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How Complexity’s CS:GO Juggernaut Echoes Their 1.6 Legacy ft. Thorin

Published: 27/Jul/2020 15:57 Updated: 27/Jul/2020 15:59

by Joe Craven

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CompLexity’s Counter Strike: Global Offensive roster are taking the competitive scene by storm. Despite not being a top tier roster on paper, they have surprised regularly and even won the BLAST Premier Spring 2020 event. But how did this roster come about, and how does it echo CompLexity’s success from the early 2000s?

Back in August 2019, when Jason Lake tweeted that his current CompLexity roster wasn’t cutting it and he wanted to “build a juggernaut”, he was met with scrutiny and skepticism.

“I love our players as individuals but these results won’t be tolerated,” he tweeted. “If you’re a Tier 1 player looking for a fresh start at the best facility in the world, HMU. I’ll pay your buyout and give you the world’s highest salaries.”

Many commented that talking about his players as disposable entities would discourage the best players in the world from joining CompLexity.

His new look roster have not yet reached the level of an Astralis or BIG, but they are proving the doubters wrong whenever an opportunity arises. Here, we take a look at what went into the brand new “juggernaut” line up, and how it echoes the roster Lake built back in the early 2000s.

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.