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Cloud9 and FaZe Clan Become First Casualties of ELEAGUE Premier 2018

Published: 25/Jul/2018 10:29 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:08

by Ross Deason


Cloud9 and FaZe Clan have become the first teams to be eliminated from ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018.

The first match of the day saw MiBR’s Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip and Tarik ‘Tarik’ Celik defeat their former Cloud9 teammates The second featured a European showdown between Fantic and FaZe Clan, with the Swedish team coming out on top.

MiBR came out swinging against Cloud9, rolling over the North American team with a comfortable 16-5 score on Inferno.

Cloud9 managed to fight back on Cache, with Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba producing a particularly strong performance, but the majority Brazilian roster of MiBR eventually prevailed in overtime, winning 19-17.

The loss eliminated Cloud9 in from Group A with a 0-2 record and no map wins. The North American side was using Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim and Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk for the tournament, having still found no permanent replacements for Tarik and Stewie2K.

In the second match, Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström led Fnatic against FaZe Clan, the team that he helped to win IEM Sydney 2018 as a stand-in.

The match was incredibly close. Fnatic managed to claim the first map, Dust 2, in overtime, winning 19-15 as Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson topped the scoreboard.

Next up was Mirage and, despite some heroics from Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač that saw him finish with a score of 38-19, FaZe Clan was once again unable to prevail, losing 16-14 in nail-biting fashion.

ELEAGUE Premier was Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer’s first tournament back in action for FaZe Clan after a lengthy hiatus due to undisclosed personal reasons.

The Swedish legend performed well individually but it was not enough to prevent a 0-2 record in Group B. Despite the losses to Mousesports and Fnatic, FaZe finished with a round differential of just -8.

MiBR will face Team Liquid in the Group A decider match, while Fnatic will take on Mousesports in Group B. Both games will take place on July 25.


Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch


Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.