Sources: LEGIJA expected to fill in for XANTARES at IEM Sydney CS:GO event - Dexerto

Sources: LEGIJA expected to fill in for XANTARES at IEM Sydney CS:GO event

Published: 26/Apr/2019 20:57 Updated: 26/Apr/2019 21:23

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


German CS:GO organization BIG will play Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV – Sydney with Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninić in place of Can ‘XANTARES’ Dörtkardeş, according to multiple sources.

XANTARES is unable to attend the event in Australia due to visa issues, which was first reported by Dexerto earlier in the day on April 26. 

Multiple sources have also confirmed that BIG had hoped to bring Owen ‘smooya’ Butterfield to the event for XANTARES, but he has been ruled ineligible.

Smooya, who is still under contract with BIG, is ineligible to play during the event.

Since he stood in for Renegades at Season 9 of ESL Pro League North America, he is considered ineligible to play ESL events with any other team for 120 days since he last played. 

Smooya remains under contract with BIG, as he searches for a new team to acquire him.

Turtle Entertainment/Patrick StrackLEGIJA has been with BIG since January 2017.

LEGIJA has a long history in Counter-Strike extending back to before the release of CS:GO in Counter-Strike 1.6. 

He has played and coached for a number of organizations including Mousesports, G2 Esports, NRG Esports, and BIG. 

In early 2018, LEGIJA stepped back from the BIG active roster and coached the team for the rest of the year. After stepping back, he stayed with the organization and is listed as their “head of CS:GO”.

ESL/Helena KristianssonIEM will return to Sydney for their now-annual CS:GO event.

When is IEM Sydney? 

For the third year in a row, Intel Extreme Masters will hold one of their signature events in Sydney, Australia.

The event kicks off on April 30 and runs until May 5, with some of the biggest names in CS:GO slated to attend. Most eye will be centered on MIBR and FaZe Clan, who won the events in 2017 and 2018, respectively. 

BIG will open up the event against mousesports at 7pm PT / 10pm ET / 3am GMT, while Team Liquid will take on B.O.O.T-dream[S]scape at the same time. 


S1mple vs ZywOo: The Stats That Prove Who Was IEM Beijing’s Real MVP

Published: 27/Nov/2020 16:58

by Marco Rizzo


The two best CSGO players of 2020 faced each other in the grand finals of IEM Beijing-Haidian, with both Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev and Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut delivering incredible performances across the tournament. 

Fresh off the end of IEM Beijing, Dexerto takes a look at the statistics of the two best players of the event trying to determine who was the real MVP.

Across the five maps, ZywOo was the only player on Vitality to display an overall positive HLTV rating as Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom only played two maps after subbing in for Kévin ‘misutaaa’ Rabier on Dust 2 and Richard ‘shox’ Papillon on Inferno.

The young Frenchman was responsible for some of the most incredible moments in the entire tournament, with two ace clutches in the final map of the event.

S1mple, meanwhile, boasted some ridiculous numbers in the first two maps of the final series, collecting 64 kills across Dust 2 and Nuke while spearheading NaVi’s domination in the first half of the series.

While ultimately being on the losing side of the grand final, s1mple earned the highest rating of the series with 1.47, an incredible achievement across five maps.

Both players were also unbelievably consistent across the entire tournament, and while ZywOo edged the Ukrainian in overall ratings, s1mple had the better k/d ratio out of the two.

These two have been tearing the CSGO scene this year and IEM Beijing won’t be the last time these two prodigies face each other in the finals of a major tournament.