Counter-Strike has had a big, strong end to the year with the competitions we’ve seen, and there’s plenty to unpack.
Richard Lewis reacts to IEM Global Challenge’s first day of action, which saw BIG shock Vitality in a three-map thriller, with Astralis & Na’Vi cruising past their opposite number.
But while it was plain sailing for s1mple and co., Egor ‘flamie’ Vasilyev anchored the leaderboard against FURIA. Is it time for the Russian Counter-Strike veteran to step aside for newcomer Valeriy ‘B1T’ Vakhovskiy?
A riddle wrapped up in an enigma, Lewis previously believed the team to be the one that would grab the number one spot in the world. With the pandemic happening, though, things changed. Na’Vi seemed to be adrift, moving to a six-man roster composition. This is something that is becoming more and more popular as of late, and can often work well for a dysfunctional team.
Vasilyev has been underperforming of late, with his stats sitting at an all-time career low average. For a player that was considered to be Oleksandr Olehovych “s1mple” Kostyliev’s wingman, it’s a stark contrast.
He has a lot of work to do and needs to step up his game. The star player of yesteryear is nowhere to be found, a shadow of his former self. While he’s an incredibly nice person with a great attitude, it’s not enough to save his overall ratings.
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 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.