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CSGO insider allegedly leaks next Major host and location

Published: 7/Feb/2020 16:34

by Kamil Malinowski


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive insider ‘Polish Leaks’ has apparently revealed information about the upcoming Majors, notably the location and hosts. 

Majors are the biggest events on the CSGO calendar, where the best teams in the world battle it out in events akin to other game’s World Championships.

The winner is usually crowned as the best team in the world at the time, and forever keeps the honor of lifting one of the most prestigious trophies in Counter-Strike. As such, the atmosphere is always electric, with players and fans alike looking forward to the events more than any others.

Twitter: Astralis
Astralis are the reigning CSGO Major champions.

Fans especially are left in the dark about upcoming Majors, with key information such as location, or the tournament organizer, sometimes being revealed just a few months before the event. However, things may have changed as Polish Leaks claims to have revealed the detail for the next two Majors.

“Perfect World (+PGL) to host autumn Major. Originally they planned China as a location, but due to 2019-nCoV there’s a probability of moving it to a different country and even changing the host to BLAST, which for now is in advanced talks about covering the first Major in 2021,” the leaker claimed in a February 7 Tweet.

Of course, nothing is confirmed quite yet, but the claims do make sense. PGL is a huge CSGO event organizer and haven’t hosted a Major since 2017. Meanwhile, BLAST has been putting up high-quality tournaments since 2017 and have yet to host a Major.

No location has been revealed for the alleged BLAST Major but many fans assume it will be in Europe as the first Major of 2020 will be held in Brazil and, if the claims are to be believed, the second one would be held in China.

It would make sense for the Major to then return to Europe, with Denmark being a possible location as it is the home of both RFRSH Entertainment, the parent company of BLAST, and current champions Astralis.

Dexerto has reached out to both PGL and RFRESH for comments and will keep you updated with any new information.


NiKo’s LAST DANCE? The stats behind FaZe’s IEM New York renaissance

Published: 20/Oct/2020 20:27

by Alan Bernal


Before IEM New York 2020, FaZe Clan’s CSGO team had gone 338 days before winning an event at Blast Copenhagen in 2019. After taking the top spot in the EU IEM, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač showed why the elite talent would be missed if this really was the last dance with FaZe.

There’s no sugar-coating the FaZe star’s woes in the last year, that was only made more apparent with the team’s placements at events.

Up until October 2020, FaZe failed to make any notable finals and posted an 11th place finish at CS Summit 6, 9th-12th at ESL One Cologne, as well as a 13th-14th placement at ESL Pro League Season 12.

This didn’t help public perception for Niko, who was starting to notice CSGO fans’ flak towards his own IGL capabilities and new teammates on the roster.

Throughout 2020, Niko actually hasn’t been having a bad year. His HLTV rating for the year is sitting at 1.11, a decline from the 1.19 and 1.18 ratings for 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Bosnian has never posted below 1.04 at an event this year.

IEM New York could serve as a turning point in FaZe’s fortune so far. Not only did the team take top billing, Niko soared above his squadmates with a 1.28 event rating with 22.3 kills per map with 55.1% headshot rate to boot.

With questions in the air about Niko’s future in FaZe, the 23-year-old star’s performance at IEM could be an indicator of better things to come as long as he’s on the team.