CS:GO weekly news #5
We've collected the most exciting news of CS:GO world of the past week. They include the successes of Natus Vincere team, the roster changes, the details of the past and the upcoming tournaments. Learn more from the news!
Na`Vi got to the LAN-final of SL i-League StarSeries
A couple of days ago our CS:GO squad won two matches of the group stage of SLTV to match pleasure of the fans! By these victories the team secured the slot in the final stage of the tournament to be held on 13-17 January in Minsk, Belarus. The qualifiers were held in 2 group stages, Natus Vincere managed to pass them successfully.
In the first stage our shooters got to the group along with fnatic, Vexed and Piter. Despite the Swedish team, the group wasn't the hard one. The first match was held against the Russian team. The rival couldn't do anything against our players and was defeated 2:0. The Polish team, the second rival, demonstrated good performance. It is the matches against Polish second tier, that Na`Vi sometimes has problems. Nevertheless, Vexed were devastated with the vanishing results of the games: 16:05 and 16:02. We lost a match against fnatic, but it was of minor importance, since we had secured the slot in the second group stage anyway. Following the victory at first group stage, our team was engaged in a series of LAN tournaments and had a small break to relax before the second group stage of SL i-League StarSeries. Our rivals were more powerful than those in the first group stage.
We were to encounter 2 best French teams. First, we defeated Titan. The match was of great importance for our team as it provided an opportunity to revenge on shox and his team over the defeat at CEVO Season 8. This time we won 2:0 — a great beginning of the performance in the second group stage! Next was the match against one of our principal rivals, EnVyUs. We fought against the French on de_cobblestone, de_mirage and de_train. The enemies won on de_cbble, followed by their defeat on 2 other maps. Though EnVyUs did manage to win most of the gun rounds, they couldn't overcome the passionate play of Natus Vincere, 2:1! The match against E-frag.net, to be held on 6 December, will be a mere formality. However, our players will do their best to finish group stage without losses!
The groups of ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 have been announced
The groups of the LAN-Finals of a prestigious ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 were announced on the last week. Our shooters will encounter ex-TSM, Luminosity and CLG. The tournament will be held on 10-13 December in Burbank, USA.
The cold-blooded five is ready to fight for a prestigious trophy
Solid prize pool of $ 250 000 is worth to fight for. There will be eight participants, including 4 best of the best representatives of Europe (Natus Vincere, ex-TSM, fnatic and EnVyUs) and 4 best squads of America (Liquid, Luminosity, CLG and Conquest).
Group seeding of LAN-final of ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2
Looking at the group of our team, we feel déjà vu. The Born to Win have encountered this trio at LAN-finals most frequently lately. Notwithstanding, our team hasn't been defeated by any of them, there's still no time to relax. Each team will aspire to win and seek to revenge.Additionally the organizers of the tournament announced the system of conduction of the event. The teams will be divided into two groups to play bo3 matches, with bo5 grand final. Two teams of each group will get to playoff stage. This means, that we'll see much premium CS:GO during the LAN-finals.
Fnatic won FACEIT League 2015 Stage 3 Finals
Previous weekend, the finals of the prestigious FACEIT league were held at DreamHack Open Winter 2015 (Jönköping, Sweden) with a prize pool of $ 250 000. The organizers held the tournament in classical format: groups with 4 participants in each with GSL-system. The decide matce for the playoff were held in best-of-3. The Major of this year DreamHack Cluj-Napoca had the same system.
The results of FACEIT Stage 3 Finals group stage (wiki.teamliquid.net)
Group A, consisting of ex-TSM, Virtus.pro, Liquid and Legacy eSports, brought no surprises. Powerful teams from Denmark and Poland vanished the rivals and got to the playoff. Meanwhile, the war of the group B was thrilling! Luminosity, which had changed 2 players in a couple of days before the even, surprised the whole eSports world!
Having began the tournament with a loss to fnatic, the Brazilians managed to recover and win the following two matches against EnVyUs and NiP! The next victim of Gabriel «FalleN» Toledo's team was ex-TSM. It seemed that Latin American team is unstoppable, as they defeated three top tier CS:GO teams in a row. That was a true miracle!
Luminosity was a breakthrough of the tournament and a true pride of their fans (hltv.org)
It was fnatic, which managed to put down the Brazilians. The final confrontation reached as far as the third map, but still the game was "dictated" by the Swedes. Olof «olofmeister» Kajbjer was miraculous with his outstanding performance. As a result fnatic won their first trophy after the reshuffle (Dennis «dennis» Edman replaced Markus «pronax» Wallsten).
Captain flusha led his team to victory (hltv.org)
TSM bid farewell to CS:GO squad
American organization Team SoloMid decided to terminate the contracts with Danish players, who had been representing the organization since January 2015. During this period the team of karrigan triumphed at CCS Kick-off Season, Fragbite Masters Season 4, PGL Season 1 and 2 tournaments of FACEIT League.
Whose uniform will the guys put on next?
Nevertheless, after DreamHack Cluj-Napoca, at which the team didn't manage to achieve positive results once again, the relationship between the players and the organization were rumored to be spoilt. Probably the team was searching for a "new home". As of now, the guys are playing under the name of "?".
Kenny "kennyS" Schrub is the best eSports athlete of 2015!
One of the best snipers of the planet was announced the Player of the Year by The 2015 Game Awards. The nominees to this title included fnatic's Olof «olofmeister» Kajbjer, the star of League of Legends Lee «Faker» Sang-hyeok, as well as Dota 2 players Peter «ppd» Dager and Syed «SumaiL”» Sumail Hassan.
Kenny is one of the most emotional professional CS:GO players
The winner was chosen by public voting, in which everyone could participate. The Award ceremony was held in Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles. Let's hope a representative of Natus Vincere will become a nominee!
MLG presents free tickets to the Major
Here's some exciting news for CS:GO fans! It all started with the Tweet of a famous caster Anders Blume: "Here is a dream of mine for future #csgo majors, each legends teams get 50-100 tickets that their fans can win to go to the major and cheer!"
That's a great dream for a prominent personality of CS:GO scene, which was supported by many fans all over the world! But what happened next seemed more like a miracle! The Vice President of MLG, Adam Apicella responded to the Tweet! Here's what he said: "@SirScoots @MLG we already plan to give each legendary team tickets for fans @OnFireAnders."
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Those were the main news of the previous week in competitive CS:GO. Let's hope the next week will be as exciting for every player and every fan! Follow our updates!