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Natus Vincere Upset Astralis in ESL One Cologne Semi-Final in Close Match

Published: 7/Jul/2018 16:49 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Calum Patterson

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Tournament favorites Astralis took on European rivals Natus Vincere in a close semi-final at ESL One Cologne, in a very closely contested match.

Na’Vi were coming in hot after their quarter final match against Fnatic, which they took in dominant fashion thanks to their star player Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev taking over.

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And their momentum was clearly still the wind in their sails as they finally edged out Astralis on map one, on Overpass.

The two teams were neck and neck for after the first twenty rounds, but s1mple backed up by Denis “electronic” Sharipov remained sharp and closed it out 16-13.

On map two Nuke though, Astralis seemed unfazed by the tight map one defeat, immediately opening up a massive 10-1 lead on their T side.

Na’Vi regained some composure at the half way point, but Astralis’ quality and team play on Nuke was ultimately the difference as they took it 16-6 and forcing map three, Inferno.

Map three was suitably more close, as the the pressure was on for both of these teams as the spot in the grand final was in touching distance.

Na’Vi were sharp still despite their setback on map two, and it wasn’t just down the stars like s1mple, as Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko providing an unusual amount of fragging in the first half.

Things were looking very slow for Astralis, but in true champions style they bounced back after the half bringing it to trail by only a single round at 10-11. 

But Na’Vi fought off a spirited fight from Astralis to close it out 16-13 and book their spot in the grand final, where they would face FaZe Clan or BIG.


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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.