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Brazil to reportedly host first CSGO Major of 2020

Published: 18/Nov/2019 19:00 Updated: 18/Nov/2019 19:04

by Dustin Steiner

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Reports have surfaced that Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be the location of 2020’s first CS:GO Major, with ESL set to host the event. This confirms earlier leaks made by community members and pro players alike. 

The report from Jarek “DeKay” Lewis shows that ESL, the hosts of some of the world’s largest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events, will once again be returning to helm the Major. The last Major they hosted at IEM Katowice was one of the competitive highlights of last year in terms of CS:GO events, and has been held up by the community as the gold standard in event hosting.

The event will reportedly take place in May, called the “ESL One Rio Major,” marking a return for the brand to Major status. The last ESL One to hold that distinction was ESL One Cologne in 2016. The event will mark their second Major in the past year, but they had a three year hiatus from hosting them previously as they were awarded to other organizers.

DeKay’s report confirms earlier leaks, most notably from S1mple, who mentioned the Major, taking place in Brazil on his stream earlier this month. This kickstarted the rumor engine, though the DBLTAP report also mentions that this location had been considered as early as ESL One: New York earlier this year.

ESL has hosted several events in Brazil in the past, including the ESL Pro League season four final and an ESL One event in Belo Horizonte.

The CS:GO Major system remains one of the more unique major competitions in esports and one of the few in Major esports titles that remains an open format. Many other esports, such as Overwatch, Call of Duty, and League of Legends, have all switched to a franchise-based system.

Majors remain the most prestigious on CS:GO’s calendar simply because Valve are involved directly, and teams have the chance to offer stickers for sale in-client, which remains a lucrative opportunity for organizations. Astralis will enter this Major cycle with three back-to-back titles, despite challengers to the throne in Team Liquid and others.

Brazil also plays host to popular CS:GO players, such as FalleN, Taco, and other members of MiBR, who will undoubtedly help drive ticket sales to the event.

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How Team Vitality Broke their CSGO Curse Against All Odds @ IEM Beijing

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:21

by Marco Rizzo

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Dexerto explores how Vitality was able to win their first tournament of the year at IEM Beijing, pulling out an incredible comeback against a seemingly unstoppable NaVi. 

French CSGO has made a comeback in the past two years, with Team Vitality and G2 Esports working hard to put France back on the map.
While the performance of the two best teams in the region has been admirable, reaching multiple grand finals throughout the year, they have failed to overcome their opponent on every occasion.
After their performance at Blast Premier Fall Series, Vitality looked to be in good form coming into IEM Beijing-Haidian, especially as the addition of Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom seemed to add another weapon to the Vitality arsenal.
The Frenchmen showed from the start of the group stages how dangerous they could be and how their new sixth member could change the way they approached games.
The finals of the tournament saw the two highest-rated players in the world face each other, with Oleksandr ‘s1mple Kostyliev taking on Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut. Both acting as catalysts for one of the most entertaining series of the year.
The rivalry between the two is only just starting, with a few tournaments still left before the end of the year, both prodigies are looking to claim the title of the best player of 2020.