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Every single roster move you've missed, GeT_RiGhT stepping down, maybe, and the Major is back. The Major! It's back!
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Alright, good. Whisper it quietly - but we think 2020 might be over.
Okay smarty pants, we know that the year ended, but we mean the 2020 malaise that has been plaguing us all - and god damn do PGL have a present for all of us.
Pray to whatever God you believe in (we usually go for s1mple) that this one doesn't get cancelled - but the PGL Major is scheduled to take place in Stockholm in late October.
It's been so long since the last Major, that GeT_RiGhT was at the last one with NiP. EG were still NRG, and the Aussies were still Renegades. The Boys will have changed org twice between Majors.
paszaBiceps was still playing at the last one Astralis didn't win. Hell, the last time Astralis weren't the holders of the Major trophy, Cloud9 became the first American team to do so. They're not even American any more.
We absolutely cannot wait. This will be THE most hyped Major of all time in our humble opinion. We're expecting cheerleaders, fireworks, people fainting, gamers throwing their underwear on stage, some DJ (that we've never heard of because we're boomers) playing loud music that everyone hates, the full works.
It's going to be flipping awesome.
Oh, and Astralis are probably going to win the whole thing again. The killjoys.
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Let's kick this off with an absolute bomb - woxic is benched.
Yes, already. The Turk has some issues outside of the server it seems, but nothing more has been publicly stated (though we imagine moving across the world during a pandemic might make it tough to get a visa, when you're from Turkey). Xeppaa will be his replacement.
Take a breath, quick. No time to waste.
autimatic, flusha and suNny are trying to find a team as a trio, with no word on the fourth and fifth. We hear MSL and aizy aren't too busy right now. Just a thought. This does mean flusha has been benched on fnatic, with Jackinho being his replacement. No, it's not just JaCKz with a name change and a moustache.
Jamppi is going to V*LORANT, 'cause he's VAC banned. Fair enough. He might have met JUGi there, who was trialed by Team Liquid, but the Dane seems to be staying in CS for now. ENCE are picking up Snappi and TMB to fill those roles.
-chrisj +chrisj might be back on boys and girls. He appears to be out of the mousesports roster, with dexter and acoR replacing him and karrigan, who seems to be going back to FaZe. Just in time for another Major...
BnTeT and jkaem are joining The Boys** in some sort of Asian Minor super team, while kRYSTAL has gone back to Alternate Attax and snatchie has gone back to AGO. All of those moves are equally exciting, right guys?
The final few:
Man that was a lot. That's ok, we're sure we got all of them.
We have some good news and some bad news.
The bad news is that we won't give you €10, but the good news is that Midnite will*.
Who is Midnite then, you might ask? Well they're a bookmaker licensed in the UK, and they've designed a betting site that focus 100% on esports.
Here are four things we love about them:
If you got any doubts, just remember that UK CS always loses, which by that logic, means that you win.
*Like the old adage goes, you gotta spend money to make money. To get the €10 you will need to put a €20 bet on Midnite. Validity of this offer depends on your country of residence and local laws
We lied. We didn't get all of the transfers. Here's all that happened in Brazil.
Brazil went a bit crazy this player break. Nearly as crazy as we did trying to cover it all.
Well sure, but not really. In a Twitch stream on Friday, the Swede announced that he is stepping down from professionally playing.
The Swedish superstar has stated he won't outright rule out a comeback - we've all had that sudden urge to play Counter-Strike again, and it's usually when our PC is broken or we're on holiday - but for now, he's going to be focusing on content creation for his team, Dignitas.
That just sounds like retirement with extra steps.
For a second we thought 2021 was just going to be 2020: Round 2, as it seemed like GeT_RiGhT was teasing a switch to CS:GO's retirement home, VALORANT.
In an interview with Dexerto, he also touches on some other subjects, like for example his long time partner in crime, f0rest, or his disease and how's he's dealt with it during his career.
This man's playing top tier CS with Crohn's and we can't even be bothered to get out of bed.