Four more CS:GO teams qualify for IEM Katowice Major 2019 - EU and CIS Minor results and recap - Dexerto

Four more CS:GO teams qualify for IEM Katowice Major 2019 – EU and CIS Minor results and recap

Published: 21/Jan/2019 11:39 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 13:25

by Ross Deason


The IEM Katowice 2019 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major is drawing ever closer and the race for qualification is heating up and another four CS:GO squads have secured a spot after the conclusion of the CIS and European Minors.

Each Minor featured two groups of four teams playing a GSL style format. The top two teams from each group then advanced to a double-elimination playoff bracket and only two teams could guarantee a spot in the New Challengers stage of the Katowice Major. No Grand Final is played.

In the CIS Minor, AVANGAR’s players put on a clinic. The Kazakh squad bounced back from a 2-1 loss at the hands of Winstrike in the group stage to defeat the Russian’s 2-1 in the Winner’s Final of the playoff bracket and confirm their status status as New Challengers.

ESLAVANGAR’s form saw them secure the number one spot in the CIS Minor.

In a heartbreaking turn of events for the Winstrike players, they went on to lose the Loser’s Final against Team Spirit and miss out on the second qualification spot, too.

The team that beat AVANGAR in the group stage and Gambit during the Playoffs will get one final chance to qualify via the IEM Katowice Minor Playoff tournament where the third place teams from all four Minors will compete for two places.

CIS Minor Final Standings

Position Team Prize
1st AVANGAR $30,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
2nd Team Spirit $15,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
3rd Winstrike Team $5,000 + Minor 3rd Place Playoff spot
4th Gambit Esports
5th Syman Gaming
6th pro100
7th Nemiga Gaming

The Europe Minor, as is often the case, featured an impressive lineup of teams and it was clear from the outset that major upsets were not only possible, but likely.

In Group A, OpTic Gaming didn’t win a single map and the Danes were quickly eliminated, but the big surprise came when Mousesports lost two matches to Valiance and failed to reach the playoff bracket.

ESLThe ENCE players were in fine form.

The impressive form of Valiance saw them push both ENCE and Vitality to a third map during the playoff matches, but they eventually fell short and ended the Minor in fourth place.

The Finnish players of ENCE were the class of the field, taking the first qualification spot and leaving Vitality and North to scrap it out in the Loser’s Final. Despite losing 2-0 to North earlier in the tournament, Vitality eventually prevailed and locked down a New Challengers slot on the back of a 69-38 match from Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut.

Europe Minor Final Standings

Position Team Prize
1st ENCE eSports $30,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
2nd Team Vitality $15,000 + IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers Stage spot
3rd North $5,000 + Minor 3rd Place Playoff spot
4th Valiance
5th Mousesports
6th Windigo  Gaming
7th OpTic Gaming
8th Ex-Space Soldiers

Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch


Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

CaseEsports land1n
CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.