Aug 18 2016 - 5:19 pm

Cloud9 sign autimatic, TSM to use just9n as stand-in

The North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster shuffle is underway, with Cloud9 and Team SoloMid making changes
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

The North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster shuffle is underway, with Cloud9 and Team SoloMid making changes.

Cloud9 has signed former SoloMid rifler Timothy “autimatic” Ta, who fills the void left behind by Alec "Slemmy" White. He was recruited to SoloMid on Apr. 23 as an in-game leader, but the team’s string of lacklustre results continued, and after failing to advance past Na`Vi in the ELEAGUE playoffs, Slemmy elected to step down from the starting roster.

Prior to the signing of autimatic, Cloud9 star Michael “shroud” Grzesiek claimed that both the team and Slemmy were open to the idea of potentially coaching the team if he were to be replaced. However, in Cloud9’s news release general manager Danan Flander states that the former in-game leader had no desire to serve as an active coach.

“Throughout this scouting process, Alec has echoed the sentiment that he currently has no intention of stepping into a coaching role, and fully intends to continue his career as a player.“

In the wake of Cloud9’s acquisition of autimatic, TSM’s CS:GO roster is still currently one player short and will be utilizing former NRG eSports rifler Justin “just9n” Ortiz in the near future as a stand-in. The loss of autimatic must come as a major disappointment for the roster, which made a deep run at the Esports Championship Series finals in June, with an impressive performance against reigning world champions SK Gaming in the semifinals.

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 20 2017 - 9:49 pm

IEM Katowice’s CS:GO tournament is going to be awesome

The final two invites went out today, and the tournament's guaranteed to be exciting.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

The final two teams to be invited to one of the year's biggest events have been announced.

FaZe Clan and Danish soccer club FC Copenhagen's esports venture, North, will be attending IEM Katowice's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finals from Mar. 1-5, ESL announced today. The teams, which showed impressive form towards the end of 2016 at multiple international LAN events, will be competing against some of the best teams in the world.

The two teams are also the last to receive invitations to the event, as four teams will be added after a series of online qualifiers. In total, three more European teams will be attending IEM Katowice, as well as one North American team. With an already-stacked ensemble of teams ready to attend, such as Brazil's SK Gaming, Polish hometown heroes Virtus Pro, and Denmark's top team Astralis, the four teams that will be advancing through the online qualifiers will be making an already-competitive event all the more fierce.

In October 2016, the current North roster, which was signed to Dignitas at the time, took home the $500,000 EPICENTER event in Moscow. Aside from being one of the biggest events of the year, it had all the top teams in the world in attendance. Since then, however, North has struggled to live up to the expectations placed upon them, and have recently fallen short at nearly all events they have attended since.

The opposite can be said about FaZe, since the team picked up former Astralis in-game leader Finn "Karrigan" Andersen. Since Karrigan's arrival, FaZe have had their best results since the team's inception, and have looked stronger at each event they have attended.

Taking place roughly one month after the ELEAGUE Major, which begins on Jan. 22, IEM Katowice will likely be the debut tournament of several new rosters—so make sure to keep an eye on what could be one of the biggest CS:GO events of the year.