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DeKay’s Sources: AdreN to potentially reunite with former teammates on new CS:GO team

Published: 17/Jun/2019 17:09 Updated: 17/Jun/2019 19:53

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


Kazakh veteran Dauren ‘AdreN’ Kystaubayev has been in discussions with his former Gambit teammates Abay ‘Hobbit’ Khassenov and Rustem ‘mou’ Telepov about creating a new team, according to multiple sources close to the players.

The three played together under Gambit Esports and won a Major at PGL Krakow 2017 under the leadership of Daniil ‘Zeus’ Teslenko.

If the trio were to reunite once again, a new organization would have to pay a transfer fee to obtain Hobbit and mou who are both benched on HellRaisers and Gambit Esports, respectively.

One source mentioned that the players have no issue with moving to Europe or even North America if necessary. AdreN is the only free agent, who signed with FaZe Clan on a temporary basis from January to May this year. 

ESLAdreN seen with mou and Hobbit during ESL New York 2018.

Gambit Esports announced on May 21st that they would be putting their entire roster on hold until later in the year, with Mikhail ‘Dosia’ Stolyarov, Nikolay ‘mir’ Bityukov, and Dmitriy ‘dimasick’ Matvienko being put on the transfer list. 

The remaining player from their lineup, Sergey ‘Ax1Le’ Rykhtorov, was moved to Gambit Youngsters. The future of the organizations’ participation in Counter-Strike is unclear at this time.

CS:GO teams looking to make roster moves

While Gambit is seemingly in the midst of a roster overhaul, they aren’t the only team doing so as we gear up for the StarLadder Berlin Major in a few months. 

NRG Esports have already made a move – replacing Damian ‘daps’ Steele with Peter ‘stanislaw’ Jarguz – while the likes of Hellraisers and Ninjas in Pyjamas are in prime positions for roster moves in the coming weeks. 

Notably, MIBR could also be looking to shake things up a bit after a string of lackluster performances that include losses to both Complexity and North during the ECS Season 7 Finals. 


BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch


Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

BLAST Premier Fall Series with S1mple
The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.