Sep 11 2016 - 7:42 pm

Ninjas in Pyjamas triumph at StarSeries Season 2 LAN finals

On the fifth and final day of the $300,000 StarSeries i-League Season 2 LAN finals, one of the most legendary rosters in Counter-Strike returned to the podium after a period of poor form
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

On the fifth and final day of the $300,000 StarSeries i-League Season 2 LAN finals, one of the most legendary rosters in Counter-Strike returned to the podium after a period of poor form.

The grand final saw Ninjas in Pyjamas completely decimate their opponents G2 Esports on opening map Cache, completely shutting the French side out despite the squad’s impressive performance throughout the event, ending the map 16-7. The scoreboard was dominated by the Swedes, as Adam “friberg” Friberg and Richard “Xizt” Landström put up strong performances as the two players had 38 kills between them.

G2 came back in the initial stages of Overpass, but NiP regained control and grabbed a lead heading into the second half. The second map was plagued by lag and server instability, causing controversy when G2 claimed they had lost a round because of it. After a prolonged break, the admin ruled that the lag didn’t affect the outcome of the round and the map would continue.

G2 began regaining lost ground and eventually tied up the rounds at 10-10 and built a small round lead. The Ninjas were on hot the french trail however, and rebounded after being down by two rounds.

NiP looked primed to take the second map after surpassing G2’s round score, but G2 fought back and miraculously succeeded in forcing the game into overtime surviving three championship points. Both teams kept on trading blows, and the map didn’t end up being decided until the fourth round of double overtime. Giving NiP the series and its first title in more than half a year.

Earlier in the day Ninjas in Pyjamas had ended the American hopes of Cloud9, with G2 besting Team Dignitas to reach the final. 

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.