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BIG Advance to ESL One Grand Final With Victory Over FaZe Clan

Published: 7/Jul/2018 19:59 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Calum Patterson

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BIG had been the surprise package of ESL One Cologne, with impressive overtime victory’s against Renegades and MiBR, but FaZe Clan would be their toughest challenge yet.

FaZe had been near flawless on their route to the semi’s expect being pushed to a third map against Fnatic, and were heavy favorites to snag a spot in the grand final to face Na’Vi.

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And FaZe unsurprisingly started the stronger of the two, and after dominating the CT side on Dust II they took the first pistol round of the second half and made a huge mountain for BIG to climb, down 4-11.

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BIG were resilient however and continued to show that they’re somewhat unpredictable playstyle could work in their favor, fighting to force overtime as FaZe seemed to lose focus somewhat.

But finally FaZe made the recovery, eventually shutting down a dangerous BIG who had the crowd on their side, with a 19-17 win. 

BIG started strong in map two, as the crowd continued to back them, but their early 6-1 lead coming off the first pistol round win was suddenly eaten up by FaZe, to take a 9-6 lead. 

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BIG was able to wrestle momentum back to force the pivotal game 3 with a 16-13 win.

It was all BIG from that point on as they continued their dominance in front of a delirious home crowd. FaZe was unable to recover and looked defeated from dropping the second set lead.

Nex led the way with 26 kills en route to a blowout 16-6 final map score.

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BIG will go on to face Natus Vincere in the grand final, with the prestige of a grand slam win in front of a raucous home crowd plus $125,000 on the line, but s1mple and Co. will be in their way.


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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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