CS is back, baby!

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by ANDY. Source: Vitality, Twistzz, Falcons, refrezh

Look, we’re very close to Counter-Strike being back, and we for one are very excited.

Only partially because it makes it easier to write the newsletter when there are actual games being played.

We’re starting off with some ESL Pro League Conference, or the Europa League of Counter-Strike. We’re starved, so this meal of Sprouts and Falcons will tide us over very nicely until the main meal. Of… Liquid and G2. Analogy kinda petered out there.

BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023 (seriously, rolls off the tongue) is just around the corner, kicking off with Heroic vs Evil Geniuses.

Evil Geniuses, by the way, will be starting with their new AWPer. A whizz kid with the big green gun, an American sniper, the CeRq replacement. It’s… wiz. From one of their other teams. Which apparently means the system is working. We don’t know either.

Just a few days to wait, too - Thursday afternoon, in fact - with Vitality vs Astralis closing out the first day. We’ll never tire of watching dupreeh and Magisk take on Astralis. Especially in a BO3. We’re so blessed.

Friday sees a group of Complexity, OG, FaZe and Team Liquid kick off. We might get to see two NACS teams lose on the same day, and at the very least we’ll get to see FaZe Clan play again.

Group C is the pick of the bunch, though. G2, NAVI and Ninjas in Pyjamas, vying for the top two seeding spots. BIG are there as well.

You never know, it might be the one event a year where BIG turn into demi-gods. It would be very amusing for them to do it in what is largely a seeding event.

We’ve gone so giddy from Counter-Strike coming back that we’re excited by watching Sprout and thinking BIG might do well at BLAST.

Are we optimists or have we gone insane?

January 15, 2023

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