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MiBR set to join ESL Pro League Season 11

Published: 21/Mar/2020 22:32 Updated: 22/Mar/2020 0:35

by Alan Bernal

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Premier South American CSGO org ‘Made in Brazil’ (MiBR) are set to join the ESL Pro League 2020 campaign while maneuvering the inaugural season of Flashpoint.

The famed Brazilian org, led by Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo, are going to split their time between both leagues. They hope their participation in the EPL will give them a shot at a prized position in ESL One Cologne.

In the lead up to the 2020 season, Flashpoint were on the hunt for the best talent they could muster, seeing as teams would essentially have to pick the new league over ESL (or vice-versa) due to schedule/format overlap.

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FalleN will lead his team through Flashpoint and the ESL Pro League.

Since then, worldwide developments have forced leagues to adopt an online-only approach to what were originally supposed to be regular seasons played on LAN.

The online era of both leagues will open a window, however slim, to participate in both competitions.

Playing in ESL Pro League Season 11 is “the only way to get points to play ESL events, since we are not part of the teams there, which hurts in the future for tournaments such as Cologne,” MiBR manager Ricardo ‘ricsini’ Sinigaglia said.

The Brazilian manager voiced concerns on the way ESL are distributing rank points, which could have major implications for deserving teams to earn coveted spots at top-tier events.

Shortly after the announcement, both Fallen and the MiBR organization echoed similar sentiments to that of their manager’s point.

“Despite this time being on the better part of it, I believe that no tournament organizer should be able to have their own Ranking,” Fallen said. “This is dangerous, as it can be used to weigh your own tournaments more heavily than others – and this hurts the players and the fans.”

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MiBR will compete in ESL Pro League Season 11 in hopes to qualify at Cologne.

MiBR will be integrated into the Pro League’s North American division and joins 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Swole Patrol, and fellow Brazilian team FURIA.

The Flashpoint founding member team, MiBR, are currently fighting through the Phase 1 bracket of the ‘Snakes & Ratters’ group, having eliminated Team Envy 2-0.

ESL Pro League’s NA division will start on March 26, while the second phase of Flashpoint will officially start on March 27.

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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.