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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

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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
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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.

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NiKo’s LAST DANCE? The stats behind FaZe’s IEM New York renaissance

Published: 20/Oct/2020 20:27

by Alan Bernal

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Before IEM New York 2020, FaZe Clan’s CSGO team had gone 338 days before winning an event at Blast Copenhagen in 2019. After taking the top spot in the EU IEM, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač showed why the elite talent would be missed if this really was the last dance with FaZe.

There’s no sugar-coating the FaZe star’s woes in the last year, that was only made more apparent with the team’s placements at events.

Up until October 2020, FaZe failed to make any notable finals and posted an 11th place finish at CS Summit 6, 9th-12th at ESL One Cologne, as well as a 13th-14th placement at ESL Pro League Season 12.

This didn’t help public perception for Niko, who was starting to notice CSGO fans’ flak towards his own IGL capabilities and new teammates on the roster.

Throughout 2020, Niko actually hasn’t been having a bad year. His HLTV rating for the year is sitting at 1.11, a decline from the 1.19 and 1.18 ratings for 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Bosnian has never posted below 1.04 at an event this year.

IEM New York could serve as a turning point in FaZe’s fortune so far. Not only did the team take top billing, Niko soared above his squadmates with a 1.28 event rating with 22.3 kills per map with 55.1% headshot rate to boot.

With questions in the air about Niko’s future in FaZe, the 23-year-old star’s performance at IEM could be an indicator of better things to come as long as he’s on the team.