FaZe Clan's rain Stays True to His Word With Hilarious Forfeit Following the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Dexerto
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FaZe Clan’s rain Stays True to His Word With Hilarious Forfeit Following the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals

Published: 21/May/2018 10:42 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:56

by Ross Deason

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FaZe Clan’s Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard put himself in an awkward situation during the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals when he said he would eat a cigarette if Astralis lose a single map.

Astralis looked dominant during the ESL Pro League Season 7 finals, wiping the floor with any and all competition as they aimed to prove that their loss in the IEM Sydney Grand Final was a mere blip.

The team that beat them to take the title in Sydney, FaZe Clan, met the Danes in the semifinals of the EPL Finals and were soundly beaten 16-3 on Mirage and 16-6 on Inferno.

After that loss many people predicted that Astralis would do much the same to Team Liquid in the Grand Final, including FaZe Clan’s rain who confidently Tweeted out that he would “eat a cigarette” if Astralis lost a single map in the best of five.

The Norwegian star looked to be safe after the first map, Dust 2, as Astralis smashed Team Liquid 16-1 in less that 30 minutes.

Team Liquid very nearly bounced back with some incredible clutches on Nuke but Astralis’ dominance in the full buy rounds eventually allowed them to take a 16-14 win and secure a 2-0 series score.

It looked like rain was safe but Team Liquid finally managed to close out a map with a 16-14 victory on Mirage thanks to some heroics from Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic and rain’s fate was sealed.

Despite the fact that Astralis went on to win the next map and the title, his prediction was wrong and he stuck to his word like a true Viking with this hilarious forfeit.

We presume that rain will be refraining from making such bold predictions in the future but we also applaud him for being a man of his word.

The FaZe players comments about Astralis were in line with those from most of the top analysts at present as the Danish team is playing some of the best CS:GO we have ever seen.

However, despite the blowout on Dust 2, Team Liquid gave a good account of themselves during the majority of the series and will be going into future tournaments feeling confident.

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Fake s1mple & Shroud scam streams take over CSGO on Twitch again

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:15 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 19:35

by Connor Bennett

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Troll streams have been taking over the CS:GO category on Twitch yet again, using Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s names to promote scam giveaways. 

Typically, the only times you’ll find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dominating the Twitch viewership charts is when there’s a major tournament on the go, a former pro like Shroud makes a surprise return, or a celebrity like Neymar shows off their skills.

However, there are times when the game gets some incredible viewing numbers when trolls decide to take over the section and capitalize on its popularity. 

These trolls claim to be someone like Shroud, s1mple, or NiKo while running fake giveaways that put the Steam accounts of CS:GO fans in danger of being hacked. 

Shroud on Twitch
Twitch: Shroud
Despite being a former CS:GO pro, Shroud is still used in these scams.

These fake streams pop up every few months, and have been called out by pros like s1mple in the past, however, neither the pros or Twitch have been able to completely stamp them out yet.

On October 25, with the ESL One New York CIS tournament attracting thousands of viewers, these trolls struck once again by using old VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, once again claiming that fans can win prizes by getting involved.

In fact, at one point, the two channels were in the top three watch channels of the day – amassing 22,000 and 17,500 viewers respectively – and sitting just behind the main Russian stream for ESL One New York CIS. 

Screenshot of Twitch showing the CSGO category with fake streams
Screenshot via Twitch
The fake channels have the names of CSGO pros, but have unusual graphics attached.

The two channels that cropped up intially, s1mple6282 and ShroudWRBE, have since been deleted, but other channels named s1mple1021 and ShroudRXND have taken their place.

At the time of writing, both channels have been running the same fake giveaways and graphics, as well as the same past VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, so it might hard to tell the difference to some viewers, but they’re not the real thing.