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17 11, 2017

SPACE SOLDIERS BEAT VIRTUS.PRO TO QUALIFY FOR ESEA GC & EPL RELEGATION

Space Soldiers placed third in ESEA MDL Season 26 Europe following a 2-0 win over Virtus.pro (Cache 16-4, Mirage 16-13), qualifying for ESL Pro League Relegation as well as the Global Challenge LAN.

The playoffs of ESEA MDL Season 26 Europe have taken place over the course of the last three days. Virtus.pro and Space Soldiers both passed the quarter-finals but then fell to AGOand eXtatus, respectively, with the Turkish squad fielding Çağatay “DESPE” Sedef instead of Ahmet “paz” Karahoca.

The two teams then met in the third-place decider, which had a spot in ESL Pro League Season 6 Relegation on the line alongside a place at the Season 26 Global Challenge, where the top sides of each region will meet at an undisclosed date.

Space Soldiers will get a chance to qualify for the next season of ESL Pro League

Despite fielding a stand-in again, Space Soldiers bested the Poles after just two maps, clinching Cache with ease, 16-4, and Mirage 16-13, with the team’s stars, Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş and Buğra “Calyx” Arkın, spearheading the way.

Virtus.pro have thus missed out on the second consecutive season of ESL Pro League after failing to qualify for Season 6 following a loss to PENTA in the previous season’s relegation.

Source: HLTV.org

15 11, 2017

GODSENT RELEASE ZNAJDER, BENCH DENNIS

GODSENT have made changes to their active lineup, with Andreas “znajder” Lindberg departing the team and Dennis “dennis” Edman being placed on the bench. Stepping in for the Swedish side will be Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi and Hampus “hampus” Poser.

As GODSENT’s results continue to be lacking, the team decided it was time to a shake-up the roster. The first change comes in form of Andreas “znajder” Lindberg’s departure, who was, seemingly due to his long history with the organization, been released from his contract for free.

znajder was a part of GODSENT since April 2016

Kasper Hvidt, the team’s Sports Director stated that it was clear that znajder wanted to try something new in his career:

“We have had an ongoing dialogue with Andreas, like we do with all players, and during our talks, it became clear that he had a wish to try something new in his career. Andreas has always been dedicated and loyal to GODSENT, and it is the best solution for both parties to part ways now. From the day he stepped in, he has been a valuable player for the team, and we truly wish him all the best in the future.”

On the other hand, Dennis “dennis” Edman has been put on the bench and marked as “available for transfer”, since he was not able to fit in with the rest of the roster, Hvidt explains:

“Dennis is an experienced, extremely skilled and passionate player, but the fit with the remaining roster never materialised. The team has shown that on good days they can beat most any team, but the unrest within the team has resulted in high inconsistency and results far below the expected. We’ve thus decided to make Dennis available for a transfer to another team and are open for offers from teams interested in buying out his contract.”

dennis released a TwitLonger about the matter, giving further insight into his benching:

“The way we play in GODSENT is not the way I want to play, there is no structure, discipline or teamplay, mostly just individually good plays to win the round. Sure, individual plays work if youre FaZe or SK, but we dont have those individuals.”

“I just got more and more tired because I know I can do so much more as a player with a more structured team/game plan behind me.”

To fill in the blanks, GODSENT have taken in Hampus “hampus” Poser and Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi. The former has been playing with passions, and has recently qualified for FCDB’17 Cup in Minsk, while the latter has last been seen playing qualifiers with the Swedish mix Kindest Regards.

GODSENT are now:

Sweden Joakim “disco doplan” Gidetun
Sweden Simon “twist” Eliasson
Sweden Fredrik “freddieb” Buö
Sweden Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi (stand-in)
Sweden Hampus “hampus” Poser (stand-in)

Finland Niko “naSu” Kovanen (coach)

Sweden Dennis “dennis” Edman (backup)

Source: HLTV.org

12 11, 2017

MILK JOINS DIGNITAS FE

dignitas have announced that their female CS:GO roster is now complete following the addition of Kiara “Milk” Makua.

