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ESL One New York: First-round matchups and schedule

Published: 21/Sep/2019 17:46 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 12:59

by Scott Robertson


The ESL One New York tournament will see eight of the best CS:GO teams in the world face off in the Barclays Center, and the first-round matchups feature some enticing battles.

Eight teams will descend upon the Barclays center for the September 26-29 weekend. 

Two days of group stage play and two days of playoffs will determine who walks away with the lion’s share of $200,000 and an all-important victory in season 3 of the Intel Grand Slam. Team Liquid already has one Grand Slam victory from IEM Chicago.

First-round matchups

Team Liquid vs eUnited

Team Liquid are right at home at IEM events. They dominated IEM Grand Slam season two. They’ve won the first event of season three. But they’ll be looking to re-assert their dominance after an early playoff exit at the Berlin major, as well as avenge their ESL One NY grand finals loss to mousesports from last year. eUnited fought their way through the open and closed NA qualifiers to make it to New York, and will have a tough task of trying to upset the world’s number one team.

G2 Esports vs ENCE

Both of these rosters are on the precipice of being considered contenders, but are both going through changes. ENCE’s debut for suNny at BLAST Moscow was a disaster; losing in embarrassing fashion to forZe and only picking up win against an NiP team that is a shell of its former self. G2 will be playing with kioShiMa as a stand-in, while transfer talks with Vitality over shox continue.

kioShiMa will stand in for G2 in New York.

Astralis vs OpTic

It’s a Danish deathmatch in the first series of Group B. Astralis is looking to begin another championship era after winning the StarLadder Berlin major, and want to take home another Intel Grand Slam. Despite falling short of qualifying for the EU minor and the Berlin major, OpTic rallied to win the DreamHack Open in June, and then qualified for ESL One NY with a win at the GG.Bet NY Invitational. cajunb will face off against his old squad as he continues to stand-in for OpTic.

FaZe Clan vs NRG Esports

This is an instance of one team with a clearly outlined future facing a team that still has to answer a lot of questions. NRG Esports are looking to continue to build momentum after a run to semifinals of the Berlin major and obtaining a top three world ranking.  FaZe are still in the process of acquiring a full lineup for this event, having released NEO and sent GuardiaN back to Na’Vi. At this time (September 21st) broky will be playing on trial for FaZe, but they still need a fifth.

ESL One NY format

ESL One NY will use a double elimination group stage format for two groups of four. The two teams that advance from each group will go to a single-elimination four-team playoff. The semifinals will feature 1st place and 2nd place from opposite groups facing each other. Prior to the grand final, there will be a showmatch showing off the remake of Cache. All matches are best-of-three, except for the grand finals that are best-of-five.


September 26

Round  Match PST EST BST
Group A Opener Team Liquid vs eUnited 8 AM 11 AM 4 PM
Group A Opener G2 Esports vs ENCE 8 AM 11 AM 4 PM
Group B Opener Astralis vs OpTic Gaming 11:35 AM 2:35 PM 7:35 PM
Group B Opener FaZe Clan vs NRG Esports 11:35 AM 2:35 PM 7:35 PM
Group A Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 3:10 PM 6:10 PM 11:10 PM
Group A Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 3:10 PM 6:10 PM 11:10 PM

September 27

Round Match PST EST BST
Group B Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 8 AM 11 AM 4 PM
Group B Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 8 AM 11 AM 4 PM
Group A Decider Match TBD vs TBD 11:35 AM 2:35 PM 7:35 PM
Group B Decider Match TBD vs TBD 3:10 P 6:10 PM 11:10 PM

September 28

Round Match PST EST BST
Semifinal 1 TBD vs TBD 10 AM 1 PM 6 PM
Semifinal 2 TBD vs TBD 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM

September 29

Round Match PST EST BST
Cache Remake Showmatch Pros vs Pros 8:35 AM 11:35 AM 4:35 PM
Grand Final (BO5) TBD vs TBD 10 AM 1 PM 6 PM

Last updated September 26, 2019 at 8:30AM EST.


35 more CSGO players banned by esports watchdog ESIC for betting offences

Published: 22/Jan/2021 9:00 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 9:01

by Isaac McIntyre


As many as three dozen more pro CSGO players have been handed competitive bans up to five years in length by the Esports Integrity Commission, following a joint ESIC and ESEA investigation uncovered multiple breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code in domestic Counter-Strike competitions.

The ESIC confirmed the 35 bans in an official statement on Jan. 22

The multitude of bans comes at the end of a near-two year process from the esports watchdog, who has been investigating match-fixing in Australia, America, and more recently several European competitions for the past 24 months.

In the report, ESIC confirmed that “a total of 35 individuals have been observed to be in breach of the Anti-Corruption Code administered by ESIC. This in addition to the initial six individuals previously sanctioned by ESIC on October 23, 2020.”

These betting breaches were reportedly conducted through Ladbrokes Australia’s gambling apps. The Sydney-based bookie assisted the ESIC investigation.

In some cases, the ESIC report continues, several of the now-banned players also participated in “collusive behavior,” sharing details of fixed games with third parties which would lead to them “placing identical bets.”

