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Astralis players react to crazy reverse sweep vs Na’Vi in ESL Pro League

Published: 5/Oct/2020 1:30

by Bill Cooney

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The best of five finals to cap off Season 12 of the ESL Pro League turned out to be a match made for the history books, as Astralis managed to come from behind and pull off the reverse sweep of Natus Vincere after finding themselves down 2-0.

In the world of esports and Counter-Strike especially, there are few things sweeter than the reverse sweep. Just when it looks like a team is down and out, they start playing lights out and don’t stop until they’ve won the thing, and we love to see it.

For example, Danish esports org Astralis capped off their most recent ESL Pro League championship run on Oct. 4 with a masterpiece comeback against Natus Vincere in the Season 12 finals.

After a 16-12 loss on Dust II to start the series out, s1mple and the rest of NAVI looked more than ready to walk away with the title, but, Astralis wasn’t done yet.

The Danes managed to claw their way back with three consecutive wins on Nuke, Train, and Overpass to somehow pull off the reverse sweep against NAVI.

Almost immediately after as s1mple was downed for a final time, social media lit up with tales of the epic victory by the esports org against all apparent odds, including from the triumphant players themselves.

“IT’S A F***ING REVERSE SWEEP!!! WE WIN 3-2 and that’s so fucking deserved,” Astralis captain Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif posted after his team’s feat. “So proud and happy about this win. CHAMPIONS OF EPL PRO LEAGUE.”

As we mentioned reverse sweeps are some of the best things to watch happen as an esports fan unless you’re for the team being swept, but based on how hyped Astralis players were it definitely seems like it feels even better when you pull it off yourself.

“#lowerbracketwarriors REVERSE FKN SWEEP BABY!” rifler Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen bragged. “3-2 against NaVi and we’re champions of #ESLProLeague Season 12. WHAT A DAY.”

With the current meta of professional CSGO being online-only play at the moment, it’s great to see that top-level play still has plenty of surprises for fans and players alike, even if we’re all forced to watch from home.

The only way it could get any better is if you’re a diehard Astralis fan, basking in the glory of their come from behind win and looking forward to the start of ESL Pro League Season 13 on March 10, 2021.

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.