It Looks Like ESL Will Host the First CS:GO Major of 2019 and Facebook Streaming Shouldn't Be a Problem - Dexerto

It Looks Like ESL Will Host the First CS:GO Major of 2019 and Facebook Streaming Shouldn’t Be a Problem

Published: 4/Jul/2018 9:21 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Ross Deason


It looks like Valve has selected ESL to host the first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major of 2019 and IEM Katowice seems to be the most likely choice.

The Valve sponsored CS:GO Majors are the most prestigious events on the Counter-Strike esports circuit and tournament organizers usually have to bid for their chance to host one.

The first seven majors were hosted by DreamHack or ESL but the likes of ELEAGUE, MLG, PGL, and FACEIT have all been given the chance to run one since the million dollar major era began.

In fact, ESL has hosted just one $1,000,000 Major at ESL One: Cologne 2016 and DreamHack hasn’t had a look in since the last $250,000 Major at DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015.

Now it looks like Valve is going to give ESL the chance to get back in the game as a new report from Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis at DBLTAP claims that multiple sources have revealed that the German company has been awarded the first Major of 2019.

It also looks like IEM Katowice could be the most likely candidate for the tournament, though nothing has been confirmed:

“the Major is intended to begin in February and possibly extend into March, according to multiple sources. A few sources have named Katowice as a likely location for the Major — though that has not been confirmed — because the aforementioned time frame falls in line with ESL’s annual IEM Katowice event,”

IEM Katowice is one of the biggest events in CS:GO and, along with the likes of ESL One: Cologne, is one of only a handful of tournaments that holds similar weight to a Major even when it isn’t one.

IEM Katowice would also make sense as it is one of the few competitions that are not subject to ESL’s new Facebook live streaming exclusivity deal that affects the likes of the ESL Pro League and ESL One events.

Valve sponsored Majors have to be streamed on Twitch, so other popular events like ESL One: Cologne would, presumably, be difficult to organize.

ESL has hosted two previous Majors in Katowice, in 2014 and 2015, and the crowd at the Spodek arena is often referred to as one of the best in esports.


YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal


Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.