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m0E Makes Surprise Bid to Play for Cloud9 at the FACEIT London Major, Promises to Donate All Earnings to Charity

Published: 16/Jul/2018 10:42 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:54

by Ross Deason

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Mohamad ‘m0E’ Assad has announced that he is “open to the idea” of playing for Cloud9 at the FACEIT London Major and donating all of the money he makes to charity.

Cloud9’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster is currently in a state of disarray after Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik decided to leave the team for a new opportunity with MiBR.

Tarik is now the second member of the ELEAGUE Boston Major winning team to have switched from Cloud9 to the Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo’s Brazilian team after Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip did the same in March.

With that said, the reigning Major Champions are in dire straights as they look towards defending their title at the FACEIT London Major in September with only three of their five players remaining.

Enter former professional player, and often controversial streaming personality, m0E. The 31 year old took to Twitter with a surprising announcement where he said he would consider playing for Cloud9 in London and would even donate “my cut of sticker money/prize” to a charity of the community’s choosing:

m0E’s career in CS:GO never lived up to what he achieved in Counter-Strike: Source but his popular, and often controversial, streaming content meant that he was never far from the public eye.

He played as a stand-in for Team Liquid in the past but hasn’t played at a professional level since 2016 when he was a part of a largely unsuccessful Echo Fox project.

At first glance, the idea of m0E standing in for Cloud9 seems about as far fetched as they come. However, the Major roster lock rules meaning that anybody that played in the earlier qualification stages is already barred from competing with another team, shortening the list of available players significantly.

Other potential stand-ins could include former Cloud9 stars like Jordan ‘n0thing’ Gilbert and Sean ‘[email protected]’ Gares, or European imports like Jørgen ‘cromen’ Robertsen, who made a name for himself as a stand-in for FaZe Clan in recent months.

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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

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The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.