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Cloud9 CSGO sign ALEX from Team Vitality in $1.65 million deal

Published: 10/Sep/2020 15:33 Updated: 10/Sep/2020 20:21

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have announced the signing of formerly Vitality in-game leader Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin as the first player in their CS:GO roster rebuild.

Cloud9 recently revealed that they would be undergoing a complete overhaul of their CS:GO division, bringing in commentator Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer as General Manager of the project, and Aleksandar ‘kassad’ Trifunović as head coach.

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As part of the new direction, the team announced that they would be finding new homes for their existing line-up, and starting from scratch with a new team. British IGL ALEX is the first new addition for that squad.

New manager HenryG also revealed details of the deal, in a first for CS:GO esports.

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He confirmed the contract length is three years, and the value of the deal worth $1.65m

ALEX most recently competed for Vitality, during which time he helped lead them to the world number two ranking, including winning four championships, appearing in six finals, and reaching 11 straight playoffs at events.

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ALEX will be captain and IGL of the new C9 roster.

In March of 2020, however, he stepped down from the team, citing burnout from the travel demands of competing in a top team. The move to Cloud9 will be his first return to competition since playing at IEM Katowice in February 2020.

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Cloud9 is expected to announce more members of their roster soon, so stay tuned.

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BLAST Premier Fall moves CSGO event to Europe & replaces 100 Thieves

Published: 14/Oct/2020 15:00

by Calum Patterson

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BLAST has announced that BIG and Furia will be replacing 100 Thieves and Team Liquid in the BLAST Premier Fall series, with all teams competing from Europe.

During the online CS:GO era, teams in different regions have been unable to face each other due to the travel restrictions and all tournaments being moved online. This has led to an interesting, but not entirely desirable, separation of the competition.

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The BLAST Premier Fall Series will finally bring together the two main regions, Europe and America, to compete under a single tournament once again, as German’s BIG and Brazil’s Furia replace the outgoing 100 Thieves and Team Liquid.

The Fall Series was initially planned to be another split tournament, with eight European teams, and 4 American teams, playing in their own separate events. However, with 100 Thieves pulling out of CS:GO, it would have left only three teams in the NA event.

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100 Thieves had secured spots in partnered leagues including BLAST, but have now pulled out of the esport altogether.

Rather than simply filling the spot with Furia, BLAST are bringing together both events, and adding BIG into the mix as well. BIG are certainly deserving of a spot, considering their impressive form over the online era.

Team Liquid will make way, and instead join up in the Fall Showdown in November. BLAST says they agreed to this with Liquid “to limit the amount of cross-continental travel for players.”

“The Fall Series will throw up some of the most exciting match-ups this year with Americas-based teams FURIA, MiBR and Evil Geniuses now able to rekindle old and new rivalries against Europe’s leading Counter-Strike teams,” BLAST said.

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Team Liquid will advance straight to the Fall Showdown, with BIG taking their spot in the groups.

BLAST Premier Fall teams:

  • Astralis
  • NiP
  • G2 Esports
  • OG
  • Vitality
  • NAVI
  • FaZe Clan
  • Complexity
  • FURIA
  • MiBR
  • Evil Geniuses
  • BIG

All teams will be based in Europe for the tournament, starting on October 26 with the first group matches. The top two from each group advance to the Fall Finals, bottom two to the Showdown, for a second shot at making it to the finals. After the finals are concluded, winning teams will advance to the Global Finals in January.

“The Counter-Strike scene has been crying out for both regions to renew rivalries in recent months and we’re delighted that we can deliver this for fans.” said BLAST CEO, Robbie Douek.

You can catch all the action from the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

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