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Professional CS:GO Players Tested for Performance-Enhancing Drugs at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals

Published: 21/May/2018 15:10 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:56

by Ross Deason

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Professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players were tested for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals.

The EPL finals, which began on May 15th and concluded on May 20th in Dallas, Texas, featured an impressive $750,000 prize pool and some of the best CS:GO teams on Earth.

However, one aspect of some ESL competitions that rarely receives much attention is the fact that ESL is one of very few tournament organizers to enforce random drugs tests for competitors.

ESL originally announced that they were introducing an anti-doping policy back in 2015 but the community rarely hears or sees any evidence of this being enforced.

However, a number of professional players seem to have been tested following Group Stage matches at the Pro League Finals, including Astralis’ Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz and Mousesports’ Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi.

Following his team’s loss to FaZe Clan, and a personally poor performance of 21-43 across the series, suNny took to Twitter to joke that it was “kinda funny” to get drug tested given the circumstances.

Device also confirmed that he was being drug tested following Astralis’ 2-0 victory over SK Gaming in Group B.

The Danish star seemed fairly confident in a Snapchat post after the match so fans shouldn’t be too concerned about the results!

Whether you agree with drug testing in esports or not, the social media posts from suNny and device show that ESL are still committed to their anti-doping policy.

It is currently unknown how many random tests were taken during the Pro League finals or when/if the results will be made public.

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

Published: 24/Oct/2020 6:55

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 schedule

Monday, October 26

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

Tuesday, October 27

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Upper Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Lower Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 28

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

Thursday, October 29

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

Friday, October 30

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Winners Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Losers Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, October 31

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