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15 01, 2017

FlipSid3 win DreamHack Leipzig

After three days of play FlipSid3 have emerged victorious in Leipzig. With a clean sheet throughout the tournament, FlipSid3 take the lion’s share of the $100,000 over the local favorites BIG.

The third day of play at the DreamHack Astro Open Leipzig 2017 started with FlipSid3 clashing with LDLC. The CIS side, who came out of their group in first place after two best-of-one victories against BIG and Vega Squadron, took that match without missing a beat, winning 16-8 on Cache and 16-10 on Nuke.

On the other side of the bracket BIG and Heroic clashed for the other spot in the final. With the two opening matches won, inckuding one against LDLC, it looked like Heroic were the favored team to make it to the finals. The home team didn’t disappoint its crowd, though, and after three maps BIG upset the Danes for a shot at the title.

electronic had a great performance in the final

After losing in the group stages, BIG had a chance at exacting revenge on FlipSid3, although the CIS team had other things in mind. The first map of the final was Cache. There, FlipSid3 were able maintain control since the beginning, winning the CT side 9-6, and then going on to win the attacking side for a 16-11 scoreline. On Cache, Denis “electronic” Sharipov showed great potential with a 1.41 rating and 105.1 ADR.

Having won BIG’s pick, FlipSid3 now had a clear path to victory on Train. The CIS combine won the attacking side, 8-7, and set themselves up for an easy second half. Once again, electronic lead the charge for his team, this time with 99.3 ADR and a 1.36 rating. Bagging 8 of the 12 rounds played in the second half, FlipSid3ended the map 16-11 and won their first trophy of the year.

DreamHack Astro Open Leipzig 2017 final standings:

1. FlipSid3 – $50,000
2. BIG – $20,000
3-4. LDLC – $10,000
3-4. Heroic – $10,000
5-6. Vega Squadron – $3,000
5-6. fnatic Academy – $3,000
7-8. Rogue – $2,000
7-8. qwerty – $2,000

15 01, 2017

Misfits sign ex-TSM

Misfits have announced that they have expanded to Counter-Strike with the signing of the former TSM lineup.

The team had been released by TSM earlier on Saturday following a drawn-out saga that led to the departure of Sean “seang@res” Gares, with whom the remaining four players decided to stick.

Misfits made headlines earlier this week as they partnered with NBA franchise Miami Heat, who will assist with the team’s marketing, branding and promotion, among other responsibilities.

ex-TSM will play for Misfits

The North American organisation, whose League of Legends squad recently secured promotion to EU LCS, also own teams in Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Super Smash Bros.

In addition to signing the former TSM roster, Misfits have also secured the team’s spot in the fifth edition of the ESL Pro League, which will have a $1 Million prize pool.

Misfits’ CS:GO team consist of:

Hunter “SicK” Mims
Skyler “Relyks” Weaver
Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken
Sean “seang@res” Gares
Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan


13 01, 2017, NiP invited to IEM Katowice and Ninjas in Pyjamas are the first two teams to be confirmed for the $250,000 IEM Katowice 2017 that will take place from March 1-5.

ESL has revealed the first two teams to receive the invite for the first IEM event of the year which will take place in Katowice, Poland. As was previously announced, the tournament will follow the same format as last year’s IEM Katowice and Oakland tournaments, with 12 teams in attendance and round-robin best-of-one groups.

PashaBiceps and co. will be playing in Katowice once again

The first two invited teams are the home crowd favorites, and the team with fans all over the world – NiP. Six more invited teams will be revealed in the coming days, while others will have to try to earn their place in Katowice through a series of open and closed qualifiers.

At the moment, the team list for IEM Katowice is as follows: NiP Invite #3 Invite #4
Invite #5 Invite #6 Invite #7 Invite #8
EU Qualifier #1 EU Qualifier #2 EU Qualifier #3 NA Qualifier #1


10 01, 2017

TyLoo remove AttackeR and fancy1

Tyloo players YuanZhang “AttackeR” Sheng and YuLun “fancy1” Cai, and the team’s coach QiFang “Karsa” Su have been displaced by the organization while HaoWen “somebody” Xu was suspended for contacting other teams.

The most successful Chinese team TyLoo have removed two of its players, suspended one, and also fired their coach.

YuanZhang “AttackeR” Sheng, YuLun “fancy1” Cai, and HaoWen “somebody” Xu, who contacted players from other teams in order to create a new squad, have also received bans from various tournaments, including WCA, Pro Gamer League, ESL, and WESG.

fancy1 is no longer with Tyloo

TyLoo will attend the WESG 2016 World Finals on January 12th with three stand-ins as only two players remain from their previous lineup. Here is their roster for the event:

Ke “Mo” Liu
 Hui “DD” Wu
Zhen “HZ” Huang
LiKan “ryk” Luo
 Lei “bottle” Mao

* AttackeR, fancy1, QiFang “Karsa” Su, and somebody have given the following statement to and claimed players were actually not under contract:

“First of all, the players never actually had a contract in writing with TyLoo. The organization promised that the players would have the same basic salary for every single player but they failed their promise. DD, and fancy1 were later offered more salary but were told to not tell this to other teammates. DD accepted, fancy1 refused.

