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CSGO interviewer Banks noted s1mple’s surprising lack of confidence at the Berlin Major

Published: 4/Sep/2019 21:34 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:33

by Scott Robertson


In an interview between interviewers just before the Champions stage of the StarLadder Berlin major, James Banks told Frankie Ward and Dexerto about a rare lack of confidence he saw in CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev.

In a series of interviews for Dexerto, powered by Razer, Frankie Ward has spoken to several members of the StarLadder Berlin major talent team. One of them is James Banks, who has been performing interviews with a number of prolific CS:GO players throughout the tournament.

When Frankie asked James what the most surprising things he’s uncovered in his interviews are, he spoke candidly about his conversation with s1mple, who has famously never lacked in confidence.

“I’ve been interviewing him for so many years and speaking to him as a friend, but I’ve never seen him not confident in his own ability… He said himself he’s not at his A game. He’s not the confident s1mple you normally get.”

You can watch Frankie’s full interview with James Banks here:

s1mple has always gone the extra mile when it comes to mastering his craft, playing hours and hours of Counter-Strike and focusing solely on getting better, even during player breaks.

In his interview with Banks, he acknowledged some new steps that he and Natus Vincere are taking, including spending more time together both in game and out.

Despite his status as one of the world’s best players, s1mple is demonstrating a more team-focused approach, and this Na’Vi team is definitely one worth watching, both in Berlin and after.


Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis has reported that Na’Vi are exploring options for replacing Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko, and Banks said in his interview with Frankie that it’s apparent we’ll see Na’Vi and Zeus part ways after the major.

Banks spoke at length about the potential of the team’s newest addition Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov, saying that Na’Vi have everything they need going forward.

With a young leader being groomed for greatness, a star still at his peak, and team chemistry at an all-time high, the future of Na’Vi is very bright, and they’ll be looking to win that elusive major title when the Champions Stage begins.


Banks still has Team Liquid winning the major, adding that when he spoke to Liquid, they said the extra games they played in the Legends stage would be important to knocking off the rust.


Mouz & FURIA win BLAST Premier Fall Showdown: final placements & results

Published: 29/Nov/2020 22:10 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 22:15

by Marco Rizzo


The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2020 has all wrapped up as Mousesports and FURIA claimed the final qualification spots for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event hosted sixteen teams from around the world, including invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-two in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

The top two teams, Mouz and FURIA, earned $25,000 each as well as a direct invite to the main event in December and the chance to compete for $750,000.

Everything you need to know about this event can be found below, including all of the scores, finalized brackets, and the full final placements.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown brackets

Group A

BLAST Fall Showdown bracket

Group B

The tournament will consisted of two, single-elimination brackets meeting in the middle, with every match being a best-of-three. The brackets were seeded based on rankings for each team.

Some of the most anticipated games included FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants returned to international competition.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match scores

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Complexity 2-0 Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit 1-2 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA 2-1 Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz 2-0 Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP 0-2 Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe 0-2 MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid 2-1 MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 Heroic 2-1 Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final FURIA 2-1 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Mouz 2-1 Heroic  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final MiBR 0-2 Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Cloud9 2-1 Complexity  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final FURIA 2 – 1 Team Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final Mouz 2 – 0 Cloud9  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

*There was no Grand Final for this tournament since the winners of the two semifinals tie for first place and automatically qualify for the BLAST Fall Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 Mousesports $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
1-2 FURIA $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
3-4 Cloud9 $15,000
3-4 Team Liquid $15,000
5-8 Complexity $10,000
5-8 MiBR $10,000
5-8 Heroic $10,000
5-8 VP $10,000
9-16 Endpoint $3,750
9-16 MAD $3,750
9-16 FaZe $3,750
9-16 NiP $3,750
9-16 Godsent $3,750
9-16 Isirus $3,750
9-16 Spirit $3,750
9-16 Sprout $3,750

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown included a mix of European and North American teams, the latter of which traveled to Europe to get a better connection to the online tournament.

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity found themselves here after BLAST Premier Fall Series, where they failed to qualify for the finals, placing 3rd-4th in their groups. Heroic took Evil Geniuses’ spot after the NA squad was denied travel to Europe due to health restrictions.

Mouz, Virtus.pro, Sprout, and Spirit received invites to participate in the event. While Team Liquid decided to not take part in the group stages, their partnership with BLAST landed them an invite to the Showdown.