Cloud9's in-game leader to miss day one of BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen - Dexerto

Cloud9’s in-game leader to miss day one of BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen

Published: 2/Nov/2018 17:49

by Matt Porter


Cloud9 in-game leader Maikil ‘Golden’ Kunda Selim is set to miss the first day of the BLAST Pro Series event in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive star was scheduled to be part of the Cloud9 squad to take on MiBR and Natus Vincere in the first two matches of the group stage, but unfortunately will not be able to compete.

In a tweet sent out by Cloud9, they confirmed that Golden would be missing due to a “medical situation”, although it is currently unknown what that situation may be.

Taking his place on the roster for their opening two games is Soham ‘valens’ Chowdhury, who is the current coach of the American organization’s CS:GO team.

This is the first event that valens has competed at in almost 20 months, with his last competitive appearance taking place in a StarSeries qualifying tournament back in March 2017. While currently coaching, valens is an experienced CS:GO player, having represented organizations such as compLexity and Nihilum Gaming at previous major events.

Golden’s status for the rest of the BLAST Pro Series is currently unknown, although fans have already begun sending well wishes to the player, hoping he is able to return to Cloud9’s lineup tomorrow.

Golden joined Cloud9 back in August 2018, after spending a week filling in for the team at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier.

The IGL left his former team at Fnatic to replace Tarik “tarik” Celik, who went on to join MiBR.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.