Sep 16 2016 - 10:43 am

ELEAGUE season two lineup completed after North American preliminaries

After four teams advanced from the North American preliminary rounds, the lineup for ELEAGUE's sophomore season is now complete
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

After four teams advanced from the North American preliminary rounds, the lineup for ELEAGUE's sophomore season is now complete.

SK Gaming, Optic Gaming, Immortals and Echo Fox managed to grab the four available North America spots in a stacked qualifier.

The eight sides who reached the playoffs last season—, Fnatic, Mousesports, Na`Vi, EnVyUs, Cloud9, Astralis and Ninjas in Pyjamas—were granted an automatic berth to the group stage. The other 16 teams were separated out into their regions and joined by open qualifiers.

The North American qualifier included 11 sides from the first ELEAGUE season, including SK Gaming who were removed from the tournament after acquiring the lineup of Luminosity Gaming.

SK had a relatively easy path to qualification, beating open qualifiers Muffin Lightning before eliminating fellow season one competitors NRG eSports without dropping a map in either match. The double major winners will now be one of the favorites to win the second season.

Immortals will be one of just two new entrants for the second season of ELEAGUE. The Brazilians, who many felt were overlooked for season one while still under the banner of Tempo Storm, echoed their countrymen SK Gaming with a clean sweep of 2-0 victories against Blight Gaming and Team SoloMid.

While there were no upsets for the Brazilian sides, Echo Fox surprised Team Liquid to take a 2-1 win and retain their spot in ELEAGUE. Echo Fox will be the only one of the first season's bottom six sides to return for the second season.

Optic Gaming clinched the final place with a 2-0 win over Renegades.

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.