This caused resentment for attacker, somebody, and karsa. The organization didn’t keep their promise to pay everyone the same salary so players decided to leave. Then TyLoo made an alliance with the event organizers to ban the players.

We will give a more detailed statement on January 11.” received an official statement from TyLoo saying that the players actually are under contract and have been removed due to damaging the relationships in the team and with the organization.

“Since TYLOO CSGO team returned to China after the E-League Major Qualifier, team coach Qifang Su (Karsa) and player Yulun Cai (fancy1) have been contacting with other organization, while still in the contract period, and also persuaded teammates to join the other organisation. The behavior has not only damaged the good relationship with the company, but also stimulated internal conflicts in the team.

After serious consultations, the company has make the following decisions:

1. Discharges Qifang Su’s (Karsa) position as team coach.
2. Yulun Cai (fancy1) and Yuanzhang Sheng (AttackeR) into inactive status, banned to represent TYLOO participating any events.
3. Haowen Xu (somebody) into suspension.

We also want to thanks to Hui Wu (DD) and Ke Liu (Mo) for trusting the company in any situation.”

It has also been explained that AttackeR recently signed (in November) a new contract set to expire in April 2019, while the contracts of fancy1 and somebody will expire at the end of February 2017. That, however, does not mean that the players will remain banned from participating in all mentioned events until their contracts expire, but until the conflict is resolved.

The organization points out that the situation of somebody differs from the other two players as they are still in talks with him about the future.


6 01, 2017

TSM secure a spot in EPL Season 5

TSM qualified for ESL Pro League Season 5 after defeating RUSH 2-1 (16-9 Mirage, 16-19 Overpass, 16-9 Cobblestone) in the final of ESEA Premier Season 23.

The two teams played the final match of the North American division of ESEA Premier in a LAN environment at ESL’s studios in Burbank, California – preceding the ESEA Global Challenge LAN.

With an ESL Pro League Season 5 spot on the line, TSM were forced to use their old lineup consisting of Pujan “FNS” Mehta andKory “SEMPHIS” Friesen due to ESEA roster rules.

The fact that they were using an already broken up lineup didn’t look like a big issue for TSM though, as Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulkenand the removed SEMPHIS tore through Rush on Mirage, finishing the map with a comfortable 16-9 scoreline.

Twistzz’s team qualified for ESL Pro League

Moving on to Overpass, Rush’s pick, it was initially looking like a similar story as TSM got a big lead without much pushback. Rush quickly found themselves 14-6 down, but managed to claw their way back into the match thanks to some aggressive CT side play and crucial errors by their opponents.

After completing the comeback in overtime, Rush tied the score at 1-1 and pushed the series to the third map – Cobblestone.

The medieval castle-themed map didn’t start well for Rush as they once again had a slow opening, ending the CT half 10-5 down. WithDaniel “virtus” Carrillo’s clutches holding them in the match little longer, Derrick “LILMAN” Boyne and co. got to nine rounds before ultimately falling to TSM.

This means Rush will be playing the rest of the EPL relegation stage online, with the following matchups to be played:

Selfless vs. Luminosity
Splyce vs. Rush
Heroic vs. Rogue

With this result and Kinguin beating LDLC earlier today, the groups for ESEA Season 23 Global Challenge, that starts tomorrow, will be as follows:

Group A  Group B
TSM Kinguin
Bravado Tainted Minds
Rogue Muffin Lightning


5 01, 2017

DH Leipzig talent lineup announced

DreamHack have revealed the talent lineup for DreamHack Open Leipzig, taking place from January 13-15.

The $100,000 tournament will feature an eight-man talent lineup, including a quartet of commentators. RoomOnFire’s Vince “Metuz” Hill will return to DreamHack alongside John “BLU” Mullen, Niels “rizc” Topp and Dustin “dusT” Mouret.

The analyst desk will be hosted by Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner, who will be joined by former professional players, Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill andTomi “lurppis” Kovanen

SPUNJ and lurppis will serve as analysts in Leipzig

Finally, Pala “Mantrousse” Gilroy Sen will play the role of the stage host and conduct interviews on DreamHack’s stream.

