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DeKay’s Sources: Key members of CS:GO talent to miss StarLadder Berlin Major

Published: 17/Jul/2019 14:59 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 17:22

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis

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The highly anticipated StarLadder Berlin CS:GO Major is set to get underway with the New Challengers Stage on August 23, 2019. However, some of the most recognizable faces in Counter-Strike will be conspicuous only in their absence as a number of top tier casters and analysts appear to have been overlooked for the $1 million event.

Longtime members of the Counter-Strike talent pool Anders Blume, Jason “moses” O’Toole, and Duncan “Thorin” Shields are not expected to participate in StarLadder’s Major, according to multiple sources.

This will be the first Major since ESL One: Cologne 2015 without moses and will be the second and fifth Major in a row without Anders and Thorin respectively.

ESLThorin was back on the analyst desk for ESL One: Cologne 2019.

On July 16 Thorin tweeted, “It is entirely possible I never work at another CS:GO Major. Happy to have worked at six no matter.” Sources were able to confirm to Dexerto that Thorin would not only miss the Berlin Major, but was not even considered at any point in time during the selection process.

Thorin has worked seven events for StarLadder since early 2015, including three events in 2018 and one earlier this year. His last CS:GO Major was the ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017.

Anders and moses were considered as members of talent for the event but would have been there in a limited capacity, according to one source with knowledge of the situation. 

It is unclear how much their participation at IEM Chicago had an effect on the decision making process by StarLadder, due to the conflict with their Minor schedule. 

Anders missed the IEM Katowice Major earlier this year, making the Berlin Major his second missed Major in a row. 

BLASTAnders and moses are a fan favorite duo.

While nothing is currently confirmed for the ever-popular casting duo of Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer and Matthew ‘Sadokist’ Trivett, signs would suggest that they will be attending the Major in some casting capacity.

With the New Challengers Stage of the Major set to begin on August 23rd, it is unclear at this time how much of the Minor talent will be retained for the Major. 

The current on-camera talent lineup for the European and American Minor tournaments are as follows:

Casting Pairs

  • Daniel “ddk” Kapadia
  • James Bardolph
  • Vince Hill
  • Harry “JustHarry” Russell
  • Hugo Byron
  • Halvor “vENdetta” Gulestøl

Analysts

  • Joona “natu” Leppänen
  • Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez
  • Mohan “launders” Govindasamy
  • Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson

Hosts

  • James Banks
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson

Interviewer

  • Sue “Smix” Lee
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Exclusive interview: GeT RiGhT announces Twitch switch from CSGO

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

by Lauren Bergin

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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

Adela Sznajder for ESL
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

GeT_RiGhT CSGO
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!