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How EliGE went from Starcraft master to CSGO Champion

Published: 29/Jun/2020 11:49

by Shane King

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Team Liquid’s CS:GO roster enjoyed their own era in 2019, and throughout it, Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski has been the constant but he almost found himself inside a very different esport.

He started out in Starcraft – a world away from Counter-Strike – even naming himself after his favorite Starcraft pro. But when a last-minute update to the game derailed his practice for a tournament, he dove right into CS and never looked back.

He entered the scene on pro team SKDC and later eLevate where he would shine and be noted as an up-and-coming talent in North America.

Later in 2015, he would get a chance to join the Team Liquid squad led by Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin. Here, he would meet up with Nicholas ‘nitr0’ Cannella and form a CS:GO partnership with for the rest of his career to date.

Jablonowski’s main role was as an entry fragger but, behind the scenes, he would help out by watching the teams they were going to play and forming a strategy.

EliGE has been a vital member of the team during their run in 2019 ranking as the fourth-best player in the world during the year, and he has easily established himself as one of the greatest players NA has ever produced.

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S1mple & dev1ce hit out at Twitch and YouTube over CSGO scam streams

Published: 27/Oct/2020 16:30 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 17:17

by Marco Rizzo

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Professional CSGO players Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev and Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz have spoken out on the lack of measures against fake skin giveaway scammers on Twitch and Youtube. 

Scammers of CSGO personalities such as Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, s1mple and dev1ce have been roaming around streaming platforms with little consequence for a while. The problem reached new heights in late 2019, when s1mple initially started to comment on the situation.

The issue of fake streams has started to resurface again, and unsuspecting fans are being cheated out of their Steam inventories. 

On October 27, the Ukrainian shared an email from a fan expressing their disappointment in having his CSGO inventory stolen after falling prey to a scammer impersonating s1mple on Twitch.

Astralis player Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz also voiced his unhappiness with the lack of action from Youtube, referencing his own problems with impersonators on the Google platform. 

The way these scammers operate is relatively straight-foward: they create an account pretending to be a famous personality or pro player and use old footage to simulate a live stream. They will then provide links to websites claiming to give free prizes, instead they ask for login details and sometimes more. Richard Lewis has previously covered the issue on Dexerto. 

S1mple has pointed this issue out multiple times over the last eight months, however it seems that Twitch is unable or unwilling to deal with the growing problem on their platform. 

Just a couple of days ago, fake streams of shroud and s1mple appeared on the Amazon-owned platform with upwards of 20,000 viewers. These fake streams took over the CSGO section of twitch, claiming a higher percentage of viewers than the regional final of a major CS tournament. 

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CS:GO streams are popular targets, claiming to give away ‘free skins’.

While those accounts were eventually deleted, new ones have already taken their place. Twitch and Youtube have so far, failed to keep up with the problem of fake streams and this poses a risk to its users, with today’s one being the most recent example.