The full talent lineup is following:

Pala “Mantrousse” Gilroy Sen – Host and Interviewer
Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner – Desk Host
Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill – Analyst
Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen – Analyst
Vince “Metuz” Hill – Commentator
Niels “rizc” Topp – Commentator
Dustin “dusT” Mouret – Commentator
John “BLU” Mullen – Commentator


4 01, 2017

oskar to stand in for PENTA

Tomas “oskar” Stastny will be back in action standing in for PENTA to help them retain their spot in the ESL Pro League.

PENTA will be playing to retain their spot in the ESL Pro League ahead of its fifth season. They will be playing their match in the relegation against the loser of LDLC vs. Kinguin, who will be playing for the ESEA Premier championship on January 5 in the first game of the year.

The Czech sniper will look to make his comeback in 2017

Joining PENTA will be Miikka “suNny” Kemppi, who has been seen playing with Kevin “kRYSTAL” Amend & co. since the dissolution of ENCE; Mike “mikeS” Tuns, who left this team’s active roster a month ago; and the Czech AWPer Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný, who has been allowed to participate despite still being under contract withmousesports.

Trying to hold on to the other spot in the ESL Pro League will beHeroic, who will be challenged by the Bulgarian-Danish sideRogue. The winner of the aforementioned LDLC vs. Kinguin match will directly take FlipSid3’s spot in ESL’s top league, while the CIS team will have to fight to return after a season in Premier.

PENTA’s lineup for the ESEA Pro League relegation match:

Kevin “kRYSTAL” Amend
Stefan “stfN” Seier
Mike “mikeS” Tuns
Miikka “suNny” Kemppi
Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný


27 12, 2016

Slemmy to play for Selfless at WESG

Selfless have revealed their roster for the WESG Finals, confirming they will be using Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte and Alec “Slemmy” White for the tournament in January.

Following the end of the last ESL Pro League season, the North American organization went down to only three members after releasing Mitch “m1tch” Semago and having Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte move on to form a new, North American based NRGroster.

Slemmy will be joining Selfless on their trip to China

With a first place finish at the WESG Americas LAN Finals,Selfless have secured a spot at the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) Grand Finals presented by Alipay, and have now released details on the roster that will be competing at the tournament in January.

To fill in the last two spots, Selfless will be using the NRG-departed Brehze one last time, something that was arranged as a part of the transfer to his new team, and have added Alec “Slemmy” White to complete the roster.

The ex-Cloud9 in-game leader is not confirmed as a full-timeSelfless player yet, but the organisation is optimistic about the prospect of the 26-year-old joining the team on a long-term basis following WESG.

Selfless’ line-up for 2016 WESG Grand Finals by Alipay is:

Noah “Nifty” Francis
Jake “kaboose” McDonald
Matthew “no_one” Congdon
Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte
Alec “Slemmy” White

The North-American team has been drawn into group D at WESG, meaning they will have to face the likes of TyLoo, Ukraine and DarkPassage to make it to the playoffs.


25 12, 2016

Final Fantasy 14’s Stormblood Expansion Release Date Announced

Final Fantasy XIV’s next expansion, Stormblood, will launch on June 20, 2017, Square Enix has announced. The date was confirmed during the game’s Fan Fest event this weekend.

As announced previously, Stormblood takes place in the location of Ala Mhigo and will have players face off against a bad guy by the name of Zenos.

It also adds new areas, and you can expect there to be a “full standalone game’s worth of content.” A fourth residential area is also being added, while there will be new Primals, dungeons, and high-end raids, too.

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When Square Enix announced Stormblood in October, it scheduled it to launch in early summer 2017, so the June date aligns with that.

Stormblood is a follow-up to a previous expansion called Heavensward

24 12, 2016

aTTaX add oskarish and ecfN

ALTERNATE aTTaX has completed their roster by signing Oskar “oskarish” Stenborowski and Lukas “ecfN” Kauer to replace the departed Oliver “kzy” Stern and Kevin “keev” Bartholomäus. In addition to the players, the German roster also added a coach.

With Kevin “keev” Bartholomäus departing from ALTERNATE aTTaX last month and Oliver “kzy” Heck following suit a few days after, the ELEAGUE Season 2 participants were down to only three members going into the winter break.

oskarish moves to a new German team

The organization has finally revealed their two new players: Oskar “oskarish” Stenborowski, who made a name for himself in Polish teams such as Dobry&Gaming, CSGL and Vexed before moving to the German scene and joining PENTA, and Lukas “ecfN” Kauer, a 21-year-old who impressed in his recent BLUEJAYS outings but has very little to show past that.

To finish off the roster, ALTERNATE aTTaX have also added a coach, Tobias “tow b” Herberhold, who represented Planetkey in the past.


Christian “crisby” Schmitt
Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch
Florian “syrsoN” Rische
Lukas “ecfN” Kauer
Oskar “oskarish” Stenborowski

Tobias “tow b” Herberhold