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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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GODSENT leak their own CS:GO roster with TACO on job listing

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:44 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:56

by Connor Bennett

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Swedish esports organization GODSENT have confirmed their new Counter-Strike roster, featuring Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo – with a job listing for someone to edit their reveal video. 

Roster and player announcements have become big business in esports, especially at the highest level.  A lot of time and effort goes into getting everything right – sometimes even weeks before the actual announcements are made.

Organizations will, at times, drop hints about what moves they’re making, especially if an insider – or even a player – manages to accidentally reveal things ahead of time.

However, this time, it wasn’t an insider or new player who dropped the ball on an announcement, but rather the organization themselves.

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TACO had been rumored to be leading the new GODDSENT team.

The Swedish organization, which has typically had European Counter-Strike rosters, uploaded the files for their roster announcement to a job listing. They were asking for someone to edit the videos, removing the green screen behind their new players.

Front and center of the video is former SK Gaming and MiBR star TACO, who had been rumored to be leading the new GODSENT project. He’s flanked by former teammate João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos, Bruno ‘latto’ Rebelatto, Eduardo ‘dumau’ Wolkmer, and Bruno ‘b4rtiN’ Câmara.

Twitter user NoOne_CSGO spotted the video totally revealing the whole roster on January 16, which went under the radar before RushBMedia’s Ryan Friend boosted it.

After the hilarious ‘leak’ made the rounds on Twitter, the listing was removed from the Upwork website, and the videos were taken down.

However, GODSENT and Taco decided to have a little fun with things. “FAKE NEWS,” they tweeted, while Taco claimed “it’s not me,” in the videos.

Before it was removed, the listing asked for the work to be completed by 6PM on Monday, January 18, pointing at an announcement coming soon.

Seeing as they’ve now taken it down, and quite a decent number of CS:GO fans have seen the videos, GODSENT might move that forward and announce their new line-up sooner.

It’s either a spectacular blunder that will be talked about while the lineup is together, or a superb piece of hype-building.