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29 03, 2017

En9my reveal CS:GO roster

Shortly after the paiN roster disbanded and the players returned from North America back to Brazil, two ex-paiN players joined up and created a new team—that will play under En9my.

paiN’s North American project came to an end recently after the organization decided to pull the plug on the team, leaving the players without support. Guilherme “dukeN” Góes was the first one to depart back for Brazil, but the rest of the players followed suit shortly as the team announced it was disbanding. (The only exception is Caio “zqkS” Fonseca, who was recently seen standing in for Selfless)

Despite the team publicly stating that there was no bad blood between the players, it is now apparent that players have decided to go their own way, with dukeN and Willian “LuL4” Elias joining withFelipe “fbm” Mengue to create En9my.


dukeN put up some good numbers while representing paiN

To finish off the roster, the team will be adding Eduardo “shemp” Ferreira and Lucas “landic” Fonseca. En9my will be managed by Gabriel “Puniisher” Siqueira, the founder of Dexterity.

This is what the team’s captain fbm had to say to HLTV.org regarding the move:

“After taking a step back for a few months I did not think I would return to competition. But then I ended up talking to some of my old teammates and we created this new lineup.
“As the team captain I hope to match my teammates’ expectations and do my best for us to qualify for the biggest tournaments in Brazil at the beginning. After that, who knows what could happen?”

“After taking a step back for a few months I did not think I would return to competition. But then I ended up talking to some of my old teammates and we created this new lineup.”

“As the team captain I hope to match my teammates’ expectations and do my best for us to qualify for the biggest tournaments in Brazil at the beginning. After that, who knows what could happen?”

Felipe “fbm” Mengue

The following players will be representing En9my:

Willian “LuL4” Elias
Guilherme “dukeN” Góes
Felipe “fbm” Mengue
Eduardo “shemp” Ferreira
Lucas “landic” Fonseca

Source: HLTV.org

28 03, 2017

iNation join Binary Dragons

The iNation players have found a new home in the Binary Dragons organization, which they will represent moving forward.

The iNation players will brandish the Binary Dragons tag for the first time tomorrow, when they play their Binary Dragons csgopolygon Season 1 match against Space Soldiers. They will also be traveling to Copenhagen next month, where they will appear on LAN for the first time under their new banner at CPH Games.


huNter & co. will be present at CPH Games

The Serbian side, who won the Vitalbet Balkan Pro League Finalslate last year and the Let’s Play Spring event earlier this month, will look to maintain their regional dominance in 2017 with the support of Binary Dragons, despite having lost the young talent that isNemanja “nexa” Isaković.

“I am very happy and proud to announce our new home – Binary Dragons. After a long and bumpy ride we have finally found ourselves a decent organisation that will allow our players to fully focus on playing and improving, so we can eventually achieve our final goals.

Big thanks to CSGO community that gave us enormous support on social media when we were looking for an org. I don’t think we would make it this far this early without you guys.”

Petar Markovic, team manager

“We see great potential in these guys and want to create all the conditions for achieving results. We have a large trust limit to this team and will make all everything necessary to build a strong team. Special thanks to our sponsors csgopolygon.com who supported our decision and are ready to help all of our new team.”

Grigory Maximenko, Binary Dragons CEO

Binary Dragons’ lineup consists of:

Nestor “LETN1” Tanić
Luka “emi” Vuković
Đorđe “DJOXiC” Niciforović
Nemanja “huNter” Kovač
Anel “NENO” Ceković

Source: HLTV.org

25 03, 2017

CS:GO update with various changes

Valve have released a new update, which brings, among others, changes to the User Interface, the GOTV and two weapons of CS:GO.

Following tonight’s update, Revolver and Negev are no longer a part of the available weapons on competitive matchmaking. While the first has had its “firing delay significantly reduced”, the latter has a new sound, a “reduced price” and “new attributes” that increase its suppressive fire.

A new “recent teammates and invites” User Interface has been added to the main menu. From now on, it is also possible to connect with others “using CS:GO friend codes”.

As for the GOTV, its connections will now have Steam Datagram Relay – which is basically a protocol that not only prevents DDoS attacks but can also guarantee the best quality for the viewer – in “most of the regions”.

Besides some crashes and minor fixes, the new map Canals has also suffered some adjustments as you can read in the official changelog:

[GAMEPLAY]

  • Revolver and Negev have been removed from Competitive Matchmaking as they undergo substantial revision.

Revolver:

  • Firing delay significantly reduced

Negev:

  • New attributes to promote suppressive fire.
  • Reduced price.
  • New sounds that dynamically indicate weapon accuracy.

