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Welcome back from CS:GO hibernation; or that is, competitive CSGO hibernation, because the transfer carrousel never sleeps.
Which is good, because it means we have tons of content ready for you guys. And we really do mean tons of it. So much in fact, that we’re going to be pushing the Blast Premier Fall Finals preview till Friday, because oh boy there’s been a lot of news.
Outside of silly moves, rumours about silly moves and well, the insanity that is EG’s General Manager, karrigan got hitched during the Summer, while s1mple has offered his services to fix CS:GO. And is now sitting out Blast. Interesting.
Vitality were the big story last time we had a big roster shuffle because, well, they signed dupreeh and Magisk. Like, actually. They did that. That wasn’t a fever dream.
It went as well as a lot of people expected.
‘Communication issues’ is the usual excuse that Vitality copium huffers go with, rather than a lack of firepower or role confusion that seems quite evident to us enlightened souls.
But they’ve decided to cut misutaaa. He’s been confirmed as a new member of Falcons, after Vitality decided he was the scapegoat who needed sacrificing. Spinx is the rumoured replacement, who is a huge firepower upgrade.
It would likely mean some other roles being shifted around, but Vitality’s roles were messy enough that that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Speaking of which… G2 Esports was quick to move on Aleksib, who remains teamless for now, and JACKZ, who ended up on HEET.
Their replacements? Well, HooXi became the replacement for Aleksib and will likely become the dedicated bottom fragger for the team. We’re so sure of this, because they swapped JACKZ for jks, reportedly. m0NESY, jks, NiKo, huNter. Talk about firepower.
There were murmurs that they were after tabseN and gob b to replace the IGL and coach, but BIG extended their contracts in response. They also released gade (we forgot he was there too, don’t worry) and swapped out tiziaN for k1to.
G2 were also rumoured to pick up another IGL; Snappi. If Spinx is going as expected, then it would make sense, but it seems ENCE are going to be able to hold on to the pieces they want to keep.
If ENCE are selling Spinx, it would explain how they were able to prize SunPayus away from Movistar Riders, supposedly. hades was moved to the bench, and SunPayus is supposed to be his replacement.
The Spaniard AWPer is a CT side machine, similar to Spinx, and replaces some of that outgoing firepower, albeit with a different flavour of gun.
The final big team to make changes - and we use that term lightly - to finish off a roster was fnatic. Their new-look team was rounded out by FASHR, an absolute demon. In tier two and three Counter-Strike, at least.
Rumoured finished rosters:
Now onto Tier 2: the North Americans — who are trying to get rid of as many north Americans as possible
EG have benched their inspirational leader Stewie2K (who deserves it) and RUSH (who didn’t really do anything — right or wrong).
The 22-year-old Kazakhstani IGL moves from K23, where he played with flukey Major winners like AdreN, and mou.
We can only presume, then, that he’s rubbing his hands together in anticipation for leading the even flukier Major-winner autimatic.
That was, until someone reminded them that they signed 10 players a month ago. North American players, who would let EG’s new sponsor fulfillment centre superteam skip the difficult EU RMR.
So, they got out their ‘BluEpRiNt’, shut their eyes, and picked out a random name.
The player they landed on was HexT. Not heard of him? Us neither.
We’ll help: here’s a photo of him with Ryan. Nothing else needs to be said **to ruin his rep.
Finally, EG needed a new coach, deciding on Copenhagen Flames’ old manager Vorborg.
Surprisingly, this seems like a fairly competent decision — old Vorborg is single-handedly responsible for the assembly of that falmes squad with all those major runs.
But let’s not get carried away. EG returned to their usual nonsense by signing stanislaw for their C-team, pairing him with RUSH after promoting HexT and removing star player CLASIA for good-old fashioned “out-of-server” issues.
17th time lucky, eh stan?
Complexity, meanwhile, have removed their bad American AWPer for a mediocre Norwegian one
At least one fcker over the pond is making good moves.*
Olofboost oil painting made for CSGO’s birthday by rustenico
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Apparently just saying that isn’t enough for a story.
We’ve coming up to ten years of the greatest game of all time, and that has gone incredibly quickly. Largely as some of us only got involved half way through, so that ten years feels like… five years.
If you’re looking for a shot of nostalgia - or indeed, a whole friggin’ litre of the stuff - then it’s all over the place right now.
What better way to celebrate the ten year anniversary than to keep speculating on Source 2 - as has been tradition for every single year. There’s a whole bunch of people who have deluded themselves into thinking Valve are going to announce it for CSGO’s anniversary.
Instead, we’d prefer to just remember. Remember fnatic’s greatness, remember Astralis’ dominance, remember FaZe Cl- ah, never mind. We want to remember the Happy Deagle ace, the dupreeh Deagle ace, the NiKo deagle ace. Or the other NiKo deagle moment.
Here’s to another ten years of greatness. Happy birthday to the best game of all time.
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