Mar 24 2014 - 3:54 pm

Braxton 'Swag' Pierce traded from Complexity to iBUYPOWER

Braxton “Swag” Pierce, by most accounts the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player in North America, has been traded from Complexity to iBUYPOWER, a source with close knowledge of the issue confirmed to the Daily Dot
Patrick Howell O'Neill
Dot Esports

Braxton “Swag” Pierce, by most accounts the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player in North America, has been traded from Complexity to iBUYPOWER, a source with close knowledge of the issue confirmed to the Daily Dot. In return, Complexity will be picking up Todd “Anger” Williams from their rivals. The trade between two of the top teams in the United States has the potential to shake up the Counter-Strike landscape.

Pierce led Complexity to solid finishes at the recent Katowice championships and DreamHack Winter in December 2013, racking up the team's best statistical performances in both tournaments. He's also only 17, making him one of the youngest players competing at the top tier of the game.

iBUYPOWER, widely considered the number two team in the nation, took home the $20,000 ESEA-Invite championship in January with big wins over Complexity and the French team Titan. Complexity has had the last laugh, though, finishing in 5th place at EMS One Katowice while iBUYPOWER was eliminated early.

There are more roster moves for iBUYPOWER on the horizon after Eric "adreN" Hoag, one of the team's top players, left iBUYPOWER after taking a job outside of esports just last week. iBUYPOWER now has only four of the five players required to compete.

Pierce’s departure from Complexity was initially misunderstood by some staff and fans to be a unilateral removal by Complexity management. In fact, Pierce chose to leave his team for as yet unknown reasons. Complexity and iBUYPOWER management spoke at length about the issue and came to the trade agreement for Pierce and Williams yesterday.

This wasn't a trade in the traditional sense. Instead, while Pierce was transferred directly from Complexity to iBUYPOWER, Williams was released from iBUYPOWER into free agency and then quickly picked up by Complexity.

Williams has been hinting at the move on Twitter for days now.

Complexity and iBUYPOWER are slated to play each other twice during this season of ESEA Invite, the highest level of play in the United States.

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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
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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
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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.