[MISC]

  • Added ability to add friends using CS:GO friend codes.
  • Added recent teammates and invites UI on the main menu.
  • GOTV connections will now use SDR in most of the regions.
  • Fixed missing texture on Huntsman Knife | Ultraviolet
  • Added convar mp_items_prohibited which takes a comma-delimited list of weapon definition indices to prohibit from purchase on the server.
  • Lowered volume of ambient sound in de_vertigo to match ambient volume of other maps.
  • Fixed several OSX graphics crashes related to running out of vertex shader constants.
  • Fixed a game crash related to game stats.

[MAPS]

Canals:

  • fixed more pixelwalk spots & places where bomb could get stuck
  • fixed sticky clip brush at B
  • fixed Z-fighting railing at bridge
  • fixed visible nodraw underneath a bridge
  • improved clipping under T side bridges
  • fixed Z-fighting below CT arches
  • adjusted courtyard statues and stairs for better movement
  • fixed various fade distance issues
  • widened B site and palace doors
  • aligned palace windows better
  • fixed floating clothesline
  • adjusted pecklesteiner
  • fixed missing texture at back alley
  • removed clip from garden lamp post because it’s at jumping height
  • prevented planting bomb on railing at A
  • removed lamp posts between A and CT spawn

Source: HLTV.org

24 03, 2017

KQLY: “0.1% chance of a comeback”

Former LDLC and Titan member Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian has praised ESL’s new stance on VAC bans on a professional level but stated his belief that there is a “0.1% chance” of him ever making a comeback.

Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian caused one of the biggest shocks in Counter-Strike history in November 2014 after being banned by Valve’s anti-cheat tool just days before Titan, his then team, were due to attend the DreamHack Winter Major.

Contacted by HLTV.org, ESL explained that VAC bans will now be enforced for only two years on a professional level, which means that, after this period, the banned players will be able to compete again at IEM and ESL One events, and in the ESL Pro League (starting from Season 6).


KQLY would jump at the chance to play again professionally

It is a beacon of hope for all VAC-banned players wishing to compete at the highest level once again, but KQLY believes it will be almost impossible for him to earn the trust of a team again.

“It is really nice to see some organisations think differently and try to give people like us a second chance,” Tovmassian told HLTV.org.”

“I do not think it will change anything, though. Even if I am allowed to play in these tournaments, it will be very hard to find people willing to trust you or an organisation wishing to take you in.”

“There is like a 0.1% chance of that happening.”

“But of course that, if there was someone out there willing to give me a second chance, I would take it without a moment’s thought.”

KQLY, who attended three Majors and won events like ESWC 2013 and DreamHack Stockholm prior to his ban, admitted to trying out a cheating software, but only during a week and before his move to Titan. He has also rejected suggestions that he cheated at offline events.

His ban resulted in Titan being disqualified from the final Major of 2014 and sponsorship deals falling through, according to a statement from Damien Grust, the organisation’s CEO. Titan would shut down in January 2016 due to financial issues, with the CS:GO players then joining G2.

Source: HLTV.org

23 03, 2017

yam steps down from Renegades

Renegades has revealed that Yaman “yam” Ergenekon will be stepping down from the team.

Following the news of their former AWPer Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland joining CLG two weeks ago, who was replaced by Swedish player Simon “atter” Atterstam since DreamHack Masters Las Vegas in mid-February, the team from down under has announced another unexpected change today.

After being a part of the roster since April 2015 in the latter days of Vox Eminor, Yaman “yam” Ergenekon has decided to step down from the active lineup due to personal circumstances and therefore will return home to Australia.


yam returns home due to confidential reasons

According to the players, the Australian core has also informed us they will use former compLexity member, Michael “Uber” Stapells to stand in for the next few games in ESL Pro League, with the team currently sitting in the 10th position. In addition, the Aussies are on the lookout for two new permanent players.

Renegades is now left with the following roster:

Justin “jks” Savage
Aaron “AZR” Ward
Karlo “USTILO” Pivac
Simon “atter” Atterstam (stand-in)
Michael “Uber” Stapells (stand-in)

Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović (coach)

Source: HLTV.org

22 03, 2017

Hiko steps down from OpTic

Spencer “Hiko” Martin has announced on Twitter that he is no longer playing for OpTic Gaming as a substitute.

Spencer “Hiko” Martin had been filling in for OpTic since the surprise departure of Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz to Liquid, with the 27-year-old stating at the time that he would be playing for the team “through DreamHack Masters Las Vegas at the least”.

He ended up staying a bit longer and also attended the IEM World Championship, but in both cases the team failed to impress, finishing 9th-12th in Las Vegas and 11th-12th in Katowice.


Hiko will no longer play for OpTic

The news closely follows coach Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu’s own announcement that he was no longer working for OpTic after joining the organisation on trial at the same time as Hiko.

