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How Grim Can Revitalize Team Liquid’s Slumping CSGO Super-Team

Published: 24/Aug/2020 12:37

by Shane King

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At times in 2019, Team Liquid were the most dominant CS:GO team in the world but 2020 hasn’t been so kind to them. To try and change this they have looked to the 19-year-old NA prodigy Michael ‘Grim’ Wince as their savior.

After bringing home the Intel Grand Slam in record time. the StarLadder Berlin Major was supposed to kick off the Team Liquid era. But the team fell short, eliminated by Astralis in the playoffs, a defeat which started off a slump that has seen them unable to claim even domestic trophies in recent months.

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Now, Team Liquid have brought in young talent Grim to replace their long-time in-game leader Nicholas ‘nitr0’ Cannella, while Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip will be taking up IGL duties.

They have also made changes off the server too with former commentator Jason ‘moses’ O’Toole becoming the new head coach in place of Eric ‘adreN’ Hoag. But the question remains, are these the changes Liquid needs to take them back to the top?

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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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