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Invited to ESL One Cologne
April 10, 2018
ESL has announced that the mixed European giants have received a direct invite to ESL One Cologne.
ANALYSIS
FaZe Clan is the fourth team invited to ESL One Cologne with a $300,000 prize pool that will take place from July 3-8. The start of 2018 has been rather lackluster for FaZe Clan as Olofmeister decided to take a leave of absence, which saw the former in-game leader, Xizt, take his place until Olofneister's undetermined return. FaZe Clan finished runner-up to Cloud9 at the ELEAGUE Major Boston, then a Month later Fnatic would best FaZe at IEM Katowice to hand karrigan and co. another teasing runner-up finish.
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Invited to ESL One Cologne
April 4, 2018
ESL has revealed that the Swedish giants are headed to ESL One Cologne.
ANALYSIS
Fnatic is the third team invited to the annual event held at the LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany. The organizers have previously invited SK Gaming and Cloud9 as the first invited teams to the fifth year of the ESL tournament. Fnatic has been the recent buzz after claiming their title at IEM Katowice after a two-year drought and then going back-to-back at the WESG 2017 World Finals over Space Soldiers in the grand final. ESL One Cologne will take place from July 3-8 as 16 teams will compete for the $300,000 prize pool up for grabs.
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SK confirm Stewie2k addition
April 2, 2018
SK Gaming has announced that Stewie2k will be the team's temporary fifth player.
ANALYSIS
Friday, SK Gaming players had announced the addition of Stewie2k as the former Cloud9 member was seen with the team in a group photo at the SK Gaming house in Los Angeles, California. Over the weekend SK Gaming made the official announcement of Stewie2k becoming the fifth player, temporarily. The changes come as Managing Director Alexander Muller stressed that "changes had to be made" after the team's lackluster performance through 2018. Stewie2k will debut for SK Gaming on Wednesday, April 4, in ESL Pro League, in which SK currently sit in 11th place.
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Secures last qualifier spot for DH Masters Marseille
March 26, 2018
Renegades have secured the final qualifier spot for DreamHack Masters Marseille with a 2-1 defeat over OpTic Gaming.
ANALYSIS
Nifty led Renegades across three maps in the grand final against OpTic Gaming in the North American Closed qualifier. Ther series started on Renegades map pick, Train, where the Aussie-based team controlled the map to take the series lead. However, OpTic came right back on their map pick of Overpass to pick up a massive 11-4 lead. Renegades started strong in the second half, which later allowed them to string together a few rounds to bring the deficit back within contention, but OpTic remained composed and evened the series to force the decider. It all came down to Inferno as Renegades came out of the gates red-hot to dominate the first half with a 10-5 lead. Renegades continued through the second half despite OpTic's comeback attempt to punch their golden ticket to France.
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Completes roster with drg
March 23, 2018
TeamOne have finalized their CS"GO roster with the addition of drg, according to ESPN Esports Brazil.
ANALYSIS
The Brazilian team had been on the hunt for a fifth after cutting ties with caike, who helped the team achieve fourth at the recent WESG World Finals over Cloud9. drg has spent some time with TeamOne's academy roster, Team O2, having close relations with the team and its players made the move easy. The new signee had already joined the team in the United States and will make his first official appearance in the North American open qualifier for DreamHack Masters Marseille.
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Last invite to CPH Games 2018
March 23, 2018
The fourth and final invite will go Team Kinguin, who will debut recent signee TaZ, the organizers announced.
ANALYSIS
Kinguin will join Heroic, Quantum Bellator Fire, and North for this year's Copenhagen Games, also debuting on LAN will be the recent transferred and captain, TaZ. TaZ is familiar with CPH Games as he claimed the title with his former team Virtus.pro back in 2015. This year's tournament will host a $100,000 grand prize up for grabs with four invited teams as well as four teams to qualify through the open qualifier. The two-day event will kick off March 30 and will conclude March 31st.
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fnatic head down under for IEM Sydney
March 23, 2018
fnatic conclude the seven-team invite list to the Aussie event set to kick off May 1-6, ESL has announced.
ANALYSIS
After securing their title at IEM Katowice and then locking up the sweep over Space Soldiers at WESG 2017 World Finals, will now head to Australis to attend IEM Sydney. The $250,000 prize pool up for grabs will have sixteen teams looking to claim their share while also gaining a win towards the Intel Grand Slam $1million bonus prize. fnatic are just one win shy to tie with SK, who currently stand with 2 wins. fnatic completes the invite list while one spot remains from the GG:Origin qualifier, following the qualifiers held in Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania.
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Confirmed at IEM Sydney
March 23, 2018
ESL has revealed the sixth team invited to IEM Sydney with Zeus and co. headed down under.
