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Signs on with Rogue
July 24, 2017
vice will join Rogue, the organization announced on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
vice has dabbled with a variety of North American rosters during the past calendar year, including eUnited and Engima6 Group, so it seems like a natural progression to Rogue, an organization eager to make a name for itself in the US. He'll join a roster littered with talent, including well-known player Hiko.
Joining Rogue
July 24, 2017
Hiko will join Rogue after the team acquired Enigma6's spot in the ESL Pro League Season 6 North America.
ANALYSIS
Hiko is likely the biggest name on a roster that is still looking for a fifth member. The former OpTic Gaming stand-in will join Rogue not as the in-game leader, a role that he's held with OpTic throughout his time with the organization -- instead ceding the role to shinobi.
Set to join Rogue
July 24, 2017
shinobi will join Rogue after the organization acquired Enigma6's spot in ESL Pro League Season 6 North America, the team announced on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
shinobi will act as the in-game leader for a team that put together inconsistent matches as part of Enigma6. Still, the talent level on the roster is undeniable, and likely represents the strongest team Rogue has rostered since its inception in CS:GO.
Could be benched in the coming days
July 24, 2017
Magisk is expected to be benched in the coming days, Flick Shot reported on Monday.
ANALYSIS
While North did qualify for the playoffs of the PGL Major Krakow, a disappointing 5th-8th place finish seemed to suggest a roster move was imminent. The team appeared to have peaked with its first place finish at the European ESL Pro League Season 5 back in May, finishing second at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals in June before dropping to a 9th-11th place finish at ESL One: Cologne 2017 to begin July. Two names have already surfaced as a possible replacement for Magisk, the first being former Heroic member valde, who left the team in May. However, North could also opt to promote from within, bringing up the fast-rising mertz from the North Academy to fill the role instead. More information regarding a potential roster change should arrive in the coming days.
Crushes FaZe Clan on Day 1
July 19, 2017
nex powered his way past FaZe Clan on Sunday with a 23/11 KD on Inferno at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
nex started the series on the offensive side getting the initial bomb plant on the A-bombsite, but the defensive retake resulted in a defuse. After giving up the first five rounds, nex then marched back in Round 6 with a bomb plant on the A-bombsite, which forced the defense to save their weapons, down 4-2. The following round nex picked up a double entry kill and a double post-plant hold to secure the B-bombsite and Round 7. Trailing late in the first half, nex rallied back, winning three rounds in a row with two or more frags to help take the first half 8-7. An individually slower second-half start still resulted in a dominant 16-8 win, picking up the triple kill on the B-bombsite in Round 21. nex only gave up one offensive round in the second half and soared past FaZe Clan with a 98.7 ADR.
Goes off on FaZe Clan on Inferno
July 19, 2017
tabseN earned a solid 23/13 KD on Sunday with a win over FaZe Clan on Inferno at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
tabseN had a slow start to Inferno on the offensive side facing a 4-0 deficit early on, but a Round 8 triple entry kill into the A-bombsite tied the game. The late comeback in the first half resulted in tabseN playing more aggressive on the offense, spreading apart the defense to pounce in Round 13 with a triple kill down the middle, ending the half up 8-7. tabseN had a monstrous second half, starting with an aggressive triple kill down the middle to take the pistol. He then followed up the next two anti-eco's with an aggressive double-kill push down Banana to take the lead 11-7. tabseN continued to dominate the second half with a Round 20 triple kill hold on the B-bombsite. Then, finally, he managed to send the game into map point with a Round 22 double-kill hold on the A-bombsite that pushed the team for a 16-8 Inferno win, earning a team-leading 100.1 ADR.
Solid day on the AWP over FaZe
July 19, 2017
keev posted a firm 16/14 KD on Sunday in an Inferno win over FaZe Clan at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
After a slow 4-0 deficit early on, keev helped the team come back in Round 6 with an entry kill on the A-bombsite with the AWP to capture the second round for BIG in the first half. keev continued to reign supreme on the AWP, consistently hitting his shots to get the opening kill, including his A-bombsite entry and bomb plant in Round 12 to tie the game late 6-6. FaZe Clan fought back, but keev closed out the half with a double entry kill on the B-bombsite to take the lead 8-7. The second half started with keev taking the first anti-eco round with a double-kill hold on the B-bombsite to take the lead 10-7. Round 19 keev picked up a double kill on the B-bombsite hold for the 12-7 lead, but he wasn't done there as he closed out the game after four rounds of two or more kills on the defensive hold to close out Inferno 16-8, earning a 70.5 ADR.
Silently cleans up rounds over FaZe
July 19, 2017
gob b gathered a 13/12 KD on Sunday with a win over FaZe Clan on Inferno at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
Down 4-0 to start on the offensive side, gob b turned on all cylinders in Round 5, picking up an entry kill followed by a post-plant save to help the team win their first round of the half. He then followed the next round with an entry kill on the A-bombsite to cut the lead down 4-2. A bomb plant early in Round 7 helped the team win, pressuring out FaZe for the 4-3 deficit. gob b continued to get the opening kills and post-plant holds, including his double entry on the A-bombsite followed by a bomb plant to close out Round 14 up 8-6, taking the first half 8-7. The second half started off as gob b won the second anti-eco round with a double aggressive kill down the middle to take the 11-7 lead. He then continued to apply pressure on FaZe and only allowed one round to be given up in the second half for a 16-8 win, posting a 63.3 ADR.
