Karrigan explains why Team Liquid is a 'tougher challenge' than Astralis - Dexerto
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Karrigan explains why Team Liquid is a ‘tougher challenge’ than Astralis

Published: 15/Jan/2020 4:12

by Isaac McIntyre

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Astralis may be regarded as one of the best CSGO rosters in history, but veteran star Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen has revealed mousesport have a tougher time against NA heroes Team Liquid than the Danish superteam.

Liquid and Astralis were two of the hottest topics across most of 2019, as the orgs battled for Counter-Strike supremacy. The North American roster held sway for most of the first half of the year, but was thwarted by their Danish rivals when it mattered most at the Berlin Major.

As the year came to a close, however, mousesport emerged as a genuine threat. The new contenders even ousted Astralis personally, delivering the Pro League favorites a 2–1 defeat in the semifinal, and going on to win the whole event.

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Mouz shocked Astralis and the CSGO fanbase with their recent Pro League victory.

In part due to their success against them in Odense, karrigan explained on the DDK Show, Astralis isn’t the team mouz worries about in the bracket. Instead, that honor goes to NA’s leading team right now, Liquid.

That’s not to say karrigan believes Liquid are simply a better team than Astralis – there’s few that would echo that belief right now. What makes Liquid so great against Mouz specifically, however, is their “explosive” individual prowess.

“I think Liquid are a very explosive team, they’re really good in the scrappy rounds, and when it comes to us, we have an issue with these scrappy rounds, so they can really turn the momentum in the rounds because of that,” he explained.

“They win these small ecos, or have on AK and a few pistols. They’re really good at winning those games with their individual skill. Liquid’s play-style is based around their individual stars popping off, and I think they’re the strong individual team.”

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Liquid cemented themselves as a global powerhouse in the Counter-Strike scene in 2019.

On the other side of the coin, Astralis are a known quantity. They may be near-unstoppable in their calculated, controlled playstyle, but you know what is coming. You can prepare for it, and build strategies against their plans.

“Astralis, I feel, are different [to Liquid’s crazy style]… they’re a different team,” karrigan continued. “They don’t suddenly go off, and someone is pushing randomly and kills three people in the back. That’s why we might have issues with Liquid.”

That struggle against their North American rivals has been quite apparent as mousesports have made the bid to return to the upper echelons of the circuit.

Their last two meetings at major events, in Odense for the Pro League, and Berlin for the last Major, saw Liquid towel mouz up. Both times, the NA squad was able to win 2–0, though three of the four maps went to overtime.

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Overall, however, mouz have stormed back into the discussion as a leading team heading into 2020, and victories over the likes of Astralis, Evil Geniuses, and Fnatic – including their 3–0 EPL final win over Fnatic – have proven they’re back.

Mousesport’s next chance to reverse their unwanted scorecard against TL may have to wait a little while too, as they head in different directions.

While Liquid is competing in the BLAST Premier series in two weeks, Mouz are bound for the GG.Bet ICE Challenge, meaning it may be a month before the two could potentially meet in Katowice for the first Major of the year.

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Valve lifts Fnatic star KRIMZ’s mysterious CSGO VAC ban

Published: 1/Dec/2020 3:21 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 6:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Valve has lifted the VAC ban on CSGO legend KRIMZ, and although fans think it was probably due to a matchmaking tool, the reasons are still unknown.

The CSGO community stood still on November 28 after Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson announced he had been VAC banned. Valve never specified why, which made the situation a bit of a mystery.

“It seems that my account got vac banned,” he said. “CSGO can you fix this asap pls.” It sounded like he was probably more confused than anyone else and was adamant he’d done nothing wrong.

CSGO fans think he might have been banned for using a third-party tool named esportal to find matches. However, there has been no official word to support it.

FNATIC coach Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson issued a statement not long after. “We have reached out to Valve, TOs, and third-party community websites… to understand the nature of this unexpected shutdown,” he said. “We have no reason to believe this is the consequence of any intentional use of any illegal program.”

Either way, it didn’t take Valve long to rectify the issue. They’ve already lifted the ban, and it’s been a huge relief to CSGO players and FNATIC fans around the world.

The first one to spill the beans was ‘DonHaci.’ “Krimz has been unbanned,” he said. “His VAC ban has been removed from his Steam page.

KRIMZ’s Steam profile isn’t private, which means anyone can take a look and see for themselves. His fans have been pouring in and leaving comments to celebrate and share their relief.

Still, nobody is more excited than the man himself. KRIMZ made a brief statement on Twitter and expressed his gratitude for having it fixed. “I’m free [motherf**ers], he said. “Thank you CSGO for sorting it out quickly.”

Interestingly, Valve still hasn’t explained why they banned KRIMMZ in the first place. KRIMMZ hasn’t elaborated on it either.

In the end, though, the key takeaway is that it appears to have been a mistake. The CSGO community is thrilled to have its favorite son back.