FalleN vs Coldzera: Who's the Real MVP of CSGO's Brazilian Era? - Dexerto
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FalleN vs Coldzera: Who’s the Real MVP of CSGO’s Brazilian Era?

Published: 8/Jun/2020 14:00

by Jacob Hale

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Once upon a time, Brazil ran Counter-Strike. With the slow fall of top European teams such as Fnatic and Ninjas in Pyjamas, who dominated the scene earlier in the decade, Brazil made their way to the peak.

Between 2016-2018, the Brazilian SK Gaming side was utterly dominant, with a core of Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo, Fernando ‘fer’ Alvarenga and Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David pulling the strings and bringing multiple trophies to Brazilian CS:GO.

They had excelled under Luminosity Gaming, alongside Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo and Lincoln ‘fnx’ Lau, and won the MLG Major Columbus in 2016, but the two years spent under SK Gaming helped establish what would later become known as the “Brazilian era.”

Although, at times, every player on the team – even after various roster changes – proved to be excellent in their own way, the two names that were constantly heralded as some of the greatest were FalleN and coldzera.

FalleN was the mastermind behind much of SK’s success as team captain, but also had a tremendous amount of raw skill not commonly attributed to in-game leaders. On the other hand, coldzera was the epitome of talent on the server, and is often recognized as one of the best to ever play the game.

So, with that in mind, we ask the question: Who was the real MVP of CS:GO’s Brazilian era?

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Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun

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Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.

Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.

After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.

But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.

While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.