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Invitation to EPICENTER 2017
September 4, 2017
The current Major title holders have now confirmed a direct invite to EPICENTER 2017, the organizers have announced.
ANALYSIS
Gambit made a steep climb during the 2017 campaign, thanks to the former in-game leader Zeus to lead the team to its first ever Major title at the PGL Major Krakow. Despite losing Zeus in the off-season, Gambit still had a great showing at the recent DreamHack Masers Malmo, despite a semi-final exit and rematch against North. Now, Gambit will compete for the $500,000 prize pool along side SK and Astralis, who also received an invite just a week prior.
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Loses ELEAGUE Spot
August 22, 2017
OpTic Gaming has lost their spot at ELEAGUE Premier 2017 next month due to roster violations, the organization announced on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Just hours after losing their spot at DreamHack Malmo, OpTic has now been dealt another blow. Much like with DreamHack, OpTic's recent roster changes were in violation of tournament guidelines, leading to their disqualification. This is certainly a big blow to the new-look roster that is looking to establish itself in the CS:GO scene. They will be replaced by a third qualifying team from the American Qualifier set to take place on August 26-27. No word on whether OpTic will be able to actually enter that qualifier and get back into the tournament.
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Replaced by Cloud9 at DreamHack Malmo
August 22, 2017
OpTic Gaming has lost their spot at the DreamHack event next week, the organization announced on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
While OpTic was making major moves to retool their entire roster, they have now lost their spot at the event in doing so. Per DreamHack rules, three out of the five players on the invited team in order to compete at the event. With OpTic switching out four players and keeping just mixwell from the original roster, they are outside of the rules and have been replaced. It's quite ironic that the team replacing them is Cloud9, who are fielding two of those original OpTic members. We'll still get a look at the enew-look OpTic roster at the ESL Pro League which kicked off on Tuesday.
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Replaces OpTic Gaming at DreamHack Malmo
August 22, 2017
Cloud9 has been pegged to replace OpTic Gaming at the upcoming DreamHack event, the organization announced on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Since OpTic switched out most of its roster, it became ineligible for their invite spot at the event. Cloud9 was next on the list, giving us one of our first chances to see this new roster in action at a LAN event. The addition of RUSH and tarik certainly makes this roster one of the best, if not the best, in North America. Th event kicks off next weekend with the group stages on August 30.
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Secures ESL One New York spot
August 20, 2017
Cloud9 have secured the final spot in the North American qualifier at ESL One New York after taking down Rise Nation 2-1.
ANALYSIS
Cloud9 debut's its newest members, Tarik, and RUSH on the active roster, starting the day with a sweep over compLexity as both new members put up strong numbers. Cloud9 then advanced onto the grand finals of the qualifier to go up against Rise Nation, who upset CLG convincingly 2-1. Cloud9 opened the series with a tough defense which Rise Nation struggled to shut down, taking a tough loss on Cobblestone 16-3. However, Rise Nation had a strong defense of its own with a 9-0 lead in the first half of Mirage. Stewie2k managed to rally his team winning five rounds in a row in the second half but it wasn't enough as Rise Nation forced the third map 16-9. It all came down to Inferno, where Cloud9 smacked the offense of Rise Nation to a 13-0 lead before giving up the last two rounds of the half. Although Rise Nation had some momentum, it wasn't enough to close the series as Cloud9 shut the door with a 16-2 win, claiming their ticket for ESL One New York.
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Qualifies for ESL One: New York
August 20, 2017
New roster and all, Cloud9 took down the opposition at the qualifiers for ESL New York and secured their spot in the big apple.
ANALYSIS
While they got there in the end, things started off a bit shaky for Cloud9. They opened the qualifier against L4Org and dropped the first game 16-9. They certainly recovered well, though, winning the next two games before sweeping compLexity Gaming the next day. This set up a match against Rise Nation with a spot at the big dance on the line. Cloud9 came out hot with a 16-3 win on Cobblestone, but then faltered in a 16-9 loss on Mirage. Once they booted up on Inferno for the decider, it was lights out for Rise. tarik led the way for Cloud9 with an impressive 25/9 KD to dominate Rise in the form of a 16-2 win.
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Qualifies for ESL One: New York
August 20, 2017
Team EnVyUs has won the European Qualifier and will join the slate of teams at ESL New York next month.
ANALYSIS
Team EnVyUs showed off a dominance that we haven't quite seen since kennyS, NBK, and apEX left the team for G2 Esports earlier this year. They opened up the qualifier with an easy 2-0 victory over HellRaisers before meeting G2 in a grudge match. While G2 took the first map 16-12 on Inferno, EnVyUs bounced back in a major way with two straight wins on Cache and Cobblestone. The match on Cobblestone was an especially strong showing, with ScreaM and xms both posting 25 kills in the 16-6 win. EnVyUs then matched up with the reigning Major champions of Gambit Esports, and dusted the competition. It took just two games for EnVyUs to come away the victor, with Gambit failing to reach 10 rounds in either game.
