Sep 10 2016 - 9:43 pm

Cloud9, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports and Team Dignitas reach StarSeries semifinals

After four days of competition, Cloud9, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports and Team Dignitas have advanced to the semifinals of the $300,000 StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 LAN finals
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

After four days of competition, Cloud9, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports and Team Dignitas have advanced to the semifinals of the $300,000 StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 LAN finals.

The tournament is the first major international Counter-Strike LAN to take place following the offseason and has therefore been the LAN debut of several of the new lineups. But when the hotly anticipated Na`Vi and GODSENT rosters were eliminated in the tournament’s group stage, the tournament suddenly looks to be up for grabs among the four remaining teams.

That includes North America’s Cloud9, who are now gunning for their second final appearance in as many weeks after a decisive victory against hometown heroes FlipSid3 Tactics earlier today. They will now be facing a struggling NiP featuring stand-in Mikail “Maikelele” Bill.

But as NiP has proved in the past, the Swedish legends are impossible to discount. While the team wasn’t favored heading into the event, the Swedes have impressed all tournament long; from an undefeated run in the group stage, to their impressive series against Astralis in the quarter finals. After losing opening map Cache and being routed in the opening half of Dust 2, NiP roared back by winning 12 rounds as CT after being down 4-11. Series closer Overpass became a bloodbath in the favor of NiP, who dominated the Danish superteam with a 16-6 scoreline.

Two domestic derbies ended the tournament’s fourth day, as EnVyUs and G2 Esports battled for French supremacy, along with Dignitas and Heroic representing Denmark.

The French rivalry was a close affair, and EnVyUs went down swinging on both Dust 2 and Cobblestone. G2's Richard “shox” Papillon was on red hot form and blew every other player on the server out of the water. With 60 kills throughout the two games, and a 106.4 ADR (average damage per round) even Kenny "kennyS" Schrub was eclipsed by the French star, as the sniper only averaged 89.2 ADR in total.

Dignitas managed to end Heroic's Cindarella story to claim the final semifinal spot. The sides traded maps in a three game series. The last game eventually became a tug of war, as the two teams continuously traded rounds. Eventually Heroic were broken and Dignitas secured its semifinals spot with a 16-12 finish on Mirage.

Jan 18 2017 - 10:32 pm

OpTic, Cloud9 join line-up for IEM Katowice

With only half of the CS:GO teams in place, the event is already looking stacked.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Less than two weeks after the first Valve Major of the year, some of the strongest teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be making their way to Katowice for a shot at yet another impressive $250,000 prize pool.

North American elite squads OpTic Gaming and Cloud9 will be joining the previously invited teams at IEM Katowice from March 1-5, ESL announced today. The two North American teams will make an already-stacked event all the more competitive, as reigning Valve Major champions SK Gaming—alongside Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis, and Virtus Pro—have already been invited to attend.

OpTic and Cloud9 shocked the world towards the end of 2016, each taking home one international LAN tournament each. Cloud9's performance was particularly impressive. Their victory at the ESL Pro League Season 4 finals last October was the first international LAN victory for the North American region in nearly 11 years.

While these teams alone make the event stacked, they are only half of the teams that will be competing at IEM Katowice, as 12 teams in total will be fighting for the title. Two more teams are still slated to be invited, while an additional three teams from Europe and one more North American team secure their participation at the event through online qualifiers.

CS:GO is off to a hot start in 2017, and with more skilled teams around than ever before IEM Katowice is looking to become one of the most anticipated events of the year.

Jan 17 2017 - 4:42 pm

Ambitious CS:GO mod aims to capture the spirit of the Wild West

Did someone say Classic Offensive?
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Screengrab via JarroRus/YouTube

Two ambitious Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players want to take the game in a whole new direction.

Going by the names Jarro and CTX, this successful modding duo (who have released popular custom maps in the past), are looking at developing a fully functional and expansive add-on centered around the Wild West. This will be based on the foundation of Valve's extremely popular first-person shooter title CS:GO. Complete with brand new features such as combat on horseback as well as larger maps, the two developers have taken to crowdfunding in order to guarantee that CS:GO Western Add-on, as they have dubbed the mod, will be released within the next 6-8 weeks.

While the team's crowdfunding campaign is set at $1,000, Jarre and CTX have also set two other campaign goals at $400 and $700. The first two goals are centered primarily around necessary features such as dedicated servers for constant game testing, and introducing more unique assets and expansive maps to the mod.

If the two developers reach their crowdfunding goals, the mod will be completely free of charge and distributed via the Steam Workshop. Valve encourages enthusiasts and modders to produce their own custom games based off of the company's intellectual property. The most notable example being Counter-Strike itself, which started out as a mod of Valve's inaugural title in the Half-Life franchise.

For the time being, the mod is looking to feature three separate game modes: A standard player vs. player mode, team-based hostage scenarios, and finally a linear game play map featuring cut scenes and co-op game play.

If the wait for Red Dead Redemption 2 and the second season of Westworld is killing you, the Western Add-on should keep you occupied until then.