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First Round Matchups Drawn for New Legends Stage at FACEIT London Major

Published: 9/Sep/2018 19:37 Updated: 9/Sep/2018 19:44

by Calum Patterson


First round matchups for the New Legends Stage at the FACEIT London Major have been drawn, following the New Challengers Stage which saw some big names fall out of contention.

The FACEIT London Major is the second major of 2018, after Cloud9 historically won ELEAGUE Boston in January, but the landscape of Counter-Strike has changed significantly since then.

The main qualifiers for the London Major take place in two stages: New Challengers and New Legends, before the final stage, New Champions.

Eight casualties have fallen in the New Challengers stage; North, Team Spirit, OpTic Gaming, Gambit, Rogue, Renegades, Space Soldiers and Virtus.Pro.

That leaves the top eight teams to advance, with upsets earning unlikely hopefuls such as TyLoo, Vega Squadron and compLexity a place in the New Legends stage.

Teams were drawn from five separate pools, with Legends teams matching up exclusively with teams qualifying from New Challengers.

New Legends Stage, First Round Matchups

  • Cloud9 vs Vega Squadron
  • Made in Brazil vs TyLoo
  • FaZe Clan vs BIG Clan
  • Natus Vincere vs Astralis
  • G2 Esports vs Hellraisers
  • fnatic vs compLexity
  • Winstrike vs Team Liquid
  • mousesports vs Ninjas in Pyjamas

Na’Vi will know they have likely the toughest draw here, with Astralis coming in as arguably the most in form team, but with the likes of s1mple and electronic, there is no counting out the Ukrainians.

FaZe Clan’s match up against BIG should go in their favor, but BIG have proved themselves a banana skin team of sorts, especially with their memorable run at ESL One Cologne, where they caused a string of upsets to make the grand final.

One of the harder matches to predict will be mousesports vs NiP, with a finely poised series waiting there. Cloud9 have had their struggles of late, but surely they can overcome Vega? The same goes for MiBR, who despite their patchy form, should have enough talent to see past Chinese hopefuls TyLoo.

The New Legends stage will begin on September 12, and last until September 16, with five rounds of matches to be played.

Rounds one to four will be best of 1 matches, shifting to best of 3’s for round five. Again another eight teams will advance, to play at the SSE Arena, Wembley, to decide the FACEIT Major 2018 champions.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.