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24 10, 2016

KRiMZ to fnatic, Lekr0 to GODSENT

fnatic have traded Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson for GODSENT’s Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson.

Seventy days after their original trade which sent Jesper “JW” Wecksell, Robin “flusha” Rönnquist, Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson, and the Legends status to GODSENT, and Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson andSimon “twist” Eliasson to fnatic, the two teams have completed another deal as Olofsson and Johansson swapped teams.

Both fnatic and GODSENT haven’t lived up to the expectations since the transaction in August. fnatic finished both of the LANs they attended—ESL One New York and EPICENTER: Moscow—5-6th while GODSENT had disappointing results at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2, Gfinity CS:GO Invitational, and WESG EU & CIS Finals.

KRIMZ is back with his LGB pals

The trade means fnatic now hold the Legends status as Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer, Dennis “dennis” Edman, and Johanssonconstituted the majority of the team that reached the semi-finals at ESL One Cologne. fnatic will have a spot at the ELEAGUE Major while GODSENT will receive the EU Minor invitation fnatic had before the deal.

fnatic also revealed that they won’t attend the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals taking place in São Paulo, Brazil from October 26-30, and will play with a substitute during ELEAGUE next month, asEdman is not able to participate due to personal reasons. The player to stand-in for fnatic is not yet announced.

fnatic released a statement regarding the move:

“We’re happy to announce the return of Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson to the Fnatic Counter-Strike line-up. KRiMZ will be rejoining the team in place of Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson, who will be traded to Godsent. After evaluating the roster changes that took place this summer, both organisations concluded that a return of Krimz and lekr0 to their respective teams is best for the future success of both squads. With this move we will regaining our Legend status for the upcoming CS:GO major.” – The full statement is available on fnatic’s Facebook Page.

GODSENT released a statement as well:

“Today we are welcoming back Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson to the GODSENT squad, while saying goodbye to Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson. Lekr0 was traded to Fnatic as part of the summer’s roster shuffle, but with our recent lacklustre performance, we have concluded that the right decision is to move KRiMZ back to Fnatic in exchange for Lekr0.

We are incredibly excited for Lekr0 to be playing on GODSENT again. His performance this past year – also while at Fnatic – speaks magnitudes of his talent, and we are convinced that will light everyone’s spark.

With this move Fnatic regains Legends status for the upcoming 2017 ELEAGUE Major. The new GODSENT team, including Lekr0, is already bootcamping and we will fight with all our heart to reach the Major.

We want to thank everyone at Fnatic for a friendly position in this admittedly awkward discussion and wish KRiMZ and team godspeed in their new lineup.

Tune in for our ESEA Premier match against Gambit at 7pm CET tonight.”

fnatic’s new lineup is:

Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer
Dennis “dennis” Edman
John “wenton” Eriksson
Simon “twist” Eliasson
 Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson

GODSENT have the following roster:

Markus “pronax” Wallsten
Robin “flusha” Rönnquist
Andreas “znajder” Lindberg
Jesper “JW” Wecksell
 Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson


23 10, 2016

Liquid part ways with peacemaker

Liquid and their Brazilian coach Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu have parted ways.

Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu’s journey as the Liquid head coach which started on May 17 has come to an end as they had “a couple of fundamental philosophical differences on the principles of doing business.”

Before his tenure with Liquid, Tadeu coached Tempo Storm—the team now known as Immortals—and played a crucial role in their rise to the international scene. While he was the coach of Liquid, the team reached the grand final at the ESL One Cologne Major and finished 3-4th at ESL One New York.

peacemaker is a free agent once again

Steve “Joka” Perino, the team’s manager, will act as the interim head coach during ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals which will take place from October 26-30 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Liquid chief Victor “Nazgul” Goossens has released the followingstatement:

“When Luis joined Liquid back in May he did not have an easy spot to fill. Not too long before he joined, we had just reached the semi-finals of the major in Columbus. Playing in the U.S. and having the audience behind us made for one of the most memorable events ever to Liquid, our players, and our fans. When Luis stepped in shortly after, there were big expectations weighing on him.

