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CSGO bot ‘toggles on’ to clutch must-win round for team in a 4v5

Published: 27/Apr/2020 9:00

by Andrew Amos

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CS:GO’s AI can be the bane of every players’ existence in matchmaking. However, one special Bot Vladimir should be awarded for their incredible clutch, turning the game around for his team right at the death.

Bots are dreaded in CS:GO matchmaking, and for good reason. No, we’re not talking about bad teammates ⁠— but actual AI filling in for your human teammate who has disconnected.

They usually play at a much worse level, and you have to hope that they don’t get killed so you can revive as the bot and try and claw back the round. However, just sometimes, the bot can prove its worth by pulling out some clutch plays.

None of these plays have proven more clutch than what happened to ‘Lassebender’ in a FACEIT match on April 26.

After being down a man for most of the game, Lassebender and their team were holding on for dear life with the match deadlocked at 14-14. With Bot Vladimir holding CT spawn on Train from B, not a lot of hope was left.

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Bots in CS:GO can be the bane of your team, but in this one instance, they clutched up.

However, as the T-side flanked through CT spawn to surprise the defenders, the AI kicked into action.

The first person went down to a quick spray down at chest height, while the next three filed on in one after the other. The bot traded up all three times, finishing the round with a 4k.

Both teams couldn’t believe what just happened, spamming match chat and voice comms with variations of “what the hell” after the clutch.

With match point secured, and the T-side economy in tatters, it was as easy as securing the 16th round with a final ditch attack.

While we haven’t been able to source down the FACEIT match history ⁠— one would hope that after a clutch like that, they took home the victory.

The bot’s performance in that round was likely just a flash in the pan in an otherwise mediocre performance, but it was undeniably clutch.

While bots were buffed in deathmatch a few months ago, these changes weren’t pushed to other forms of matchmaking. However, maybe these AI’s did get a soft buff after all, considering how good this play was.

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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

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The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.