MonteCristo open to "exploring" CSGO after leaving Overwatch League - Dexerto

MonteCristo open to “exploring” CSGO after leaving Overwatch League

Published: 9/Jan/2020 22:56

by Scott Robertson


After leaving behind the broadcast team of Overwatch League before the start of its third season, Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles has already hinted at games and events he’d like to work on in the near future, and shared fond admiration for one game in particular.

The departure of MonteCristo from the Overwatch League broadcast team has been a focus point on the narrative surrounding the future and longevity of the Blizzard-run league. Other departures like fellow broadcaster Chris Puckett, and reports like the multi-part behind-the-scenes look by Richard Lewis paint a bleak future for OWL after just two years.

But after creative differences drove Monte away from Overwatch League, he’s wasting little time on the sidelines, and is already making moves towards other viable desks.

In a reply to a Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields post on Twitter about doing commentary versus desk duties, Monte declared his preference for desks along with Thorin. He claimed analysis desks let analysts “cherry-pick the interesting parts,” let them build up their on-camera personas, and credit them for being more “loose.”

Thorin wasted no time in attempting to recruit his friend to a different competitive shooter, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Monte replied that he loves CSGO, and that he would be “down.”

With a massive 2020 season coming up, and with an opportunity to take a crack at one of the biggest personalities and draws in the realm of esports talent, the folks at BLAST shot their shot, replying to Monte with the inspective monocle emoji.

Monte replied with just a fraction of his resume, saying he can host desks, prompting BLAST to inform him about the availability of desks at their tournaments.

Dexerto reached out to Monte following these interactions on Twitter, and while he said the replies to BLAST hadn’t yet manifested into something concrete, he did say that he “wouldn’t say no to hosting a CS desk for them.”

Monte further elaborated on his appreciation for Counter-Strike to Dexerto:

“I’ve always been passionate about Counter-Strike and I’ve watched more CSGO in the past two years than any other game besides Overwatch,” he said. “I’ve become good friends with many of the casters over the years but never had an opportunity to enter the scene. 

“I’d certainly be welcome to exploring opportunities to start dabbling in CSGO, especially as a desk host since I would need time and experience to get up to speed as a caster or analyst in order to do justice to the game.”

BLAST Pro Series
BLAST Pro Series
Astralis lifted yet another trophy at BLAST Global Finals in December.

BLAST announced their 2020 BLAST Premier Series at the end of 2019, and announced over $4 million in prize pools. In December they announced the 12 teams competing in the first Premier Series.

The BLAST Premier Spring 2020 season is set to start on January 3, in London, England. FaZe Clan and Ninjas in Pyjamas will face each other in the first series.

Additional reporting by Dexerto writer Michael Gwilliam.


GODSENT leak their own CS:GO roster with TACO on job listing

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:44 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:56

by Connor Bennett


Swedish esports organization GODSENT have confirmed their new Counter-Strike roster, featuring Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo – with a job listing for someone to edit their reveal video. 

Roster and player announcements have become big business in esports, especially at the highest level.  A lot of time and effort goes into getting everything right – sometimes even weeks before the actual announcements are made.

Organizations will, at times, drop hints about what moves they’re making, especially if an insider – or even a player – manages to accidentally reveal things ahead of time.

However, this time, it wasn’t an insider or new player who dropped the ball on an announcement, but rather the organization themselves.

Taco playing for Team Liquid
TACO had been rumored to be leading the new GODDSENT team.

The Swedish organization, which has typically had European Counter-Strike rosters, uploaded the files for their roster announcement to a job listing. They were asking for someone to edit the videos, removing the green screen behind their new players.

Front and center of the video is former SK Gaming and MiBR star TACO, who had been rumored to be leading the new GODSENT project. He’s flanked by former teammate João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos, Bruno ‘latto’ Rebelatto, Eduardo ‘dumau’ Wolkmer, and Bruno ‘b4rtiN’ Câmara.

Twitter user NoOne_CSGO spotted the video totally revealing the whole roster on January 16, which went under the radar before RushBMedia’s Ryan Friend boosted it.

After the hilarious ‘leak’ made the rounds on Twitter, the listing was removed from the Upwork website, and the videos were taken down.

However, GODSENT and Taco decided to have a little fun with things. “FAKE NEWS,” they tweeted, while Taco claimed “it’s not me,” in the videos.

Before it was removed, the listing asked for the work to be completed by 6PM on Monday, January 18, pointing at an announcement coming soon.

Seeing as they’ve now taken it down, and quite a decent number of CS:GO fans have seen the videos, GODSENT might move that forward and announce their new line-up sooner.

It’s either a spectacular blunder that will be talked about while the lineup is together, or a superb piece of hype-building.