At Cologne, with our new addition JDM and our star substitute s1mple, we managed to surpass our expectations by fighting our way to the Finals. It was on this stage that Luis really proved his worth, studying day and night and inspiring the team and everyone around them to work harder than ever before. In part due to his preparation, we managed to out-do opponents when it mattered the most. The results were incredible.

Despite our successful competitive history, we’ve had to push through a lot of challenges. Over the past half year, we have had a couple of fundamental philosophical differences on the principles of doing business, to the extent that we felt the relationship would no longer work in a way that would be fruitful for both parties. We have therefore come to the conclusion that the best course of action for both parties is to part ways. We have always appreciated Luis’ work, and this goes beyond what he brings to the team with his strategic knowledge.

Both sides have learned a lot from this process and I am sure Luis will prove a valuable asset to any team he joins next. I wholeheartedly believe that despite going our separate ways, we will all land on our feet and keep moving forward.”

Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu also released a statement:

“Almost 6 months ago, a lot of people doubted my potential as a coach and I also didn`t know what to expect either when I joined Team Liquid. It was a very hard transition for me, especially because of the language barrier, but the players, staff and management made me feel really comfortable in a way that the uncertainty faded. All of what everyone has done has definitely made this the best team that I’ve worked with so far.

While I was here, I had the most special, most important moments and biggest results of my CSGO career. Within two months, we got to the ESL Cologne Major finals, placed 3th/4th at ESL New York, and a few days ago we qualified for the ESL Pro League Finals in Brazil. For me, it didn`t matter if we couldn`t win titles together when considering all the roster changes and all the things we had to go through. In the end, I do consider us a winning team.

Today, I would like to announce that me and Team Liquid decided to part ways due to a few disagreements about business principles and as such I will be exploring other opportunities. I am super proud of all the players/staff/management I had a chance to work with and I have nothing else than the absolute full respect for all of them because of their commitment and dedication. Without everyone buying into this project and working hard, none of what we accomplished would have been possible.

A super special thanks to @Liquid_Hiko, @LiquidPimpZ, @Liquid_jdm, @Liquidnitr0, @LiquidEliGE and @jokatweets for everything we did together during these last months, we may have had our differences but in the end we all knew that all what really matters is winning as a team. I hope you guys learned a lot of good things with me as much as I did become a better coach and person because of you guys. Stay strong <3

Last but not least, I would like to thank my brazilian fans for their support and all of the Liquid fans around the world (especially the american ones for the warm support during my staying here). You guys have absolutely no idea how important it was for me as a foreigner to receive this amount of passion from everyone.

I am not done with my career and I look forward to continue coaching in the near future.”

Liquid will also be looking to recruit a permanent head coach and the requirements for this job can be found on their website.


21 10, 2016

Tengri, drop out of ESWC

The French organizer revealed that two teams – and Tengri, won’t be able to make it to the tournament in Paris next week, and announced two replacement teams – ArchAngels and Millenium.

A week before ESWC 2016 is set to start, two teams have announced their withdrawal from the tournament.

The first one is the Kazakhstani team Tengri, who recently lost their star player Abay “HObbit” Khasenov to Gambit, while Temp.nopulled out of the competition after parting ways with Epiphany Boltearlier this month.

After two LANs with Turkish players, MAJ3R returns will attend ESWC with Millenium

Instead of the two teams, Engin “MAJ3R” Kupeli’s Millenium and ArchAngels, who recently won the Ownit CS:GO Challenge, will attend ESWC 2016.

With this change, the groups at ESWC 2016 will be as follows:

Group A Group B
Space Soldiers Heroic Bravado
Red Instinct LDLC
GEX Overcome
Group C Group D
Bpro Tricked
Norse FIVE
Group E Group F
Kinguin PENTA
Wyvern Epsilon
Preparation PRIDE
SectorOne ArchAngels
Group G Group H
ENCE Luminosity
Rogue k1ck oldschool
fnatic Academy Millenium

ESWC 2016 will take place from October 27-30 at the Paris Game Week, featuring a $75,000 prize pool.


18 10, 2016

ELEAGUE S2 talent announced

The talent lineup for the second season of ELEAGUE has been announced, with the addition of Scott “SirScoots” Smith to the analyst desk being the biggest change from the first season of the competition.

ELEAGUE Season 2 starts on October 21-22, with the four teams from Group A starting the action in Atlanta.

Leading into that, the organizer revealed the talent line-up for the second season ELEAGUE that includes all the core members from the first season, with a few notable additions.

Anders and Semmler return for the second Season of ELEAGUE

The caster line-up will remain the same so we will have the two well-known duos commentating the action: the iconic Anders Blume & Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat and the FACEIT duo Daniel “ddk” Kapadia & James “JZFB” Bardolph.

The analyst desk will feature Richard Lewis, Duncan “Thorin” Shields & Jason “moses” O’Toole – the three returnees from the first season that will be joined by the veteran Scott “SirScoots” Smith.

Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico will once again be doing the reporting – but not alone this time, as she will be helped out by Kate Yeager for the second season of ELEAGUE.

You can find the full talent line-up below:

Richard Lewis – Analyst desk
Duncan “Thorin” Shields – Analyst desk
Jason “moses” O’Toole – Analyst desk
Scott “SirScoots” Smith – Analyst desk

James “JZFB” Bardolph – Caster
Daniel “ddk” Kapadia – Caster
Anders Blume – Caster
Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat – Caster

Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico – Reporter
Kate Yeager – Reporter

Source: HLTV

16 10, 2016

dignitas win League of Sharks

dignitas have won the League of Sharks CS:GO Championship after defeating Heroic 2-0 in the grand final (16-8 on Nuke and 16-10 on Overpass).

The four-team, $15,000 LAN in Fredericia, Denmark had a single-elimination, best-of-three playoff format and featured the best Danish teams, except Astralis.

Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså’s Heroic got a 2-0 victory against Alpha in the semi-finals while dignitas moved past Tricked with the same scoreline.

dignitas continue their rise

The grand final kicked off on Nuke and although Heroic were able to get five rounds on the T-side, dignitas closed out the match 16-8.

Emil “Magiskb0Y” Reif dismantled Heroic in the second map, Overpass, and dignitas secured the 16-10 map and 2-0 series victory to become the champions.

1. dignitas – $7,500
2. Heroic – $3,750
3-4. Tricked – $1,875
3-4. Alpha – $1,875


14 10, 2016

Rambo joins MVP as coach

Former Team 3D member Ronald “Rambo” Kim has been announced as the new coach and strategist of Team MVP.

The North American veteran, who retired from gaming in 2008, will be moving into MVP’s training house, located in Incheon, to help the organization squads, MVP Project and MVP PK, with the experience he garnered throughout his career.

Ronald “Rambo” Kim was part of X3, Team 3D and L.A. Complexity, three of the most successful North American Counter-Strike teams of the first ten years of the 2000s.

Rambo to coach Team MVP’s squads

During this period, he won several international tournaments, including 2001 Speakeasy CPL, CPL Winter 2002, WCG 2004 and 2005, and the CGS 2007 Individual. According to his LinkedIn profile, he has been working as an Esports Marketing Specialist for BenQ North America since August 2015.

“Ever since I competed at the 2002 and 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, I have had a dream to experience living among my heritage,” Kim said in a statement.

“With Korea being the “mecca” and birthplace of eSports and MVP leading the charge, it was an easy decision to pursue this opportunity.

“I’m excited to be a part of an organization with such passion and dedication to eSports. I want to thank Can Yang and Mr. Choi from MVP for letting me join their family.”

Team MVP’s announcement comes just two weeks after Chinese side B.O.O.T. hired former fnatic player Harley “dsn” Örwall as their full-time coach.

MVP Project recently made headlines by finishing third at the IeSF World Championship, which took place in Jakarta, while MVP PK, featuring some of the most decorated South Korean players of the last decade, are due to compete at the ZOTAC World Cup, in Hong Kong, later this month.


12 10, 2016

Shadow Warrior launches tomorrow

Shadow Warrior 2 launches tomorrow, October 13, and that means launch trailers and this one got to be one of the best launch trailers ever made.


Shadow Warrior 2 is the sequel to Flying Wild Hog’s somewhat weird and somewhat awesome first-person shooter game and follows the misadventures of former corporate shogun Lo Wang. Now he is a seclusive mercenary and once again he must use his arsenal of guns, swords, magics and wits to strike down the demonic legions attacking his world.

