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BLAST apparently considering mid-match substitutes for CSGO events

Published: 13/May/2020 21:03

by Alan Bernal

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BLAST are considering a rule change that would allow CSGO teams to substitute their players during the half of an active match, according to DBLTAP’s Jarek ‘Dekay’ Lewis.

The proposed change would be a first for teams, allowing a dynamic use for BLAST’s maximum number of players required for a roster – up to five for a starting lineup and two more to be used as subs.

Up to this point, a team actively using anyone outside of the main five players in CSGO has been more theory than application.

According to section 6.7 of the Blast Premier Rulebook for the 2020 season: “Teams may field a different line-up for each map provided that they can set-up the Players in the Playing Area within the pre-scheduled break times.”

Since CSGO is a five-per side game, teams typically eschew roster expansions that exceed that limit. Due to this, BLAST’s substitution rule already in place has yet to be used.

BLAST
BLAST tournaments mix up the formula to CSGO events with its rules and special matchups.

There aren’t many teams in a position to innovatively use such a rule other than Astralis, who have already been loading up their CSGO linuep with assets exceeding the five starters, with reports suggesting they’re willing to sign even more.

It’s an expansion rarely seen from orgs unless they’re getting ready for a major overhaul of their roster.

With the Danish All-Star team having lackluster performances as of late, the new rule would be a great trial and error opportunity for head coach Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen to experiment with lineups, at least for BLAST events.

Astralis
A loaded up Astralis team could experiment with the new BLAST rule.

Since exploding onto the scene in 2017, RFRSH, now BLAST ApS, has been creating unique experiences in CSGO that immediately earned them the Initiative Award of the Year at the Copenhagen Congress and Event Award 2018 in recognition of the BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2017 event.

With a rule like mid-match subs, BLAST could once again look to mix up the typical CSGO formats that allow for a new approach to the game.

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Twitch streamer Evelone banned from trading $150k CSGO inventory

Published: 22/Nov/2020 17:22

by Luke Edwards

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Twitch streamer Evelone, who has over 1.2 million Twitch followers and is one of the biggest CS:GO streamers in the CIS region, picked up a Steam community ban after being found to have apparently stolen another user’s account. He can no longer access his inventory, which is worth an estimated $155k.

What could you buy with $155k? You could pick up 310 PS5s, 11,071 lbs. of m&ms, or 65% of a Lamborghini Huracan. No matter what you want to spend it on, it’s a rather large sum of money. So, to be completely banned from accessing it is far from ideal.

Steam community bans don’t ban the player from playing the game. Rather, they stop the player from having access to forums, friends, and – most crucially – the trading market, which is a major part of CSGO’s culture and economy. It’s particularly damaging when you have an inventory worth such a large amount of cash.

Evelone’s ban is similar to that of CS:GO trader ChiLi, who got kicked from the community for ‘hijacking of another user’s Steam account.” However, it emerged that the ban was instigated by mistake, and he was unbanned 19 days later.

Evelone hit with community ban from Steam

Per u/iwna, Evelone picked up the community ban for ‘stealing’ another Steam user’s account.

He posted on Russian messaging service Telegram: “-12m rubles [equivalent to around $155,000], here we go, good morning.”

Evelone's messages on Telegram
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Evelone’s messages on Telegram.

A message from the Steam admins said: “This account has been reported to have stolen another Steam account. The account has been suspended in accordance with the terms of the Steam Subscriber Agreement. Account blocking won’t be canceled.”

It’s possible, and is being speculated, that the ban could have been placed in error, perhaps due to a spate of mass-reporting by trolls.

Given Evelone is the most viewed Russian-language Twitch streamer from the past month, and his apparent friendship with Na’Vi pro player S1mple, it’s unlikely this ban will pass by quietly.