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Wardell completes roster
August 20, 2017
The organization has announced and completed its active lineup with former Ghost Gaming member, Wardell.
ANALYSIS
Rogue has now completed its roster with the addition of Wardell. The 19-year-old will get his first full experience as a professional player with the upcoming ESL Pro League set to kick off August 24. Wardell has had limited exposure to high-levels of competition but Hiko and the teams believe he is the right fit. Unfortunately, Rogue won't be able to use their full roster for the start of Pro League due to wrath being currently underaged. Until September 21st, Rogue will have a stand-in, witmer, until wrath turns 16.
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Receives DreamHack Open Montreal invite
August 17, 2017
The Danes of North have received an official invite to the upcoming DreamHack Open Montreal alongside Cloud9, according to the organizers.
ANALYSIS
North has been invited to the seventh DreamHack Open tournament this year, with $100,000 up for grabs. Cloud9 will join North as the first two teams invited to the event which is set to kick off September 8-10. North has been active in the off-season replacing Magisk on the active roster, however, captain of the Danish team, MSL, stated the team will be attending three events in a row to gain more experience with their new fifth. The fifth and final spot still has not yet been determined as to who will fill in the void of Magisk.
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Invited to DreamHack Open Montreal
August 17, 2017
DreamHack has announced its first two invites for DreamHack Open Montreal with Cloud9 and North.
ANALYSIS
Cloud9 has been invited to attend the DreamHack Open festival touring North America with a stop in Montreal. The organization will battle it out for a chance to grab $100,000 in prizes against eight teams in the GSL groups with best-of-three matches in the lower bracket as well as single-elimination playoffs. Cloud9 will be set to debut its new roster including former OpTic Gaming members tarik and RUSH. DreamHack Open Montreal still has four more invites to be announced as the event is set to kick off September 8-10.
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HEN1, LUCAS1, and kNg set to exit
August 16, 2017
According to HLTV, Immortals core members HEN1, LUCAS1, and kNg have asked to exit the active roster.
ANALYSIS
The North American organization is now in panic mode as it is reported to lose its core members of HEN1, LUCAS1, and kNg. The shocking news comes as the team finished runner-up at PGL Major Krakow to Gambit, however, the team has expressed their emotions to CEO Noah Whinston as dissatisfaction hinting internal issues. The organization now scrambles to secure its next spot at the Major as well as the roster lock set for Friday.
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Set to add horvy
August 16, 2017
The organization is set to sign former k1ck member, horvy, who is waiting on the transfer process, reports of HLTV.
ANALYSIS
The North American organization has finally come to terms with the former k1ck member who left the team in early May after a six month run. However, during that time the team could not complete the transfer in time due to horvy's via application being denied, which resulted in kNg being added to the roster, with whom would finish runner-up at PGL Major Krakow. Now, horvy still awaits his completion of his visa application and an undisclosed transfer fee of his contract from k1ck. It has yet been determined by the organization about which player horvy could replace as no official comment has been made.
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EliGE set to exit
August 15, 2017
Team Liquid plans to move forward with long-term member, EliGE, who is expected to join the ex-ibp roster, reports Jarek "DeKay" Lewis of Slingshot Esports.
ANALYSIS
Team Liquid is set to transfer long-term member, EliGE, as the player is set to join the ex-iBuyPower squad. However, if the transfer goes well, EliGE would be joining a team that will be limited to the amount of events attended due to the restraints on the core members still indefinitely banned in other leagues due to the match-fixing in February 2015. A direct comment has not yet been made from the organization.
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Set to trial woxic and ISSAA; bodnik exits
August 11, 2017
HellRasiers are now adding "new blood" to the team with woxic and ISSAA on trial as bodnik is placed on the transfer list.
ANALYSIS
HellRaisers have been active in the current CIS market, since losing STYKO to mousesports, and teams of interest for ange1, however, placing bondik on the transfer list. The organization then followed up with a trial of 18-year-old Turk, woxic, and 20-year-old Jordanian, ISSAA, both shining in the FPL and ESEA Premier spotlight as well as recent offline tournaments. The team's coach, johnta, stated the team needed "new blood" and claiming the lineup wont take long to adjust. HellRaisers will be qualifiying for ESG Mykonos 2017 and ESL One New York following the start of ESL Pro League Season 6.
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desi out ptr in
August 10, 2017
The organization has announced its recent addition of former NRG's AWPer ptr, meanwhile, desi is released as a free agent.
ANALYSIS
compLexity has added former NRG AWPer, ptr, who played for NRG for two years before stepping down from the team following two failed DreamHack Open stops in Valencia and Atlanta. compLexity hasn't had the best success of their own after a tough 2017 campaign year following a fourth place finish at Fragadelphia 11 after a loss to Bee's Money Crew featuring ex-ibp steel. With the addition of ptr, the organization will debut the now completed roster for ESL Pro League Season 6.