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CSGO: G2 confirm shox replacement amid Vitality rumors

Published: 17/Sep/2019 13:27 Updated: 17/Sep/2019 14:08

by Kamil Malinowski

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G2 Esports have confirmed that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive veteran Richard ‘shox’ Papillon is benched and have announced that Fabien ‘kioShiMa’ Fiey is his temporary replacement. 

The CSGO post-Major shuffle is well underway and players have been linked with moves all over. Some of the biggest potential moves come from the French scene, where the top two teams are shaking things up.

G2 have reportedly benched shox and Lucky, while Vitality are exploring replacements for NBK. Numerous reports have been flying back and forth on the matter, however, things seem to have finally settled.

ESLKioShiMa is standing in for shox.

On September 17, G2 announced that kioShiMa is standing in for shox for the IEM Beijing qualifier and ESL One New York, with rumors suggesting that the latter is on his way to Team Vitality.

This move was somewhat expected, as fans spotted Fabien practicing with the French team on September 16, with French Counter-Strike insider neL confirming that this was the case and even correctly predicting that he would only stay for two events. 

NeL also commented that Fabien is likely to be replaced if G2 are able to sign Nemanja ‘huNter’ Kovač and Nemanja ‘nexa’ Isaković – a transfer that has also been reported about shortly after the StarLadder Major.

KioShiMa is a CSGO veteran much like shox, having played for top teams like FaZe Clan and Envy. He has been looking for a way back to the competitive scene since his departure from Cloud9 in early 2019, and is finally returning thanks to the post-Major shuffle.

The new G2 roster will be playing just a few hours after G2’s announcement in the IEM Beijing qualifier, giving fans a a chance to see kioShiMa in action. They have not confirmed any other roster moves, meaning fans will likely have to wait until ESL One New York to hear more, which runs from September 26-29. 

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How to watch BLAST Premier Fall 2020: stream, teams, schedule

Published: 24/Oct/2020 6:55

by Andrew Amos

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The world’s best Counter-Strike is taking place in Europe right now. BLAST Premier Fall 2020 is set to kick off on October 26, featuring 12 top teams from around the world duking it out for $150,000 USD.

BLAST have condensed their Premier Fall series from two regions to one. North America has been left on the sidelines as the world’s best teams move over to Europe to compete.

That doesn’t mean the competition is going to be any less fierce though. 12 top squads from across the globe are converging on the region to duke it out over $150,000, as well as points towards the BLAST Premier Global Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 streams

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 will be streamed live on the Blast Twitch and YouTube channels. The action is expected to kick off on October 26 at 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET / 3:30pm GMT. Most days will have the same start time.

For your convenience, we’ve embedded the stream below.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 teams

12 top teams from across Europe and North America are taking part in BLAST Premier Fall 2020. Most notably is obviously the four-time Major winners Astralis, although the competition will be hot on their heels.

North American champions FURIA have flown across the Atlantic to make their presence known in Europe. The new-look Complexity and MIBR rosters will also be taking to the stage for the first time.

IEM New York winners FaZe Clan are in attendance too, as well as numerous other top 10 teams.

Group A Group B Group C
Natus Vincere Vitality Astralis
Ninjas in Pyjamas Complexity MIBR
Evil Geniuses BIG FURIA
OG FaZe Clan G2 Esports

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 schedule

Monday, October 26

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Round Na’Vi vs NiP 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Opening Round Evil Geniuses vs OG 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 27

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Upper Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Lower Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 28

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Thursday, October 29

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Round Vitality vs Complexity 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Opening Round BIG vs FaZe 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, October 30

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Winners Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Losers Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, October 31

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Monday, November 2

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Opening Round Astralis vs MIBR 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Opening Round FURIA vs G2 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 3

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Winners Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Losers Round 1 TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm

Wednesday, November 4

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm