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ESL Pro League Season 12 set to return to LAN format

Published: 9/Jun/2020 4:56 Updated: 9/Jun/2020 5:14

by Andrew Amos

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Counter-Strike could be heading back to LAN. ESL have made their intentions clear about Pro League Season 12, stating that if “travel is possible,” the next season of their CS:GO tournament will be played in a “studio environment.”

The ESL Pro League is coming back in just a couple of months, and it could mark a return to normalcy in esports.

The possibility of LAN is being explored by ESL, and if teams can travel safely to a centralized hub, it will happen.

In a statement on June 8, ESL said that Pro League Season 12 will be going ahead on LAN if the situation allows for it.

It would make for the first major CS:GO tournament to jump back onto a LAN environment. BLAST and Flashpoint are still yet to make an announcement about their return to studios.

 

“In case players can travel safely without larger restrictions again, ESL Pro League will be hosted in a studio environment with the originally announced format,” they said.

However, ESL also has a contingency plan in place if things go awry.

“Should travel not be possible, we will take ESL Pro League online again and divide it into regional online leagues covering all five regions: Europe, North America, Asia, Oceania, and South America.”

A return to stadium audiences remains unclear though. With the cancellation of events like IEM Melbourne and ESL One Cologne, it’s unlikely fans will be able to pack out an arena to watch the best teams go at it until 2021 at earliest.

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Mousesports won ESL Pro League Season 10. Season 11 wasn’t played on LAN.

The ESL Pro League will include the best 24 CS:GO teams from around the world, split into four round robins. A full list of teams already announced for ESL Pro League Season 12 can be found below.

  • 100 Thieves
  • Astralis
  • BOOM
  • Complexity
  • ENCE
  • Evil Geniuses
  • FaZe Clan
  • Fnatic
  • G2 Esports
  • Mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Renegades
  • Sharks
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Vitality

The remaining eight teams will qualify through various regional events and the Mountain Dew League. ESL Pro League Season 12 is set to kick off on September 2.

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YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal

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Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.