Sep 9 2016 - 4:04 pm

More surprise knockouts in CS:GO, this time at Starseries

There were upsets across the board at the Starladder Starseries offline finals today as three of the world’s best left Kiev early
Josh Raven
Dot Esports

There were upsets across the board at the Starladder Starseries offline finals today as three of the world’s best left Kiev early.

Just weeks after a game-changing roster swap, in which Godsent acquired three of the best players in the world from Fnatic, they find themselves struggling to adapt to the new lineup. The side started their campaign with a victory over Team Dignitas, but a loss to fellow Swedes Ninjas in Pyjamas meant that a rematch with Dignitas was on the cards. A star performance from Emil “Magiskb0y” Reif helped secure a swift 2-0 victory over Godsent, sending one of the favorites out. 

The defeat wraps up a disappointing showing from the side at the Starseries finals, especially from Jesper “JW” Wecksell and Andreas “Znajder” Lindberg.

FaZe Clan were next to disappoint. They fell out in the group stage after a shocking loss to Flipsid3, who entered the tournament in a terrible run of form. Before today’s win over FaZe, they'd failed to pick up a best-of-three victory since defeating NiP at ESL One Cologne two months ago. Despite the best efforts of Joakim “Jkaem” Myrbostad, who picked up 75 kills over three games, Flipsid3 emerged victorious, securing the final map with a scoreline of 16-14.

Chinese side TyLoo were up to same old tricks with a surprise upset victory of Na’Vi in the opening group game. That put the side against Astralis in the survival match. The showdown took place on Dust 2 and required one overtime to see Astralis take the victory, sending Na’Vi crashing out of the tournament on their own home turf. New pickup Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostylev was underwhelming and could have made the difference with just a slightly better performance.

All three sides have recently undergone roster changes which could have impacted their performance at the tournament. Godsent brought in three players, while FaZe and Na’Vi both have one new addition each. It’s unlikely a disappointing performance at one event will cause major issues, but they’ll all be hoping to get back on track in the near future.

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.

However, few spectators 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, in which Kinguin fought a close game against the favorites on Dust2, and closed the series out with a decisive 16-5 victory on Mirage.

However, not even EnVyUs participation in the grand final was guaranteed, 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.