How Astralis spoiled Liquid Twistzz’s final farewell at IEM Global Challenge

Published: 22/Dec/2020 18:26 Updated: 23/Dec/2020 11:30

by Ava Thompson-Powell


Blasting through the IEM Global Challenge and taking home the lion’s share, the win took the spotlight away from one pro player’s announcement.

The stage was set for Team Liquid to shine and give Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken a fairytale send-off fit for a Grand Slam champ. But it wasn’t to be, as Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander and co. stepped up to sweep the North Americans aside in three maps.

Astralis ended the year on a high after winning IEM’s Global Challenge — taking home the best part of $500,000 and earning the top spot in Counter-Strike’s world rankings for the fourth consecutive year. They inadvertently managed to spoil the party for CS:GO’s one-tap wonder though.

The Grand Final ended up being incredibly one-sided, seeing Astralis nab a 3-0 win, dominating the once #1 ranking Team Liquid of yesteryear. Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen and Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz’s insane control led the team straight to the prize. On Liquid, though, only Twistzz seemed to hold up against their opponents at all, with the other members falling quickly by the wayside.

His performance hasn’t been great, though, with a career-low rating of 0.97 in the past three months, with a peak in 2020 of 1.09. The announcement of his move to EU is going to truly disappoint many NA Liquid fans out there, and the huge announcement was unfortunately eclipsed by Astralis’ breeze of a win. Only time will tell whether the player’s move will work out to get this star player back on track.



Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.