Luminosity Gaming
Brazil
Joins Luminosity; zakk added as coach
April 22, 2018
Luminosity hasannounced the addition of former Liquid member steel and coach zakk to the active roster.
ANALYSIS
steel returns to the active lineup of Luminosity, where he spent four months back in 2015, led by the FalleN at the time. In early April, steel stepped down from the active Liquid roster "for professional and person reasons" after just five months with the North American team. Alongside steel will be their coach, zakk, who served under the Immortals banner before the team released in late 2017. With the additions, Luminosity looks to find their spot in both ECS and the ESL Pro League as they are still in contention for both finals. steel and zakk will first debut at the WCA Finals in Zhuhai, China, on April 29-30.
Set to join NTC
April 16, 2018
Luminosity star chelo is close to joining Nao Tem Como, according to a report from HLTV.org.
ANALYSIS
The 19-year-old is a young notable name out of Brazil, who joined Luminosity back in July 2017, recorded his best performance offline throughout the remainder of the year, turning heads through the competitive scene. The addition comes after NTC have been in search for two new players, which began last month when twins LUCAS1 and HEN1 parted ways with the team. Now, NTC will have a complete roster with the addition of chelo and will also bring on-board the team's coach, Apoka. It is unclear if the two members will link up with the remainder of the team in Germany, as the team will be competing in the South American closed qualifier for ESL One Belo Horizonte.
Giving it his all in loss
December 17, 2017
yeL posted a 14/21 KD on Friday in the 16-12 loss to Fnatic at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
ANALYSIS
The early rounds of Cobblestone started with yeL contributing to the fast-aggressive offense to pick up several rounds in the contested first half. Although Fnatic started to distance themselves, yeL came striking back to win the 1-vs-2 clutch on the B-bombsite to hold the post-plant. Unfortunately, his efforts weren't enough to earn his team more rounds in the 10-5 deficit at the half. The second half started slow but the defensive holds on the B-bombsite and stopping the late rotations allowed for a massive defensive comeback. However, yeL couldn't hold off Fnatic much longer with no money in the bank as the Swedes took the 16-12 win.
Losing his composure
December 17, 2017
SHOOWTiME went 23/19 on Friday in a 16-12 loss to Fnatic at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
ANALYSIS
A slow start on the defense quickly turned around in Round 2 with SHOOWTiME coming up huge with a 1-vs-2 clutch on the A-bombsite to even the 1-1 score. Sending the early rounds in an economic swing, both teams fought tooth and nail for the lead as SHOOWTiME continued to hound the defense in the drop-split. Although Fnatic managed to break the economy of SHOOWTiME and co. to ride off with the half, sending Luminosity with a 10-5 score at the half. The second half started slow, however, SHOWWTiME showed promising composure on the defense in the late rounds to lessen the deficit, but it wasn't enough to overcome the odds of the loss.
Defense short on the hold
December 17, 2017
chelo posted a 25/23 KD on Friday in the 16-12 loss to Fnatic at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
ANALYSIS
chelo and the team contested early on against Fnatic on Cobblestone by getting past the defense on the B-bombsite. chelo contributed to the contested lead to keep Fnatic insight, however, the defense finally broke the economy, giving chelo a late round loss. Going into the second half down 10-5, chelo started slowly on the defense but finally held down the fort on the B-bombsite to help generate some rounds. Although the late rounds began to swing chelo's way, Fnatic was too tough to tame as the Swedes took the 16-12 win.
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Invited to DreamHack Open Austin
May 28, 2018
DreamHack have finalized the team list for Open Austin by inviting Luminosity, the event's organizers have revealed.
ANALYSIS
Luminosity completes the invite as well as the full team list for the upcoming stop in the Open Circuit, taking place on June 1-3 in Austin, Texas. The tournament will feature eight teams and a $100,000 prize pool, with half going to the champions of the event. Luminosity will be joined by the likes of OpTic and Space Soldiers where steel will have his offline debut for his new team at the event in Austin.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Qualify for DreamHack Open Valencia
May 7, 2018
The Brazilians' of Luminosity have defeated eUnited 2-1 (16-14 on Inferno, 13-16 on Overpass, and 16-2 on Mirage) in the grand final of the North American closed qualifier.
ANALYSIS
The grand final kicked off on eUnited's pick, Inferno, where the North Americans' slow execute on B was shut down by Luminosity. The Brazilians' then jumped out to an 8-0 lead before dazzLe picked up two in the post-plant on A to secure eUnited's first. eUnited pressed on to win three in a row but they were quickly silenced by Luminosity, who then took the first half 10-5. Luminosity then picked up the second half on their T-side to stay in control and edge for the series lead, 16-14. Overpass saw eUnited jump out with thirteen straight before Luminosity could answer back with the last two at the half. Luminosity pushed through the second half to win eleven rounds against to contest but came up short in the 13-16 loss. The decider came down to Mirage, where Luminosity won six straight from the start on the T-side. eUnited managed to pull together two in the first half, but Luminosity remained in the driving seat to follow up with three straight after the break to punch their ticket to DreamHack Open Valencia.
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Luminosity makes last-min change; will compete in Belo qualifier
April 23, 2018
Luminosity has recalled their decision to skip the South American Closed qualifier for ESL One Belo Horizonte, ESPN Esports Brazil has revealed.
ANALYSIS
Over the weekend, SHOOWTiME announced on Twitter that the organization would not be competing in the online qualifier due to their focus set on ESL Pro League, ECS and the StarSeries qualifier. However, everything changed when Luminosity made headlines Sunday by signing former Liquid member steel and zakk from Immortals, while VNS Sushi Rao, Wild, and INTZ were ready to fill their void but a last-minute decision ended the speculation. Eight teams will take part in the closed qualifier set to start April 24th through May 9th.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
To miss ESL One Belo Horizonte
April 21, 2018
The organization has decided to withdraw from the online qualifier for ESL One Belo Horizonte, according to a report from HLTV.org.
ANALYSIS
SHOOWTiME explained on social media that the Luminosity management decided to withdraw from the ESL One Belo Horizonte closed qualifier as the organization is still searching for qualification for the Pro League, ECS Finals, and for the next StarSeries event. The 21-year-old admitted that the team took it rather hard as they were looking to return to their country to play in front of a home crowd. However, Luminosity is currently still in search for a new fifth as chelo is close to signing with Nao Tem Como.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Luminosity sign chelo and NEKIZ
July 13, 2017
Luminosity Gaming has announced two new additions to the lineup as Destiny and shz announced their departures just hours ago.
ANALYSIS
Luminosity Gaming has had a busy day repairing their tattered lineup as Destiny and shz announced their departures just hours ago. However, Luminosity didn't wait long to replace the missing bodies with ex-PaiN members Marcelo "chelo" Caspedes and Gabriel "NEKIZ" Schenato, both widely known to be one of the most talented young players coming out of Brazil. With the recent additions hopes to bring some new life to the team, after the organization claim, "was frustrated" in recent performances. The team will soon begin preparations for the new tournament season, which includes defending their ECS spot and qualify for ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals.