Gla1ve explains why G2 are CSGO’s “dark horse” after IEM Katowice run

Published: 28/Feb/2020 7:30

by Andrew Amos


Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander might be looking down the barrel of another title at IEM Katowice 2020, but the Astralis star is keeping his eyes on G2 Esports after the French team made an outstanding “dark horse” run in groups.

Astralis have gotten through the IEM Katowice draw with minimal complaints so far. The Danish kings of Counter-Strike are yet to drop a map in Poland, running through Cloud9, Vitality, and fnatic with relative ease.

However, as they start to approach the pointy end of the event, they’ve got their eyes on one team in particular making a surprising run ⁠— G2 Esports.

Astralis have qualified for the semi-finals of IEM Katowice without losing a map.

“I see [G2] as a big dark horse,” the Danish star said in an interview with HLTV at IEM Katowice. “They have been doing really well. It’s crazy to see that when they got two new players in nexa and huNter-, even though they don’t speak French the team dynamic just changed completely.”

G2 was an all-French roster before the Serbian IGL and Bosnian rifler joined the team, but while a language barrier might have arisen, it brought the team back to life.

They had a similar run to Astralis, running through Group B with surprise wins over 100 Thieves, mousesports, and Team Liquid to get to the semi-finals of Katowice, only dropping one map on the way.

While they’ve been flying under the radar for most, Astralis and gla1ve have been taking notice of the team’s rise since picking up nexa and huNter-, and are looking forward to hopefully facing them in the final.

“JaCkz was was pretty good before, I think, but you see a player like kennyS who is just getting much better now that he has a really good, understanding in-game leader, it seems like.

“I feel really happy for them that they’re getting some success again, and, hopefully, we’ll play them this tournament.”

Astralis is hoping for a match-up against G2 in the final of IEM Katowice.

Astralis won’t be back in action at IEM Katowice until February 29, when they’ll play the winner of Natus Vincere and Team Liquid in the semi-final of the event.

Be sure to keep up with all the action, including interviews with the best players and results as soon as they happen on our IEM Katowice hub.


Cloud9 CSGO terminates woxic’s contract three-months after forming the “Colossus”

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:44 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 18:46

by Andrew Amos


Cloud9 are making another change to their long-term CS:GO “colossus,” reportedly benching Turkish AWPer Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker for ex-Chaos’ Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach. The former mousesports star is just three months into his three-year contract.

Update on January 18

Cloud9 and woxic mutually agreed to terminate the AWPer’s contract after trying to navigate problems that were “almost insurmountable.”

CSGO fans are now looking ahead for what may come next as C9 officially look for a replacement AWPer and head coach, as woxic will now plan his next move apart from the org.

Original story follows below

Cloud9 is undergoing big changes heading into the 2021 season. Turkish star woxic could be on his way out of the colossus just three months into his three-year contract.

The star AWPer is reportedly being benched “due to non-performance related issues,” according to Rush B Media, but a person close to the team “did not believe that there was an internal disagreement that took place which would cause [woxic] to be [benched].”

woxic playing for mousesports at DreamHack Open
Woxic is set to be benched on Cloud9’s CS:GO colossus for American rifler Xeppaa.

The team had mixed results after their late-2020 rebuild, finishing last in Flashpoint Season 2, but third in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.

W0xic has posted middling results at these recent events, with an average HLTV rating of 1.00 since joining Cloud9. He has struggled to shine like his 2019 peak with mousesports, where he played a part in claiming the European squad a ESL Pro League Season 10 title.

First in line to replace woxic is the now teamless Xeppaa. After the disbanding of Chaos, the squad has gone their separate ways, with the likes of Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf and Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina swapping to Valorant.

The 20-year-old American rifler shone during Chaos’ rise at the end of 2020, helping the squad win IEM Beijing 2020, DreamHack Masters Winter, and secure a podium spot at ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Summer.

Speculation has also been rife about who else Cloud9 could potentially be signing. Cloud9 General Manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer posted a Tweet with four emojis indicating two contracts being signed.

With the removal of Kassad at the end of 2020, the second signing could indicate a return of former Assistant Coach Chris ‘Elmapuddy’ Tebbit. The Australian coach has been linked with Cloud9 yet again, less than two months after leaving the squad for Gen.G.

Cloud9 are yet to confirm either the benching of woxic, or the signing of Xeppaa. We will update you as more information arises.