The 22-year-old will fill the void left by Catherine “CAth”Leroux, who was released by the team earlier this week as they sought a “new direction and a fresh look”.

EMUHLEET’s dignitas back to a five-woman roster

Kiara “milk” Makua played for CLG Red at this year’s Intel Challenge Katowice, helping the team to place third-fourth, with their tournament run being cut short precisely by Dignitas fe.

“We’re so excited to have milk join our team because she has shown enormous dedication and passion to improve,” team member Emmalee “EMUHLEET” Garrido told dignitas’ website.

“We believe that adding milk to our team gives us a strong, fresh start to continue our process of reaching our goals as a team.

“Not only were we impressed by her skill, but her positive attitude creates a motivational environment for us to succeed.”

milk has already joined Dignitas fe’s roster for ESEA Intermediate, in which the team currently holds a 5-8 record. The new player will make her LAN debut for the team at the next Fragadelphia event.

Dignitas fe now have:

United States Emmalee “EMUHLEET” Garrido
United States Carolyn “artStar” Noquez
Canada Amanda “rain” Smith
Canada Mounira “GooseBreeder” Dobie
United States Kiara “milk” Makua

France David “Xp3” Garrido (coach)

Source: HLTV.org

7 11, 2017

SMOOYA ANNOUNCES BREAK

Epsilon member Owen “smooya” Butterfield has revealed on Twitter that he will take a break “until December 2018” after failing to find a team willing to buy him out of his contract.

Owen “smooya” Butterfield found himself relegated to the Epsilon bench in September as the Belgium-based organisation opted to build an all-Swedish roster for the second season of the Gfinity Elite Series – leaving the British player and Cosmin-Mihai “cosmeeeN” Butuc out in the cold.

The former Endpoint member, who was signed by Epsilon in June, played an instrumental role in the team’s title victory in the opening Gfinity Elite Series, averaging a 1.24 Rating.

smooya speaks out about his situation

But with a buyout clause set at $100,000, smooya has found himself frozen out of action, forcing the player to change his priorities and look at options outside of esports.

“I will still be playing in ESEA Main with good friends since they need my help, but I am done wasting my time,” smooya told HLTV.org.

“I spent three years getting to the point where I am now, and now that I have reached this level, what do I get for it?

“I think in January I am going to enrol back and finish my college year.

“I am done trying to progress my ability.”

smooya, who recently helped an Endpoint mix to finish in second place at the ESL Clash of Nations, added that he has no interest in playing for a UK team again as he expects bigger things for himself.

“What is the point in playing for a UK team? I have won everything there,” he noted.

“I do not think Epsilon expect anyone to match my buyout clause, I think they are just looking for a little profit.

“I believe I have the talent to be in a top 20-25 team and, in a year, maybe in a top 10-15 team.

“But that is all gone since I am on the bench.”

Source: HLTV.org

6 11, 2017

SEIZED JOINS FLIPSID3 ON LOAN

Natus Vincere player Denis “seized” Kostin has been loaned out to FlipSid3 Tactics, the two organisations have announced.

The 23-year-old links up with FlipSid3 as part of the deal that sees Denis “electronic” Sharipov move in the opposite direction on a permanent basis.

The loan is valid until the end of the year, when Denis “seized” Kostin’s contract with Natus Vincere expires and he becomes a free agent. However, the Russian player has already reached an agreement with FlipSid3 to represent the organisation at the Main Qualifier for ELEAGUE Major Boston and also at the $1 million Valve competition, should the team qualify for it.

seized will play for F3 until the end of January

seized has spent the last four years playing for Natus Vincere, whom he joined from Begrip Gaming in August 2013. During his time with the Ukrainian organisation, he attended all 11 Majors held to date, helping the team to reach the final in Cluj-Napoca and in Columbus.

“It will be nice to have the opportunity to play the Major qualifiers,” seized said in a statement. “I will do my best to help these guys make it to the Major and play some good CS.

