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ESL One Cologne 2020: All teams announced for online CSGO event

Published: 23/Jul/2020 16:33 Updated: 23/Jul/2020 16:35

by Calum Patterson

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ESL have confirmed the full lineup of CS:GO teams for ESL One Cologne, their flagship annual event that will be held online in 2020 for the first time.

Due to travel restrictions still in place around the world, the Cologne event has had to be moved totally online, which also requires a region split for the competition.

The tournament is now spliced up into tournaments in Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. This means that fans will have to wait a little longer before seeing the best NA teams face off against the best of EU.

But, in a surprising twist, MiBR are actually going to compete in the European region for the event, rather than North America. According to HLTV, MiBR are bootcamping in Europe ahead of the event.

ESL One Cologne teams

Europe

  • Astralis
  • Natus Vincere
  • mousesports
  • Team Vitality
  • BIG
  • Heretics
  • OG
  • MAD Lions
  • Fnatic
  • G2 Esports
  • FaZe Clan
  • NiP
  • Sprout
  • Complexity
  • Heroic
  • MIBR

North America

  • Team Liquid
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Cloud9
  • Triumph
  • Thieves
  • FURIA
  • Gen.G
  • Chaos

Asia

  • TYLOO
  • Invictus
  • ViCi Gaming
  • Beyond

Oceania

  • Renegades
  • AVANT
  • ORDER
  • Chiefs

MiBR taking part in Europe means they avoid rivals FURIA, their toughest challengers Evil Geniuses, and even Chaos EC — who were at the centre of controversy due to unsubstantiated cheating accusations in a game vs MiBR themselves.

The prize pools are not all created equal however. There will be a total of $500,000 in prize money, but the lion’s share will be distributed between the EU and NA regions.

ESL One Cologne Prize Pool

  • Europe: $325,000
  • North America: $135,000
  • Asia: $20,000
  • Oceania: $20,000

ESL One Cologne starts on August 18, running until August 30. Being online muddies the prestige of what is typically the most coveted event outside of the CS:GO Majors, but the players themselves will take no notice with all that cash on the line.

After Cologne, ESL is also hosting the next Major, the first set to take place in Brazil. However, it was delayed until November, again due to the ongoing global situation.

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.