ANALYSIS
Natus Vincere will be the sixth team confirmed by ESL to attend the Aussie event held from May 1-6. The Ukrainian-Russian roster finished the ELEAGUE Major in the top 4 while going runner-up to mousesports at StarSeries i-League Season 4. IEM Sydney will feature the same format that was used at Katowice last month, which will begin with two eight-team double-elimination groups. Six teams will advance to the playoffs which will be held on the last three days in front of a live crow at Qudos Bank Arena. Two more invites remain while qualifiers will fill in the remaining spots.
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FaZe Clan confirmed at IEM Sydney
March 22, 2018
FaZe Clan are the second team following SK Gaming to be handed a direct invite to IEM Sydney, ESL announced.
ANALYSIS
FaZe Clan will also return alongside SK Gaming after their grand final loss to the Brazilians 3-1. There is no doubt that the competition will be fierce as FaZe would be looking to have revenge over their 2017 grand finals loss. This year the stakes are higher with the prize pool being increased to $250,000 from the previous $200,000 in 2017. Joining FaZe and SK will be sixteen teams invited to the event from the previous years' eight participating teams. The event will take place from May 1-6 as six teams will make the playoffs at the Qudos Bank Arena, where they will play in front of a live audience on the last three days.
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First invite to IEM Sydney
March 22, 2018
ESL has revealed that SK Gaming will return to IEM Sydney 2018.
ANALYSIS
SK Gaming will return to Sydney to defend their title after taking down the mixed Europeans of FaZe Clan 3-1 in the grand final. The Brazilian giants will participate the event which is set to start May 1 and will run through May 6, with knockout stages being held at the Qudos Bank Arena in front of a live audience on the last three days of the event. This years' prize pool increased by $50,000 to $250,000 that will be up for grabs as the participating team list also doubled to 16.
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Invited to IEM Sydney
March 22, 2018
ESL has revealed that mousesports will be the fourth team invited to the Australian event, set to take place May 1-6.
ANALYSIS
mousesports will be traveling to Australia to take part in the annual IEM Sydney events, which will be the first time for the German organization. mousesports have been on the rise since the end of 2017 and continuing their success through 2018, with Legends status secured at ELEAGUE Major Boston and taking home the StarSeries i-League Season 4 title. ropz and co. will be duking it out over the $250,000 prize pool in front of thousands at the Qudos Bank Arena.
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Confirmed at IEM Sydney
March 22, 2018
The ELEAGUE Major Boston champions have been officially confirmed to attend IEM Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Cloud9 will be the fifth team with a direct invite to the Australian event following the invite of mousesports just a couple of days ago. In recent events, Cloud9 has been falling off the map following disappointing exits at StarSeries i-League Season 4, IEM Katowice, and WESG World Finals. Cloud9 will also be in the hunt to claim a win for the Intel Grad Slam, which will award the first team $1 million to win four out of ten premier events hosted by ESL and DreamHack. IEM Sydney is set to kick off May 1-6 with a $250,000 prize pool up for grabs.
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roca leaves Splyce
March 17, 2018
The North American organization announced on Twitter that their starter, roca, has stepped down from the active lineup.
ANALYSIS
Splyce is now without their starting rifler and entry fragger, roca, after the 22-year-old spent exactly a year with the team. According to a report from Dust2.us, the entry fragger failed to reach an agreement with the North American organization over a contract extension. Splyce has set their eyes on former CLG member reltuC, who did not play for RONIN's ESEA MDL match against Most Wanted earlier in the week. For now, Splyce will be fielding aproto from CLG Academy as a stand-in for the team as they participate in the iBUYPOWER Spring Invitational, which kicks off today.
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Invited to IEM Sydney
March 13, 2018
The tournament organizers have revealed that Renegades will be the third team invited for the upcoming IEM Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Renegades will be joining the likes of SK Gaming and FaZe Clan to be the third invited team for the upcoming IEM Sydney, which is set to kick off May 1-6 at the Qudos Bank Arena. During last year's event, Renegades failed to advance to the playoffs, losing to local talent Chiefs in the round robin format. This year, Renegades will have more competition as ESL has increased the participants to 16 and to top it all off the prize pool also got a $50,000 increase to a total of $250,000 up for grabs.
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Adds three to ESEA roster
March 12, 2018
Kinguin have added TaZ, MINISE, and reatz to their active ESEA roster, according to HLTV.org.
ANALYSIS
Earlier this month, a report from Flickshot.fr indicated that Kinguin were interested in signing former Virtus.pro member TaZ as well as two more Polish players. Now, it is becoming clear that Kinguin are infact ready to revamp their CS:Go roster with the likes of TaZ, MINISE, and reatz. TaZ has been on the hunt since being benched by Virtus.pro to trial MICHU from Kinguin on a short-term loan. MINISE and reatz will get the promotion to Kinguin after serving PRIDE, whom they most recently won the Legends Cup. With the recent additions, Kinguin will part ways with Portuguse duo fox and MUTiRis and will focus on getting the team in better shape than they are currently in the ESEA MDL.