FlipSid3 now have:

Ukraine Andrey “B1ad3” Gorodenskiy
Russia Georgi “WorldEdit” Yaskin
Ukraine Yegor “markeloff” Markelov
Russia Jan “wayLander” Rahkonen
Russia Denis “seized” Kostin (loan)

Source: HLTV.org

5 11, 2017

TRICKED SIGN SNEDKER

Tricked have announced that they have bolstered their squad with the addition of Simon “snedker” Snedker.

The 17-year-old joins the former Singularity roster after impressing for Odense, who most notably had a top 16 finish at Cross Border Esport 2017, earlier in this year.

He will step into the shoes of Ismail “refrezh” Ali, who has been moved to the bench as the team “looks to adjust its roles and become less predictable”, according to Tricked CEO Morten “Phy” Jensen, who added that the organisation will help the player to find a new home.

snedker replaces refrezh on Tricked

The announcement follows a run of poor form from the Danish team, who finished runners-up to Valiance in the CSGOFAST.COM CUP and 9th-12th in the Skinhub Championship Season 2.

“Over the last couple of weeks, there has been some instability in our CS:GO-team’s performance, we had many talks back of forth between the coach and players,” Tricked CEO Morten “Phy” Jensen said in a statement.

“When we look at the crucial games, it’s 90% of the time our CT-side who lacks diversity and mixed positions.

“The team had issues making aggressive CT-setups because of not having a stable secondary sniper. Adding Snedker to the lineup gives us a player who can play multiple roles, giving the team more freedom.”

With these changes, Tricked now have:

Denmark Peter “Inzta” Kragelund
Denmark Thomas “Ryxxo” Nielsen
Denmark Mads “Console” Skovby
Denmark Lucas “Lukki” Pilheden
Denmark Simon “snedker” Snedker

Denmark Ismail “refrezh” Ali (benched)

Source: HLTV.org

4 11, 2017

NIKI1 LEAVES WINDIGO; V1C7OR JOINS ON TRIAL

Nikolay “niki1” Pantaleev has stepped down from Windigo’s roster, with Viktor “v1c7oR” Dyankov joining the team on trial, it has been revealed.

The announcement was made on Twitter by Windigo CEO Maksym Bednarskyi, who added that the player requested to be released from his contract due to personal reasons.

The news comes as a huge surprise as the Bulgarian team had signed for Windigo only days ago after spending weeks on the lookout for an organisation to represent.

nik1 leaves Windigo

The former Outlaws team made their first appearance under Windigo, a Ukraine-based organisation, at the Europe Minor, in Bucharest, where they went out last of their group following defeats to EnVyUs and GODSENT.

Viktor “v1c7oR” Dyankov had been assessing his options since the disbandment of MK, Bulgaria’s most successful CS:GO squad, whose notable achievements include an ESEA Global Challenge title and second-place finishes at the Minor leading into MLG Columbus and at Copenhagen Games 2016.

Windigo’s roster now looks as follows:

Bulgaria Teodor “SPELLAN” Nikolov
Bulgaria Georgi “SHiPZ” Grigorov
Bulgaria Kamen “bubble” Kostadinov
Bulgaria Nikolay “pNshr” Paunin
Bulgaria Viktor “v1c7oR” Dyankov (trial)

Bulgaria Anton “ToH1o” Georgiev (coach)

Source: HLTV.org

29 10, 2017

SK BEAT VIRTUS.PRO IN FIVE-MAP MARATHON TO WIN EPICENTER

SK have won the 2017 edition of EPICENTER after defeating Virtus.pro in a five-map thriller.

The series began on Mirage, SK’s map pick, where the Brazilians were slaughtered in the pistol round as they failed to pick up a single kill. After securing both anti-ecos, Virtus.pro won the first full gun round thanks to Janusz“Snax” Pogorzelski, who caught two opponents off-guard before playing the timer against Fernando “fer” Alvarenga.

Down 0-5, SK finally managed to get a round on the board, punishing Virtus.pro for playing aggressively. The Brazilians would continue picking up rounds, but Virtus.pro did not let their lead slip and went on another great run that was only briefly interrupted when Marcelo “coldzera” David won an eco round for his team with a trio of CZ kills.

