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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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Juggernaut vs Colossus: How Cloud9 shocked Complexity @ Blast Fall Showdown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 20:39

by Alan Bernal

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The head-to-head between Complexity’s reformed Juggernaut and Cloud9’s Colossus was a matchup the CS:GO community were waiting to go down, and their clash at the BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Showdown didn’t disappoint.

The hype around HenryG’s C9 was just starting to take shape with matchday results. But many saw their match against a Complexity side who had already booked a trip to the Blast Global Finals in 2021 as the Colossus’ first real test.

Backed by IGL Benjamin ‘blameF’ Bremer, Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke, and latest addition Justin ‘jks’ Savage, the Juggernauts were seen as favorites against the new Cloud9 roster.

Complexity managed to take the first map off of impressive clutch moments and a more cohesive structure in navigating Cloud9’s Nuke pick. Something that is expected from a core lineup who’s been together for a year.

C9 didn’t start the series with a win, but they did show an aggressive T-side that got them up to 10-5 after the first half. But Juggernauts hit back even harder when it was their turn to attack, only giving up three rounds on their way to a 16-13 win.

The rest of the series saw the premier headlines shine: Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker’s AWP against his old team, IGL’s blameF and ‘Alex’ McMeekin masterminding plays, and star players Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen versus jks.

The matchup resulted in a shocking upset win for C9, but the duel formed a new narrative around the two storied orgs who are embarking in their next eras.