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StarLadder Berlin CSGO Major Champions stage set as Legends concludes

Published: 1/Sep/2019 19:25 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:06

by Scott Robertson


The second group stage of the StarLadder Berlin CS:GO is in the books, as eight teams advanced through the Legends stages to qualify for the Champions stage.

The victors of the Challengers stage faced off against the returning Legends from IEM Katowice. The sixteen teams battled in another swiss format group stage, again needing three victories to advance to playoffs of the StarLadder Berlin major.

In addition to a spot in this major’s playoffs, the eight teams who advanced through Legends stage also earn a place in the Legends stage of the next major, which will be in spring 2020.

The location and details of that major haven’t been announced yet, though.

The Legends stage was not short on surprises. Despite plans to replace in-game leader Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen with Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi after Berlin, ENCE ran through their competition with a 3-0 record.

NRG Esports also picked up an impressive 3-0 record that included huge wins over favorites in Team Liquid and Astralis.

StarLaddertarik celebrates during NRG’s 3-0 run.

Team Liquid’s struggles continued after their loss to NRG, getting stunned by AVANGAR in overtime to send them into the 1-2 pool.

But the defending major champs performed their best with their backs against the wall, with 2-0 series wins against North and mousesports to qualify on the final day.

Speaking of backs against the wall, Renegades found themselves down 0-2 to start Legends stage. But the boys from Australia dug themselves out a hole by winning three straight series against DreamEaters, FaZe Clan, and G2 Esports.

ENCE were in that same spot in Katowice, and ended up in the grand finals of the past major, so hopes are high for Renegades.

Hopes were high for other teams as well, but a lot of big names ended up on the wrong side of the table after all was said and done. North, FaZe, and MiBR were all eliminated with 1-3 records.

G2 and mousesports were eliminated on the final day. Ninjas in Pyjamas went 0-3, and won’t even have a Challengers spot guaranteed at the next major, along with DreamEaters.

Igor Bezborodov and StarLadder

There were no 16-0 shoutouts this stage, but plenty of overtime maps, including an Astralis-NRG Train map that tied the previous major record of 59 rounds (set at MLG Columbus 2016), and then an Astralis-CR4ZY map on Dust II that broke the record with 60 rounds.

Despite losing both of those grueling maps, Astralis still qualified for Champions stage with a 3-1 record.

Champions stage first round matchups

  • ENCE vs Renegades
  • Team Vitality vs AVANGAR
  • Astralis vs Team Liquid
  • Natus Vincere vs NRG Esports

Eliminated from Legends Stage

  • CR4ZY
  • Mousesports
  • G2 Esports
  • MiBR
  • FaZe Clan
  • North
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas*
  • DreamEaters*

*Finished 0-3 and will not obtain a Challengers spot at the 2020 spring major


Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch


Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

CaseEsports land1n
CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.