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CS:GO pro players blast iBUYPOWER event after multiple issues

Published: 21/Jan/2019 10:17 Updated: 21/Jan/2019 11:48

by Connor Bennett


A number of prominent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have criticized the iBuyPower Masters event that took place from January 19 through 20.

The tournament, which took place in California, ran into issues from the get-go with the first game of day one being delayed for close to three hours. A number of games had to be played off-stream to make up for the time lost.

Players also complained about a lack of quality monitors and even the availability of noise-cancelling headphones so that they could play without hearing the crowd and other sounds in the venue. 

There were also issues for spectators at the arena as they could only watch games on small TV screens. 

Team Liquid’s Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dunkel, Tweeted after his team’s first game: “Gg @Luminosity, this event is a joke and I feel bad for all players.”

The Canadian went on to say: “Feels like they didnt have enough experience or time to make it what it could have been. Playing on a setup on a balcony over viewing the main game with a crowd behind us, no noise cancelling headphones, limited desk space and the monitors are below standard”

After being eliminated from the event, Cloud9’s Swedish star Robin ‘Flusha’ Ronnquist posted:  “Glad to be going home from this trash tournament.”

His sentiments were echoed by his fellow Swede, FaZe Clan’s Olof ‘Olofmeister’ Kajbjer, who said: “Done here at iBUYPOWER and we played poorly and it was the same conditions for everyone so I don’t want to take away anything from ghost but this event is one of the top3 worst events I’ve been too in my career.”

Team Liquid eventually claimed the tournament victory, coming back to defeat Astralis 2-1 in the best-of-three final after losing the opening map – Inferno – by a scoreline of 16-4.

Place Team and winnings
1st Team Liquid ($100,000)
2nd Astralis ($40,000)
3-4 Fnatic ($17,000)
3-4 Ghost Gaming ($17,000)
5-6 Cloud9 ($8,000)
5-6 FaZe Clan ($8,000)
7-8 compLexity ($5,000)
7-8 Luminosity($5,000)

Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.