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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


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.


Cloud9 CSGO terminates woxic’s contract three-months after forming the “Colossus”

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:44 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 18:46

by Andrew Amos


Cloud9 are making another change to their long-term CS:GO “colossus,” reportedly benching Turkish AWPer Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker for ex-Chaos’ Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach. The former mousesports star is just three months into his three-year contract.

Update on January 18

Cloud9 and woxic mutually agreed to terminate the AWPer’s contract after trying to navigate problems that were “almost insurmountable.”

CSGO fans are now looking ahead for what may come next as C9 officially look for a replacement AWPer and head coach, as woxic will now plan his next move apart from the org.

Original story follows below

Cloud9 is undergoing big changes heading into the 2021 season. Turkish star woxic could be on his way out of the colossus just three months into his three-year contract.

The star AWPer is reportedly being benched “due to non-performance related issues,” according to Rush B Media, but a person close to the team “did not believe that there was an internal disagreement that took place which would cause [woxic] to be [benched].”

woxic playing for mousesports at DreamHack Open
Woxic is set to be benched on Cloud9’s CS:GO colossus for American rifler Xeppaa.

The team had mixed results after their late-2020 rebuild, finishing last in Flashpoint Season 2, but third in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.

W0xic has posted middling results at these recent events, with an average HLTV rating of 1.00 since joining Cloud9. He has struggled to shine like his 2019 peak with mousesports, where he played a part in claiming the European squad a ESL Pro League Season 10 title.

First in line to replace woxic is the now teamless Xeppaa. After the disbanding of Chaos, the squad has gone their separate ways, with the likes of Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf and Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina swapping to Valorant.

The 20-year-old American rifler shone during Chaos’ rise at the end of 2020, helping the squad win IEM Beijing 2020, DreamHack Masters Winter, and secure a podium spot at ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Summer.

Speculation has also been rife about who else Cloud9 could potentially be signing. Cloud9 General Manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer posted a Tweet with four emojis indicating two contracts being signed.

With the removal of Kassad at the end of 2020, the second signing could indicate a return of former Assistant Coach Chris ‘Elmapuddy’ Tebbit. The Australian coach has been linked with Cloud9 yet again, less than two months after leaving the squad for Gen.G.

Cloud9 are yet to confirm either the benching of woxic, or the signing of Xeppaa. We will update you as more information arises.