de_train is back (CLICKBAIT)

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by NovaH (he even did the artwork on the train too). Source: ESL

Don’t know if you guys have heard, but the f*cking Major starts on Monday.

We’ll have a full breakdown of the first few days and a proper Major edition on Sunday, but first we’d like to talk about two Major-adjacent but still exciting stuff that’s occurring.

First off, TLDR image magician and all-around tortured artist Jack, better known as ‘NovaH’, took a step up from making the cute lil images you see in your email inbox twice a week to designing a whole Counter-Strike train.

During the whole Rio Major debacle, there’ll be trains to and from the arena carrying Counter-Strike fans adorned with the faces of their heroes. We’re a little biased, but we think it’s dope.

If that wasn’t hype enough, we’ve got one of the most ridiculously stacked talent announcements of all time.

With eight casters — including the return of the wonderful MACHINE — four desk hosts, three sideline reporters, eight analysts, and Anders ominously named ‘The Architect’, there’s barely a name missing. Alright, there are a few, but you get the point.

MACHINE’s return is one of the headlines, with Sjokz’ inclusion being another. We’re claiming her as our own, now - it’s enough of that cartoon game. She’s much better than that.

There’s a first time for Allan Hender, Peacemaker (!), Mahone, and Veracity, too. It’s not just in the player department that new talent is coming through.

We’re so excited for the Major, and this announcement only brings us closer to clima- never mind, we shouldn’t say that.

Even if it is true.

October 27, 2022

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