Astralis' Gla1ve takes shots at NRG after eliminating them at CSGO Berlin Major - Dexerto

Astralis’ Gla1ve takes shots at NRG after eliminating them at CSGO Berlin Major

Published: 7/Sep/2019 23:02 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:17

by Scott Robertson


After a dominant 2-0 victory over NRG Esports in the semifinals of the StarLadder Berlin CS:GO major, Astralis’ in-game leader Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander spoke to Frankie Ward and Dexerto about how both teams prepared for the series.

The once dominant Astralis is in the middle of a resurgence, and the white hot NRG Esports team got cooled off by the great Danes in the semifinals of the StarLadder Berlin major on Saturday.

After the win, gla1ve spoke to Frankie Ward and Dexerto, and continued to fire shots at NRG Esports long after he had left the server.

“I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed, but there’s different ways of preparing,” gla1ve told Frankie. “Their way is just talking a lot in interviews, and we actually prepare.”

Actually preparing was a must for Astralis after getting surprised by NRG in the New Legends stage. The two teams needed six overtimes to settle their first showdown on Train, and when NRG took that first map, dupreeh said in a separate interview that Astralis was so mentally strained that they rolled over on Nuke.

But this time, Astralis were prepared, and gla1ve outlined the strategy that went into their CT side. “What we talked about is that we need to hold them back in the beginning of the game,” the 24-year-old explained. “So we needed to use a lot of utility at the beginning of the round, don’t let them push outside, don’t let them get easy first picks.”

He admitted that he was surprised to see such a relaxed CT side from NRG on Overpass, as he said he didn’t expect Astralis to be gifted entry to sites so easily. What he also did easily was accurately, almost scarily accurately, predict exactly how NRG would respond to their A push in the last round of the series.

StarLadderAstralis after a New Legends stage victory

With that series wrapped up, Astralis looks ahead to AVANGAR in the grand finals, and gla1ve promises that they won’t be surprised. “I know that any team that can go into a major final can win it,” he said. ‘So we’re not going to underestimate anyone.”

At the end of 2016, they replaced their widely regarded in-game leader Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen with a young, relatively unknown IGL who went by the moniker gla1ve. Despite continuing to struggle through most of 2017, the squad stuck by their new young leader, and proceeded to absolutely dominate the 2018 calendar year.

At the end of the interview with Frankie, gla1ve said he doesn’t believe that Astralis are back to being the number one team in the world yet.

With a major title and a resurgence in momentum and confidence, his sentiments may change very soon.


ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

ESIC csgo coach bug ban
ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.