Here’s how the confusing 2019 IEM Katowice CS:GO Major format works - Dexerto

Here’s how the confusing 2019 IEM Katowice CS:GO Major format works

Published: 21/Jan/2019 17:07 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 13:24

by Matt Porter


ESL have officially announced the format and seeding system will work at the 2019 IEM Katowice CS:GO Major.

The event held in Katowice, Poland will be the first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major event of 2019, and will see the return of the Swiss format used at the FACEIT Major for the New Challengers and New Legends stages.

However, ESL have confirmed that a best-of-three format will be used for all progression and elimination rounds in Katowice, instead of just in fifth round matches at the tournament. This means the Swiss stages will now feature 20 more best-of-three contests than were seen at the FACEIT Major.

The event will see the return of the ‘Player-Selected Seeding’ method used at IEM Chicago, which sees teams taking part in the tournament rank each other, with the scores added together to create the rankings.

IEM Katowice will also see the introduction of live seeding at the end of each Swiss round, with an ELO rating system replacing the Buchholz system that was used in London.

After the original seeding takes place, teams will be given ELO ratings to match their given seed. Team’s ELO ratings will be adjusted after every match, with winners taking some of the loser ELO points.

IntelTeams will be battling to get their hands on the IEM Katowice Major trophy.

The IEM Katowice Major will officially kick off on Wednesday, February 13 at the New Challengers Stage, with the New Legends stage starting on February 20.

A number of teams competing in the New Challengers Stage have already been confirmed with the conclusion of the CIS and European Minors, with the Americas Minor beginning on Tuesday, January 22.


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.