Aug 15 2016 - 1:06 pm

Player swap brings an end to legendary Fnatic roster

One of the most storied teams in all of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive history has dramatically restructured its roster as three players have decided to exit the team
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

One of the most storied teams in all of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive history has dramatically restructured its roster as three players have decided to exit the team.

Robin “flusha” Rönnquist, Jesper “JW” Wecksell, and Freddy “krimz” Johansson will now be playing under the banner of GODSENT, which features former Fnatic mastermind Markus “pronax” Wallsten. In fact, GODSENT now houses four members from the lineup that won the very first major in November 2013.

Meanwhile, Fnatic will bring on the GODSENT duo Jonas “lekr0” Olofsson and Simon “twist” Eliasson, as well as the team’s substitute player John “wenton” Eriksson.

Viktor “vuggo” Jendeby confirmed to Dot Esports that Fnatic will have to requalify for Valve’s major circuit, as the majority of its starting roster has departed from the team. This also means that GODSENT have inherited the spot left by Fnatic, meaning they will receive an automatic invitation to the next CS:GO major.

This comes as a tremendous shock in the Swedish scene, as Fnatic started 2016 as the best team in the world, with a total of six straight first-place finishes in international competition. This also seems to be the case for former Fnatic AWPer JW.

“The day I never thought would come is sadly here,” JW said in the official news release. He continued: “Our results have not been satisfying to all of us lately and I guess you can say that these internal pressures test friendships, unfortunately we did not pass that test. What we achieved over the years together can only be described as amazing, with some of the most enjoyable moments of my life… Thank you to all who’ve been a part of that journey.”

The Fnatic roster struggled since April of this year. Star player Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer had to spend two months on the sidelines after being injured, drastically reducing the firepower the legendary Swedish side was able to put out. Even after the star’s return to the competition in June, the squad never showed the same level of dominance and failed to take home a title at both the ESL One Cologne major and the ELEAGUE Season 1 finals.

The new GODSENT roster will be playing its debut later tonight at 1pm CT in the ESL-ESEA Pro-League Wild Card match against Virtus Pro.

Jan 18 2017 - 10:32 pm

OpTic, Cloud9 join line-up for IEM Katowice

With only half of the CS:GO teams in place, the event is already looking stacked.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Less than two weeks after the first Valve Major of the year, some of the strongest teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be making their way to Katowice for a shot at yet another impressive $250,000 prize pool.

North American elite squads OpTic Gaming and Cloud9 will be joining the previously invited teams at IEM Katowice from March 1-5, ESL announced today. The two North American teams will make an already-stacked event all the more competitive, as reigning Valve Major champions SK Gaming—alongside Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis, and Virtus Pro—have already been invited to attend.

OpTic and Cloud9 shocked the world towards the end of 2016, each taking home one international LAN tournament each. Cloud9's performance was particularly impressive. Their victory at the ESL Pro League Season 4 finals last October was the first international LAN victory for the North American region in nearly 11 years.

While these teams alone make the event stacked, they are only half of the teams that will be competing at IEM Katowice, as 12 teams in total will be fighting for the title. Two more teams are still slated to be invited, while an additional three teams from Europe and one more North American team secure their participation at the event through online qualifiers.

CS:GO is off to a hot start in 2017, and with more skilled teams around than ever before IEM Katowice is looking to become one of the most anticipated events of the year.

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.