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Smart Taco Play Confirms Group A Winner Final Matchup at ECS Season 5 Live Finals

Published: 8/Jun/2018 15:30 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Mike Kent


The first two matches of the ECS Season 5 Live Finals have concluded at the SSE Wembley Arena in London.

The $660,000 playoffs are the conclusion of an online season spanning from March, with the top four teams from North America and the top four from Europe reaching the live finals.

Astralis entered the tournament as one of the favorites after their emphatic ESL Pro League 7 finals victory in May.

In their first matchup of the ECS S5 finals in Group A, they showed why they’re so highly revered with an impressive comeback win over Cloud9, taking Inferno 16-13.

The second game in Group A, it was the turn of the multinational Team Liquid going up against the new look lineup of FNATIC.

The Swede’s were looking to prove that replacing Jonas ‘Xitz’ Olofsson was the right decision, while Team Liquid wanted to show their loss against NRG at Starladder the week before wasn’t a true reflection of their skill.

The game went back and forth, but it was Brazilian player Epitácio “TACO” de Melo who proved his worth with an incredibly smart play to take the map 16-14.

Team Liquid now advance to play Astralis for a spot in the playoffs in the next matchup. Meanwhile Cloud9 and Fnatic will battle to stay in the competition on Saturday morning, with the winner facing the loser of TL or Astralis.

Follow our coverage of the ECS Season 5 Live Finals via our dedicated coverage hub.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.