Tag: ESL

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

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: EU & CIS Qualifiers For Katowice Confirmed

ENCE Esports and AVANGAR have qualified for the IEM Katowice 2019 Major after winning the EU and CIS regional minors respectively.

After the EU final, an emotional Joona “natu” Leppänen, part of the team behind ENCE, said: “I was a part of the last full Finnish team that played at a major and that was Katowice in 2015 so it’s been 4 years. I think that it’s due time that we have a full Finnish roster at a major.” . . . .  . . . read more

smooya: A New Hope for UK CS?

At ESL Cologne 2018, smooya fired his way into the public consciousness as he became the first player from the UK to reach the final of a premier international tournament. At the age of 19, and with his future firmly in front of him, could we be seeing the birth of a UK superstar?

The Good

Prior to adding smooya to the roster in April 2018, BIG seemed to be missing something. After a lacklustre group stage exit at the Boston major in January, the team floundered. They found themselves rarely qualifying for offline events, often losing to much less experienced teams in online qualification. Their style of play wasn’t particularly dynamic and, to be brief, most opponents had their number. The addition of smooya added some much needed flair to the line-up and, perhaps more importantly, gave veteran tactician gob b a talented new tool to work with. . . . .  . . . read more