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CS:GO: StarSeries i-League Season 8 to use double-elim format

Published: 26/Sep/2019 10:48 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 13:32

by Calum Patterson

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The eighth season of StarSeries i-League CSGO will introduce a new format, dropping the traditional Swiss System for a double-elimination bracket. 

Moving to Belek, Turkey for Season 8, StarSeries’ shift away from the old format aims to improve the experience for both players and viewers.

Again, 16 teams in total will take part, twelve invited and four securing their spot through regional qualifiers. Although the full list of invited teams has not been announced, StarSeries confirmed that seven teams from HLTV’s top 10 have been invited.

Season 8 will move away from the Swiss system.

The new format

The group stage will feature two groups of eight, with the top two from each advancing to the upper bracket. Teams finishing third and fourth in each group will still continue on in the tournament, but in the lower bracket, where a defeat will mean elimination.

All matches, regardless of stage, will be best of threes. This was also the case in Season 7, with the exception of the best of five grand final.

Na’Vi took down Fnatic in the grand final of StarSeries i-League Season 7.

When is StarSeries Season 8?

The finals for Season 8 will take place on October 21-27, following the conclusion of the qualifiers which will decide the final four teams joining the 12 invitees.

The location for the tournament, Belek, is on the Mediterranean coast, and StarLadder explains, “between the matches, our participants will be able to pleasantly spend some time on the beach of Belek and enjoy the beauty of Turkey.”

Qualifiers will be hosted in Europe, Brazil and China, with the total prize pool amounting to $500,000. More details on the qualifiers is forthcoming.

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Olofmeister set for FaZe CSGO return amid NiKo exit rumors

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:10

by Marco Rizzo

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Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer is set to make a surprise return to the active FaZe CSGO lineup, right in time for the Blast Premier Fall 2020 amid rumors that Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač is headed to G2.

According to a report from cybersport.pl, olof will replace teammate Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač at the event as the latter prepares for a move away from FaZe Clan. It is unclear whether olofmeister will remain a part of the squad after the conclusion of the BLAST tournament. This will be the first official match that the Swede has played since he announced that he was stepping away from the game in May of 2020. 

The rumors of NiKo’s departure from FaZe have gained traction since September, with reports from HLTV and 1pv claiming the Bosnian star has agreed to join G2 and replace François ‘⁠AmaNEk’ Delaunay.  NiKo’s cousin, Nemanja ‘huNter’ Kovač, is also a member of the G2 roster and pair have always been linked with a move to team up at some point. 

Rumors were further fueled by a tweet from the mother of FaZe player Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, after his team’s victory at IEM New York Europe. The tweet asked NiKo to “rethink some decisions” – possibly referencing his move to G2. 

Coldzera's mom asking NiKo on twitter to reconsider decisions
Screenshot via Twitter
Twitter’s automated translation read: “coldzera family asks you to rethink some decisions”

HLTV stated that the FaZe star and IGL was due to make his debut for the French-Balkan mix team during the Blast Premier Fall Series.

Reddit user BuKYSK posted a screenshot of a practice server, which seemingly shows a FaZe team practicing with olofmeister instead of NiKo, hinting at his departure from the organization. 

Olofmeisterstepped down from the starting roster in May 2020, citing a need to recover from fatigue. The announcement came after a series of disappointing tournament runs for the star-studded roster and especially for olof. 

NiKo playing for FaZe Clan at EPL Season 9 Finals
ESL:Helena Kristiansson
NiKo has been a part of FaZe clan since 2017 after joining from Mousesports

Assuming the move is confirmed, the match against BIG will be olof’s first professional match in six months. 

Despite claiming a victory at the European side of IEM New York, this iteration of FaZe has constantly failed to match the expectations set after the addition of coldzera.

Since the departure of Finn ‘⁠karrigan’ Andersen, the international superteam has not fielded a dedicated IGL, with NiKo attempting to shoulder the burdens of being the captain and star player. With none of the current FaZe players or olof being natural in-game leaders, the leadership question will continue to be the most pressing issue for the team if NiKo departs.  

FaZe Clan BLAST Fall Primer 2020 roster

Below is the reported FaZe Clan lineup for the BLAST event:

    • Håvard ‘⁠rain⁠’ Nygaard
    • Marcelo “’coldzera⁠’ David
    • Latvia Helvijs ‘⁠broky’ Saukants
    • Markus ‘⁠Kjaerbye⁠’ Kjærbye
    • Olof ‘⁠olofmeister⁠’ Kajbjer
    • Janko ‘YNk⁠’ Paunović (coach)