Virtus.pro further added to their lead by winning the pistol round with an unconventional strategy, pushing A and then going all the way through connector to B, with Filip “NEO”Kubski getting three kills to his name. The Polish team also won the subsequent anti-ecos, but they hit a brick wall called coldzera once SK bought up.

The Brazilians kept their defence very tight and reduced the deficit to 13-10. Paweł “byali” Bieliński then paved the way for his team to hit 14 rounds with key frags in A, with Virtus.proinstantly regaining control of proceedings to lock down the map, 16-10.

coldzera inspired SK to win EPICENTER

Next up was Inferno, where SK took the pistol round in convincing fashion, only to lose to Virtus.pro’s eco B push in the next round, with NEO getting a kill on the defusing opponent with an R8 Revolver.

The gun rounds were played at a very high pace, but neither side managed to stamp their authority on the game, with only three rounds setting the teams apart at the end of the half.

Up 9-6, SK further added to their lead by winning the pistol round, courtesy of a quad-kill from Ricardo “boltz” Prass. That was the start of a phenomenal run from the Brazilians, who would win six more rounds without response to lock down the map and equalise the series.

boltz inspired SK to win Inferno

Virtus.pro did not let that map loss get to them and came out on Train with all guns blazing, winning six rounds right off the bat. SK then finally got a round on the board after catching the CTs off-guard with an A push and winning the subsequent 2v2.

The Brazilians could not build on that round win, however, and had to deal with a hard economic reset. The scoreline bloomed to a 12-1 advantage for Virtus.pro, but SK kept themselves in the game by taking the final two rounds of the half, the second of which thanks to a triple kill from fer.

SK came from the break a different side and put together a tight defence in a bid to keep the Poles at bay. Every time that a round went Virtus.pro’s way, SK hit back immediately, leaving Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas’s men strapped for cash. Despite that, the Polish team would be able to reach map point thanks to a sensational 1v3 clutch from Snax, but SK fought back to tie up the score at 15-15.

The Brazilian team took a two-round lead in overtime off of great plays from coldzera and boltz, with Virtus.pro winning the final round of the half. With the momentum now in their favour, SK won the first round as Terrorists to hit map point before Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo closed it out with a stunning 1v2 clutch.

coldzera racked up 33 kills on Train

Cache began with Virtus.pro jumping out to a 5-0 lead on the CT side following some messy rounds that could have easily gone either way. Since SK had made those rounds so expensive for their opponents, when the Brazilians finally managed to secure a round, the Poles’ money was left in tatters.

Still, Virtus.pro came within touching distance of winning an eco, only for Epitacio “TACO” de Melo and coldzera to overturn a 2v5 situation after slowing down the pace of the round. SK remained in the driving seat for the rest of the half, which ended with a 9-6 scoreline in the Brazilians’ favour.

Now playing on the Terrorist side, Virtus.pro came out of the gate with fire in their belly, winning nine of the first ten rounds to instantly reach map point. The Brazilians would still get a couple of rounds on the board, but there would be no miraculous comeback. The Polish team had a crushing economic control, so they kept buying until they eventually won their 16th round of the game, taking the series to an all-deciding fifth map.

A vintage Neo performance helped Virtus.pro to win Mirage

It all came down to Cobblestone, where SK won the pistol round and the following anti-ecos to start the game with a 3-0 lead. Virtus.pro then up a great defense in gun rounds and used a double AWP setup almost perfectly, which saw them win seven rounds in a row, immediately putting the Brazilians in danger of getting blown out.

SK then brought that streak to an end, but Virtus.pro replied immediately off of a quad-kill from NEO. Still, the Brazilians still had some money to work with, so when fer picked up a triple kill in the next round, the Poles were left with no money in the bank, which paved the way for FalleN’s side to bring the deficit to 8-7.

NEO came up huge in the following pistol round, getting four kills to his name before byali finished the job with a fadeaway headshot. SK lost bought eco rounds, but they came fighting back once they got money to work with, winning two gun rounds in a row.

