Sources: lmbt in discussions to re-join HellRaisers CS:GO as CEO departs - Dexerto
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Sources: lmbt in discussions to re-join HellRaisers CS:GO as CEO departs

Published: 7/Mar/2019 17:19 Updated: 7/Mar/2019 17:34

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis

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Ukranian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coach Sergey ‘lmbt’ Bezhanov is in discussions to re-join the HellRaisers organization as head coach, according to multiple sources. Dexerto has been informed that the organization has also recently parted ways CEO Alexey ‘xaoc’ Kucherov.

Lmbt was a manager for Hellraisers from 2014-2015 before moving to head coach until mid-2016. Later on in 2016, he joined Mousesports as coach before being removed from his duties in early February. 

During his time with Mousesports, the team won ESG Tour Mykonos 2017, StarSeries Season 4, and ESL One: New York 2018. Long time players Chris ‘chrisJ’ de Jong and Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk were benched along with lmbt less than a month after the roster failed to qualify for the IEM Katowice Major following their surprise 5th – 6th place finish at the Europe Minor.

StarLadderlmbt coached Mousesports from 2016 until February of 2019.

HellRaisers had a mixture of results during 2018, including a quarter-final appearance at the FACEIT Major: London and a finals appearance at DreamHack Open Tours 2018. 

Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker is reportedly expected to join the Mousesports organization, while Bence ‘DeadFox’ Böröcz has reportedly been benched. Should both of these moves come to fruition, it would leave the team with two empty roster slots to fill.

StarLadderANGE1 is the only remaining member of the original HellRaisers roster that lmbt worked with.

If the move is confirmed, lmbt will be linking up once more with Kirill ‘ANGE1’ Karasiow. The two were founding members of the HellRaisers CS:GO team after the Astana Dragons project came to an end in 2014 and ANGE1 has been with the organization ever since.

The circumstances surrounding the departure of xaoc are currently uncertain, but is believed that he chose to step down. The Ukrainian is a former Counter-Strike 1.6 pro and a regular member of StaLadder’s analyst desks. He has been the CEO of HellRaisers since the summer of 2017.

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Fake s1mple & Shroud scam streams take over CSGO on Twitch again

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:15 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 19:35

by Connor Bennett

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Troll streams have been taking over the CS:GO category on Twitch yet again, using Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s names to promote scam giveaways. 

Typically, the only times you’ll find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dominating the Twitch viewership charts is when there’s a major tournament on the go, a former pro like Shroud makes a surprise return, or a celebrity like Neymar shows off their skills.

However, there are times when the game gets some incredible viewing numbers when trolls decide to take over the section and capitalize on its popularity. 

These trolls claim to be someone like Shroud, s1mple, or NiKo while running fake giveaways that put the Steam accounts of CS:GO fans in danger of being hacked. 

Shroud on Twitch
Twitch: Shroud
Despite being a former CS:GO pro, Shroud is still used in these scams.

These fake streams pop up every few months, and have been called out by pros like s1mple in the past, however, neither the pros or Twitch have been able to completely stamp them out yet.

On October 25, with the ESL One New York CIS tournament attracting thousands of viewers, these trolls struck once again by using old VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, once again claiming that fans can win prizes by getting involved.

In fact, at one point, the two channels were in the top three watch channels of the day – amassing 22,000 and 17,500 viewers respectively – and sitting just behind the main Russian stream for ESL One New York CIS. 

Screenshot of Twitch showing the CSGO category with fake streams
Screenshot via Twitch
The fake channels have the names of CSGO pros, but have unusual graphics attached.

The two channels that cropped up intially, s1mple6282 and ShroudWRBE, have since been deleted, but other channels named s1mple1021 and ShroudRXND have taken their place.

At the time of writing, both channels have been running the same fake giveaways and graphics, as well as the same past VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, so it might hard to tell the difference to some viewers, but they’re not the real thing.