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CSGO pro AmaNEk alt-tabs mid-clutch and still pulls off an insane play

Published: 27/Sep/2019 23:51 Updated: 28/Sep/2019 0:31

by Scott Robertson

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In the decider series between CS:GO in the middle of the play, he still made the save for this team.

Any player with serious hours in CS:GO matchmaking has heard a teammate curse and slam their desk at least once because of an accidental alt-tab. When those two keys are hit in that order, all the player sees is the Windows desktop screen, and a window into their own folly.

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But it’s rare to see someone alt-tab but still be able to come back and make the play. It’s even rarer to see a pro make that mistake and save. And it’s unbelievably rare to see it happen in overtime of a tournament game.

But in overtime on Dust II in the decider match at ESL One NY between G2 Esports and ENCE, that’s exactly what AmaNEk did when he had to defend his team’s bomb plant by himself from three ENCE CTs.

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First he jumps onto the short A ledge to get his first kill; an AWP shot onto Aerial on the bomb site. After jumping down into the CT ramp, SuNny tried to go aerial and follow him, but get shout out of the sky from below. 

Then, he froze. For only two seconds tops, but that two seconds felt like an eternity to perplexed fans watching. But then he snapped back to reality, jumped onto one of the boxes on the A site, and pulled out his pistol to put an end to xseveN’s defuse attempt.

Casters Anders Blume and Jason ‘moses’ O’Toole were as confused as anyone else watching. Anders believed that he had flicked his mouse completely off the table, while moses threw out the idea that he thought the round was over was celebrating early, à la Woshige at EVO 2015

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But unlike Woshige, AmaNEk prevented disaster, and his teammates and coach could laugh about it in the moment. They had a lot to laugh about, considering their previous viral mistake.

In an interview with Matthew ‘Sadokist’ Trivett after the series, AmaNEk finally revealed what really happened.

“I alt tab.”

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As Sadokist said, he got away with it though. And that clutch helped propel G2 to win that map, and eventually take the series over ENCE in three maps. With that win, they’ve secured a playoffs spot in the tournament, and will take the stage in the Barclays Center on Saturday.

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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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