Jul 30 2016 - 3:10 pm

Fnatic and Virtus Pro advance to first-ever ELEAGUE final

Fnatic and Virtus Pro booked their place in the ELEAGUE final with a pair of commanding performances in the semifinals
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

Fnatic and Virtus Pro booked their place in the ELEAGUE final with a pair of commanding performances in the semifinals.

Neither team dropped a map in their semifinals, setting up a mouthwatering finals clash.

Fnatic bested old rivals Natus Vincere (Na`Vi) in the first game of the day. Fnatic's map, Cobblestone, saw the team return to their vintage best, winning 12 rounds in a row after losing the first three. Na`Vi were unable to get any foothold in the game. Despite winning both pistol rounds the team were only able to pick up two more rounds.

Despite Na`Vi's terrorist side supposedly being stronger, Fnatic took the first half 12-3 before an eventual 16-4 win. The map provided some great highlight reel moments, like Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's incredible 1v3.

The second map, Train, was a little bit closer. The teams traded rounds back and forth, but Na`Vi managed to control Fnatic's economy at a crucial time to bring the score level at 14-14. When it mattered, Fnatic's stars were able to come up big and take a 16-14 win.

Virtus Pro's veteran lineup were also able to secure a 2-0 win over unlikely semifinalists mousesports. Despite an early 0-4 deficit on Train, Virtus were able to take the next six rounds to establish an advantage. Finishing out the half 9-6, the Polish team decisively closed out the game in the second period for a 16-7 victory.

The teams moved on to Cache, and Mouse looked like they might be able to take a win after leading 9-6 at the half. But Virtus once again stepped into gear, winning 10 of 11 rounds in the second half to win 16-10 and book their finals place.

Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski and Paweł 'byali' Bieliński took the plaudits for Virtus, both finishing one shy of 50 kills. Mouse's Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač, who many hail as the best in the world and has carried his team to this point, managed just 22 frags among 38 deaths—the second worst ratio on the team.

Fnatic and Virtus will meet for the ELEAGUE trophy at 4pm EDT (1pm PDT) this afternoon. 

Jan 8 2017 - 4:08 pm

Hades to miss WESG, accused of "LAN dodging"

The player failed to get a visa, leaving his team in the lurch.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Image via Valve

A Canadian Counter-Strike player has been accused of "LAN-dodging" after failing to get a visa for the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) in China next week.

Warren "hades" Rettich, who was due to play for Canadian side subtLe in the finals, has withdrawn from the event due to not applying for his visa in time—something his teammates claim he did deliberately.

Team mate Ellis "els" Clay posted a Twitlonger, containing screenshots of messages from hades where he claimed to have applied for the visa as earlier as December 20. However this was not the case and once the groups were released, placing subtLe against tournament favorites like Virtus Pro and EnVyUs, hades was having second thoughts about even bothering to compete.

After leaving it until the very last possible minute to have a chance of applying, hades cited an unspecified issue with his application that would mean he would have to miss the tournament.

Els leaves no doubt that he believes hades is deliberately missing the tournament, severely handicapping the chances of his team mates.

SubtLe were already severely hampered in their preparation for the tournament after Paul "Nerdy" Gill received a VAC ban two weeks ago. The team turned to David "DAVEY" Stafford, formerly of Splyce, to step in.

The controversy has provoked the ire of many in the North American Counter-Strike community.

SubtLe qualified for WESG after finishing second in the Americas qualifier. They will be the sole Canadian representatives, after a Canadian squad featuring DAVEY, Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski, and Damian "daps" Steele could not get visas for the Americas qualifier.

They will face a stern test in what many are calling the group of death against Virtus Pro, EnVyUs, Team Epsilon, Russia, and Team One of Brazil.

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.