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n0thing reveals how he was approached to fix CS:GO matches

Published: 27/May/2019 10:54 Updated: 27/May/2019 11:11

by Connor Bennett

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Former North American CS:GO professional Jordan ‘n0thing’ Gilbert has revealed how he was approached with offers to fix games during his career despite those offers not seeming super serious.

During his time as a CS:GO pro, n0thing made his name as a part of the compLexity roster before moving over to Cloud9 and cementing himself with legendary status.

As he was on the rise, however, match-fixing had become rife in the scene and was highlighted with the infamous iBuyPower match-fixing scandal in 2014 – as some of North America’s top talents were banned from Valve-sponsored tournaments. Yet, n0thing revealed that IBP was not the only North American team to be handed the chance at throwing games.

ELeaguen0thing returned to compLexity at the end of 2018 for their IEM Katowice Major run.

In fact, he and his compLexity teammates were often presented with ‘offers’ through regular messages. However, as the former pro revealed, they never seemed overly serious and he was never quite sure if a throw attempt had been proposed to him.

“I feel like I got approached but I feel like if I said it, they wouldn’t say that it was a real approach,” n0thing told Richard Lewis during the Dexerto Talk Show. Explaining what would happen when he received the messages, he continued: “People would crack jokes and be like ‘hey man, we can probably make like 20 grand right now or something for this match not really lol’ and then they wouldn’t say anything else.”

“I was like, I feel like if I didn’t say lol right there, something else would have been transcribed there,” n0thing added, before revealing that he wasn’t alone in receiving offers. “I had heard that from a couple of other people – my teammates at the time would get the same message and we’d just laugh about it and be like ‘my gosh, I think that wasn’t a joke.’

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However, the offers were never intended for big matches or anything with any real implications on the scene. “Like it’s these small matches where they don’t really mean shit for the whole scene or the year,” n0thing explained further.

“The enticing side was obviously right there in front of you like ‘oh, lose out on some qualifier to this event that doesn’t matter and you’re going to win more than the first place or the prize but it’s super shady.”

Dreamhackn0thing cemented himself as a CS:GO legend as a member of Cloud9.

Even though some professionals have spoken out about having the iBuyPower team unbanned from Major events, Valve has remained steadfast in their 2014 ‘Integrity and Fair Play’ ruling as the players remain as the most high profile case of match-fixing.

Some tournament organizers have since lifted the ban on the team for their own events – with Dreamhack and ESL allowing Joshua ‘Steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce to compete in their tournaments and leagues.

However, things may have been a lot different had the gaming giant not put their foot down and allowed match-fixing to infest the competitive scene – as it’s clear, from n0thing’s explanation, that some parties attempted to make it happen.

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How to watch BLAST Premier Fall 2020: stream, teams, schedule, results

Published: 31/Oct/2020 17:05 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 23:16

by Andrew Amos

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The world’s best Counter-Strike is taking place in Europe right now. BLAST Premier Fall 2020 is set to kick off on October 26, featuring 12 top teams from around the world duking it out for $150,000 USD.

BLAST have condensed their Premier Fall series from two regions to one. North America has been left on the sidelines as the world’s best teams move over to Europe to compete.

That doesn’t mean the competition is going to be any less fierce though. 12 top squads from across the globe are converging on the region to duke it out over $150,000, as well as points towards the BLAST Premier Global Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 streams

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 will be streamed live on the Blast Twitch and YouTube channels. The action is expected to kick off on October 26 at 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET / 3:30pm GMT. Most days will have the same start time.

For your convenience, we’ve embedded the stream below.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 teams

12 top teams from across Europe and North America are taking part in BLAST Premier Fall 2020. Most notably is obviously the four-time Major winners Astralis, although the competition will be hot on their heels.

North American champions FURIA have flown across the Atlantic to make their presence known in Europe. The new-look Complexity and MIBR rosters will also be taking to the stage for the first time.

IEM New York winners FaZe Clan are in attendance too, as well as numerous other top 10 teams.

Group A Group B Group C
Natus Vincere Vitality Astralis
Ninjas in Pyjamas Complexity MIBR
Evil Geniuses BIG FURIA
OG FaZe Clan G2 Esports

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 brackets

Group A

BLAST Premier Fall 2020

Group B

BLAST Premier Fall 2020

Group C

BLAST Premier Fall 2020

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 schedule & scores

Monday, October 26

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Round Na’Vi 2 – 0 NiP 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Opening Round Evil Geniuses 1 – 2 OG 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 27

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Upper Final Na’Vi 0 – 2 OG 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Lower Round 1 NiP 2 – 0 Evil Geniuses 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 28

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Losers Final Na’Vi 2 – 1 NiP 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Grand Final OG 2 – 1 Na’Vi 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Thursday, October 29

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Round Vitality 2 – 1 Complexity 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Opening Round BIG 2 – 1 FaZe 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, October 30

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Winners Final Vitality 2-0 BIG 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Losers Round 1 Complexity 2-0 FaZe 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, October 31

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Losers Final Complexity 0 – 2 BIG 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Grand Final Vitality 2 – 1 BIG 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Monday, November 2

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Opening Round Astralis vs MIBR 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Opening Round FURIA vs G2 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 3

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Winners Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Losers Round 1 TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm

Wednesday, November 4

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm