Tournament hosts ESL have been spicing up their IEM Beijing CS:GO tournament with a few hilarious and cheeky text updates throughout the event.
Intel Extreme Masters [IEM] Beijing is one of the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments of the year, with eight teams fighting over a massive $250,000 prize pool and a spot at the new World Championship event in Katowice, Poland.
The matches are incredibly intense and tough competition rages throughout the tournament days, however, hosts ESL have been lightening the mood with some hilarious text updates on their streams.
IEM’s are some of the biggest CSGO tournaments of the year.
No one really knows who the mastermind behind these jokes is, but they are absolutely hilarious. Some of the best updates come as digs at ENCE, with the news ticker popping up during the downtime just to roast the Finnish team.
Comments like “ENCE: *places 2nd at Major tournament* Also ENCE: let’s kick Aleksib lmao” and “Jks’ role is to click heads, ENCE’s is to lose rounds and mine is to write this text” have been popping up throughout, much to the delight of fans.
ESL fire shots at ENCE.
ENCE couldn’t catch a break at IEM Beijing.
It’s not all about ENCE or roasting people, however, other silly updates such as “honestly no stats here just wanted to look at his mustache again lol” when the camera pans to Sean ‘Gratisfaction’ Kaiwai occasionally pop up and fans on social media are loving it.
As soon as they popped up on screen, images quickly found their way to Twitter and the Global Offensive subreddit, leaving fans in hysterics.
It is a very nice mustache.
Things even dipped into some controversy, with ESL calling for the Krieg to be nerfed during a match break, something that is currently a hot topic as many professional players have also made complaints about the gun.
ESL chime in on the Krieg debate.
The IEM Beijing action continues until November 10, with just four teams remaining in the playoff bracket.
You can follow the event in our coverage hub, which is constantly kept up to date with the schedule, latest results, and streams.
Dexerto had the opportunity to speak with Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom, the newest member of Vitality’s lineup about his role in the squad, his performance in the finals of IEM Beijing and his drive to one day outdo his brother and CS:GO legend Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom.
Brought in as the sixth member of an already established Team Vitality roster, Nivera found himself surrounded by some of the biggest names in French CS while facing a skeptic community on the feasibility of an extended roster.
After all, Astralis had also recently moved to an extended lineup but had not used Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen as a regular substitute after the original roster had been reunited.
Nivera was required to prove himself against the Complexity juggernaut at BLAST Premier Fall Series, being the first player to ever been subbed in during a CSGO match.
Nivera on his role within Vitality
Nabil has only made appearances for Vitality when the team played Inferno or Dust_2, subbing in for Richard ‘shox’ Papillon and Kévin ‘misutaaa’ Rabier.
While being an AWPer by nature, Nivera has been playing a flexible role on his new team, expanding on the topic he explained:
“In Dust_2 I’m playing with the rifle and on CT side…If I want to take the AWP, I take it…[on Inferno] I’m the main sniper, that’s why Inferno is my best map because the main sniper is my main role but I can play Rifle, that’s why Vitality took me.”
With big shoes to fill Nivera raised up to the challenge, delivering some great performances in the maps he played and helping the team secure a top spot in their group at Blast Premier Fall and the trophy at IEM Beijing-Haidian.
Nivera on being subbed in the Grand Finals of a tournament
The young star did not seem to be affected by the pressure of the grand final, even after witnessing his team’s dismantling on Nuke at the hands of NaVi.
“I had not a lot of pressure honestly…I have to give my best. I stay here for only two maps, I have to play good,” Nivera confessed. “I was a little bit sad after Dust_2 because we lost it but I was proud of myself ’cause I gave my best, even if we lost the map.”
Their journey to the final wasn’t easy. They faced their Danish nemesis Heroic and the Complexity juggernaut on the way.
Nivera was crucial in their victory against Heroic in the quarter-finals, being subbed in on the last map and ending the game with almost 30 kills to his name.
“I had to play and if we lost we would be out of the tournament but in my head, I was like: I will just play my game, give everything and stay focused on the game.”
Nivera has been impressive in the nine maps he has played for Vitality.
Nivera on becoming a legend like his brother ScreaM
After this level of performance at such a young age, the community started drawing comparisons between him and his older brother ScreaM.
“ScreaM has a big career…he has a lot of fans and is a legend of CSGO, literally. Doing more than him is hard but I will try to do it… I will just give my best like I do with everything in life and I will have no regrets”