Sep 8 2016 - 2:18 pm

ELEAGUE's CS:GO qualifiers for EU are almost over

Season two of TBS’ ELEAGUE Counter-Strike competition is here, with the European closed qualifier kicking off yesterday
Josh Raven
Dot Esports

Season two of TBS’ ELEAGUE Counter-Strike competition is here, with the European closed qualifier kicking off yesterday.

The tournament sees some of the world’s best European teams compete against squads that qualified through the open qualifiers, to determine which of the 16 teams will earn one of the four spots in the $1.4 million league. Based at the Turner studios in Atlanta, the main league kicks off next month.

G2 Esports secured an easy victory over the ironically named Walkovers side. Walkovers secured their spot in the qualifier by defeating eSuba in the final European open on Monday, but the Danish side was clearly no match for the French team. G2 go on to face Polish outfit Kinguin today in a do-or-die match, to decide which side qualifies for ELEAGUE. Kinguin emerged with a 2-1 victory in their first round matchup against Tricked Esports. G2 are no doubt the favorites for today’s showdown, but they must be wary of the second-best team out of Poland behind Virtus Pro.

Team Dignitas also secured a victory in round one. The side took down Kazakh lineup Tengri 2-1, after a surprising performance from their relatively unknown opponents. Their relief from the win is only temporary as they prepare to face a high flying Gambit Gaming today. Gambit had no problems against Swedish side Passions and look to pick up where they left off earlier in the year, when they looked like potential tier one candidates at the majors.

Lithuanian side Xpresive Club gave FaZe Clan a run when they took the opening game in dominating fashion, but the heavy favourites FaZe came back to secure a victory, and to set up a fixture against Hellraisers. The Ukrainians haven’t been in the best form recently, and FaZe certainly go into the tie as favourites. New pick up Aleksi “Allu” Jalli will have to ensure he’s on form if FaZe are to progress without a worry.

The final matchup of the day featured what is perhaps now one of the best teams on the planet. Godsent, after their shocking roster swap with Fnatic, had no issues dispatching Norwegian side Deadweight and will look to ensure a quick and easy ELEAGUE qualification by toppling Alternate Attax. The German side took a surprise victory over Flipsid3 in the first round, but defeating Godsent will be an immensely tougher task.

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.