Shadow Warrior 2 picks up five years after the events of the first Shadow Warrior game and without spoiling the first game humans and demons are living side by side and when a routine mission goes wrong Lo Wang is dragged into a conflict between his nemesis Orochi Zilla and the demonic forces who have become unsettled in their new world. The whole game can be played in co-op with a “four-player typhoon of destruction” and each player gets to customize his own warrior.

The landscapes and paths of Shadow Warrior 2 will be procedurally generated to make sure that the game always feels fresh, and because of some interdimensional hernia.

“The breach between the human and demon realms created an interdimensional hernia resulting in constant shifts to the world “

Source: GameZone

9 10, 2016

Dishonored 2 – ‘Daring Escapes’ Gameplay Trailer

Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks surprised the world with a stealth action game back in 2012, which left a good taste in the mouth on both reviewers and players. Now they are ready with the sequel Dishonored 2. The mix of steampunk and stealth was unique, so it’s exciting and it will be able to deliver the same surprise.


A new gameplay trailer is available, where you can see Emily and Corvo escape from some witches in a conservatory. They will need all their skills in their fight, so you will see many of the new and unique abilities that you gain access to the game.

Dishonored 2 will be released on November 11 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

8 10, 2016

Oculus is working on a new, tetherless VR headset

We’re working on the computer vision software that will make it all possible

Oculus Standalone VR Headset

Oculus and Facebook are ready to bridge the gap between powerful tethered VR systems like the Oculus Rift and mobile headsets like Samsung Gear VR.

The prototype of the product, shown off by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg at Oculus’s Connect Developer Conference, is the firm’s first stab at doing just that.

The product, only referred to on-stage as the “standalone headset” and going by the codename Santa Cruz, won’t be ready this year, but development is well under way.

“We’re making progress on computer vision software that’s going to enable this entirely new category of product,” Zuckerberg said.

Following Zuckerberg’s comments, he showed a short video of a tester using the prototype. The video was no more than 30 seconds and showed someone using a shoddy-looking headset to explore virtual reality sans wire.

The idea itself is an admirable one, and something a vast majority of virtual reality enthusiasts have been clamoring for. Being able to bring devices like the Oculus Rift with you wherever you go with lugging around your desktop would enable more connected experiences and perhaps give VR the nudge it needs to finally hit the mainstream.

Zuckerberg said that he’ll share more details on the headset in due time but, for now, potential fans of powerful, tetherless VR will just have to hold on tight.

5 10, 2016

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Supports Private Matches

Amos Hodge, the lead designer at Raven Software, confirms to a fan over Twitter that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will support private matches and a number of other options.

While the Call of Duty series always pulls in huge sales numbers each and every year, 2016 may be a different story as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is garnering just as much, if not more attention than this year’s entry, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. With high expectations already on this project, Raven Software is looking to deliver not just a better looking experience than what fans remember, but a game that can also satisfy modern shooter expectations as well.


In response to a fan over Twitter over fan-requested features, Raven Software lead designer Amos Hodge revealed that players are able to not only create private matches but add AI bots to matches as well. This will be one of many private match options players can choose to turn on if they want in addition to previously revealed details like unlocked load outs and controller options.

Customization doesn’t stop there, however. Hodge also confirmed over Twitter that players will be able to disable the in-game HUD options for medals earned during a match. Now, instead of seeing these flashy medals appear for doing something during a match, players can opt to see them at the very end. While, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare did feature medals, these icons were much more subtle than they tend to be in more recent versions of the series.

So far, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered appears to be doing and saying all the right things to hit and exceed fan expectations with its strong attention to detail. Whether or not that justifies picking up a copy of the Legacy Edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will vary from person to person, but Raven is certainly making a strong case for series veterans or hardcore shooter fans.

Private matches remain a popular feature with gamers and more and more shooters are starting to support this mode. As one of the longest requested additions, Bungie finally embraced private matches and added them into its popular sci-fi shooter, Destiny. One of the surprise hits of 2016, DOOM, is also adding private matches in its next planned free update.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered launches November 4, 2016, for fans who purchase a premium edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.