CS:GO: Upsets galore and broken curses as DreamHack Winter and SuperNova Malta come to a close - Results and recap - Dexerto

CS:GO: Upsets galore and broken curses as DreamHack Winter and SuperNova Malta come to a close – Results and recap

Published: 3/Dec/2018 12:58 Updated: 3/Dec/2018 13:13

by Ross Deason


Sunday, December 2, marked the conclusion of the DreamHack Winter and SuperNova Malta events in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Here’s what happened.

DreamHack Winter, once one of most prestigious events on the CS:GO calendar, has become something of a sideshow in recent years, but the inclusion of teams like OpTic, G2 and ENCE ensured that there was still a good deal of interest in the $100,000 competition.

Unfortunately for OpTic and G2 fans, neither team even made it out of Group B as the South African side of Bravado Gaming shocked everyone by posting a 2-0 record. OpTic failed to win a single match and ENCE bounced back from a 16-14 loss against G2 to defeat the French team 2-0 in the Group B diecider.

Todd Gutierrez / Beyond The SummitOpTic Gaming’s results continue to disappoint.

Group A also had its fair share of surprises as x6tence Galaxy beat both compLexity and LDLC to secure a playoff spot along with Heroic. However, neither Group A team proceeded any further as x6 fell to Bravado and ENCE blew past Heroic.

The Grand Final saw fan favorites ENCE finally put an end to the impressive run of Bravado with a convincing 2-0 victory. The Finnish team once again relied heavily on veteran AWPer Aleksi ‘allu’ Jalli and 16-year-old sensation Jere ‘sergej’ Salo throughout the tournament.

Position Team Winnings
1st ENCE Esports $50,000
2nd Bravado Gaming $20,000
3rd-4th x6tence Galaxy $10,000
3rd-4th Heroic $10,000
5th-6th compLexity Gaming $3,000
5th-6th G2 Esports $3,000
7th-8th Team LDLC $2,000
7th-8th OpTic Gaming $2,000

Over in Malta, the $150,000 SuperNova event didn’t throw up nearly as many surprises, as Virtus.Pro, Kinguin, TyLoo and Gambit were the four teams to be eliminated in the group stage.

The North American sides of NRG Esports and Team Liquid were in fine form all weekend and NRG dispatched HellRaisers convincingly in their semifinal match.

NRG Esports struggled in the domestic matchup against Team Liquid.

On the other side of the bracket, Team Liquid’s firepower eventually overcame a plucky performance from the BIG players, confirming an all-American final.

After a rough few months and the constant question of choking in finals hanging over their heads, the Team Liquid players looked determined in the Grand Final match, blowing past NRG 16-4 in map one.

Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic was in particularly good form, leading Team Liquid to a much closer 16-14 win on the second map in order to secure the 2-0 victory. In the third place decider match, BIG defeated HellRaisers 2-1. The win is the first since cs_summit 2 for Team Liquid and breaks their curse of six Grand Final losses without a victory.

Position Team Winnings
1st Team Liquid $80,000
2nd NRG Esports $40,000
3rd BIG $15,000
4th HellRaisers $5,000
5th-6th Virtus.Pro $3,000
5th-6th TyLoo $3,000
7th-8th Team Kinguin $2,000
7th-8th Gambit Esports $2,000

The eyes of Counter-Strike fans will now be on the ESL Pro League Season 8 finals, which will begin on December 4 in Odense, Denmark.

Team Liquid, BIG, HellRaisers, G2 and NRG will all be in action once again, but Astralis are sure to be favorites to take the title.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.