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How Zonic turned Astralis into world beaters & changed CSGO forever

Published: 10/Jun/2020 11:11

by Shane King


Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen is known as the greatest coach of all time when it comes to CS:GO, but, before he was a great leader out of the game, he was a top fragger in the game as well, in 1.6

Sørensen started out as a talented player in the early days of competitive Counter-Strike playing for SK gaming but he often dreamed of moving onto a ‘normal job’ afterward when the hype for the game died down.

The danish leader took gold at the World Cyber Games 2008 with his team mTw and this would later inspire some young Danish talents watching from their homes such as Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen and Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz.

After deciding to call it quits later in 2012, he decided to focus on his education as he could tell he would not be able to survive in a game growing this fast as a player, he knew he would need to transition into a coach, as that would be where he could thrive.

When Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen reached out to him and asked him to coach Team ?, he jumped at the opportunity. This was the side that would eventually become the 4x major winning Astralis.

He achieved greatness as a player and even higher heights as a coach he helped grow esports through its adolescence and now he helps younger players fully leverage what he accomplished. His importance to the game is second to none.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.