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FaZe Clan wins IEM New York EU: Results & final placements

Published: 11/Oct/2020 19:57

by Bill Cooney

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FaZe Clan put on a dominant performance to wrap up their IEM New York 2020 run, walking away with first place, a $70,000 purse, and bragging rights – for the time being.

Even though there were no crowds or in-person events for one of the premier events on the CS:GO calendar, there was plenty of action through every stage of the competition.

It certainly didn’t look like FaZe would blow through the playoffs as they did following the group stage. They did go 2-1, but OG and Team Vitality both looked capable of putting up a fight as well.

When we finally did get to the playoffs, it was all red and black from there. A 2-0 smackdown of Vitality would lead to a Grand Finals rematch with OG, which FaZe would easily win 3-0.

IEM New York 2020 Final Placements

Europe

1. FaZe Clan $70,000
2. OG $30,000
3. Team Vitality $12,000
4. Fnatic $12,000
5. Complexity Gaming $5,000
6. BIG $5,000
7. G2 Esports $3,000
8. Heroic $3,000

North America

The North American Tournament is still underway, and we will update this story right here with the results when they’re available.

CS:GO

GODSENT leak their own CS:GO roster with TACO on job listing

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:44 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:56

by Connor Bennett

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Swedish esports organization GODSENT have confirmed their new Counter-Strike roster, featuring Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo – with a job listing for someone to edit their reveal video. 

Roster and player announcements have become big business in esports, especially at the highest level.  A lot of time and effort goes into getting everything right – sometimes even weeks before the actual announcements are made.

Organizations will, at times, drop hints about what moves they’re making, especially if an insider – or even a player – manages to accidentally reveal things ahead of time.

However, this time, it wasn’t an insider or new player who dropped the ball on an announcement, but rather the organization themselves.

Taco playing for Team Liquid
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TACO had been rumored to be leading the new GODDSENT team.

The Swedish organization, which has typically had European Counter-Strike rosters, uploaded the files for their roster announcement to a job listing. They were asking for someone to edit the videos, removing the green screen behind their new players.

Front and center of the video is former SK Gaming and MiBR star TACO, who had been rumored to be leading the new GODSENT project. He’s flanked by former teammate João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos, Bruno ‘latto’ Rebelatto, Eduardo ‘dumau’ Wolkmer, and Bruno ‘b4rtiN’ Câmara.

Twitter user NoOne_CSGO spotted the video totally revealing the whole roster on January 16, which went under the radar before RushBMedia’s Ryan Friend boosted it.

After the hilarious ‘leak’ made the rounds on Twitter, the listing was removed from the Upwork website, and the videos were taken down.

However, GODSENT and Taco decided to have a little fun with things. “FAKE NEWS,” they tweeted, while Taco claimed “it’s not me,” in the videos.

Before it was removed, the listing asked for the work to be completed by 6PM on Monday, January 18, pointing at an announcement coming soon.

Seeing as they’ve now taken it down, and quite a decent number of CS:GO fans have seen the videos, GODSENT might move that forward and announce their new line-up sooner.

It’s either a spectacular blunder that will be talked about while the lineup is together, or a superb piece of hype-building.