Jul 28 2016 - 8:20 pm

North America secures spot at the CS:GO World Championship

In a battle between North and South, the national North American roster have secured their spot at the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive World Championship after a 3-0 victory against Canada
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

In a battle between North and South, the national North American roster have secured their spot at the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive World Championship after a 3-0 victory against Canada.

Taking place in Belgrade, Serbia from Oct. 5 to 9, the World Championship is offering a $150,000 prize pool and will see competitors from all over the world battle in one of the few truly international events around.

The North American team consisted of players from Cloud9, Team Liquid, and OpTic Gaming, and it was Liquid’s Spencer “HiKo” Martin that impressed the most throughout the grand finals. Topping the scoreboard in two of the three maps, HiKo ended the series with 84-50 in kills/deaths and an ADR of 94.2, a rating that far exceeded anyone else on the server with team mate Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert coming in second at 82.2.

This is not to say that HiKo was the only name to impress, as Canada’s Michael “Uber” Stapells came alive on series closer Cobblestone. Despite this, it was too late for the Canadians, who eventually dropped the map with a 16-12 scoreline and lost the series without scoring a single map win.

As of now, there are only two continents missing before the list of competitors is completed: Europe and Africa. No qualifier dates have been set at the time of publication.

The tournament is not without controversy, however. Last year’s iteration of the World Championship was plagued by constant delays, production issues, and even allegations of cheating at the live event. With most of the criticism stemming from its broadcast talent and competitors, word quickly got out to the general public and created a tremendous surge of complaints levied at E-frag, the organizers behind the World Championship.

In an interview with Aftonbladet Esport on Feb. 22 this year, one of the minds behind the event, Mohamed ”Availer” Zardab, explained how the company aims to secure the quality of their tournament for this year’s iteration.

“We’ve definitely taken all the critique seriously,” he said. “Important changes we’ll make includes; starting with preparing the production two days before the event so we can test systems properly, making sure we use an arena with better infrastructure so we can get have more solid DDoS protection, providing better catering and comfort for the talent team and making sure we have a high quality asset list as we didn’t last year.”

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.

Jan 15 2017 - 5:34 pm

EnVyUs crowned WESG champions

The French CS:GO team's victory earned them an astounding $800,000.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

In the first major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event of 2017, French side EnVyUs picked up a huge win—and an even bigger purse.

The French squad barrelled through surprise finalists Team Kinguin in two extremely one-sided maps. Following their decisive victory, EnVyUs took their place on the podium and will be leaving China $800,000 richer.

Few spectators, however, could have imagined that Kinguin would be one of the teams competing in the finals of this massive $1.5 million event.

The day started out with an incredible upset, as Polish super-squad Virtus pro were eliminated from the event after a surprise defeat in the semifinals to their countrymen in Kinguin.

The match was over in only two maps. Kinguin fought a close game against the favorites on Dust2, and closed the series out with a decisive 16-5 victory on Mirage.

Not even EnVyUs' participation in the grand final was guaranteed, however, as the French squad fought a three-game series against Turkish representatives Space Soldiers. Known primarily for its 21-year-old star rifle player Can "XANTARES" Dörtkarde, the entire Turkish squad battled the French team across three maps.

EnVyUs escaped elimination narrowly, and took the final map of the series, winning 16-14.

With the ELEAGUE Major just around the corner, EnVyUs will be riding a wave of momentum, while Virtus Pro will have to regroup and refocus.