Sep 11 2016 - 3:24 pm

Fer returns to SK Gaming lineup after recovering from surgery

After spending roughly a month in recovery, SK Gaming will once again be competing with its full line-up as Fernando “fer” Alvarenga has been given the green light to compete
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

After spending roughly a month in recovery, SK Gaming will once again be competing with its full line-up as Fernando “fer” Alvarenga has been given the green light to compete.

On Aug. 9, the entry-fragger wrote on social media that he would be missing out on at least a month of competition due to undergoing two separate operations—one for reduced hearing in one of the player’s ears, and an additional surgery to improve breathing through his nose. As a result, former Immortals rifler Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves stood in for the two-time major champions during this period.

However, the addition of SHOOWTiME proved to be quite controversial. SK Gaming currently have a 2-4 record in the ongoing season of ESL Pro League, which includes losing 16-0 to Renegades. The relationship between the stand-in and the team’s star Marcelo “coldzera” David broke down to the point where coldzera made a number of public comments, criticising the stand-in.

With fer back in the fold, SK Gaming will look to return to its winning ways. The team is already off to a good start as fer’s first series since his return ended in a resounding victory for the reigning world champions. Playing in the Esports Championship Series’ North American Development League, SK Gaming defeated fellow countrymen paiN Gaming in an incredibly one-sided series, winning both games decisively.

Due to changing from Luminosity Gaming to SK, the Brazilian side lost their spot in the ECS league. The team are however heavy favorites to return through the Developmental League. 

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.