Two more Australian players ⁠— first banned in October last year ⁠— also had their competitive sanctions increased following the discovery of similar offenses.

All offending CSGO players have also been “referred to law enforcement.”

CSGO ESIC investigation stream sniping
ESIC/Valve/Unsplash: Alexander Jawfox
More than three dozen CSGO players have been handed bans by the ESIC.

Full list of banned CSGO players

The lengthy list of banned Australian players come from a multitude of orgs, and include at least one code-hoping convert who has recently made the switch to Valorant.

Joel ‘PEARSS’ Kurta, who spent six months playing for Ground Zero in 2020, has been handed a 12-month ban starting January 22. It is unclear how this will affect his competitive career, however, as he swapped to Valorant team “WaterBottle.”

Ground Zero player, Andy ‘Noobster’ Zhang, also received a lengthy ban. The 24-year-old, who now plays for Avant, was handed a three-year suspension.

The thirty-five banned CSGO players were in breach with Article 2.2 of ESIC’s Anti-Corruption Code, as well as ESEA’s standing MDL tournament rules.

The longest ban was for Wilson ‘willyks’ Sugianto (60 months).

Banned duo Daryl ‘Mayker’ May (previously Ground Zero) and Akram ‘ADK’ Smida (previously Rooster) also had their sanctions amended. Smida’s ban has been increased to 24 months, while May is now set for four years on the sideline.

Banned players

  • Jeremy “motion” Lloyd (Control) ⁠— 12 months
  • Patrick “falcon” Romano De Sousa (Control) ⁠— 12 months
  • Johnathan “Del” Sackesen (Lese) ⁠— 12 months
  • Grayson “vax” Uppington (Overt) ⁠— 12 months
  • Aidan “meta” Wiringi Jones (Overt) ⁠— 12 months
  • Kaito “minusthecoffee” Massey (Aftermind) ⁠— 12 months
  • Mason “msn” Trevaskis (Aftermind) ⁠— 12 months
  • John “jcg” Grima (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Isaac “prodigy” Dahlan (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Billy “beetee” Thomson (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Kieren “Muzoona” Jackson-Clapper (Integral Nation) ⁠— 12 months
  • Matthew “zilla” Zdilar (Mako) ⁠— 12 months
  • James “roflko” Lytras (Vertex) ⁠— 12 months
  • Damon “damyo” Portelli (LAKERS) ⁠— 12 months
  • Jak “jtr” Robinson (Rooster 2) ⁠— 12 months
  • Daniel “rekonz” Mort (R!OT Gaming) ⁠— 12 months
  • Nicolas “lato” Gullotti (Skyfire) ⁠— 12 months
  • Marcus “mdk” Kyriazopoulos (really weird) ⁠— 12 months
  • Joel “pearss” Kurta (Waterbottle, Valorant) ⁠— 12 months
  • James “jamie” MacPhail (Downfall) ⁠— 12 months
  • Ioan (Ionica) “bowie” Tuleasca ⁠(Lese) — 12 months
  • Joshua “joshaaye” Wilson — 12 months
  • Ryan “kragz” Clarke ⁠(Incept) — 12 months
  • Roman “matr1kz” Santos (Forbidden) ⁠— 24 months
  • Cailan “caily” Lovegrove (Aftermind) ⁠— 24 months
  • Andy “Noobster” Zhang (AVANT) ⁠— 36 months
  • Jayden “foggers” Graham ⁠(Control) — 48 months
  • Sam “tham” Mitchell (Buckets) ⁠— 48 months
  • Mate “habbo hotel” Poduje (LAKERS) ⁠— 48 months
  • Samuel “samy” Jarvis (Caught off Guard) ⁠— 48 months
  • Daniel “deezy” Zhang (Aftermind) ⁠— 48 months
  • John “wots” Zhu (Forbidden) ⁠— 48 months
  • Matthew “jam” Castro (Overt) ⁠— 60 months
  • Alvin “Gravins” Changgra ⁠— 60 months
  • Wilson “willyks” Sugianto ⁠(Vertex) — 60 months

Amended bans

  • Akram “ADK” Smida (Rooster) ⁠— 24 months (from 12)
  • Daryl “Mayker” May (Ground Zero) ⁠— 48 months (from 12)

ESIC has already issued all offending players with notice of charge, which details the offense, and available appeal mechanisms. All impacted parties are now eligible to appeal their Counter-Strike charges by emailing Kevin Carpenter, chairman of the Independent Disciplinary Panel.

For a full breakdown of ESIC’s investigation, details of specific matches where the bug was used, and an explanation of the sanctions, read the full report here.

Seven Australian CSGO players have been issued sanctions after betting on MDL matches.
A large amount of the ESIC bans came after Aussie CSGO players bet on MDL matches.

ESIC concluded their report with a message to the CSGO community:

“It is crucially important that professional players abstain from placing bets on the game in which they earn an income from,” the esports watchdog wrote, “in order to preserve the integrity of the esports landscape internationally and mitigate the potential for bad actors to take advantage of our sport.”