Dominant second half over FaZe on Day 1
July 19, 2017
LEGIJA posted a 12/14 KD for BIG on Sunday with a win over FaZe Clan on Inferno at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
LEGIJA took a rough first-half start but got the ball rolling in Round 5 with a quick entry kill into the B-bombsite followed by a plant to help take the first round of the half. His quick Round 5 play sparked a comeback early on, including his Round 11 triple entry kill into the A-bombsite to cut the lead down 6-5. He continued to lead his team in the right direction by picking up the last round won in Round 14 to take the first half 8-7. A much quieter first half on LEGIJA's part, but he came alive in Round 19 with a single kill on the B-bombsite retake and a defuse to win the 1-vs-1 for the 12-7 lead. His defensive plays remained steady as the team held off FaZe for only one round against in the second half for a 16-8 win, posting a team-low 59.3 ADR.
Not enough firepower to win over BIG
July 19, 2017
rain earned a 16/19 KD on Sunday with the loss on Inferno to BIG at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
rain had a solid start over BIG with a 4-0 lead, including his Round 2 triple-kill hold on the A-bombsite as well as his Round 3 double-kill hold once again on the A-bombsite. However, rain began to dwindle in the mid game of the first half as BIG came rallying back on the offense. rain came close to a Round 11 win starting with a triple-kill hold on the A-bombsite, but a late comeback spoiled the fun. With rounds going back and forth, rain finally closed out the half with a triple-kill hold on the A-bombsite to save the round, despite taking an 8-7 deficit at the half. The second half was a dismal display as rain only picked up a handful of kills along with the lone round won for a 16-8 loss, earning the team an 87.3 ADR.
Quiet in loss to BIG
July 19, 2017
NiKo pulled an even 15/15 KD on Sunday with a loss to BIG on Inferno at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
NiKo started the series with a remarkable comeback in the pistol round to pick up the defuse on what looked to be a BIG win. NiKo contributed to the following three round won for the 4-0 start, but his lead quickly vanished as BIG came storming back. After BIG won four straight, NiKo put the pedal to the metal and picked up a double-kill hold on the B-bombsite with the AWP to take the lead up 6-4. NiKo had a rocky finish on the defense, giving up a few more rounds but then coming back with force despite the 8-7 loss in the first half. NiKo then had a dismal second-half performance until Round 23 with an entry kill into the A-bombsite followed by a bomb plant to win a 1-vs-2. However, that was the only round won as NiKo took a 16-8 loss on Inferno, posting a 70.0 ADR.
Quick start to a dismal finish
July 19, 2017
allu posted an even 17/17 KD on Sunday with a loss to BIG on Inferno at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
allu had a great start on Inferno, picking up a double kill on the A-bombsite retake to take the pistol. He then followed up in the two anti-eco rounds with a pair of double kills to further extend the lead to 3-0. After winning the fourth round, allu was stumped for four rounds as BIG overcame his AWP, but a Round 10 triple hold with the AWP on the B-bombsite gave the team the 6-4 lead needed. BIG came scurrying back, picking up four more rounds to round out the first half with an 8-7 lead. Unfortunately, allu struggled on the offense in the second half, only winning one round despite his efforts in Round 19 with an entry and a bomb plant. However, allu came out with a 16-8 loss on Inferno, claiming a 69.1 ADR.
Second half gains in Day 1 win
July 18, 2017
AdreN gathered a solid 23/19 KD on Sunday in Gambit's win over mousesports at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
AdreN had a slow start facing a dismal 5-0 deficit early on the offense, however, an entry kill in Round 6 gave his team its first round of the half. From there, AdreN gathered a few kills and planted the bomb in Round 8 to secure the third round in a row. He then picked up two double kills being entries and post-plant situations to take a 6-5 lead over mouz in the first half, although falling short of the first half lead down 8-7. The second half popped off for AdreN who picked up a triple kill on the A-bombsite retake to take the second pistol from mouz, evening the score 8-8. The following round was then won thanks to AdreN with a double kill on the B-bombsite retake to then take the lead once again 9-8. mouz came back to tie in the following round but AdreN quickly responded with a quad kill hold on the B-bombsite to knock his team back in the game to close out Inferno 16-10, earning an 87.5 ADR.
Late round closer in Day 1 win over mouz
July 18, 2017
HObbit earned a solid 18/16 KD in the Gambit win over mousesports on Sunday at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
After a slow start on the offense, HObbit turned on the heat in the Gambit come back winning Round 7 with an A-bombsite quad-kill on the entry to get the team back into the game. He then picked up another entry in Round 9 with a double entry kill on the A-bombsite to cut the lead within one round, down 5-4. The remainder of the half, HObbit picked up a few single entry kills but came up short for a first half lead, down 8-7. However, HObbit started the second half with a defuse on the A-bombsite to shut down the second pistol round by mouz to tie the game 8-8. He contributed to an outstanding defensive second half, picking up a triple kill on the B-bombsite hold in Round 21 and then closed out the game with a pair of double kills to send the map to map point, closing the series 16-10, earning an 89.5 ADR along the way.
Top shape on AWP in win over mouz
July 18, 2017
mou picked up a 17/14 KD on Sunday in a best-of-one Gambit win over mousesports at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
mou picked up a few kills in the early stages for the offense but they rarely resulted in wins early on. However, his post-plant hold in Round 6 helped the team win their first round of the half, down 5-1. He then helped the team win their third round in a row with an entry kill into the B-bombsite and a firm hold on the post-plant. With a few more hold on the post-plants, mou closed out the half coming close to the first half lead, down 8-7. mou missed out in the second pistol round early, but came back and made some noise in the following round with a double kill on the B-bombsite retake to regain the lead 9-8. From there, mou picked up a pair of double kills in the dominate second half, including the last round to close out the series 16-10, earning the team an 84.6 ADR.