Scoring a knife kill at the top level of CS:GO is usually reserved for the pre-game warmup or a tournament showmatch, as it’s something that fans don’t get to see on a regular basis.
Even though professional players do, quite often, tease viewers with the potential for a knife kill, they end up being blasted away – leaving onlookers disappointed. However, s1mple really disappoints and even laughed in the face of an M4A4 spray down to secure a game-winning knife kill.
The Natus Vincere superstar is always good value for a highlight play.
Usually when teams take on Natus Vincere, their first concern is making sure that they know where s1mple is and just how he’s going to try and take them down. But, it’s hard to be on the lookout for him when, well, he’s actively hiding and waiting to strike.
With Na’Vi looking to close out their Dust 2 win over Vodafone Giants, the CS:GO superstar made himself pretty scarce and hid inside of a bloomed smoke grenade as his teammates took down the remaining player on the Portuguese squad.
As the final player, Ricardo ‘fox’ Pacheco, tried to salvage something by bursting out to the mid-doors, s1mple patiently let him past before sneaking behind and trying the backstab. The Ukrainian could only get one swipe in before fox fired back and realized what was happening. Yet, he was powerless to resist s1mple’s second slash as Na’Vi closed the game out with a 16-14 win.
Na’Vi still struggling at BLAST
Despite the genius of s1mple, NaVi’s faith at BLAST Pro Series: Madrid ended up out of their own hands after dropping two matches – including a devastating 16-4 loss to ENCE Esports in their opening game and a tight 16-13 defeat to Astralis.
We might not be in the Big Apple this year, but IEM New York is still taking place. Three events across North America, Europe, and CIS will take place to crown regional champions in the next stage of the IEM Global Challenge.
ESL One New York in 2019 featured an Astralis vs Evil Geniuses final, where the hometown stars took down the dominant Danes in a convincing 3-1 series. However, the two will be separated into different regional events in 2020.
IEM New York is still taking place online, with 32 teams across three regions invited to take part in the $250,000 event. Across three weeks, different regional champions will be crowned, with RMR points on offer for the best performing teams.
Evil Geniuses won ESL One New York 2019. This year, there’ll be three winners.
IEM New York, being an ESL event, will be streamed on the ESL CS:GO channels on Twitch and YouTube. We’ve embedded the streams below for your convenience.
IEM New York teams
12 North American and CIS teams, plus eight European teams, will be taking part in IEM New York. Despite having the fewest number of teams, Europe boasts the biggest prize pool of $140,000 USD.
The teams will be divided into two sets of groups — six in each NA and CIS group, four in Europe. The best teams in each group will make it to the playoffs. The format for playoffs will be single-elimination in Europe, and double-elimination for North America and CIS.