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Reports: FaZe CSGO in talks with MIBR’s Coldzera and ENCE’s Aleksib

Published: 30/Aug/2019 15:50 Updated: 30/Aug/2019 16:08

by Connor Bennett

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Brazilian CS:GO star Marcelo ‘Coldzera’ David has been linked with a move to FaZe Clan once the StarLadder Berlin Major has concluded, claims 1PV’s neLendirekt, and that might not be the only change for the multi-national roster.

The StarLadder Berlin Major is in full flow, but that hasn’t stopped Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from thinking about their immediate futures. 

Complexity Gaming were dumped out of the Challengers Stage by Grayhound Gaming, prompting founder Jason Lake to confirm that an overhaul was being considered. However, the biggest shake-up in the scene could come in the form of FaZe Clan, who may finally be taking the step up to pair Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač with MIBR’s Coldzera. 

ESL / Turtle EntertainmentColdzera benched himself from MIBR prior to the StarLadder Berlin Major.

According to French CSGO insider neLdirekt, MIBR and FaZe Clan are set to begin negotiations over a move for Coldzera once the StarLadder Berlin Major has concluded. 

NeL also noted that the former Major winner could even be willing to pay a part of his own buyout from MIBR in order to play for FaZe. The French Insider also confirmed a rumor that Cold has been living in Serbia – the home nation of FaZe coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović. 

That wasn’t all, though, with NeL stating that FaZe could also fix their long-term IGL problem in one fell swoop. Since the departure of Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen, the in-game leader role for FaZe has been left in the hands of multiple players – with superstar NiKo taking the reigns at one point.

Legendary Polish star Filip ‘NEO’ Kubski has been leading the way for the international team but is apparently set to depart following the Major to open up a spot for Coldzera to take. 

According to NeL, FaZe could hand the IGL role to ENCE leader Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen if “certain conditions” are met, which would likely include a disappointing showing at the Major.

AleksiB is set to depart his Finnish counterparts once their run at the event is over, with the team announcing that Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi will be his replacement

ESLAleksiB could become FaZe’s new IGL.

Whether these moves happen or not remain to be seen, but neL’s information is usually reliable so it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see them pulled off.

The StarLadder Berlin Major concludes on September 8, meaning that it won’t take long for the traditional post-Major shuffle to get underway.

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IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals preview

Published: 24/Feb/2021 18:21 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Andrew Amos

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IEM Katowice 2021 has already served up some amazing matchups, and now the quarterfinals are upon us. With CIS supremacy sweeping the CS:GO server, Astralis stand as the lone force to try and stave the three Russian squads away.

Six teams have qualified for the playoffs at IEM Katowice 2021, and four of them are from CIS. Gambit, Natus Vincere, and Virtus.pro are hungry for quarterfinals success, while Spirit awaits one of them in the semifinals.

It’s put more pressure now, more than ever, onto two stalwarts of their respective scenes ⁠— Denmark’s (and Europe’s) Astralis, and North America’s Liquid. The latter looks reinvigorated with Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo in the squad, while the former are struggling to reach their peak online.

Ahead of this weekend’s action, let’s take a look at the two quarterfinals ⁠— Gambit vs Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro vs Astralis ⁠— and what you should expect.

Gambit vs Natus Vincere

The battle for CIS supremacy will reign on in the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice when Gambit takes on Natus Vincere. This has been a historically Na’Vi-sided matchup, to the surprise of absolutely no one.

Gambit went on a lower-bracket tear to make it to the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice, and they won’t let their rivals stand in their way. Young gun Dmitry ‘sh1ro’ Sokolov is really trying to make a name for himself as CS:GO’s next big AWPer, trying to reach the heights of idols like Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Vastyliev.

Natus Vincere Socios s1mple

Seeing the two face off will be a treat in this quarterfinal, but don’t expect the reigning champions to take it easy. Na’Vi are really finding their stride now, and despite losing to Team Liquid to find themselves in this position, you can’t keep them down for long.

Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov and s1mple are bouncing off each other better than ever, and it really feels like a repeat of IEM Katowice 2020 is on the cards. Na’Vi didn’t make it easy for themselves there in groups, before proceeding to demolish Liquid, Astralis, and G2 Esports without dropping a single map in playoffs.

Gambit’s going to have to be prepared for a Na’Vi they’ve never faced before. It’s the biggest stage this matchup has happened on, and while the potential for an upset is there, you’d have to back Na’Vi to finish strong at Katowice.

Thrive Props

  • Ax1le: 28.5 total kills
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Hobbit: 43.5 total deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points
  • Electronic: 6.5 total assists
    • Over = 95 points
    • Under = 105 points
  • Flamie: 18.5 total headshots
    • Over = 105 points
    • Under = 95 points
  • S1mple: 75.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points

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Virtus.pro vs Astralis

Virtus.pro and Astralis marks the first rematch of the StarLadder Major Berlin 2019 final. Back then, Astralis were decimating anyone in their patch, and VP (then Avangar) were collateral as the Danes took home their fourth major. However, it’s funny how things change in 18 months.

Astralis’ experimentation with six and seven-man rosters has led nowhere, and with the core five back together, they’ve been struggling to get back into gear. Virtus.pro, on the other hand, has started 2021 on fire with a win at cs_summit 7 (where Astralis didn’t play).

One also has to look at how far Virtus.pro has come since then. “Jame Time” might still be the slogan, but everyone from Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov to Mareks ‘YEKINDAR’ Galinskis have been pulling their weight. The team isn’t as reliant on Jame’s AWP to win as they once were, and he’s taken to the IGL role like a fish to water.

If there is one time where Virtus.pro could get their revenge, it’s now. VP have taken down Vitality and FURIA ⁠— two of the best teams in the world ⁠— to get here, and Astralis have been hot and cold to start off the year. The tournament remaining online likely doesn’t help Astralis either.

However, you can never count out the Danes. Much like Gambit vs Natus Vincere, the real big ticket matchup will be Jame vs Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz. The AWPers will once again prove to be the deciding factor in this matchup, and if history is anything to go by, it should be explosive.

Thrive Props

  • Buster: 45.5 total kills
    • Over = 115 points
    • Under = 85 points
  • Sanji: 32.5 total deaths
    • Over = 80 points
    • Under = 120 points
  • Magisk: 9.5 total assists
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points
  • gla1ve: 13.5 total headshots
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Device: 88.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points

The IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals get underway on February 26.


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