On Twitter, Will “RUSH” Wierzba revealed that Echo Fox memberRyan “freakazoid” Abadir will be filling in for the team in tonight’s ESL Pro League match against Rush, which is scheduled to start at 03:20.

The North American team currently have:

Keith “NAF” Markovic
Will “RUSH” Wierzba
Tarik “tarik” Celik
Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas

 

Not going to be standing in for @OpTicGaming anymore – good luck to them!

Still not giving up! Exploring other options 🙂

xD

Source: HLTV.org

21 03, 2017

chrille departs Epsilon

Epsilon and their coach Christian “chrille” Lindberg have parted ways, the organization announced on their website.

Christian “chrille” Lindberg had been coaching the team since the days they were called Cringe Gods, who emerged for the first time at the PGL Minor ahead of MLG Columbus before their adjusted lineup got signed by Epsilon in March.


chrille is looking for new opportunities

After over a year with the Swedish squad who went through numerous changes in that time – including the loss of Joakim “disco doplan” Gidetun to fnatic and William “draken” Sundin to NiP -,chrille and Epsilon parted ways, as the team “wanted a fresh vision of tactics”:

“Although the CSGO team wanted a fresh vision of tactics for themselves, this was an extremely difficult decision. Christian is a hardworking and genuine person, pumped up behind his team all the way. He brought a team from the unknown status, to one of the top teams in the world. This alone is not a small achievement. I’m sure that one day our paths will meet again!” Epsilon’s CEO, Greg Champagne, said in a statement.

The coach had this to say to HLTV.org about his departure:

“We have gone from nothing to in one year to be a consistently top 25 team in the world, there is something unique in CSGO to be proud of. It requires an enormous amount of time and commitment to consistently deliver results. After being a map from a Major qualifier and so close to a semi-final in WESG, the team felt that a change was needed. We took an extremely hard decision to separate to give the team and myself new motivation and opportunities.

I’ve been a part of the Epsi family over a year and it’s a time I will always remember. I had the privilege to coach Sweden’s top talents and players with tremendous experience from the past. I wish my old players and the new additions of Epsilon good luck and I really hope you reach your dreams.

A new chapter begins and I hope to have everything sorted with a new team as soon as possible.

Thanks for all the support in Epsilon, fans and even to you players from other teams I’ve met, see you guys again soon!”

We have gone from nothing to in one year to be a consistently top 25 team in the world, there is something unique in CSGO to be proud of. It requires an enormous amount of time and commitment to consistently deliver results. After being a map from a Major qualifier and so close to a semi-final in WESG, team felt that a change was needed. We took an extremely hard decision to separate us to give the team and myself new motivation and opportunities.
I’ve been a part of the Epsi family over a year and it’s a time I will always remember. I had the privilege to coach Sweden’s top talents and players with tremendous experience from the past. I wish my old players and the new additions of Epsilon good luck and I really hope you reach your dreams.
A new chapter begins and I hope to have everything sorted with a new team as soon as possible.
Thanks for all the support in Epsilon, fans and even to you players from other teams I’ve met, see you guys again soon!

Epsilon now are:

Fredrik “REZ” Sterner
André “BARBARR” Möller
Fredrik “freddieb” Buö
Karl-William “kalle” Haraldsen
Aleksandar “jayzaR” Zarkovic (trial)

Source: HLTV.org

19 03, 2017

compLexity release Uber

Michael “Uber” Stapells has announced that he is no longer part of compLexity’s active roster.

In a Twitlonger post, Michael “Uber” Stapells revealed that the team have had problems “for a few months now”, adding that the situation has only got worse over time.

The Canadian player had been on compLexity’s books since August, when he was recruited by the North American organisation to replace Joshua “sancz” Ballenger.


Uber leaves compLexity

During this period, the team under-performed in offline competitions, finishing 7th-8th at Northern Arena Montreal and 13th-16th at the recent Dreamhack Masters Las Vegas event, where they won just nine rounds in total. To make matters worse, things are not looking bright for them in the ESL Pro League, in which they currently sit in ninth place, with a 1-9 record.

In a statement, compLexity added that they “will be holding tryouts over the next few weeks” to determine Uber’s replacement. Their roster currently looks as follows:

Rory “dephh” Jackson
 Derek “desi” Branchen
 Bradley “android-x23” Fodor
 Kia “Surreal” Man

 Matt “Warden” Dickens (coach)

Source: HLTV.org

16 03, 2017

CS:GO update with new map, bugfixes

A new update to CS:GO has been released, making minor changes maps such as Nuke, Cobblestone and Cache, fixing grenade sounds and adding a new map—Canals.

Today’s update added a new Valve map to all game modes called Canals. The map is set in an Italian city and features wide open areas mixed with small indoor spaces. Along with adding the map, Valve released a visual upgrade to the Phoenix Terrorist player model, similarly to the SAS CT update released a while ago.


