Tag: ESL

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