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February 20, 2023

It’s not been the most hectic weekend, but there’s definitely something brewing. Oh, yeah, it’s the Major. That’s coming, and it’s not as far away as you think. But still further than you hope :(

The real meaning of CCT

Some say CCT stands for Champion of Champions Tour, but we all know it actually stands for CounterStrike Cluster Tfuck.

We’re not making a slight on the quality of CS on display, not at all. The games have been high-quality entertainment. The problem is CCT has been on at the same time as the RMR, hence the Cluster Fuck.

For example, the Eternal Fire boys found themselves competing on two fronts, playing three important BO3s a day. yet they still made the finals of CCT and qualified for the real RMR. Fair play.

It’s a better result than our disappointment of the event, Team Spirit. Despite all their talent, they just weren’t able to make it work. They destroyed sprout in their opening game 16:5 on Anubis, but lost their next two BO3s and weren’t on the pace. Patsi especially struggled to find the space crucial to Spirits’ system when normally he makes it look easy. No chopper thumbs-ups at this event, you have to earn those.

Finally, well, The Final.

The previously mentioned Eternal Fire faced Bad News Eagles. BNE is a team that, since signing Devilwalk as their coach, has seemed to take a step up. They’re more consistent in more events, not just the major.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, the power of the XANTARES peek is simply unstoppable.

The Eternal Fire flame is bright at the moment, despite their weird roster moves. Winning this event is the cherry on top of their Major qualification and ESL Challenger run that got them into Pro League.

Eternal Fire is on a mission to prove Turkish CS isn’t dead, and we’re all for it.


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Delving deep with daps

Illustration by ANDYJ. Source: TL R1CH

Even though Katowice is done and dusted, we’re still trawling through some of the content that we managed to collect while over there and decided that was a bit more juice that we had to share with you.

We got some pretty pictures, but more importantly, we got to speak to the coach of NA’s only hope in CSGO. And no, we’re not talking about Complexity.

We’re of course talking about Team Liquid’s coach, Damian "daps" Steele who was happy to speak with our very own, Adam Conway, about the results they had in Katowice.

Ending on the 3rd-4th place wasn’t that bad considering they got knocked out in the semis by the eventual tournament winner, though daps was eager to note that they hadn’t even been able to have a proper bootcamp. He told us they were “coming into these events with minimal practice” because of the travel, which is what contributed to them losing “super winnable” rounds.

With this, we asked daps what the next job for him was; as the coach, obviously, his job would be to try and grab the reigns and sort these problems out. He said that the number one goal for him is to solidify their map pool, naming Nuke as a map that they’ve had mixed results on so far. He also mentioned that mentality has been a big focus of the team recently, which he feels has paid off well.

We then asked him about his experience in VALORANT and what it was like coming back to Counter-Strike, as he was previously a player in Valorant before coming back to the better game.

He said VALORANT made him come to the realization he doesn’t like competing, but he likes “creating a good environment” along with “creating strategies”, and coaching lets him be a part of the whole process “without the playing part”.

On the note of NA CS in the context of VALORANT though, daps doesn’t remain too hopeful. He doesn’t see many players coming back to CS like he did, which he attributes to the lack of tournaments and other financial investment in the region. He said that players are making “pretty good money” playing VALORANT, so it doesn’t make sense as to why they’d come back to CS.

With Team Liquid setting sights on the NA RMR and the major, we’re hoping they finally get some practice in. Go get ‘em, NA’s primary hope.


The Falcons fly to France for Spring

Illustration by NovaH. Source: Falcons

kennyS is back. To sh*tstomping tier 500 teams, but back regardless.

And when we say tier 500, we’re not being totally dismissive. He quite literally smacked a team called 500 in the qualifier to move a step closer to Paris, and apparently, that’s enough to get people gassed.

By people, we do mean Thorin.

He will at least be at the RMRs for Paris, and it’d be a cool story if Falcons were able to qualify for a French Major and kennyS’ comeback would be in his home country. Though we would get a case of deja vu from FalleN, coldzera, and co. just a few months back.

Which failure would be more amusing?

They won’t be joined by any other French teams — except maybe Vitality, if dupreeh is still out - as all of the others fell in typically French ways.

500 ended up sneaking through with iNation - a Serbian team - in the Last Chance qualifier, while the other big stories came in the Closed A Qualifier. Not just one, but two UK teams qualifying for the RMR.

If you hate English people (or Irish people), we recommend not going on Twitter during the RMRs. Or just blocking them all. You won’t miss much. Into The Breach aren’t completely out of nowhere, but Viperio are a team of people you probably haven’t heard of and a real, genuine UK team with just two Irishmen — if you count the coach, that is. Otherwise, it’s just one.

Quite how this was allowed to happen is beyond us, but we’re sure their losses at the RMR will bring joy to most of Europe.

Don’t adjust your sets.

GamerLegion, Apeks, B8, 1WIN, 9INE, Aurora, forZe, Eternal Fire and Monte also qualified in Europe.


Imperial and BESTIA (ex-ISURUS) went 3-0 in the South American qualifier, with Fluxo, Flamengo and Paquetá getting through in similarly simple fashion. paiN and Complexity swept through in NA, with MIBR (yes, we know they’re not NA) and Detonate qualifying as well.

IHC are joined by a new Mongolian team, Eruption, in the Asian RMR, with VERTEX and TYLOO sneaking through the qualifier too.


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