A new Valve map has been added to the game

A new weapon case has been added as well. The Spectrum case features 17 community-designed weapon finishes and the second generation of knives in Chroma finishes.

Gameplay wise, there have been changes to the HRTF sounds and fixes to the grenade sounds not playing when they should. Nuke, Cobblestone, Cache and Italy have received various updates, with Nuke seemingly being changed the most—the C4 explosion radius has been reduced from 500 to 400 units, the A main/mini door has been raised and hut has received a couple of changes too.

Lastly, two commands have been added that help players see where their teammates are and what equipment they have: cl_show_team_equipment and cl_teamid_overhead_always. It is yet to be seen if these options will be allowed in the competitive environment.

The full change list is available below:

[CSGO]

[AUDIO]

  • Improved performance when using HRTF.
  • Fixed some cases where grenade sounds wouldn’t play when they should.

[MISC]

  • Fixed teammate color problem when teammates select an invalid color.
  • cl_drawhud_force_radar can have three values: -1 to force draw no radar, 0 default, 1 to force draw radar even if other HUD is disabled.
  • cl_drawhud_force_deathnotices can have three values: -1 to force draw no deathnotices, 0 default, 1 to force draw deathnotices even if other HUD is disabled.
  • Added option to Game Settings to set Team ID to Always On ( cl_teamid_overhead_always ). Server can disable with sv_teamid_overhead_always_prohibit.
  • Added binding to Show Team Equipment ( +cl_show_team_equipment ) that will show teammates’ full Target ID, including equipment. Server can disable with sv_show_team_equipment_prohibit.
  • func_rotating objects no longer freeze and spam server console after rotating 1000 times

[MAPS]

Nuke:

  • Thinned out corner when coming into hut from lobby, making it easier to peek into A site
  • Bullets now do more damage when shot through walls in hut– Raised rollup door in Mini, making it easier to see towards rafters
  • Removed three boxes on top of blue container near garage– Reduced C4 explosion radius from 500 to 400 units (Thanks NaVi!)
  • Made water outside the map deeper (Thanks hollandje!)

Cobblestone:

  • Raised arch on CT side of long A

Italy:

  • Fixed some boost exploits
  • Railing on top of boost position near T bridge no longer blocks bullets

Cache:

  • Various bug fixes

Source: HLTV.org

13 03, 2017

Official: NiP sign draken

Ninjas in Pyjamas have confirmed via their website the signing of William “draken” Sundin from Epsilon.

The Swedish youngster will replace Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi, who remains on the team as a backup player, with NiP stating that they “hope to see him on the active roster again in the future.”

The move comes after a series of mixed results from NiP which culminated with the team failing to qualify for the ELEAGUE Major.


draken signs for NiP

pyth joined NiP in December 2015 after returning to Sweden from the United States, where he had spent six months representing Luminosity and Winterfox. During his time on the roster, the team’s notable achievements include winning DreamHack Masters Malmö and IEM Oakland, and taking third-fourth at the ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals.

“During the last few months our results have been below our expectations and we have not been able to find good solutions,” NiP coach Björn ‘THREAT’ Pers told the team’s website.

“We have tried swapping roles but we are not able to find a good balance with the current lineup. The key thing we are missing is a dedicated AWPer and that’s why we’re happy to announce the recruitment of William “draken” Sundin.

“William has been on our radar for quite a while, and with him we believe all the players can play a role they are comfortable with.

“During 2016, we managed to win three titles and Jacob was a crucial part of those victories winning us many rounds thanks to his explosive playstyle.

“However, we cannot overlook that fact that his playing style does not fit the AWPing-role but rather roles that other players in the team are currently occupying.”

William “draken” Sundin burst onto the competitive scene in early 2016 with Cringe Gods, with whom he would attend the European Minor for the MLG Columbus Major.

Shortly after that event, the players were recruited by Epsilon, and the team went on to scale greater heights, finishing 5th-8th at ESWC and WESG, and winning the WCA Finals after beating VG.CyberZen in the title decider.

“Getting picked up by Ninjas in Pyjamas is a dream come true for me,” Sundin added. “One year ago, I was competing on the FaceIT platform, where I qualified for the minor in Bucharest.

“I have since then been working hard on improving and believe I can have an in-game impact in NiP.

“Even though the team has struggled a bit lately, they are still one of the top teams in the world and I am humble to have been given this opportunity.

“I am looking forward to getting started and proving my spot on the team!”

draken will make his first offline appearance for NiP at the StarLadder i-League StarSeries, from April 4-9, to which they have been invited.

With this move, NiP now have:

Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg
 Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund
 Richard “Xizt” Landström
 Adam “friberg” Friberg
 William “draken” Sundin

Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi (backup)

Source: HLTV.org