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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Finalizes team list for IEM Shanghai
July 1, 2018
Grayhound completes the team list for IEM Shanghai after defeating Chiefs 3-1 in the Oceania qualifier.
ANALYSIS
Grayhound came into the series with a 1-0 map advantage from the upper-bracket, where Chiefs quickly equalized the series with an edging win on Nuke, 16-14. The remainder of the series then saw Grayhound fight for their spot in Shanghai as Chiefs put up another tough bout on Overpass, but in the end, Grayhound regained the series lead at 2-1. The next map was Mirage, where Chiefs got the better start on the CT-side with four in a row; however, Grayhound didn't waste any time on the comeback and won sixteen straight to secure the 3-1 series victory and a spot at IEM Shanghai, with Grastisfacation shinning in the grand final.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Qualify for ESL One New York
July 1, 2018
NRG is the last team to secure their spot at ESL One New York after defeating compLexity 3-0 in the grand final of the North America closed qualifier.
ANALYSIS
NRG advanced from the upper-bracket with a 1-0 map advantage in the best-of-five grand final, where CeRq and his men managed to strike back in the last-minute on Mirage, forcing overtime. A contested start to the extra rounds saw NRG pick up the first as compLexity returned with one of their own, however, NRG slammed the door with three in a row to secure the 19-16 map win and the series lead. The series then landed on Inferno where it seemed that NRG was going to sail away with the first half, but in the end, compLexity reduced the deficit by a sole round. The second half saw compLexity jump out to a 13-8 lead before NRG pulled their wits together to secure their first of the half. The two sides jousted for the lead as both went back-and-forth, until NRG finally edged for a 16-14 win, securing the 3-0 series victory and a spot in the Big Apple.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Confirmed at DreamHack Masters Stockholm
July 1, 2018
Gambit is the ninth team invited to the Masters event in Stockholm, the event's organizers have revealed.
ANALYSIS
Gambit has had a rough first-half of the year as the Kazakh-Russian team having finished 15-16th pace at StarSeries i-League Season 5, and failing to secure a spot through the ZOTAC Cup Masters Europe Regional Finals. This time around the team will be traveling to Sweden to participate in their second Masters event of the year, after placing 3rd-4th at DreamHack Masters Marseille. DreamHack Masters Stockholm is set to kick off August 29 to September 2 at the Ericsson Globe, with $250,000 on the line.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Qualify for ZOTAC Cup Masters
July 1, 2018
Kinguin has defeated Windigo 2-0 to secure their place at the ZOTAC Cup Masters Global Finals, in Hong Kong.
ANALYSIS
The best-of-three grand final started on Overpass, where the two sides had a contesting series where they eventually met in overtime. The extra rounds were a back and forth battle right from the start, but in the end, TaZ and his men managed to hold on with two in a row to secure the 19-17 map victory. The series then landed on Dust2, where Kinguin got off to a brilliant start on the T-side, but surprisingly enough, Windigo managed to come back to settle the half, 6-9. The two sides then saw another back-and-forth affair that would not be solved in regulation, with Kinguin prevailing in overtime once more to secure their spot in Hong Kong.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Announces move to Miami
July 1, 2018
The Brazilian teams coach guerri has revealed that the FURIA players will relocate to Miami.
ANALYSIS
FURIA's coach guerri has revealed that the team is set to move to Miami, after the team competes at the Americas Minor, in London. FURIA follows the same footsteps as MIBR, Luminosity, and Team One to make the move to North America in search of better practice conditions. In recent months, the Brazilian side has climbed through the ranks, attending the ZOTAC Cup Masters Americas Regional Finals, in Santa Ana, California - their biggest international challenge to date.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Qualify for IEM Shanghai
July 1, 2018
5POWER have sealed passage to IEM Shanghai after defeating VG.Flash across two maps in the Chinese closed qualifier.
ANALYSIS
5POWER advanced from the upper-bracket with a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-five grand final, where the Asian mixture to pick up a clean 5-0 start on Inferno; however, VG.Flash tightened their defenses to bring the deficit to a sole round by half-time. 5POWER came out of the second half with fire and took control early on the CT-side to go up 12-7. VG.Flash then managed to bag four in a row, but in the end, 5POWER held on to secure the 16-12 map victory. The series then landed on Cache, which saw the two sides contest, with VG.Flash forcing overtime. 5POWER weren't going down without a fight and rounded out the overtime rounds, finishing things off, 19-16.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Confirmed at ZOTAC Cup Masters in Hong Kong
June 28, 2018
The Polish team has received a direct invite to ZOTAC Cups Masters 2018, the event's organizers have revealed on Weibo.
ANALYSIS
The Polish-plow are the fourth team confirmed for the event joining VG.Flash and TyLoo, as well as the winner of the Asian regional event, MVP PK. Virtus.pro recently competed at the CS:GO Asia Championships, in Shanghai, where the Polish giants finished runners-up to Natus Vincere. Virtus.pro will now travel to Hong Kong to compete in the ZOTAC Cups Masters, set to take place August 24-26, with $300,000 on the line.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Shuts down operations
June 28, 2018
The Swedish organization has announced that they have ceased all operations with immediate effect.
