Tag: CSGO

CSGO: Who Are These Weird Teams? – Berlin Major 2019 Edition

Multiple upsets in the minor qualifiers led to some unusual teams qualifying for the upcoming StarLadder CSGO major in Germany. We’re going to introduce to the newcomers and outsiders for the challengers’ stage of the Berlin Major.

Grayhound Gaming
The most well-travelled of these teams, Grayhound qualified for their second major after winning the Asia minor. However, they will be hoping for a better performance than in Katowice, where they failed to win a single map. The Oceanic side has established themselves as one of the teams to beat in the Asian region, but struggle to make a real impact when qualifying for international tournaments. Grayhound’s most impressive performance came at IEM Sydney this year when they upset FaZe Clan before getting eliminated by eventual finalists Fnatic. The Berlin major could be the last tournament for the fivesome as Mongolian in-game leader erkaSt is facing visa issues in Australia.
Player to watch: Simon ‘sico’ Williams. A recent signing, the Kiwi was a stand-out performer at the Asia minor and could give the team the firepower they’ve been missing. . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: Bracket For ESL Premiership Spring 2019 Finals Revealed

The four teams to appear at ESL UK’s Premiership Spring 2019 Finals in Manchester are now known after this evening’s playoffs.

The Pensioners, featuring former BIG star Owen “smooya” Butterfield, overcame LFAug 2-0 in the first match of the day to secure their place in the finals. The Pensioners struggled early in the group stage but have won all five maps played since the popular AWPer started standing in. . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: Astralis Make It Two In a Row @ IEM Katowice

Astralis won their second consecutive Major championship at IEM Katowice after beating ENCE in Sunday’s final. The win marks Astralis’ third Major title overall, a record they share with Fnatic.

The Danish team had a flawless run through the knock-out stages; they beat NiP and MIBR 2-0 en route to the final. On the other side of the bracket, Finnish outsiders ENCE eliminated two top three ranked teams, Liquid and NaVi, during their fairy-tale run through the tournament. . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: Katowice Major Top Eight Ranked

After two weeks of competitive Counter-Strike, the knock-out stage of the IEM Katowice 2019 Major is finally upon us. We’ve ranked the surviving teams in order of how likely it is that they will lift the trophy this Sunday.

8. ENCE
The Finnish squad has been given the most challenging route to the final and would need to beat two of the top five teams in the world to get there. While ENCE boasts an exciting playstyle and excellent teamwork, they have historically struggled to beat elite teams. While one upset is possible, it is unlikely that they can do it three times. . . . .  . . . read more

New British Legends At CSGO Katowice Major 2019: Preview

Sixteen top Counter-Strike teams will be in action during the New Legends stage of the IEM Katowice Major 2019 major in Poland starting this Wednesday.

Two British players will compete in the New Legends stage, marking only the second time that players from the UK have made it to the top sixteen at a major. . . . .  . . . read more

Biggest Tournament in CSGO: IEM Katowice Major Primer

(Image: Inside the Spodek arena © Helena Kristiansson – esportphoto.com)

The Intel Extreme Masters Katowice CSGO Major 2019 kicks off this Wednesday in Katowice, Poland.

Over the next three weeks, twenty-four of the best teams from all over the world will compete to win the most prestigious title in CSGO and their share of a million dollar prize pool. . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: ECS Finals Return To UK For Season 7

FACEIT has revealed that the CSGO ECS Season 7 Finals will take place in London this summer.

The event will occur from 06-09 June; the SSE Arena in Wembley is hosting the final two days of the tournament.

New ECS logo.

This is the fourth time the London based company have chosen to hold their flagship event in their home city. FACEIT’s Valve sponsored major also took place at the SSE Arena last September. . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: Asia & America Minors Produce Four More Major Qualifiers

It was a happy Australia Day in Katowice as Renegades and Grayhound Gaming waltzed into the Katowice Major.

Renegades secured their place yesterday by winning the Asian Minor. Fellow countrymen Grayhound joined them by beating ViCi in the lower bracket final.

Grayhound’s Liam “malta” Schembri singled out in-game-leader Chris “dexter”‘ Nong for praise. He tweeted: “On a serious note, so proud of the effort every single member of this team put in to get the W today, none more than @dextersjourney, dude puts his all in every day.” . . . .  . . . read more

CSGO: Katowice EU Minor Teams Ranked

As the Katowice CSGO Major is less than a month away, eyes look to Poland for the regional Minor Championships. This is an opportunity for teams from all over the world to prove their worth and secure their place at the Major. We’ve ranked all the teams from the EU Minor, read and find out who we think are the favourites to win the tournament. . . . .  . . . read more