Lobanjica stepped up with a hat-trick of frags with the M4A1 and ZeroGP got a clean round on the board.

ZeroGP followed that round up, making the score 6-5, but that was all they could get as CT’s on Cache, as Nemanja “k1Ng0r”Bošković’s side closed out the half 10-5. Double kills from both the 28-year-old and Petar “HOLMES” Dimitrijevićallowed RESISTANCE to retake A on the pistol, and they didn’t take their foot off the pedal after that, finishing the map 16-5.

It was quite a different story on Cobblestone, whereZeroGP got six rounds on the board before RESISTANCE could reply. A solid team performance saw the team from Montenegro run away with the lead, butRESISTANCE recovered from a 10-2 deficit by picking up the last three rounds of the half and making the comeback a possibility.

Pavle “Maden” Bošković and Miloš “Gigi” Racković picked up two apiece in the second pistol round to secure an 11-5 lead, but their side couldn’t build momentum as they lost the following anti-force to Aleksa “Impulse” Stankić’s CZ-75 3K. The score was 11-8 before ZeroGP could buy again, andVučeta “artie” Šćepanović instantly made an impact with the AK47, securing three to start a spree of round wins for his side.

From a 14-8 deficit, RESISTANCE fought back and almost made the comeback, largely thanks to Impulse’s 30-kill performance, but Lobanjica secured the map for his side with a crucial play in drop, making it 16-14 for ZeroGP.

HOLMES’ ninja defuse on the first round of Train set the scene for the decider map, as RESISTANCE ran away with the lead, going 9-1 up. Radomir “RaDe” Vučinić had a great round to add another one to ZeroGP’s tally, but they could only get up to four rounds before the switch. With the second pistol going RESISTANCE’s way as well, the Serbian side could easily close out the game and secure a spot at the WESG EU&CIS Regional Finals.

Source: HLTV.org

27 09, 2017

CROWNS FINALIZE ROSTER

Crowns have announced their roster for the upcoming season of ESEA Premier, featuring former Epsilon player Jerry “xelos” Råberg and returnee to the team Mattias “bENNY” Rosback.

Crowns’s last big shuffle happened in May, when the team added four new members: Simon “downie” Storm, Samuel“decent” Oldenburg, Joachim “darti” Fornstedt and Rasmus“Zitte” Johansson.

The majority of the team was held in place into this iteration, with Jerry “xelos” Råberg being the new man in—replacingZitte—, and Mattias “bENNY” Rosback deciding to come back to the fold after playing DreamHack Open Montreal and WCA 2017 qualifiers with a mix team called AWTR.

xelos will be back in action with Crowns

In their signing statements, bENNY and xelos were optimistic about the team’s chances:

“I’m happy to announce I will join Crowns once again and with this team we have a high chance of success that I’m looking forward to reaching that in the coming months. The grind begins and I believe you will see more of us soon!” – bENNY

“I’m happy to be back in the game after my departure from Epsilon last year. I had some offers but none were a good fit for me at the time. After playing together with Crowns for almost two months I feel like Crowns is a good fit for me and I’m looking forward for the future.” – xelos

Crowns are now:

Sweden Samuel “decent” Oldenburg
Sweden Simon “downie” Storm
Sweden Joachim “darti” Fornstedt
Sweden Mattias “bENNY” Rosback
Sweden Jerry “xelos” Råberg

Source: HLTV.org

25 09, 2017

VICI WIN EXTREMESLAND CHINA REGIONAL FINALS

ViCi Gaming come from behind to defeat Eclipse 2-1 in the grand final of eXTREMESLAND 2017 China Regional Finals, taking home ~$4,550 in cash prizes and secured a higher seed at the eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals in October.

Besides IEM Oakland SEA qualifier, the eXTREMESLAND 2017 China Regional Finals also took place during the weekend, which featured eight teams in attendance, duking it out for a share of the ~$8,730 prize fund and three qualification spots to the $250K Asian tournament.

With TyLoo away overseas in Poland for a bootcamp this month, forcing them to skip the event, which meant ViCi andFlash were the next candidates in line to become number one in the Chinese competition.

After winning WESG 2017 China Finals, ViCi went on to win another event on home turf

As expected, ViCi and Flash topped their respective groups, followed by Eclipse and 5POWER in second place on day one, where they advanced to the semi-final playoffs. Bin “Savage”Liu and co. swept past Gan-Erdene “dobu” Batbold’s crew in two quick maps, while Eclipse surprisingly edged pastYuanZhang “AttackeR” Sheng’s squad with two overtime wins in the three-map series.

In the third place decider, Flash pulled off a reverse comeback against 5POWER and managed to qualify for the eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2017. On the other hand, ViCirepeated a similar scenario versus the upstarts Eclipse in the grand final, 2-1, after losing the first map in double overtime on Inferno.

Below you can find the final standings for eXTREMESLAND 2017 China Regional Finals:

1. China ViCi – $4,552 + eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2017 spot
2. China Eclipse – $2,276 + eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2017 spot
3. China Flash – $1,138 + eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2017 spot
4. China 5POWER – $759
5-6. China New4
5-6. China LGD
7-8. China EMP
7-8. China WG

Several other country qualifiers for eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2017 were completed during the weekend, which updates our list of contestants for the sixteen-team event:

Australia Kings Mongolia TheMongolz
China ViCi China Eclipse
China Flash United Arab Emirates NASR
Indonesia Recca Taiwan Talon
Japan SZ Absolute Malaysia Fire Dragoon
India Entity Thailand Beyond.Maple
Philippines Mineski Vietnam Ultimate
Singapore Singapore Pakistan Pakistan

Source: HLTV.org