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Popular caster Moses joins Team Liquid CSGO as head coach

Published: 9/Aug/2020 19:52

by Bill Cooney

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Shortly after the departure of head coach Eric ‘adreN’ Hoag, Team Liquid announced that longtime caster Jason ‘Moses’ O’Toole would be stepping up to lead the org’s CSGO squad going forward.

Moses has been one of Counter-Strike’s most recognizable personalities since he became heavily involved in the Global Offensive casting scene starting in 2015. Just turn on any random major CSGO event from 2015 on and there’s a good chance he’ll pop up somewhere.

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The veteran player and caster is a very interesting pick up as the new head coach for Team Liquid. If the North American org was looking for someone who knows their CSGO, then they really couldn’t have done any better.

The fan-favorite caster has been involved in the game in one way or another for over 20 years at this point and, by his own admission, has “lived and breathed Counter-Strike” for the last five years. But, like every other coach and player in top-level CS:GO, the goal remains the same – to raise a trophy at a live major as the undisputed champions.

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“You’ve been a player, you’ve been a commentator, what can you do when you’re leading a team?” the caster now-turned coach said in his reveal video. “That’s the challenge that inspired me to take this on.”

As for Liquid’s prospects under the banner of a new head coach, Moses seems confident the storied org can once again return to its winning ways and be a force to be reckoned with once live CSGO majors return.

“We have an era of online Counter-Strike right now where everything’s kind of uncertain. Everyone’s talking about how the practice is inefficient, and the competition isn’t quite there, isn’t at the top level, so it’s hard to improve and it’s hard for a team to find its groove,” he explained. “The short term goal has to be as getting this team as prepared as possible for when events return. Use this online time wisely.”

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The arrival of Moses comes after the departure of former Liquid head coach adreN, who had been leading the team since late 2018 and was at the helm when they were the top North American team in ESL Pro League Season 11.

It’s been a big weekend for Team Liquid that all seemed to happen very fast, even so, it’s safe to say the team is entering a whole new era with their fans, and those who enjoy CSGO in general, eager to see what Moses can do as head coach.

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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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