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G2 finally “learns” how to defuse bombs in CSGO

Published: 14/Oct/2019 22:37 Updated: 14/Oct/2019 23:18

by Alan Bernal

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G2 Esports put their CSGO team through a special “training session” after a disastrous round at the StarLadder 2019 Berlin Major abruptly ended their match.

The French powerhouse has big names attached to its roster with the likes of Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub, François ‘AmaNEk’ Delaunay, and more representing the G2 army – making their gaffe against Astralis even more surprising.

Going against the Danes in a best-of-one, G2 successfully overwhelmed Astralis in a surprising B retake on Nuke. But the Frenchmen forgot one crucial detail in the round as the map was empty of any T-sided players, as the bomb still managed to go off.

The flurry of memes and surprised reactions from CSGO fans and pros alike has led to the ultimate spoof by G2 for how they’ve been training their players.

In the October 14 video, G2 newcomers Nemanja ‘nexa’ Isaković and Nemanja ‘huNter-‘ Kovač sat down with the French trio to teach them everything they need to know about CSGO’s bomb.

Even without the pressure of being down 15-7 against Astralis, the video jokingly hinted that Audric ‘JaCkz’ Jug had a hard time deciphering what the “calculator”-like device in CSGO actually was.

The highlight of the video has to be the Q&A segment with star player kennyS, after being asked what to do when all T-sided players have been eliminated with the bomb being planted.

“I save the AWP,” the world renown AWPer said. “It’s Jame time.”

The odd moment was a low point for the G2 army at Berlin.

It had to take a confused AmaNEk to look up what to do with the bomb on his phone, which seemed to “impress” his countrymen, to say the least.

Living down the hilarious mistake during the Berlin Major might take a while, but G2 themselves are hoping the special training helps out in the long haul: “Let’s see if this lesson helped at all.”

In their latest outings, G2 managed a 9-12th placement at DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019, a 3-4th finish at ESL One New York 2019, and a 3-4th spot at the IEM Beijing 2019 Qualifier.

G2 are known throughout the esports world as one of Europe’s biggest memers, and the response to their insane gaffe against Astralis is being well-received.

CS:GO

FalleN accuses Immortals COO of “lying” about payments after MIBR-Team Liquid move

Published: 10/Jan/2021 14:40 Updated: 10/Jan/2021 15:27

by Calum Patterson

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Shortly after the confirmation of Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo’s move to Team Liquid, leaving MIBR after two years, a disupte took place publicly between the Brazilian pro and Immortals COO, Tomi ‘lurppis’ Kovanen.

The spat came about after Team Liquid apologized to MIBR for failing to notify them of the announcement about FalleN’s move.

The team wrote on Twitter, “In the excitement of the day we forgot to give @MIBR warning before announcing Fallen. We strive to be good partners off the server and should have checked ourselves.”

Lurppis, a former player, caster, and analyst, now the COO at Immortals, MIBR’s parent company, responded, saying it was “common courtesy” for organizations to agree on a release time for announcements.

Fallen and Twistzz
Team Liquid / MIBR
FalleN has joined Team Liquid, replacing Twistzz in the lineup.

The conversation took a turn when a fan raised an issue around MIBR’s signing of the old SK Gaming lineup, as luppis replied: “we continue pursuing options against SK because our German lawyers have advised us that SK illegally withheld ~$250k from the players, which we paid each at different times. However, we also paid them ~$100k each in extra salary above contract, but that never comes up”

FalleN took issue with this statement, responding to deny that he had been paid the $100,000 ‘in extra salary above contract.’

“That’s not true as you never paid me and made sure I sign out without receiving it,” FalleN said. “Signing an NDA with you doesn’t mean I will see you lying on social media and be quiet.”

Kovanen responded to FalleN’s accusation, explaining that it was worked out as “part of the buyout” and reiterating that Immortals “paid you ~$100k extra out of the kindness of our hearts in good faith, outside of what we had contractually agreed to.”

Clarifying his comment, lurppis continued: “Kindness of heart was a figure of speech, but we paid them the full salary even though they weren’t legally entitled to it because we wanted to show good faith and thought it would help long-term.”

FalleN has not publicly responded to the Immortals COO since, so a resolution to this dispute does not appear to be forthcoming.

For now, FalleN is joining up with his new North American teammates under the Team Liquid banner. The squad’s first competitive action together will be at the BLAST Premier Global Final on January 19.