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OG might be down to 0 original members, while Eternal Fire are now more the Eternal Dance than anything else. Oh and Astralis say Bitcoin are coming back up because they’re good again. No, really.
Source: PGL / Joao Ferreira
This G2 roster, as is tradition, has been completely underwhelming.
A Major-finalist roster was augmented with m0NESY and Aleksib, with ideas of actually winning a Major.
Yeah, that didn’t happen. Aleksib’s calling didn’t seem to be a massive issue, but when you spend half a million on m0NESY and gave a huge contract to NiKo and huNter, what else can you do?
Even if everyone knows a team with NiKo on it will always be uniquely married to his hubris, you can’t admit that if you’re G2.
That’s why when BLIX suggested G2 might be replacing Aleksib and XTQZZZ, we weren’t that shocked. It’s just normal G2 behaviour.
They might be consistently underwhelming, but one thing we can’t blame them for is that they settle for mediocrity. They always strive for better, but fall spectacularly short.
We’re sure this roster will be the one that makes it happen. Copium.
If they do replace Aleksib, it’s hard to find an obvious replacement. There’s barely any good IGLs around, and the ones who are, ar- ah. NiKo’s going to IGL again, isn’t he?
We should say that Ocelote responded with a solid ‘no’ to that tweet, but he also lied constantly to the public with regards to one of the biggest transfers in League of Legends in the last few years.
So take it with a cartload of salt.
Source: PGL / Joao Ferreira
It’s over. None of the five OG players who were announced way back in December 2019 — Aleksib, NBK-, valde, ISSAA, and now mantuu — will be in their starting line-up for next season.
That is, according to the ever-reliable (shush device) 1PV and Dexerto who reckon mantuu will be replaced by degster.
And, it’s a bit harsh: OG themselves pointed out how mantuu is the only one of their players who got a Zeus kill in 2022.
How can you cut someone after that?
But, no, seriously. This is a massive upgrade for OG. Polish AWPer (if he was British he’d have been cut 18 months ago) mantuu has always been ‘fine’ without really threatening to break through his glass ceiling.
In degster, they get a certified superstar; a star AWPer who doesn’t die (0.56 DPR) but also loves a peek.
Although, we sorta hoped degster would end up somewhere a bit higher up the food chain than OG. But there’s not many places he could end up.
FaZe aren’t ready for an AWPer who isn’t a wuss. ENCE don’t have the budget. G2 preferred to raid a nursery. Liquid and MOUZ have pinned their hopes on torzsi and oSee. Everyone else speaks their native language.
So, yeah. OG get a 1.23 rated AWPer fall into their laps, and degster gets the best that would have him.
Except…. ‘the best’ is much worse than his old team. Fuck this Iron Curtain.
Tune in to this week's episode of Overtime on Inferno where your favorite hosts aizyesque and Logan Ramhap go deep on the biggest news in CS:GO:
Welcome to the second Major of the year.
We might be a little merry - but the day of Cologne playoffs is upon us. A packed arena, five great teams, MOUZ, beer and an amazing weekend with your TLDR friends.
If you’re not in Cologne this weekend, don’t fear; you can drink beer from home and still enjoy the show. But you HAVE to get there some day.
Two huge best of threes are coming your way today, with two more the day after, and a best of five on Sunday. What more could you want?
And don’t say a BO3 final. Yes, we know.
Hometown heroes MOUZ, with their singular German player, kick off the party against Astralis. Which kinda sounds like it should be one-sided - but MOUZ have been surprisingly good at Cologne, and Astralis have been…
Well, surprisingly bad for the last six months. It’s not really surprising any more. It’s just weird to see this game being between the two underachievers of the last year.
The other semi is a spicy one. The most loveable fanbase in the world vs the most obnoxious. The Fighting Dragonites against The YEK-and-Yanks. The Riders vs the… fluid. Or something.
Movistar Riders take on Team Liquid with every single person east of the Atlantic supporting the Riders. Both teams have been remarkably strong at Cologne, and should make for some fireworks.
NaVi and FaZe await them, with a potential rematch of the Major final coming up.
What a weekend this promises to be.
🎨 Get to work, Da Vinci
🚫 Criminal behaviour
📈 Underrated scenes