Aug 3 2014 - 6:13 pm

Best 'Counter-Strike' and 'Call of Duty' teams in the world eliminated at Gfinity 3

The best first-person shooter teams in the world descended on London for Gfinity 3 this weekend, aiming to earn the large portion of the $55,000 available for Call of Duty: Ghosts, and the $45,000 awarded for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

The best first-person shooter teams in the world descended on London for Gfinity 3 this weekend, aiming to earn the large portion of the $55,000 available for Call of Duty: Ghostsand the $45,000 awarded for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

But the two favorites won’t be taking home any of that prize pool.

Call of Duty champions Evil Geniuses, winners of the million-dollar tournament Call of Duty Champions and the most dominant team of the year, bombed out in the first round of bracket play.

In Counter-Strike, Ninjas in Pyjamas, the Swedish team that’s dominated the scene and sits atop HLTV.org’s team rankings, suffered a similar fate after barely surviving group play, thanks to a tie-breaker.

That's incredible, considering just how dominant the two teams have been in their scenes over the past few years.

Evil Geniuses won the most recent major tournament, the Major League Gaming (MLG) Championship Anaheim in June. But they’ve struggled recently, posting just a 4-4 record in the MLG Call of Duty League Season 3. In London, Evil Geniuses suffered an early loss in the group stage to Team Kaliber, setting the stage for their disappointing 0-3 loss to FaZe in the quarterfinals.

The winners of the last two Gfinity events, Evil Geniuses bombing out of the tournament, and getting swept in two series, is simply shocking.

Some blame the poor showing on the new competitive ruleset implemented before the current MLG League season, which changed the weapon loadouts available to players. Evil Geniuses captain Patrick "ACHES" Price was adamant the rules helped his team, but a result like this raises questions.

But Evil Geniuses aren’t the only favorites suffering upsets. Bitter rival OpTic Gaming, who lost to Evil Geniuses in the MLG Anaheim final, lost their chance at a tournament victory with their primary competitor out of the way when they fell to surprise finalist EnVyUs.

In Counter-Strike, the upset bug was also in full force. Ninjas in Pyjamas may have their up and downs. They entered the tournament after a lengthy vacation, meaning they likely were not at top form. But no one thought they’d nearly bomb out of the event in a group stage that featured lower tier teams like Infused.

Ninjas in Pyjamas put together a 2-3 record in their group, losing to American squad iBuyPower, FNATIC, and French team Epsilon. They narrowly survived the group thanks to a tie-breaker. The wrong tie-breaker, based off most tournament rules. Ninjas in Pyjamas tied Epsilon with a 2-3 record, but Epsilon had already beat them in the tournament. At most events, that means Epsilon would go through. At Gfinity, though, it meant Ninjas in Pyjamas would live to fight another day, since they had won 70 rounds compared to Epsilon’s 63.

The Swedish champions would not take advantage of the second life they were gifted. Danish team Dignitas, one of the surprises of the tournament so far, would dispatch them in short order in the quarterfinals.

Gfinity 3 is shaping up to be a great tournament, one where any number of teams are making a name for themselves by toppling champions or winning the event.

Screengrab via Gfinity 

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.

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.