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MonteCristo and Semmler join new CSGO league after leaving OWL

Published: 23/Jan/2020 2:26 Updated: 23/Jan/2020 13:30

by Andrew Amos

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Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles will be making his CS:GO casting debut at the new ‘B Site League’ this year while Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat will also be returning to the game, after both casters departed the Overwatch League heading into 2020.

After speculation over where some of the Overwatch League’s greatest talent would end up following a mass exodus after the 2019 season, two of the biggest names in casting have announced their future plans.

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Both MonteCristo and Semmler will be part of the talent line-up for the B Site League, a new league operated by FACEIT starting in March 2020.

Anders and Semmler casting CS:GOSemmler is returning to CS:GO after two years of casting the Overwatch League.

The tournament organizer announced the talent lineup for their upcoming league on Twitter on January 23, and it’s jam packed full of stars.

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From James Bardolph and DDK to the return of Semmler, and Thorin as both an analyst and the league’s Creative Director, some of Counter-Strike’s most renowned names will be getting behind this endeavor.

It’ll be MonteCristo’s first rodeo in CS:GO, but he’s ready to go along for the ride. He’d previously stated was open to “exploring” casting the game, but “never had an opportunity to enter the scene.”

“Excited to be part of this project as both on-camera talent and assisting with creative direction and production,” he said.

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Given a lack of creative direction was one of the major reasons he left the Overwatch League, the former League and Overwatch caster is looking forward to bringing one of his dream events to fans.

“The format has been designed by myself and Thorin with help from C9 Ken. It was inspired from the MSL in Starcraft with trash-talking and showmanship in mind.

“Also hope you CS:GO fans are ready for some OGN-style hype videos.”

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Not much is known about the new league yet, with the team list not confirmed, although there have been reports that Cloud9, MIBR, Gen.G, Dignitas, and MAD Lions have signed on, with the league eventually aiming to house 12 teams. Sean Gares also mentioned that the league will feature “a full season of LAN play.”

The B Site League is one of the many next steps for the two former Overwatch League casters looking to find their feet after leaving Blizzard’s hallmark franchise.

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MonteCristo partnered with Cloud9 to create new “competitive products” while focusing on doing esports “[his] way.” As for Semmler, the CS:GO veteran is getting back into the swing of things with appearances at the Blast Premier Series also planned.

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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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