Category: News

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

LoL: LEC Power Rankings – Week One

The new League of Legends season has arrived in Europe and everyone is speculating which teams will find themselves on the top of the pile come the end of the season. During week one, we saw strong statements of intent from a couple of teams while others were found severely lacking. Join us as we start our weekly rankings of the best, and worst, the LEC has to offer. . . . .  . . . 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

LoL Roster Report: LEC Part 2 – The New Challengers

The franchise model has brought with it a fresh new line up of organisations vying to take the crown away from the old guard. Today we’ll be looking at five remaining teams in the LEC including some new faces. If you missed part one, click here.

The final surviving team from the LCS era to cover is Splyce. Splyce lost many of their players in the offseason, most notably support Raymond “kaSing” Tsang who joined exceL and mid lane Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer who has moved to America to join Cloud 9. ROCCAT support Tore “Norskeren” Hoel Eilertsen and Czech rookie Marek “Humanoid” Brázda joined to replace them. There has also been a change in the top lane, former Splyce player Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu has been swapped for Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss from Schalke. . . . .  . . . read more

LoL Roster Report: LEC Part 1 – The Top Five

The player break has seen an unprecedented number of roster changes as teams look to prepare for the 2019 season. This series of articles will fill you in on all the player transfers you missed during the offseason. We start with the top five teams from EU LCS Summer 2018 as they get ready for the first season of the new look League of Legends European Championship. . . .  . . . read more

Overwatch World Cup 2018: Team UK Will Play Their First Game On Friday

Sunday marked the end of the Bangkok Qualifier with China and Australia placing in the top 2 teams for the Qualifier. Friday will be the first day of the Paris Qualifiers and will be the debut of Team UK in this years Overwatch World Cup. Lead by YouTuber ‘Stylosa‘, coached by ‘Hayes‘ and followed up with Twitch streamer ‘ChipSa‘ in the role of Community Lead, they’ll be up against 5 other European countries in a bid to make it to the finals held at BlizzCon this year starting on the 2nd of November through to the 3rd at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. . . . .  . . . read more

CS:GO Free Edition Announced

If you are one of the few who haven’t yet played Counter Strike: Global Offensive you now have the chance to play for free. Although, it does mean that you have to play offline with bots as it is only available for “offline play against bots and spectating matches through GOTV.”

Inside the release notes for the 29th of August it was noted that CS:GO would get a free edition, available on the Steam store along with a host of other improvements. This free version will be a great way to get into the game without facing more experienced players and getting a taste of one of Steam’s top games. . . . .  . . . read more

Big Fest Viewer Games Tournaments Program

Hope your thumbs are ready for some action. The program of the Viewer Games Tournaments for the Big Fest 2018 is finally out, and it’s gonna be FIRE.

We’ve got everything sorted out for you. So gather your pals, subscribe to your favourite game, and show Scotland your mad skills.

Important note: The “Console Stage” is downstairs and has disabled access. The “PC Stage” is upstairs and does not have disabled access. An unfortunate limit of the venue and we profusely apologise if this affects you. . . . .  . . . 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