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August 31, 2020

No fnx, no Major. And apparently no bootcamp as well. Imperial are hit by corona, whereas MIBR are hit by complete meltdown. And Renegades won something - what else is new?

Envy owner says G2 players wants out

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If you believe Envy owner Mike Rufail, G2's CSGO players don't want to be in G2 any more.

If you believe G2 owner Carlos, Mike has been finessed.

We're no Jake Lucky so we're not well-versed in esports beef, but we think Carlos won the spat, because he used bigger words, got more likes and his team isn't total rubbish in CSGO.

G2 aren't the best team in CSGO, but at least they're not currently playing LEGIJA and attempting to sign a UK player. That said, Envy did win a Major back in the day (with current G2 player kennyS no less) while G2 are yet to win one.

Carlos called Envy an 'old, dying dinosaur' which in CSGO is, for sure, true, but Envy are currently in the COD League Final which... well, COD is also a dinosaur, but apparently it's impressive. G2 are the new kids, taking over on VALORANT and League of Legends (unless they play against a Chinese team, or fnatic a few days ago).

If Envy do end up winning in COD, they'll overtake G2 in prize money won in esports, which is not bad for a dying dinosaur. And also, they've got Post Malone as an owner. Nothing says down with the kids like having Post Malone involved. And not saying phrases like 'down with the kids'.

However, if what Mike says is true, and G2's players want out, maybe we could finally see NiKo and huNter- united, for more than just a photo-op. "Niko, cousin! Let's go bo- ehm gaming!"

Author: 
aizyesque

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Someone stop Denmark

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Congratulations to Astralis, good to see you back on top with this new line-up, with... rubs eyes... is that cadiaN?

Wait.

That's not Astralis at all.

That's Heroic's entrance music.

The Danes dazzled everyone in a way reminiscent of their Danish siblings, 3-0'ing, yes, 3-0'ing Vitality in the Grand Final. We always knew the only people who could stop ZywOo were Danes playing in red, we just didn't think it would be these ones.

Whatever cadiaN didn't understand about ZywOo when he appeared to insinuate something fishy (or genuine amazement, we're not sure) back then, he clearly understands now. The oft-maligned leader of Heroic (with some help from HUNDEN, sure) picked ZywOo and co. apart to mastermind a destruction of the French, and we loved it.

It's really nice to see a new team using the difficulties of this time to make the most of their game, and instead of bemoaning the lack of LANs, just grind, improve and smash everyone. And for HUNDEN, and cadiaN, it's bloody lovely to see them win - not just something, but one of the biggest trophies in CSGO.

Virtually.

The Danes also beat fellow French-based team G2 in the semis, while Vitality took out a plucky NiP, who actually are looking alright. However, in typical NiP fashion, they looked really good until they ran out of steam, and got absolutely annihilated by a rampant ZywOo who went +32 in two maps.

Author: 
aizyesque

EG takes ESL One NA title

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We know, it's confusing, but apparently the world of CS isn't only about EU. So as it turns out, ESL One Cologne had North American, Asian and Oceanian iterations. Crazy.

When it comes to our brothers across the pond, let's just say zews might've been a good addition to EG, as throughout the tournament the unnecessary rebrand specialists dropped only two maps -  those two being against Liquid in the final, and they probably threw those on purpose to make it more entertaining for us.

Aside from EG, Chaos gave us a good showing - and not only in the server - FURIA got taught how their relentless aggression doesn't work forever, and Team Liquid showed us that having to carry one player every game isn't the best tactic either. We already knew that from our own games of course.

Over in Aussie territory, a Denmark-infused Renegades managed to dismantle all the competition in a convincing manner - like EG, not dropping a single map, although the comparison really ends there.

And in the Asian side of the tournament we saw a very unsurprising result, with TYLOO taking first spot, although not as convincingly as the other regions.

Author: 
napz

Made in Brazil, destroyed in NA, dismantled in EU

  • MIBR are working hard to pursue their trend of losing games, as MAD Lions took the liberty of stomping them 16-1 on the Brazilian's own map pick, and then 2-0ing them for good measure. How do you say yikes in Brazilian?
  • Speaking of MAD Lions, peacemaker lived up to his name and quickly defused the situation surrounding the reported departure of roeJ and AcilioN. Thanks for info.
  • DeKay called out Valve for being vague on the future of the Rio Major, kind of like our writer PeeKay did in his most recent blog post. Just make sure not to get their names confused.
  • HLTV posted an interview with steel in which he explains how it feels to get a team in the top 30, again, amongst some other topics as well. Way to rub it in our face Josh...
  • Yeah have benched rifler iDk, who had expressed his desire to return to his family in Brazil.
  • cadiaN broke his promise of a P90 rush after his tweet got over 11K likes. We feel this isn't his first tweet that he regrets, but man how the tables have turned. Vi elsker dig cadiaN.
  • After a chaotic last round, with an eco-win and b0rup grabbing a 4K, we feel like this is the appropriate reaction to have. Whether it's maniacal or joyful laughing, we still haven't decided.
  • Ze Pug Godz have decided to rebrand to Swole Patrol. A catchy name indeed, but does it ring true?
  • Imperial have had to cancel their European bootcamp after LUCAS1 and fnx tested positive for the corona virus. The Brazilians really can't catch a break...
  • Twitter user appeBiceps posted what can only be called an accurate description of what EG must feel like with their current eleven matches high win streak. Just another day in the office.
Author: 
napz