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January 20, 2023

Counter-Strike is back back and France has fallen. Also in this edition: Who on earth is playing for FaZe Clan? What the hell has happened to Heroic?

Another nail in the French coffin

Illustration by ANDY. Source: Unsplash / Gautier Salles

DBL Poney were France’s last hope. Vitality deserted the frog-eaters for some Viking charm, G2 pissed off years ago, and even shox went to Liquid for a bit.

The Bad News Eagles of their day, there was clamour for an organisation to arrive.

And, one did: HEET.

Just one teeny problem. They weren’t very good — and salaries didn’t change that. Well, to be fair, it turns out that some of them didn’t even get salaries.

HEET reportedly owes JACKZ a huge chunk of money that he used to buy himself out of G2, and bodyy some salary because of ‘bank changes’. Classic.

With the Paris Major ahead, HEET should be gearing up for a run at 24th place.

Instead, they have lost their two most vital pieces: IGL bodyy is off to Falcons to join kennyS and NBK-, while AWPer afro is going to LDLC.

If Falcons is the 00NATION to shox and SmithZz’s Imperial, LDLC are the Case Esports: Absolutely rubbish.

Look, it would be great for France to have a team at the Major. It just might suck for the rest of the world.

LDLC’s lineup:

🇫🇷 Graviti

🇫🇷 Brooxsy


🇫🇷 Snobling

🇫🇷 afro

Falcons’ lineup:

🇫🇷 NBK

🇫🇷 hAdji

🇫🇷 misutaaa

🇫🇷 kennyS

🇫🇷 bodyy


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The hokey-cokey of FaZe Clan

Illustration by Crash_ Source: Boardmaker

We were this close to seeing another +olofmeister move to FaZe.

FaZe Clan were in need of a stand-in, once more, and it turns out that stand-in was k0nfig. No, sorry, it’s olofmeister. Wait no, it’s k0nfig again. Never mind. It’s actually… es3tag?

Unless they play against NiP, and then it’s Eddie Han. Unless RobbaN is already back, and then it’s him.

We should probably explain.

With rain’s wife expecting a baby very soon, the Norwegian has chosen the beautiful creation of a new life over Counter-Strike, for some reason. So FaZe did what everyone who needs a stand-in does, and asked k0nfig to play.

k0nfig, however, was listed as a sub for Heroic, so FaZe reportedly were going to have to go with their listed substitute - the semi-retired olofmeister. BLAST, it turned out had agreed to let FaZe use k0nfig. Heroic were happy about it. k0nfig was ready to play.

Everyone’s happy, right?

Turns out some tattletales told BLAST that they weren’t happy - reportedly Complexity, whom FaZe were set to clash with - and teams rallied around them. FaZe would have to use olofmeister, as agreed.

We say tattletales, but this is quite literally in the rules.

Somehow, the resolution was for FaZe to use es3tag instead of either of them. Now, you might be wondering what’s different about using a different non-listed stand-in than k0nfig.

We don’t have an answer for you, we just thought you might be wondering. Our best guess is that Complexity were happy to play against es3tag because he’s not very good.

Maybe there’s a stipulation that he has to AWP to make it even.

After all this, FaZe ended with a seeding penalty, es3tag standing in, and the team will probably still defecate down Complexity’s throats today. But at least it was fun.


When in France, do as the French do

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:

  • Evil Geniuses, pt. 200
  • The most French thing ever
  • We miss the old s1mple, on Flipsid3 s1mple

Picked from BLAST, served to you

Source: Astralis

CS:GO isn’t just about the drama, occasionally matches get played!

So sit down, close Twitter, and we’ll tell you about the games to watch this weekend.

Friday’s first game will be contested between CoL and FaZe, also known as the “BLAST rulebook derby”. CoL is the team that allegedly complained to BLAST about k0nfig’s little FaZe excursion. We’re not blaming them, but we can’t imagine motivating the stars on the EU mix will do them much good.

Right after, we have the second-best NA team, Liquid, facing OG in a game that’s been described as “on this weekend”. Only joking, OG has enough theoretical firepower to take on Liquid. Of course, a theory is irrelevant if it doesn’t work in practice, and OG is running out of Grant money. Prof. Nexa will have to make it work soon, and with Liquid being the last team to beat OG you better hope they took notes. Too much?

The next games of interest (sorry G2) are on Saturday, headlined by NIP and NAVI.

Both teams are refreshed and ready to show their new selves. The Swedes brought in one of NAVI’s own with the addition of headtr1ck, also known as “The Bold Prediction”. Finally adding a real AWPer into the mix, REZ is still hungover from the celebrations. Meanwhile, NAVI has finally had time to incorporate NPL into its system. It’ll be an interesting watch to see how both teams have changed.

Finally, Heroic and Astralis. We already made a derby joke, so you’ll have to forgive us as this game can only be called one thing: The HUNDEN derby, We’ve covered the story before so, we won’t go into it again, but having both teams play each other ALREADY? This season of CS is promising to be more dramatic than the last. On the actual game front though, both teams looked poor in their openers, suggesting it might be a bit of a scrap fest. 16-0 incoming


Not so Virtuous Pro

#️⃣ Twitter Drama time

📺 Now this is good TV

  • Quick, tune in to Richard Lewis’ latest rant about HUNDEN, before he’s retired for good, again!
  • You can straight up hear the “boing, boing” as cadiaN rips through not only a smoke but two enemies as well.
  • Not apEX telling blameF what we’ve all been screaming at our screens since he joined Astralis.

📊 Stats galore

  • You don’t get double-dinked by donk, you get double-donked. A lot.
  • Could it be? Is it really? Is kennyS truly back? Or is it just hopium from some online matches? Who knows.

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