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Bubzkji joins Astralis CSGO roster as JUGi departs

Published: 31/Jul/2020 11:46

by Andrew Amos

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Astralis have completed the signing of MAD Lions star rifler Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen as their newest player while also releasing substitute AWPer Jakob ‘JUGi⁠’ Hansen.

Astralis are looking at rebuilding their Danish empire in CS:GO. Their original roster, which arguably became CS:GO’s most dominant dynasty in history, have filled up their trophy cabinet with a vast variety of crowns and trophies.

However, five players isn’t enough. Astralis picked up Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen as not just a sub, but a sixth member in March. Jakob ‘JUGi’ Hansen then became the seventh.

Now though, the former OpTic AWPer has found himself on the chopping block as Astralis raid MAD Lions.

Astralis huddle at Berlin Major 2019
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Astralis have been trying to build up a bigger roster.

Following reports that Astralis had reached out to MAD Lions to try to sign Bubzkji, the team has now confirmed that he is joining as their seventh member. The 22-year-old star has even signed a two-year deal with the Danish powerhouse.

In an accompanying move, JUGi, who had originally been their second substitute, is departing Astralis and becoming a free agent once again. The former Heroic, OpTic Gaming, and North AWPer admitted that he was “disappointed” by the move but respected the decision and wants to continue on playing.

As for Bubzkji, the rifler noted that after hearing of Astralis’ interest, his mind was made up and wanted the move. He revealed that other teams were interested but Astralis is where he wants to play.

Bubzkji’s future at MAD Lions had been widely speculated over the player break. There had been reports of Andersen being moved to the bench after the org told fans they were “reviewing our roster to position our team for continued success.”

The 22-year-old broke out onto the scene in 2019 under the wing of Nicolai ‘HUNDEN’ Petersen, first with Tricked and then after the lineup moved under the MAD Lions banner.

He has averaged a HLTV rating of over 1.10 for most of his time at MAD Lions, and is widely considered one of Denmark’s best talents.

Bubzkji playing for Tricked
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2019 was Bubzkji’s breakout year.

Astralis has been vocal about their quest to build a 10-man roster in CS:GO. They intend on building an academy roster to back up their main one to not only help with practice on both ends, but also for ease of substituting players in and out if they take a break.

“Ultimately we would like to see across game titles a full 10 player set-up with an academy team like in the pro League of Legends leagues,” Director of Sports Kasper Hvidt told fans on June 2.

Astralis stars Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander and Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Hojsleth are both on break for the time being, with JUGi and previous stand-in Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer filling the void.

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How to watch IEM Global Challenge 2020: stream, teams, schedule

Published: 3/Dec/2020 1:52 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 10:16

by Andrew Amos

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The IEM Global Challenge is going to be one massive CS:GO event to cap off the year. While it’s not quite making the long-awaited return to offline events, it’s got the  best teams from NA and Europe. We’ve got all you need to know about the huge eight-team tournament right here.

CS:GO hasn’t had a big LAN since the IEM Katowice Major back in February 2020. The Rio Major was postponed again and again, before inevitably being cancelled due to the current global situation.

While IEM Global Challenge was meant to be on LAN, it’s not quite there yet. Nevertheless, the IEM Global Challenge features eight of the best teams from NA and Europe, duking it out over a huge $500,000 prize pool.

If you were doubting the results of the online era, and want to define a true champion of CS:GO in 2020, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 stream

The IEM Global Challenge 2020 will be streamed live on the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 teams

Eight teams from across the globe have descended on Europe for the IEM Global Challenge 2020. The usual suspects have climbed their way to the top, including world number one Vitality, 2020 breakout stars Heroic, and four-time Major winners Astralis.

That doesn’t mean there’s not new talent to keep your eyes out for. FURIA has had a stellar 2020 over in North America, and will be looking to prove that Brazilians have a team to rally behind come 2021. Chaos will also be looking to go out with a bang, after the organization announced they will be pulling out of CS:GO after the event.

Group A Group B
Team Vitality Heroic
Complexity FURIA
Astralis Natus Vincere
Chaos Team Liquid

IEM Global Challenge 2020 schedule & results

Tuesday, December 15

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Match Chaos vs Vitality 3am 6am 11am
Group A Opening Match Astralis vs Complexity 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group B Opening Match Na’Vi vs FURIA 10am 1pm 6pm

Wednesday, December 16

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Match Liquid vs Heroic 3am 6am 11am
Group A Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group A Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Thursday, December 17

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, December 18

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Decider Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Decider Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, December 19

Match Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 1 TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Semifinal 2 TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Sunday, December 20

Match Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8am 11am 4pm

IEM Global Challenge 2020 final placements

Placement Team Prize Money (USD) BLAST Points
1 TBD $200,000 3000
2 TBD $100,000 1500
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
7-8 TBD $20,000 188
7-8 TBD $20,000 188