Virtus.pro went on another three-round streak to bring the scoreline to 14-9. It looked like the game would soon come to an end, but there was some fight left in the SK side, who kept their defence very tight, even after Virtus.pro had reached championship point with a triple-kill from TaZ, to take the game to overtime.

The first overtime could not determine a winner as both teams picked up two rounds on the Terrorist side – with Virtus.pro wasting two match points. In the second overtime, SK won three straight rounds as Terrorists, and they locked it down just one round into the second half.

EPICENTER 2017 Final Standings:

1. Brazil SK – $250,000
2. Poland Virtus.pro – $100,000
3. France G2 – $60,000
4. Denmark Astralis – $30,000
5-6. Europe FaZe – $15,000
5-6. Denmark North – $15,000
7-8. Kazakhstan Gambit – $10,000
7-8. United States Liquid – $10,000

Source: HLTV.org

28 10, 2017

VITALIS SIGN FOR SUPERJYMY

Finnish baseball (Pesäpallo) club SuperJymy have announced that they have expanded into esports with the signing of the team known as VITALIS.

The Finnish team, who are currently 83rd in the world, most notably finished fourth in ESEA Premier 25, missing out on a spot at the ESEA Global Challenge after losing to Kinguin in the third-place decider.

With 18 national titles to their name, SuperJymy are one of the most successful clubs competing in Superpesis, the top flight of Pesäpallo, widely known as Finnish baseball.

SuperJymy land the team known as VITALIS

In a statement, SuperJymy CEO Mikko Kuosmanen indicated that this is just the club’s “first step” in esports, adding that they plan to “expand the business” to other games in the future.

Team member Joonas “aune” Rantala believes that SuperJymy’s venture into esports “will help Finnish esports to grow”, and set his sights on reaching the top 30 in the ranking.

“Our goal is to be top 1 team in Finland and climb up the hltv.org rankings up to top 30,” aune stated.

“Of course it will need a lot from us, but we have a great team spirit, and I do not see any barriers on that road.”

Meanwhile, it was announced that the team is currently trying out 29-year-old Elden “KIPSIk” Evert, formerly of FR34KSHOW and SkitLite, as coach.

SuperJymy have the following line-up:

Finland Tony “arvid” Niemelä
Finland Verneri “BONA” Junkala
Finland Lasse “ZOREE” Uronen
Finland Jani “Aerial” Jussila
Finland Joonas “aune” Rantala

Finland Elden “KIPSIk” Evert (coach)

Source: HLTV.org

27 10, 2017

JAPALENO ADD BÅÅTEN; SIGN FOR RED RESERVE

Just a few days after parting ways with Simon “tabz” Feldt, Japaleno have added Linus “Bååten” Andersson and signed for Red Reserve.

Back in August, shortly after Mikail “Maikelele” Bill left the team, the Swedish organization Red Reserve decided to part ways with their squad. The five players announced that they would be staying together, but that quickly changed as two teams were created.

The former Epsilon Hype members continued playing under passions, while Daniel “djL” Narancic, Joakim “Relaxa”Gustafsson and Fredrik “FREDDyFROG” Gustafsson reverted to their old team name Japaleno.

FREDDyFROG returns to Red Reserve

After some shuffling, Japaleno seem to finally have their five-man lineup set, with the most recent change being the addition of Linus “Bååten” Andersson. The 18-year-old now rejoins Niclas “PlesseN” Plessen, who he used to play with in fnatic Academy.

With the roster set, Japaleno have been signed by Red Reserve, marking the return of djL, Relaxa and FREDDyFROGto the organization.

The Swedish squad is currently competing in the second season of Skinhub, as well as ESEA MDL Season 26 where they have a 5-5 record after ten matches.

Red Reserve are now:

Sweden Daniel “djL” Narancic
Sweden Joakim “Relaxa” Gustafsson
Sweden Fredrik “FREDDyFROG” Gustafsson
Sweden Niclas “PlesseN” Plessen
Sweden Linus “Bååten”

Source: HLTV.org