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Cloud9 CS:GO Adds Two European Players Ahead of ELEAGUE Premier 2018

Published: 17/Jul/2018 9:32 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Ross Deason

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Cloud9 has officially announced its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive lineup for ELEAGUE Premier 2018.

The North American organization will use two European players at the million dollar event, both of whom have won premier international tournaments in 2018.

Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk, who played for the team at ESL One: Cologne 2018, has been confirmed as the first stand-in, meaning that his stay will extend until the end of July at the earliest.

Fnatic’s Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim will also don a Cloud9 jersey at the G-FUEL ELEAGUE Arena after he was benched by the Swedish roster in June.

Cloud9 confirms that STYKO and Golden will only be stand-ins for the million dollar event, so nothing appears to be set in stone regarding the team’s future heading into the remainder of the year.

As Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik was acting as Cloud9’s in-game leader before his departure, it seems likely that Golden will take over the role for ELEAGUE Premier, which runs from July 21 – 29.

The 24-year-old led Fnatic to two international titles in March before the Swedes gave Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström the title of in-game leader and eventually benched Golden.

STYKO, on the other hand, is expected to continue in the role of support player. The Slovakian helped Mousesports to become a permanent top four team in 2017 and 2018, winning a handful of tournaments in the process, but they eventually decided to replace him with Virtus.Pro legend, Janusz ‘Snax’ Pogorzelski.

Cloud9’s roster for the FACEIT London Major in September is still undecided.

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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.