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CS:GO: Astralis stunned by Team Vitality at ESL One Cologne 2019

Published: 6/Jul/2019 17:00 Updated: 6/Jul/2019 17:18

by Connor Bennett


Counter-Strike with the hopes of climbing back to the top of the mountain and proving that they are still one of the premier teams to beat. 

They had taken down BIG, Fnatic, and Ninjas in Pyjamas in their earlier matches – giving them a platform to build from as they entered the arena stage at the semi-finals – in the opposite side of the bracket to Team Liquid. That possible final match-up presented an incredibly mouth-watering prospect for many CS:GO fans. However, that won’t be happening now. 

ESL/Helena KristianssonAstralis won’t grace the Lanxess Arena in the Grand Finals.

The Danes were knocked out by Team Vitality following a thoroughly entertaining three map series that spanned across Dust 2, Inferno, and Overpass.

Vitality kicked things off with a dominant 16-8 win on Dust 2 – their map choice – before falling to a 22-19 overtime defeat on Inferno. However, the majority-French roster closed things out on Overpass – picking up the 16-9 victory and kicking the Danes to the curb.

Team Vitality will meet either Team Liquid or Natus Vincere in the final.

It was the stunning play of Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut that led Vitality through as the young phenom pulled out 25 kills to 12 deaths on Dust Two before putting in a 30-28 performance on Inferno and 20-12 on Overpass. 

His overall rating of +23 was double anyone else in the game, despite his teammate Alex ‘Alex’ McMeekin almost stealing the show by lending a massive helping hand to put Vitality into the grand finals. 

ZywOo’s absurd talent, even in one of the biggest games of his young career, was on full display as he ripped Astralis apart during the early stages of Dust 2 to show that he was prepared to drag his team through.

While Astralis will have to go back to the drawing board and prepare themselves for the StarLadder Major, Vitality will be gearing up for a grand final meeting with either Team Liquid or Natus Vincere – looking to secure their third trophy in three months.

Na’Vi, the defending champions, have been in stunning form in Cologne but taking on Liquid – the new top dogs – is no easy feat, especially when they have a chance to secure the Intel Grand Slam, and $1,000,000 in prize money, in record-breaking time.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.