Jul 30 2016 - 11:38 pm

Virtus Pro decimates Fnatic in ELEAGUE grand final

The longest-standing roster in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive made history again today, as Virtus Pro took the grand prize at the season one finale of ELEAGUE live on TBS
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

The longest-standing roster in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive made history again today, as Virtus Pro took the grand prize at the season one finale of ELEAGUE live on TBS.

Their performance today was a dramatic return to form for the legendary Polish side, who had been heavily panned for their poor performances for much of the year. A roster move seemed inevitable prior to the ESL One Cologne Major in Jul. 5, but since Virtus’ top eight placing at the Major the team has found another peak in performance.

Similar to the Poles' dominant performance in the semifinals against mousesports, Virtus showed an absolute lack of mercy towards Fnatic in the grand finals. Even after the Swedes established an early 7-1 lead on series opener Cobblestone, Virtus came together and slowly grinded out six rounds on the first half. Once Virtus got on the terrorist side, it was all over for Fnatic as the Poles only dropped one round throughout the second half.

The second map of the series, Mirage, was an even stronger display of power from Virtus, who never let up on either half. Fnatic threw everything it had against the Poles, but it didn’t seem to matter as Virtus’ Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski delivered a monstrous performance. His 30 kills pushed him to the top of scoreboard.

In the post-series interview, Virtus Pro’s Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas said that Virtus Pro “is back.” The 30-year-old confessed that their slump of the past few months was only overcome by the roster’s newfound trust in each other.

The trust definitely paid off. Aside from being crowned champions of ELEAGUE’s inaugural season, Virtus also leave the tournament with $390,000 in prize money. Now the only question is whether Virtus will be able to defend their title in the league’s second season later this 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.