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Gen.G reportedly in discussions to sign multiple Cloud9 CSGO players

Published: 5/Nov/2019 5:39 Updated: 5/Nov/2019 6:25

by Isaac McIntyre

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Counter-Strike roster, as well as Bulgarian star Georgi ‘SHiPZ’ Grigorov, as the North American organization looks to make its first move into the scene.

According to a report from DBLTAP, Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta and Damian ’daps’ Steele are key targets for Gen.G in the ongoing discussions, while the org’s interest in Oscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas, Kenneth ‘koosta’ Suen, and Yassine ‘Subroza’ Taoufik has not been confirmed.

The NA duo would likely be the corner-piece of Gen.G’s first foray into CSGO, with rumors suggesting the dual-signings would be bolstered by the pickup of CR4ZY’s rifler SHiPZ.

ELEAGUEautimatic and daps are reportedly Gen.G’s main targets in Cloud9’s roster.

Cloud9’s roster has struggled to make an impact in international competitions of late, with the team’s struggles bookended by a last-placed finish in ESL Pro League Season 10 that has dropped them into the upcoming relegation tournament.

The team also finished last at the most recent BLAST Pro Series in Copenhagen, and 13-16th at DreamHack Dallas. Their last major run also ended prematurely, after they were bundled out of Katowice’s New Legends stage with losses to Astralis, Team Vitality, and FaZe Clan.


The organization then forfeit their guaranteed slot for Berlin after a number of roster changes, and the organization failed to re-earn a place at the Verti Music Hall after falling to two unsigned rosters 2-1 and 2-0 in straight sets.

DreamhackCR4ZY’s rifler SHiPZ is another reported target for Gen.G’s new CSGO roster.

Gen.G’s other reported transfer target, Bulgarian star SHiPZ, has only been with his current organization CR4ZY for the past month. The squad won their first event at DreamHack Open Rotterdam with a 2-1 victory over Heroic, earning $50,000 in the process.

The potential departures from C9’s roster may go some distance to explaining the “team troubles” reported by VPEsports, which saw the organization pull out of the DreamHack Atlanta Open despite a $100,000 prize pool for the event.


If Gen.G’s moves in the signing market aren’t completed by November 15, however, SHiPZ will appear with CR4ZY at Rotterdam, where they will face teams like INTZ eSports and Heroic.

MLGGen.G competed in Call of Duty in 2019 before being denied a franchise slot for the 2020 CDL.

Gen.G have never competed in Counter-Strike before, and the signings of these players would mark the first time the NA organization had joined the circuit. 

The organization has previously competed in Call of Duty, operates League of Legends scene with the purchase of world championship roster Samsung Galaxy in the LCK in 2018.

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Valve lifts Fnatic star KRIMZ’s mysterious CSGO VAC ban

Published: 1/Dec/2020 3:21 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 6:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Valve has lifted the VAC ban on CSGO legend KRIMZ, and although fans think it was probably due to a matchmaking tool, the reasons are still unknown.

The CSGO community stood still on November 28 after Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson announced he had been VAC banned. Valve never specified why, which made the situation a bit of a mystery.

“It seems that my account got vac banned,” he said. “CSGO can you fix this asap pls.” It sounded like he was probably more confused than anyone else and was adamant he’d done nothing wrong.

CSGO fans think he might have been banned for using a third-party tool named esportal to find matches. However, there has been no official word to support it.

FNATIC coach Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson issued a statement not long after. “We have reached out to Valve, TOs, and third-party community websites… to understand the nature of this unexpected shutdown,” he said. “We have no reason to believe this is the consequence of any intentional use of any illegal program.”

Either way, it didn’t take Valve long to rectify the issue. They’ve already lifted the ban, and it’s been a huge relief to CSGO players and FNATIC fans around the world.

The first one to spill the beans was ‘DonHaci.’ “Krimz has been unbanned,” he said. “His VAC ban has been removed from his Steam page.

KRIMZ’s Steam profile isn’t private, which means anyone can take a look and see for themselves. His fans have been pouring in and leaving comments to celebrate and share their relief.

Still, nobody is more excited than the man himself. KRIMZ made a brief statement on Twitter and expressed his gratitude for having it fixed. “I’m free [motherf**ers], he said. “Thank you CSGO for sorting it out quickly.”

Interestingly, Valve still hasn’t explained why they banned KRIMMZ in the first place. KRIMMZ hasn’t elaborated on it either.

In the end, though, the key takeaway is that it appears to have been a mistake. The CSGO community is thrilled to have its favorite son back.