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CSGO community debates dropping Terrorist and Counter-Terrorist team names

Published: 30/Sep/2019 8:48

by Connor Bennett

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Members of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive community have once again stirred up debate about altering the game to become more advertiser-friendly.

There is no denying that CS:GO is one of the biggest esports titles in the world as it has a rabid fanbase and easy to understand concept compared to others. One team playing as the terrorist side is aiming to destroy a bomb site, while the counter-terrorists attempt to stop them, or defuse an active device. 

However, using the phrases terrorist and counter-terrorist can be controversial, even if the franchise does have roots that stretch back 20 years. This debate has once again raised its head, with some putting forward changes that could attract more sponsors and mainstream attention.

ValveCounter-Strike is easy to understand, but the team names can be controversial.

Following the conclusion of ESL One New York, where victory was claimed by Evil Geniuses, ESL’s Michal ‘Carmac’ Bicharz ran a poll about changing the teams from Terrorist and Counter-Terrorists after Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau argued that they could, and maybe should. 

At the time of writing, the voting has heavily favored the current iteration of names, with 69% of over 13,000 voters wanting to keep the names. Yet, not everyone has been unwilling to change.

While many replied to the post with a straight-up no, others like former CSGO and Call of Duty player Alex ‘LeX’ Deily noted that there could be a positive impact.

In fact, LeX stated that Counter-Strike could very well follow in the footsteps of CoD by using “attack and defend” instead, as it is “sanitized but more importantly, understandable.”

Popular CS:GO YouTuber Anomaly also agreed with that stance, explaining that it could have a positive impact on his channel – as he wouldn’t have to use the word ‘terrorist’ in a video, therefore avoiding possible demonization. 

However, the Swede also saw the flip side of things, stating that there could be a negative reaction from long-time players as he wasn’t sure “everyone would be so happy” with a change.

Despite some fans understanding the perceived need to change, Counter-Strike map designer FMPONE – who showed off the second iteration of Cache at ESL One New York – wasn’t too happy.

The map designer claimed that “appeasement is absolutely futile,” and that “authenticity is worth fighting for.”

Of course, any change to the game’s current system would undoubtedly be a sweeping one, and Valve would have to consider taking on the thoughts of everyone involved first. 

Whether they make a change remains to be seen, but there is clearly understanding from portions of the fanbase already that an update could launch the game’s competitive scene to a whole new level.

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BLAST Premier Global Final – G2 Esports and Astralis come out on top

Published: 19/Jan/2021 23:36 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 23:55

by Albert Petrosyan

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BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 


  • G2 Esports close out the series against the Brazilians 2-1
  • honda shines on his debut, delivering three aces for his team
  • Astralis defeats Evil Geniuses 2-1 on the opening game

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results

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Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality vs Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  Na’Vi vs Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses vs FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

The opening game saw Astralis take on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with an incredibly close first map going the way of EG 14-16. The North American team’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, with both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) being taken by the Danes. 

FURIA vs G2 Esports was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (12-16) taking FURIA’s map pick but felt short on their own one with a crushing 14-16 defeat on Mirage. Nuke (10-16) decided the series in favour of G2 following a brilliant offence in the second half. 

Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 TBD vs TBD 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis vs G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Watch Now: Can Anyone Beat Astralis @ BLAST Global Finals?


Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

With this competition featuring a total prize pool of $1 million, all 8 teams that have made it this far will be earning a nice chunk of cash, regardless of the outcomes.

That said, however, there will be an extraordinary amount of money awarded to the higher placers, including a massive $400,000 gap between the first and second-place teams.

Addtionally, BLAST announced the champions will receive exlusive TW Steel watches alongside their $600,000.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
TBD
7-8 TBD $15,000
TBD