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FaZe Clan fall victim to ridiculous CSGO glitch at Katowice qualifier

Published: 9/Jan/2020 20:38

by Scott Robertson

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During the Closed European qualifier for the upcoming IEM Katowice 2020 event, FaZe Clan’s Counter-Strike team found themselves on the wrong end of a glitch that nearly brought about a disaster for the talented roster.

It’s tricky to win any objective-based game when the thing pivotal to your objective becomes impossible to reach. What makes it annoying – and potentially tilting – is when it happens in the final round of an important competitive match.

With the holiday break over, numerous CS:GO teams are already making the long journey towards the next big competitive tournament – but no team expects to have this kind of mishap occur during their run.

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FaZe Clan were facing ARCY in the first round of the IEM Katowice closed European qualifier. ARCY is a Polish squad, featuring two players from the legendary Virtus.Pro roster that dominated CSGO for half a decade in Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas and Filip “NEO” Kubski. 

In the first map of their series, FaZe were just barely holding onto a 15-14 lead going into the 30th and final round on Nuke, when a hilarious nd  unplanned-for disaster struck the talented international roster.

The online qualifier match was being hosted by commentator Mitch ‘MitchManCasting’ McBride, whose observer quickly panned the camera over to where the outline of the bomb could clearly be spotted under the concrete near T spawn.

In years past, this has happened in competitive events where the bomb is stuck or glitched into a place it can’t be retrieved, and players were forced to play through the consequences. Thankfully, in these modern times, rounds can be reset so that everyone has the same money and equipment as before.

The server used a program called MatchMedic to do exactly that, and in the actual 30th round, a beautiful triple kill from Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer Gustafsson confirmed the FaZe victory. FaZe had come back from a 14-9 deficit and overcome a frustrating glitch to take their first map against ARCY.

They would also take their second map on Dust2 to move on in the tournament, where will they will face Finnish squad ENCE.

FaZe, along with other talented European teams like G2 Esports and ENCE, don’t have an ESL Pro Tour win or a direct invite to IEM Katowice, meaning they have to compete through closed qualifiers. Eight teams are competing in the European qualifier with three spots at Katowice available, meaning FaZe have two chances to win just one more series to make it to Poland.

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How to watch BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Showdown: Stream, schedule, results

Published: 23/Nov/2020 15:57

by Marco Rizzo

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BLAST Premier is back! Kicking off on the 24th of November, the Fall Showdown will be the last chance for teams to qualify for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event will host sixteen teams from around the world and will include invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-2 in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

The top two teams will earn $25,000 each as well as a direct invite to the main event in December and the chance to compete for $750,000.

Blast Premier Fall Showdown Stream

You will be able to catch all games on the BLASTPremier Twitch channel. Only one game will be streamed at any time, meaning you’ll be able to catch all the action quite easily.

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown includes a mix of European and North American teams, the latter of which will be traveling to Europe to get a better connection to the online tournament.

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity find themselves here after BLAST Premier Fall Series where they failed to qualify for the finals, placing 3rd-4th in their groups.

Heroic took Evil Geniuses ‘spot after the NA squad was denied travel to Europe due to health restrictions.

Mouz, Virtus. pro, Sprout, and Spirit received invites to participate in the event.

While Team Liquid decided to not take part in the group stages, their partnership with BLAST landed them an invite to the Showdown.

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown bracket

The tournament will consist of two, single-elimination brackets meeting in the middle, with every match being a best-of-three. The brackets were seeded based on rankings for each team.

Some of the most anticipated games include FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants return to international competition.

Viewers should also keep an eye out for the last match of the Round of 16, featuring young and exciting NiP taking on the Cloud9. The “juggernaut” will be seeking redemption after a disappointing finish at Flashpoint.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match schedule 

The tables below will be updated with results as soon as the matches get played.

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 COL vs Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit vs VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA vs Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz vs Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP vs Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe vs MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid vs MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 EG vs Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final TBD vs TBD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final TBD vs TBD  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 TBD $25,000
1-2 TBD $25,000
3-4 TBD $15,000
3-4 TBD $15,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750