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Complexity stun Astralis 2-0 in first round of BLAST Premier CSGO event

Published: 7/Feb/2020 23:02 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 10:28

by Scott Robertson


After some tough losses in the Rio major open qualifiers, and being on the wrong end of jokes from the community, Complexity’s new ‘juggernaut’ roster pulled off one of the greatest CS:GO upsets of all time against reigning 3x major champions Astralis.

If there was to be a 2-0 result in a best-of-three between Astralis and Complexity, few would expect the all-Danish side to be the ones on the losing end.

But that’s exactly what happened as the first day of Group B play at BLAST Premier Spring in London came to a close, as the new international roster competing under the Complexity banner stunned Astralis in the opening round.

An ecstatic Complexity roster celebrated their monumental win, with organization owner Jason Lake coming on stage to join his players in celebrating. He had been loudly cheering throughout the whole series as his team won on Dust2, then surprised Astralis on their own pick of Vertigo.

Lake and his team will now get to experience some relief from the string of jokes that had been aimed at the roster and the organization since the end of the StarLadder Berlin major.

After a disastrous showing at that major, the owner stripped completely dismantled his NA lineup and declared to his goal of building a ‘juggernaut’ roster.

Complexity’s current lineup of Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke, Valentin ‘poizon’ Vasilev, Benjamin ‘blameF’ Bremer, Owen ‘oBo’ Schlatter, and Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba isn’t exactly what one would call a juggernaut, but their win over Astralis proved that they have the potential to exceed expectations.

Expert analyst Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, who was on the broadcast desk while watching the match, said it was potentially one of the greatest upsets in CS:GO history.

His fellow desk analyst, Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill, credited Complexity for their “long con” of baiting Astralis into picking a map they could win.

The upset could also prove to be a turning point for the roster’s goals of making the Rio major, after coming up short in two open qualifier tournaments just before BLAST. There are two more open qualifier chances left for them to take advantage of and the momentum from this victory might carry them one step closer to Brazil.

This result means that Complexity move to the second round of Group B, where they will face Vitality on February 8 for a guaranteed spot in the Spring Finals. If they do make it to the Group B grand final, there’s a chance they could face Astralis again, whose path to redemption begins against Na’Vi in the lower bracket.

The two teams who make it out of this bracket will join FaZe Clan and Team Liquid and two more teams from Group C in the Spring Finals.

You can follow all of the competitive CSGO action by visiting our BLAST Premier Spring 2020 hub, which includes livestreams, the full schedule, scores, and more.


GODSENT leak their own CS:GO roster with TACO on job listing

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:44 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:56

by Connor Bennett


Swedish esports organization GODSENT have confirmed their new Counter-Strike roster, featuring Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo – with a job listing for someone to edit their reveal video. 

Roster and player announcements have become big business in esports, especially at the highest level.  A lot of time and effort goes into getting everything right – sometimes even weeks before the actual announcements are made.

Organizations will, at times, drop hints about what moves they’re making, especially if an insider – or even a player – manages to accidentally reveal things ahead of time.

However, this time, it wasn’t an insider or new player who dropped the ball on an announcement, but rather the organization themselves.

Taco playing for Team Liquid
TACO had been rumored to be leading the new GODDSENT team.

The Swedish organization, which has typically had European Counter-Strike rosters, uploaded the files for their roster announcement to a job listing. They were asking for someone to edit the videos, removing the green screen behind their new players.

Front and center of the video is former SK Gaming and MiBR star TACO, who had been rumored to be leading the new GODSENT project. He’s flanked by former teammate João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos, Bruno ‘latto’ Rebelatto, Eduardo ‘dumau’ Wolkmer, and Bruno ‘b4rtiN’ Câmara.

Twitter user NoOne_CSGO spotted the video totally revealing the whole roster on January 16, which went under the radar before RushBMedia’s Ryan Friend boosted it.

After the hilarious ‘leak’ made the rounds on Twitter, the listing was removed from the Upwork website, and the videos were taken down.

However, GODSENT and Taco decided to have a little fun with things. “FAKE NEWS,” they tweeted, while Taco claimed “it’s not me,” in the videos.

Before it was removed, the listing asked for the work to be completed by 6PM on Monday, January 18, pointing at an announcement coming soon.

Seeing as they’ve now taken it down, and quite a decent number of CS:GO fans have seen the videos, GODSENT might move that forward and announce their new line-up sooner.

It’s either a spectacular blunder that will be talked about while the lineup is together, or a superb piece of hype-building.