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JW: The CSGO pro that keeps proving the haters wrong

Published: 26/May/2020 11:02

by Shane King

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Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell is one of the most notorious AWPers in CS:GO history. Representing Fnatic for the best part of the last seven years, he has become synonymous with the brand and an in-form JW is usually a good omen for a dominant Fnatic CS team. 

The thing that stood out the most in the early days of Wecksell’s career was his aggressiveness in general but also with an AWP. He would seemingly peek any angle at any range with the weapon which is a deadly combination to have. Though, when he got too close or had to reload, he always had his trusty CZ75 in his back pocket. 

At the end of 2014, JW was at all-time high levels of form with an HLTV rating of 1.22 but by the autumn of the following year his rating was 1.01 – his career low at the time. While this isn’t the worst rating in the world, it was pretty noticeable in his gameplay. JW went from averaging 20 kills per map at big events in 2014 to just 16 per map in 2015.

The Swede returned to form once again when Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim and Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist returned to Fnatic in late 2019. He has been dropping the ball less and producing magic more often. Fnatic also, briefly, regained their status as the world’s number one team. 

One of the reasons the Fnatic legend has had a resurgence is his ability with rifles. He gave up his AWP when he was in his slump and had to rely solely on his rifling. Also, the fact that he is once again playing under a mastermind IGL in Golden has given him the tactical help which had been missing. 

With this newfound form coinciding with Fnatic’s revival, there is a chance JW has paved the way for a second golden age of his career.

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Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson

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CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

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The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.