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Cloud9, MIBR headline confirmed teams for B Site CSGO League

Published: 26/Jan/2020 22:56 Updated: 26/Jan/2020 23:09

by Andrew Amos


Cloud9, MIBR, Dignitas, Gen.G, MAD Lions, and ex-CR4ZY have all joined the B Site CSGO League, according to a report by ESPN, with the North American-based rival to ESL Pro League set to start in March.

Some of North America’s most iconic organizations have partnered with FACEIT’s B Site League for 2020 as the race to secure CS:GO top talent steams forward.

Brazilian fan-favorites MIBR and the new Cloud9 roster will headline the rival competition to ESL Pro League. Both teams were invited by ESL to play in the league, but declined the offer or didn’t respond to the tournament organizer.

A revitalized Dignitas roster featuring Ninjas in Pyjamas veterans Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg, Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund, and Adam ‘friberg’ Friberg are also one of six teams confirmed for the tournament, according to ESPN.

MAD Lions playing at Dreamhack Open Leizpig 2020
MAD Lions are one of six teams to sign on with FACEIT’s new B Site League.

Gen.G, MAD Lions, and ex-CR4ZY (now c0ntact) have also signed on with B Site. The league reportedly has a $2 million franchising fee, giving teams access to the revenue share model, as well as players also receiving a cut of all money earned through the new league.

More teams will be drafted through an online qualifier with more than “six figures” on the line, according to a tweet from Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields.

The league will finish up with around 10 to 12 teams, although it’s unclear as to whether more teams are expected to get invited or if remaining slots will be filled by the qualifiers.

The team announcement comes after a week of controversy between ESL and the B Site organizers. ESL revealed the 24 teams invited to Pro League Season 11 on January 24, with a whole new format alongside it.

However, at the time of announcing, none of the teams had officially signed to the league, with Thorin cutting ties with the tournament organizer over slashing half of their originally-planned 48 slots for the big event, leaving some teams hanging to dry.

“In light of the unethical and unprofessional behavior of ESL over their EPL dealings I won’t be working with their org under any circumstances until the people responsible are named and fired or leave the company,” he said.

Players like Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev have also called out ESL, labelling the late change “pathetic.”

B Site League will take place in Los Angeles, starting sometime in March.

It will feature some of CS:GO’s most well-respected talent, including Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat and Anders Blume. It will also be Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles’ first time casting CS:GO.


IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals preview

Published: 24/Feb/2021 18:21 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Andrew Amos


IEM Katowice 2021 has already served up some amazing matchups, and now the quarterfinals are upon us. With CIS supremacy sweeping the CS:GO server, Astralis stand as the lone force to try and stave the three Russian squads away.

Six teams have qualified for the playoffs at IEM Katowice 2021, and four of them are from CIS. Gambit, Natus Vincere, and are hungry for quarterfinals success, while Spirit awaits one of them in the semifinals.

It’s put more pressure now, more than ever, onto two stalwarts of their respective scenes ⁠— Denmark’s (and Europe’s) Astralis, and North America’s Liquid. The latter looks reinvigorated with Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo in the squad, while the former are struggling to reach their peak online.

Ahead of this weekend’s action, let’s take a look at the two quarterfinals ⁠— Gambit vs Natus Vincere and vs Astralis ⁠— and what you should expect.

Gambit vs Natus Vincere

The battle for CIS supremacy will reign on in the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice when Gambit takes on Natus Vincere. This has been a historically Na’Vi-sided matchup, to the surprise of absolutely no one.

Gambit went on a lower-bracket tear to make it to the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice, and they won’t let their rivals stand in their way. Young gun Dmitry ‘sh1ro’ Sokolov is really trying to make a name for himself as CS:GO’s next big AWPer, trying to reach the heights of idols like Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Vastyliev.

Natus Vincere Socios s1mple

Seeing the two face off will be a treat in this quarterfinal, but don’t expect the reigning champions to take it easy. Na’Vi are really finding their stride now, and despite losing to Team Liquid to find themselves in this position, you can’t keep them down for long.

Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov and s1mple are bouncing off each other better than ever, and it really feels like a repeat of IEM Katowice 2020 is on the cards. Na’Vi didn’t make it easy for themselves there in groups, before proceeding to demolish Liquid, Astralis, and G2 Esports without dropping a single map in playoffs.

Gambit’s going to have to be prepared for a Na’Vi they’ve never faced before. It’s the biggest stage this matchup has happened on, and while the potential for an upset is there, you’d have to back Na’Vi to finish strong at Katowice.

Thrive Props

  • Ax1le: 28.5 total kills
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Hobbit: 43.5 total deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points
  • Electronic: 6.5 total assists
    • Over = 95 points
    • Under = 105 points
  • Flamie: 18.5 total headshots
    • Over = 105 points
    • Under = 95 points
  • S1mple: 75.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points

Visit Thrive vs Astralis and Astralis marks the first rematch of the StarLadder Major Berlin 2019 final. Back then, Astralis were decimating anyone in their patch, and VP (then Avangar) were collateral as the Danes took home their fourth major. However, it’s funny how things change in 18 months.

Astralis’ experimentation with six and seven-man rosters has led nowhere, and with the core five back together, they’ve been struggling to get back into gear., on the other hand, has started 2021 on fire with a win at cs_summit 7 (where Astralis didn’t play).

One also has to look at how far has come since then. “Jame Time” might still be the slogan, but everyone from Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov to Mareks ‘YEKINDAR’ Galinskis have been pulling their weight. The team isn’t as reliant on Jame’s AWP to win as they once were, and he’s taken to the IGL role like a fish to water.

If there is one time where could get their revenge, it’s now. VP have taken down Vitality and FURIA ⁠— two of the best teams in the world ⁠— to get here, and Astralis have been hot and cold to start off the year. The tournament remaining online likely doesn’t help Astralis either.

However, you can never count out the Danes. Much like Gambit vs Natus Vincere, the real big ticket matchup will be Jame vs Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz. The AWPers will once again prove to be the deciding factor in this matchup, and if history is anything to go by, it should be explosive.

Thrive Props

  • Buster: 45.5 total kills
    • Over = 115 points
    • Under = 85 points
  • Sanji: 32.5 total deaths
    • Over = 80 points
    • Under = 120 points
  • Magisk: 9.5 total assists
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points
  • gla1ve: 13.5 total headshots
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Device: 88.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points

The IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals get underway on February 26.

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