CS:GO: Shroud and OGC forced to forfeit their IEM Katowice Major dreams - Dexerto

CS:GO: Shroud and OGC forced to forfeit their IEM Katowice Major dreams

Published: 14/Dec/2018 11:41 Updated: 14/Dec/2018 14:59

by Ross Deason


The fan favorite ‘Old Guys Club’ players were forced to give up the possibility of qualifying for the IEM Katowice CS:GO Major on December 13, much to the disappointment of the Counter-Strike community.

The players, predominantly retired Cloud9 legends like Mike ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Jordan ‘n0thing’ Gilbert, have been streaming their impressive run through the online qualification stages but the dream was cut short when they were forced to forfeit their lower bracket round one match against TeamOne in the Americas Minor Closed Qualifier.

OGC won the first map against their Brazilian opponents and were up 15-13 (match point) on the second map but prior commitments for shroud meant that they would not be able to play in the next round with their full team.

DreamHackFreakazoid (center) is the only member of the iconic summer 2015 Cloud9 roster missing from OGC.

Unfortunately, the team had no substitute on their roster and they were not permitted to reschedule their lower bracket round two match; forfeiting and allowing TeamOne to proceed was the only option that remained.

While the IEM Katowice qualification run began as a bit of fun for the popular ex-pros, the fact that they had to forfeit after coming so far was a massive disappointment to both the players and their thousands of fans.

The situation likely became even harder to stomach for the veterans when they saw TeamOne blast through Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin’s Rogue squad and earn a spot in the lower bracket semifinal of the closed qualifier.

The Brazilians will face Swole Patrol on December 14 and the winner of that best-of-three match will qualify for the Americas Minor LAN. The Minor is the last step for teams hoping to play at the IEM Katowice Major.

Shroud had previously committed to a sponsored event in Los Angeles and had been playing the qualifier matches at Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham’s house while he was there.

While the team’s IEM Katowice dreams ended prematurely, fans will be hoping that the success and popularity of their qualification streams will convince them to try again for future competitions.


Exclusive interview: GeT RiGhT announces Twitch switch from CSGO

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 15:03

by Lauren Bergin


Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund has announced his departure from professional Counter-Strike, as he moves to Twitch streaming full-time. 

2021 has just got started and Sweden are already stealing the show. Just days after PGL announced the Stockholm Major, GeT_RiGhT has decided to call time on his legendary competitive career.

During an exclusive interview with Dexerto, the 30-year-old discusses the career highs and lows, his battle with Crohn’s disease and what the future holds for the Swedish titan.

GeT_RiGhT interview

GeT_RiGhT & f0rest: End of an era

f0rest and GeT_RiGhT hugging
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Counter-Strike’s dynamic duo is no more.

The Swede has a CS legacy like no other, but an integral part of those wins and losses was his partnership with countryman Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg. The two share a long list of tournament wins together, including the coveted Major.

The two Counter-Strike behemoths have played together for over a decade, and it’s clear that the end of this partnership is one of the most emotional aspects of GeT_RiGhT’s retirement.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but at the same time, it’s been a beautiful ride.” Alesund goes on to describe their partnership as “the biggest highlight” of his career.

CSGO & Crohn’s: A battle worth fighting

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GeT_RiGhT’s battle with Crohn’s is a perplexing one.

It may shock a lot of people, but GeT RiGhT describes living with the disease as being “one of the best things that ever happened” to him, as well as one of the worst ones.

He describes his lifelong battle with the stomach pain that accompanies the illness, but goes on to explain that he’s thankful, as the official diagnosis brought with it a sense of both physical and mental relief.

In terms of playing CS, however, he describes it as “horrible.” The associated pain, alongside weight and blood loss meant that focusing on the game became a trial all in its own. After asking himself whether it was worth risking his health, his response shows a mixed bag of emotions. “Yes and no really,” he admitted, as the pro player life and its fandom are always worth it, but the two day bedridden recovery period certainly has left a scar.

GeT_RiGhT: Twitch streaming & beyond

YouTube: GeT_RiGhT
What’s next for GeT_RiGhT? We can’t wait to find out.

It’s important to note that the Swedish legend will not be leaving CS. He sees the game as home, explaining: “I grew up in the scene and I’ll do anything it takes to help it grow.”

While he admits he can’t go into exact details about his future plans, he sees Twitch and content creation as a “competition on another level,” as he explores a plethora of games such as League of Legends and Warzone with more creative freedom.

GeT_RiGhT explored his excitement for Valorant, but clarified that he’s “not going to become a professional Valorant player.” With that said, he does believe that the game “has huge potential to overtake CS:GO” at some point in down the line.

Throughout this entire interview, you get a sense that the Valorant pro (sorry Chris, we had to) is in the best place he’s ever been. We’ll be excited to see where his streaming career takes him, whether it’s Riot’s Future Earth or otherwise. So keep an eye out, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!