ANALYSIS
The decision was made "unanimously by all the parties" involved in the management of the organization to shut down the operations since it was "the best solution for everyone involved." The news comes at a time as it was reported that GODSENT's owners were looking to sell the organization, after the brand came into play in April 2016 by former fnatic in-game leader pronax, where the team made their first - and the only appearance at a Major - in Atlanta, after winning the Europe Minor. In a Twitlonger post, pronax and capital investor Toms Martin said their farewells, "We hope that one day, our Illuminati-looking logo will once again take everyone by surprise. But until then, all we can say is: farewell, friends, much love."
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Joins ESL One New York team list
June 21, 2018
The French squad has received a direct invite tot he North American event, ESL has announced.
ANALYSIS
G2 will be traveling to the Big Apple to compete in the $250,000 event, which is set to start September 26-30 once again held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. G2's new formed lineup has only participated in a few tournaments, including the ECS Season 5 Finals, featuring Ex6TenZ and SmithZz return to competition. G2 are the sixth an final team invited to the North American event, where two more qualifiers from North America and Europe are still to be determined.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Invited to DreamHack Masters Stockholm
June 21, 2018
The Danes of Astralis have been confirmed for the upcoming Masters in Stockholm, Sweden, the event's organizers, have announced.
ANALYSIS
The Danish powerhouse is the sixth invited team to the Swedish event set to start at the end of August with $250,000 on the line. The defending DreamHack Masters Marseille champions are looking to pick up another Masters title as well as another win towards the Intel Grand Slam. The Danes current stand with two wins (DreamHack Masters Marseille and ESL Pro League Season 7 FInals) where they sit just two wins away from securing the $1,000,000 prize.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Confirmed at ESL One New York
June 21, 2018
Natus Vincere will be traveling to the Big Apple as the Ukrainian team has received a direct invite from ESL.
ANALYSIS
Natus Vincere is the fifth invited team to the $250,000 event set to kick off September 26-30 and will be held once again at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. ESL One New York will be the third time the Ukranian-based team has made their appearance in the Big Apple, having clinched the trophy in the first edition in 2016, and placed fifth-sixth in 2017.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Invited to DreamHack Masters Stockholm
June 21, 2018
mousesports have been selected to compete at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, the event's organizers have announced.
ANALYSIS
mouz will be traveling to Stockholm at the end of August to compete in this year's first DreamHack Masters event, which will take place August 29-September 2 with $250,000 on the line. DreamHack Masters Stockholm will also be a part of the Intel Grand Slam in which mouz have yet to earn a win towards the $1,000,000 purse. mousesports are the fifth invited teams alongside NiP, SK Gaming, Fnatic, and FaZe Clan.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Qualify for ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018
June 11, 2018
MVP PK have defeated Signature 2-0 (16-12 on Inferno and 16-10 on Train) at the APAC Regional Finals to earn their slot at the $300,000 event in August.
ANALYSIS
The Regionals Finals tournament took place in Taipei, Taiwan, featuring eight teams in attendance in a single-elimination bracket for one spot at the ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 Grand Finals. MVP PK kicked off the grand final against Signature on Inferno, where the Koreans put together an impressive 11-round CT side. However, the teams switched, and so the did momentum for Signature, who managed to even things at 12-12, but the Koreans were able to break the streak and win the remaining four to take the series lead. Train followed, where MVP PK once again had a strong start on the CT-side, but Signature once again fought back in the second half. To no avail, Signature fell short once again as MVP PK regained control to sweep the series on Train to punch their ticket to Hong Kong.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Qualify for ESL One Cologne
June 7, 2018
ENCE have booked their spot at ESL One Cologne after defeating Spirit 2-0 in the grand final of GG.BET Majestic.
ANALYSIS
The grand final kicked off on ENCE's map pick, Mirage, with Spirit claiming the T-pistol. The Finnish team then marched through the first half only to lose one more rounds before finishing the map with a 16-3 victory. Spirit came out red-hot in their map pick, Cache, and secured a 5-0 lead after prevailing their T-side pistol. ENCE made up some ground against Spirit, but it wasn't enough to rattle the Russians for an 11-4 half. However, in the second half, the Finns responded in desperate measures and began chopping away at Spirit's lead to tie 12-12 eventually. Spirit came back and reach map point, but to no avail, ENCE forced overtime where the Finns then secured their spot at ESL One Cologne in double-overtime, 22-18.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Joins ESL One New York team list
June 7, 2018
Fnatic have been invited to compete at ESL One New York, the event's organizers have announced.
ANALYSIS
The back-to-back IEM Katowice and WESG 2017 World champions are the fourth team confirmed for the tournament, which is set to start September 26-30 at the Barclays Center and will have $250,000 on the line. Fnatic returns to New York after skipping the annual event last year, and before that the Swedes went out in the Swiss stage, with coach Jumpy being the only remaining member of that team. Two more invitees remain as two other spots will go to the qualifiers that have yet to be announced.