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Astralis add JUGi to CSGO roster

Published: 11/May/2020 0:40

by Bill Cooney

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Out of nowhere, Astralis announced they’ve signed Danish player Jakob ‘JUGi’ Hansen as their CSGO squad’s seventh player, effective immediately.

JUGi had been playing with North since signing in May 2019, but things never really clicked and he was benched in January of 2020.

After not playing competitive CSGO for several months, the AWPer has now found a new home at Astralis, according to TV 2 Sport, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be replacing any of their starters.

JUGi was one of the hottest new names in CSGO in 2015 and 2016, in part because of his raw skill on the AWP, which you can see a clip of above.

He spent time on Optic in 2018 before being picked up by North in 2019, but for whatever reason, he’s never become the star that he seemed destined to be all those years ago.

It’s a bit of a strange move by Astralis, who typically sign high-profile, marketable players, while JUGi has remained fairly low-profile throughout his career.

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Despite plenty of talent, JUGi isn’t one of the flashy, well-known players Astralis is known for.

Astralis recently signed Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen from Heroic as a sixth player to fill out their roster, so as the team’s seventh player, JUGi will probably spend most of his time on the bench in a backup role.

The organization already has veteran AWP legend Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz in their starting squad, so the chances of JUGi seeing playtime while he’s available are slim, but we’ve seen stranger things happen.

CSGO is a 5v5 game, and teams typically don’t mess with their starting five for a variety of reasons, the main one being team cohesion and how comfortable players are with one another, which means it could be some time before JUGi sees the spotlight.

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Maybe practicing with and being around dev1ce will take JUGi’s AWP skills to the level we’ve been waiting for.

Neither Astralis or JUGi has commented on the reported pickup yet, but it will be very interesting to see what the Danish esports org ends up doing with their newly expanded roster.

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LIVE: BLAST Premier Global Final – Team Liquid upset Na’Vi

Published: 19/Jan/2021 23:36 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 17:25

by Albert Petrosyan

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BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 


  • Evil Geniuses vs FURIA coming up next (16:45 CET)
  • Team Liquid sweep Na’Vi 2-0
  • Liquid secure Inferno 16-6 and Nuke 16-14

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results

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Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  Na’Vi 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses vs FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity vs Na’Vi 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis vs G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality vs Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpasss — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.


Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
TBD
7-8 TBD $15,000
TBD