Jan 10 2017 - 7:15 pm

GODSENT won't be attending DreamHack Masters Las Vegas

The Swedes went out in unexpected fashion.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

The final European teams competing at the upcoming $450,000 DreamHack Masters Las Vegas event were decided last night, but a shocking upset saw one of the qualifier's favorites knocked out of contention.

By the end of the closed qualifier, Fnatic, mousesports, Gambit, and FaZe Clan stood as victors and now join the impressive cadre of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams that will be attending the event. With teams like Virtus pro, Astralis, OpTic Gaming, SK Gaming, and North attending, DreamHack Masters Las Vegas is shaping up to be one of the most stacked events to take place following the conclusion of the ELEAGUE Major on Jan. 29.

Despite the four qualifying teams' best efforts, the big talking point of the evening was GODSENT. The Swedish roster, which includes three of the Fnatic players that competed during the organization's dominance, recently showed incredible promise at the ELEAGUE Major qualifiers this past month. Winning all three of their games, the team left the qualifiers undefeated, and secured a spot at the upcoming ELEAGUE Major in emphatic fashion.

But despite their impressive showing in Atlanta, GODSENT suffered a shocking defeat in last night's qualifier, as the team was eliminated by underdogs Pride. Hailing from Poland, the roster defeated GODSENT by a 2-1 map score in what could be argued was Pride's most significant match yet.

Heading into their final match against Gambit, Pride looked impressive and scored a map win on Overpass. The veterans on Gambit fought back, however, and eventually eliminated the Polish underdogs in a brutal 16-6 performance on dust2.

Despite being one game shy of qualifying, Pride made a statement in yesterday's games. The same can be said for GODSENT, who keep showing flashes of brilliance only to disappoint at the most important moments.

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.