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Astralis could claim $1 million extra if they win the ESL Pro League S8 finals

Published: 4/Dec/2018 12:14 Updated: 4/Dec/2018 12:21

by Joe O'Brien


Astralis have an opportunity to win the Intel Grand Slam at the ongoing ESL Pro League Season 8 finals.

The Intel Grand Slam is a bonus challenge that offers teams a $1 million dollar prize. To claim it, teams must win four participating major events.


The latest tournament that counts towards the Grand Slam is the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals, which itself offers a $750,000 prize pool as sixteen teams compete in Odense, Denmark for the title from December 4-9.

Winning the Grand Slam isn’t quite as simple as lifting four trophies, however. The events that count are only the premier tournaments put on by ESL (including IEM events) and DreamHack, so there’s always competition from many of the world’s best teams for each victory.


Teams must also claim the four titles within a window of ten events. After their first win, they have nine more opportunities to claim the other three they need, after which that victory will fall off of their count.

ECSAstralis are coming into the EPL Season 8 Finals fresh off of a victory at the ECS Season 6 Finals.

Right now, Astralis are the only team with three wins to their name. If they lift the trophy at the EPL Season 8 finals, they’ll become the first recipient of the IEM Grand Slam prize.

Astralis’ opportunity also opens up a chance at a bonus prize for other teams, however. Should they reach the final of the tournament but lose, then the team who denies the Grand Slam would themselves receive a $100,000 bonus prize.


The Intel Grand Slam has been running for over a year, having kicked off with ESL One Cologne on July 4-9, 2017. During that time, there have been 14 events that count towards the challenge, with the ESL Pro League Season 8 finals being the 15th.

The addition of Magisk was the catalyst for Astralis becoming the best team in the world.

Despite so many opportunities, no team has yet claimed the bonus prize, with those 14 titles spread between nine different squads.

Astralis aren’t the first team to come within reach of the Grand Slam, however. FaZe Clan previously had an opportunity to claim the $1 million bonus prize, but weren’t able to secure the final victory they needed before one of their titles expired, returning them to a current total of two contributing wins.


This won’t be Astralis’ last opportunity to claim the Grand Slam, however. Should they fall short at the Season 8 finals, they’ll have one last shot – at the IEM Katowice Major, no less – to secure their fourth win, after which their DreamHack Marseille win will fall away and they’ll be two trophies from the prize.


Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun


Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.


Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.


After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.


But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.


While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.