James Bardloph, ddk, and Pala Face Off in the Ultimate Geography Test at the ECS Season 5 Finals - Dexerto

James Bardloph, ddk, and Pala Face Off in the Ultimate Geography Test at the ECS Season 5 Finals

Published: 9/Jun/2018 19:55 Updated: 11/Oct/2020 17:03

by Ross Deason


Daniel ‘ddk’ Kapadia, James Bardolph, and Pala Gilroy Sen competed for the coveted title of the best “geography-er” from the ECS Season 5 broadcast team.

They are some of the best in the business when it comes to commentating and presenting high level CS:GO action, but just how good is the geographical knowledge of ddk, James Bardolph, and Pala?

You would think that people that spend the majority of their lives travelling around the world for various Counter-Strike events would have a solid grasp on the subject, but our questions weren’t exactly friendly.

The rules were simple: each contestant received the same list of five questions and the person that answered the most correctly would win…. Well, nothing really.

However, we believe that knowing that you are, undeniably, the smartest CS:GO broadcaster on Earth is a big enough prize in itself, and the results of this test were rather definitive.

First up to face the challenge was ddk and, although we hate to say it, things didn’t go brilliantly. The Brit scored just two out of five (even with a bit of outside assistance).

Next up was Pala and, despite not feeling particularly confident, the popular YouTuber surprised himself and posted a respectable score of three.

With everything still to play for, ddk’s partner in crime, James Bardolph, was the final man to face the gauntlet.

The tallest man in Counter-Strike put maximum effort into the challenge but could only manage a score of two and a half. He still beat ddk, though, so he wasn’t too worried.

Our own Chris Marsh even invented the word “geography-er”, which we think sounds much better than “geographer”.

With that said, Pala takes the victory and is officially the world’s best CS:GO broadcaster geography-er in attendance at the ECS Season 5 Finals.

The final standings are as follows:

1st – Pala Gilroy Sen

2nd – Daniel ‘ddk’ Kapadia

3rd – James Bardolph


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.