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SK Gaming’s FalleN Discusses Recent Struggles in Thoughtful Post – “I never lose”

Published: 11/May/2018 17:50 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:52

by Ross Deason

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Brazilian CS:GO legend Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo has commented on his, and his team’s, recent struggles as they look to put a poor start to 2017 behind them.

As one of the most successful in-game leaders of all time, FalleN has captained his teams to two CS:GO Major titles and multiple other international tournament victories.

SK Gaming closed out 2017 in dominant form, winning three of the last four tournaments that they attended after adding Ricardo ‘boltz’ Prass to the roster.

However, 2018 has not gone to plan. Boltz had to sit out the ELEAGUE Boston Major in January but the Brazilians still managed to secure a top four finish with their former player, João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos.

Things quickly deteriorated with a 5th – 8th at the StarSeries Season 4 followed by a 7th – 8th at IEM Katowice but they reached crisis point with a last place finish at the $1.5 million WESG finals, ane vent that they had specifically been concentrating on.

Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo was then replaced by Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip but initial results have been no better. Now FalleN has decided to take a break from in-game leading and Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David has taken over that role for the time being.

Taking to Twitter on May 11th, FalleN made it clear that he is treating this as a learning experience in a reflective post where he said that he believes he can “conquer the world” again.

Doubting the 26 year old would be a brave thing to do – he almost single-handedly rebuilt the Brazilian Counter-Strike scene and then brought a team of players to North America with no money to chase a dream that eventually saw them become one of the most dominant rosters in history.

Presumably he will be using his time away from in-game leading as an opportunity to concentrate more on the individual aspects of his game like his AWPing.

SK Gaming’s next LAN event will be the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in Dallas. Their first match will be against an NiP team that has looked resurgent since adding Dennis ‘dennis’ Edman.

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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

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The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.