Aug 17 2016 - 5:18 pm

Plenty of player debuts in CS:GO tonight as the scene returns from a 2-week break

Professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive returns tonight after an unofficial two week break and we’re set to see a plethora of new signings debut after a flurry of roster changes
Josh Raven
Dot Esports

Professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive returns tonight after an unofficial two week break and we’re set to see a plethora of new signings debut after a flurry of roster changes.

First up, ENCE will take on MK in ESEA Premier without Aleksi “Allu” Jalli. The former Ninjas in Pyjamas AWP player left the side recently in favour of FaZe, and ENCE will be left to fill the spot with former pro-turned-analyst Joona “natu” Leppanen.

While his former teammates battle it out in Premier, Allu will be stepping back into the spotlight with FaZe. The multi-national side takes on Team X, formerly SK Gaming. This will be the first time FaZe will perform without Portuguese AWPer Ricardo “Fox” Pacheco. Allu has a point to prove after failing to find success with ENCE.

Legendary Swedish side NiP will be without Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi, who is suffering from a hand injury. They'll take on Virtus Pro with stand-in Joakim “Disco Doplan” Gidetun. The young Swede has garnered a lot of praise from his time in Epsilon and will be looking to prove that he’s the real deal when he comes up against the ELEAGUE season one champions this evening.

Over in North America, Counter Logic Gaming will hopefully have some good news for their fans. The team is currently on the mend after losing key player Tarik “Tarik” Celik, and former coach Faruk “Pita” Pita. The team added Ethan “Nahte” Arnold and Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik to their roster on ESEA, so it looks likely these two will be in for now at least. Neither player has a substantial history in CS:GO, so fans will be hoping that the team has found some talented youngsters to take up the mantle. Their first test will come against OpTic Gaming, which hasn't yet changed its roster.

Both Cloud9 and Team Liquid will showcase new members when they meet in the Pro League tonight. Cloud9 look likely to field Timothy “Autimatic” Ta after members confirmed the player was trialling with the side. Former in-game leader Alec “Slemmy” White has reportedly been cut from the starting lineup. Team Liquid will finally get the chance to use Jacob “Pimp” Winneche, who officially signed in June, but hadn’t been available for use. The former SK man steps in to replace Oleksandr “S1mple” Kosyliev, and certainly has some big shoes to fill.

The debut we’re all waiting for will be coming on Saturday, when S1mple and Na’Vi kick off their Pro League campaign. Thankfully, there’s plenty of new and interesting rosters debuting tonight to keep things interesting.

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.

Jan 15 2017 - 8:00 pm

FlipSid3 take home DreamHack Leipzig title

The team didn't drop a single map throughout the tournament.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Flipsid3 Tactics claimed the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title in the organization's history, dominating their opponents at DreamHack Leipzig.

Without dropping a single map throughout the event, FlipSid3 emerged as champions of DreamHack Leipzig after a convincing 2-0 victory in the event's grand finals. But despite its impressive record the team, which features CS 1.6 legend Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, did struggle at certain points throughout the final series against crowd favorites BIG.

While the German favorites were able to take eleven rounds in both maps of the series, FlipSid3 were always one step ahead. This was particularly obvious in regards to the team's latest recruit, Denis "electronic" Sharipov. The Russian player dominated in terms of statistics, as he tallied the highest number of kills in the grand final, earning him an ADR (Average Damage per Round) of 102.

While FlipSid3 finally taking home an international LAN is a big story in and of itself, BIG's performance at the event is almost an equally as notable achievement.

Having only assembled the roster on Jan. 2, DreamHack Leipzig was BIG's LAN debut. The roster, which contains names such as in-game leader Faith "gob b" Dayik and recent AWP star Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus impressed throughout the tournament. The team's 0-2 defeat against FlipSid3 was far from one-sided, as BIG were consistently able to impress against the Eastern European team.

BIG had upset Group A winners Heroic in the semifinals, taking a 2-1 victory, while Flipsid3 had swept aside the challenge of French side LDLC.

Flipsid3 will look to carry this momentum into next week's $1 million ELEAGUE Major, where they will face FaZe Clan in their first swiss stage clash.

Despite not being the most competitive event, DreamHack Leipzig brought a considerable amount of excitement and has already set 2017 off to a flying start.