During a match between team FaZe and team Heroic on the first day of Masters, commentators Anders and Moses noted Counter-Strike’s new bomb-defuse sound.
The new sound effect is a far cry from its previous iterations. Instead of a short series of beeps or a muffled voice announcing the diffusion, the effect is now a mixture of cheers, party poppers, and applause in celebration of a successful mission.
Team FaZe successfully defused team Heroic’s bomb, resulting in the sound effect and causing a raucous reaction from the Twitch chat. CS:GO commentators Anders and Moses weren’t too pleased with the change.
“I keep forgetting that’s going to happen.”
“What happens if we’re at the Major and it’s the most epic 1 vs 4 ever, and that little party sound goes off?”
The commentators felt as though the sound would take away from the Major’s seriousness, stating that the effect could be an issue.
“Yeah, can we disable it for the Major? That’s actually… that might be a problem.”
The effect could likewise act as a taunt against an opposing team, or even prove a major distraction during clutch moments.
The CORSAIR Major spans from September 1st – 2nd: with the major close at hand, the new sound’s effects are still yet to be seen on its competitors.
We might not be in the Big Apple this year, but IEM New York is still taking place. Three events across North America, Europe, and CIS will take place to crown regional champions in the next stage of the IEM Global Challenge.
ESL One New York in 2019 featured an Astralis vs Evil Geniuses final, where the hometown stars took down the dominant Danes in a convincing 3-1 series. However, the two will be separated into different regional events in 2020.
IEM New York is still taking place online, with 32 teams across three regions invited to take part in the $250,000 event. Across three weeks, different regional champions will be crowned, with RMR points on offer for the best performing teams.
Evil Geniuses won ESL One New York 2019. This year, there’ll be three winners.
IEM New York, being an ESL event, will be streamed on the ESL CS:GO channels on Twitch and YouTube. We’ve embedded the streams below for your convenience.
IEM New York teams
12 North American and CIS teams, plus eight European teams, will be taking part in IEM New York. Despite having the fewest number of teams, Europe boasts the biggest prize pool of $140,000 USD.
The teams will be divided into two sets of groups — six in each NA and CIS group, four in Europe. The best teams in each group will make it to the playoffs. The format for playoffs will be single-elimination in Europe, and double-elimination for North America and CIS.