GuardiaN joins Dignitas on loan for Flashpoint after Hallzerk visa issues - Dexerto

GuardiaN joins Dignitas on loan for Flashpoint after Hallzerk visa issues

Published: 10/Mar/2020 3:38

by Andrew Amos


After being benched by Natus Vincere, Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács is donning a yellow-and-black of a different kind, joining Dignitas for Flashpoint after Håkon ‘hallzerk’ Fjærli was denied entry into the United States.

GuardiaN is looking to re-establish himself at the top of CS:GO, rejoining an active lineup after being benched at Natus Vincere.

He will be helping out Dignitas, who will be without the services of AWPer hallzerk for the start of the upcoming Flashpoint season in the United States.

Dignitas announced the roster swap on March 9, less than a week out from the start of Flashpoint, after failing to secure a visa for the Norwegian rookie on time.

“Guardian will play for Dignitas CS:GO during Flashpoint, on loan from Natus Vincere,” the organization said. “Hallzerk will not participate until his visa is sorted.”

“Thank you for this amazing opportunity,” GuardiaN added. “Always wanted to play with these CS legends, finally I can experience it for a few games.”

Hallzerk, Dignitas’ rookie AWPer, has been making waves since joining some of CS:GO’s most experienced players on the Swedish roster. However, for now, he will be watching on from the sidelines while his visa hangs in limbo.

“Sucks not being able help the guys in the new Flashpoint league,” said Hallzerk. “Hopefully the visa issues can be sorted out ASAP. Thanks to GuardiaN for helping on such a short notice.”

GuardiaN was benched by Na`Vi in January after a string of poor performances since rejoining the Ukrainian team. After swapping the Slovakian AWPer for Ilya ‘Perfecto’ Zalutskiy, the team has seen success, winning IEM Katowice and topping their BLAST Premier group.

The veteran AWPer slotting in with the four former members of Ninjas in Pyjamas at Dignitas is a throwback to an era gone by. It will be a treat for long-time CS:GO fans, even if it’s just for one event.

Dignitas are one of 12 teams in Flashpoint, who have established themselves as a competitor to ESL’s Pro League setup. Cloud9, c0ntact, Gen.G, MAD Lions, MIBR, Envy, BIG, and Orgless are participating, alongside three unnamed teams.

Flashpoint begins on March 13.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.