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Cloud9 Announce New Fifth Player as Stand In at ESL One Cologne

Published: 1/Jul/2018 13:49 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Calum Patterson

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Top North American roster of Cloud9 have announced another stand in player to following the move to swap out Pujan “FNS” Mehta, who had joined the team for recent tournaments.

There ambitions with FNS on the roster were high, but could not be met, with disappointing placings at both ESL Pro League S7 finals and the ECS S5 finals.

At the conclusion of ECS S5, Will “RUSH” Wierzba made it clear that the team were looking at options and were hoping to find a permanent replacement as opposed to another stand in.

Rumors had been circling suggesting a possible reunion of former OpTic players could be on the cards, with Oscar “Mixwell” Cañellas saying he would be available should they need him.

The team have now announced their fifth player however, and it is neither the rumored Mixwell nor a permanent addition.

Mousesports player Martin “STYKO” Styk will join the roster for at least the upcoming ESL One Cologne starting July 3rd.

STYKO was recently moved to an inactive role on mousesports with former Virtus Pro player Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski filling his spot on the lineup.

It doesn’t give Cloud9 a great deal of time to settle in with their new teammate, and despite all of STYKO’s talent many fans will have serious doubts given how little practice they will have as a unit.

However, if Cloud9 can put on an impressive showing at Cologne with STYKO in the squad, there is a possibility he could remain for later events also. With so many vital tournaments on the horizon, Cloud9 will want to find some sort of consistency soon, rather than constant stand-ins.

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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

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The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.