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Qualifying for the FACEIT London CS:GO Major Was an Incredibly Emotional Moment for NiP

Published: 23/Jul/2018 13:17 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 17:39

by Ross Deason

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Ninjas in Pyjamas’ players have qualified for a CS:GO Major for the first time in two years and it clearly means the world to them.

Only two members of the team that played at that ESL One Cologne 2016 Major now remain on the roster: Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg and Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund.

However, the pain of failing to qualify for every major since has had an impact on all of the current players and their coach, as was evident in their reaction to making it through the European Minor and qualifying for the FACEIT London Major in September.

GeT_RiGhT and Faruk ‘pita’ Pita can be seen embracing, close to tears, after NiP defeated a strong ENCE team in the losers bracket final, securing the very last spot at the New Challengers Stage of the $1,000,000 event which will run from September 5 – 23.

Pita coached NiP to their one and only Major title at ESL One Cologne 2014 but left the team in 2015 to pursue other opportunities. He returned to his old role in February of 2018 and seems determined to help the Ninjas get back on top.

GeT_RiGhT, one of the most dedicated players in any esport, shared an image on Instagram after the crucial win captioned with “Emotions”.

After going through one of the biggest slumps of his career, both as an individual and as a team, it is easy to understand why it means so much for the NiP legend to make it back to the biggest stage in Counter-Strike.

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With the win over ENCE and the pressure of qualification being lifted, NiP moved on to the Grand Final and comfortably defeated OpTic Gaming in two straight maps.

The star performer in that particular series was NiP’s newest member, and in-game leader, Jonas ‘Lekr0’ Olofsson.

NiP will compete against the likes of Astralis, Team Liquid, Gambit and OpTic Gaming for one of the last 16 spots at the Major. Waiting for them there will be Cloud9, FaZe, Na’Vi, MiBR, Mousesports, Winstrike, G2 and Fnatic.

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Valve lifts Fnatic star KRIMZ’s mysterious CSGO VAC ban

Published: 1/Dec/2020 3:21 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 6:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Valve has lifted the VAC ban on CSGO legend KRIMZ, and although fans think it was probably due to a matchmaking tool, the reasons are still unknown.

The CSGO community stood still on November 28 after Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson announced he had been VAC banned. Valve never specified why, which made the situation a bit of a mystery.

“It seems that my account got vac banned,” he said. “CSGO can you fix this asap pls.” It sounded like he was probably more confused than anyone else and was adamant he’d done nothing wrong.

CSGO fans think he might have been banned for using a third-party tool named esportal to find matches. However, there has been no official word to support it.

FNATIC coach Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson issued a statement not long after. “We have reached out to Valve, TOs, and third-party community websites… to understand the nature of this unexpected shutdown,” he said. “We have no reason to believe this is the consequence of any intentional use of any illegal program.”

Either way, it didn’t take Valve long to rectify the issue. They’ve already lifted the ban, and it’s been a huge relief to CSGO players and FNATIC fans around the world.

The first one to spill the beans was ‘DonHaci.’ “Krimz has been unbanned,” he said. “His VAC ban has been removed from his Steam page.

KRIMZ’s Steam profile isn’t private, which means anyone can take a look and see for themselves. His fans have been pouring in and leaving comments to celebrate and share their relief.

Still, nobody is more excited than the man himself. KRIMZ made a brief statement on Twitter and expressed his gratitude for having it fixed. “I’m free [motherf**ers], he said. “Thank you CSGO for sorting it out quickly.”

Interestingly, Valve still hasn’t explained why they banned KRIMMZ in the first place. KRIMMZ hasn’t elaborated on it either.

In the end, though, the key takeaway is that it appears to have been a mistake. The CSGO community is thrilled to have its favorite son back.