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FaZe Clan’s Karrigan Leads Crowd at ECS S5 Finals In Impressive Lights Display

Published: 10/Jun/2018 18:06 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Calum Patterson


The crowd at ECS Season 5 finals in London have a lot to live up to with other Counter-Strike crowds in Europe, but they are certainly doing their bit to boost the atmosphere.

They have been lively all weekend, reacting to the big plays and clutch moments, as well as the traditional chants, but they really stole the show when a technical issue hit the event.


On day three, the crowd were at their very best as the final matches were set to get underway, with four teams remaining fighting for the $250,000 first place prize.

Just ahead of the FaZe Clan and Astralis match up, an issue hit the setups on stage, leading to a technical pause.


A caster’s worst nightmare, both Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett and Henry “HenryG” Greer were left with a spot of time to fill and so in traditional fashion, turned to the crowd to provide the entertainment in the downtime.

With a bit of assistance from FaZe Clan’s Finn “karrigan” Andersen – who is always one to play for the crowd – the London audience obliged, really setting the atmosphere ahead of the big semi-final match up.

If it was karrigan’s plan to get the crowd on his side and intimidate Astralis, it didn’t quite pay off, as FaZe were ultimately swept 2-0, with Astralis looking dominant on the second map, Inferno.


Astralis advanced to the grand final to play Team Liquid, and you can keep up with all the action on our ECS S5 Finals Coverage Hub.

The London crowd have certainly impressed, and it bodes well for the upcoming events in the UK later in 2018, including of course the FACEIT Major, also taking place in London in September.


es3tag reportedly leaving Astralis for new role on Cloud9 CSGO squad

Published: 15/Oct/2020 4:23 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 4:51

by Andrew Amos


Danish CS:GO star Patrick “es3tag” Hansen has only been a part of Astralis for six months, but he’s already moving on from the squad’s ambitious 10-man project. He’s reportedly set to join Cloud9 as the organization rebuilds in Europe.

The Astralis 10-man project could be over before they even reached their lofty goals. The Danish organization went into 2020 with the plans of expanding their roster beyond just five in the server, building out a two-team core to constantly rotate through.


This was seemingly brought on after long-term Astralis members went on break after a strenuous couple of years that saw them lift four Major titles.

es3tag holding Astralis jersey with Zonic
es3tag is moving on from Astralis six months after signing.

Patrick “es3tag” Hansen was the first man brought on, but he could be the first major piece to leave. A new report from Danish website TV2 Sport states that Hansen is moving on to join the new Cloud9 colossus for 2021.


es3tag joined Astralis properly in July 2020, but the move was announced months earlier during Flashpoint Season 1. He was the first part of Astralis’ 10-man puzzle, as the Danish squad looked to implement a new rotation system.

However, the project has seemingly fallen off the tracks. As veteran members like Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “Xyp9x” Hojsleth return to the roster, the newer teammates like es3tag and Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen have been back to riding the bench.

Jakob “JUGi” Hansen was also a part of the squad earlier in 2020, but left when Astralis onboarded Bubzkji. Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer was temporarily used as a substitute for es3tag as well before his contract with Heroic ran out.


Cloud9 have announced four of the six pieces of their new CS:GO team after dropping their South African-NA hybrid roster in September.

Ricky “floppy” Kemery is the only player from the former ATK squad remaining, with Cloud9 picking up Alex “Alex” McMeekin, William “mezii” Merriman, and Ozgur “woxic” Eker. They will be coached by former 100 Thieves coach Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunovic.

Astralis, Cloud9, and es3tag are yet to publicly comment on the reports. We will let you know if the move happens.