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BIG Fans Make Plenty of Noise Outside of ESL One Cologne Arena After Semi-Final Celebration

Published: 8/Jul/2018 11:23 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 14:23

by Calum Patterson


BIG’s run to the grand final of ESL One Cologne has been nothing short of remarkable, and couldn’t be any better for the Cologne crowd who have been able to cheer on their German favorites all the way.

The Cologne crowd never disappoints, but has certainly outdone itself this year and much of that is thanks to BIG, an almost all German roster, going the distance.

The volume reached peak decibel levels in the ‘Cathedral of Counter-Strike’ when BIG came up against FaZe Clan for their spot in the grand final.

As the BIG grew into the match more and more so did the fans, who were cheering every kill that went the way of their homegrown heroes.

One surprise package is the only non-German, Englishman Owen “Smooya” Butterfield who only joined the team a matter of weeks before the tournament and has inspired a certain energy in the BIG squad.

He has subsequently become a favorites of the Cologne crowd too, who frequently chant his name when he makes a play – and it is clearly spurring him on given his performance.

But it isn’t just in the arena that fans are making noise, as a video from after the semi-final of attendees leaving the car park shows.

BIG may have upset every team they have faced so far to reach the final, but will still come in as underdogs to the best of five for the trophy and 1st place prize of $125,000.

And Na’Vi also have a strong contingent of fans in attendance who will be making plenty of noise too, so the BIG fans may need to step up their game one last time.

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FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.