Sep 25 2016 - 6:31 pm

EnVyUs CS:GO look to regain their crown after convincing victory at Gfinity Invitational

French Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major champions EnVyUs have claimed their second tournament victory in 2016, after defeating mousesports at the Gfinity Invitational
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

French Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major champions EnVyUs have claimed their second tournament victory in 2016, after defeating mousesports at the Gfinity Invitational.

EnVyUs, mousesports, GODSENT, and Epsilon went head-to-head in a two-day single-elimination bracket. By winning two best-of-five series’, one team would take home the lion’s share of the $100,000 prize pool. While obviously not the most prestigious of events, given that not a single top-five team in the world was present, each squad at the event had something to prove. Out of the four teams, EnVyUs was expected to make the finals after being drawn against the Swedish Epsilon squad, and as expected EnVyUs defeated the Swedes 3-1 in maps.

However, most spectators kept an eye on the second semifinal featuring mousesports and GODSENT. With both teams recently making roster changes, which on paper looked as if it’d propel each team to the next level, both mousesports and GODSENT have struggled to achieve any noteworthy results.

The new mousesports roster will now be able to say that it has at least attended a European LAN final, as the team trounced GODSENT in the semifinals after winning the series 3-1, furthering the Swedish line-up’s descent into obscurity.

For mousesports, however, there’d be little to cheer for in the grand finals, as EnVyUs won the series in a 3-0 sweep. This is not to say that the matches were one-sided, in fact mousesports successfully won more than ten rounds per map, constantly nipping at the heels of their French opponents. In the end, the valiant efforts of Chris “chrisJ” De Jong and Niko “NiKo” Kovač proved to be futile against EnVyUs, as both Dan “apEX” Madesclaire and Kenny “kennyS” Schrub decimated their opponents with more than 80 kills respectively at the conclusion of the series.

Jan 15 2017 - 5:34 pm

EnVyUs crowned WESG champions

The French CS:GO team's victory earned them an astounding $800,000.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

In the first major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event of 2017, French side EnVyUs picked up a huge win—and an even bigger purse.

The French squad barrelled through surprise finalists Team Kinguin in two extremely one-sided maps. Following their decisive victory, EnVyUs took their place on the podium and will be leaving China $800,000 richer.

Few spectators, however, could have imagined that Kinguin would be one of the teams competing in the finals of this massive $1.5 million event.

The day started out with an incredible upset, as Polish super-squad Virtus pro were eliminated from the event after a surprise defeat in the semifinals to their countrymen in Kinguin.

The match was over in only two maps. Kinguin fought a close game against the favorites on Dust2, and closed the series out with a decisive 16-5 victory on Mirage.

Not even EnVyUs' participation in the grand final was guaranteed, however, as the French squad fought a three-game series against Turkish representatives Space Soldiers. Known primarily for its 21-year-old star rifle player Can "XANTARES" Dörtkarde, the entire Turkish squad battled the French team across three maps.

EnVyUs escaped elimination narrowly, and took the final map of the series, winning 16-14.

With the ELEAGUE Major just around the corner, EnVyUs will be riding a wave of momentum, while Virtus Pro will have to regroup and refocus.

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.