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ESL Rio CSGO Major delayed: New dates and expanded prize pool

Published: 23/Mar/2020 14:00

by Connor Bennett


The first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major of 2020, ESL Rio, has been delayed from May until the end of November – though it will be taking place on LAN in Brazil. 

With the current health pandemic sweeping across the globe, esports and other sporting events have either been postponed or moved online in order to maintain the health and safety of those involved.

As there appears to be no end in sight for the postponements, many Counter-Strike fans have questioned whether or not the ESL Rio Major would be taking place behind closed doors, online, or outright canceled altogether. 

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Astralis have dominated the last three Majors and won’t get to defend their crown in May.

ESL has now confirmed that the first major of the CS:GO calendar is being rescheduled until November, meaning that the event will keep its Major status and fill in the spot where the second Major of the year should have been.

The Champions Stage of the event will still take place in the Jeunesse Arena in Rio, moving to the dates of November 19-22 instead of May 21-24. With the Major taking the place of the second Major, Valve has also doubled the prize pool, meaning that there will be $2,000,000 on offer rather than the usual $1,000,000. 

This prize pool change means that the winning squad is likely to take home $1,000,000 instead of the usual $500,000 – so we could see some huge changes in the highest earners table. 

The ESL Rio Major was supposed to run in May.

The rescheduled event will also still count towards the Intel Grand Slam – meaning that should events be held between now and November, we could see an Intel Grand Slam champion crowned at the Rio Major. 

Teams from across the globe have already played for their qualifying spots in their respective regions – with the European, Americas, Asian, and CIS minor spots being claimed with a number of familiar faces like Fnatic, Team Dignitas, Cloud9, TYLOO, and Renegades. 

Though, it is unclear what this news will mean for the Minor as ESL hasn’t confirmed if they will be delayed or not. 


CSGO legend KRIMZ mysteriously VAC banned

Published: 28/Nov/2020 11:10

by Connor Bennett


Fnatic and Counter-Strike legend Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson has been hit with a VAC ban out of the blue, and nobody seems to know why. 

When punishing cheaters in games like CS:GO, Dota 2, and even Rust, Valve rolls out VAC [Valve anti-cheat] bans that locks down an account – preventing users from playing on another VAC-secured game. 

These bans are, usually, handed out without any warning, and are typically permanent. Though, plenty of players have been able to get them overturned – be it because the ban was wrong in the first place, for example. 

On November 28, CS:GO players and fans alike noticed that Fnatic CS:GO star Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson had his account struck with a VAC ban – and nobody seems to know just why it happened. 

Krimz has played for Fnatic since 2016.

Astralis players Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen and Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz were among the first to tweet about KRIMZ’s VAC ban – with the former chalking it down to a likely mistake. 

After word quickly got around about the ban, KRIMZ himself took to Twitter to ask for help from the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developers in getting the VAC ban removed from his account – again, hinting at a mistake. 

“It seems that my account got vac banned. @CSGO can you fix this asap pls,” he posted shortly after the VAC ban was handed down, attaching a confused face emoji as well as the praying hands. 

As of writing, Krimz’s account still has a VAC ban attached to it, and there’s been no confirmation as to whether or not he’s cheated or if it’s a mistake. Though, there has been speculation about a possible wave surrounding players who use the esportal to find matches. 

If anything changes, be it the ban gets overturned or Valve makes a statement on the matter, we’ll be sure to update this article.