Stewie2k responds to backlash over trash talk vs MiBR at ESL Season 9 Finals

Published: 22/Jun/2019 16:11 Updated: 22/Jun/2019 16:56

by Daniel Cleary


Popular CS:GO pro Jake ‘Stewie2k’ Yip has responded to backlash, after his trash talk during Team Liquid’s match against MiBR at the ESL Season 9 Playoff Finals.

Stewie2k got himself into trouble after finding himself matching up against his former teammates on MiBR, in a deciding group match to see which team would advance to the tournament’s Knock-Out stage.

The group stages of the ESL Season 9 Pro League Finals were held in the Montpellier Exhibition Centre without a crowd, meaning that the players could shout across the room to get some trash talk in mid-map.

ESLTeam Liquid have quickly risen to the top of the CS:GO team rankings since the addition of Stewie2k.

Stewie2k took full advantage of the opportunity with many comments during the game towards MiBR after their round wins including asking coldzera “how mad” he was after being knifed in the back.

The Team Liquid star later received backlash from MiBR’s fan base, with many taking the in-game trash talk as disrespect towards the community who had supported him in the past while he was under the Brazilian organization.

Stewie2k issued an explanation to the MiBR fans after the match saying that he and his ex-teammates always trash talk each other and that what is said is kept in within the game, explaining:

“We always trash talk each other all the time, there’s rivalries between us, we’re ex-teammates, we don’t want to lose, we always bring the heat, there’s a little bickering here and there but its all banter, it’s nothing outside the game, you know I love the guys.”

Stewie2k followed on by adding that he still hangs out with the MiBR squad a lot outside of the game and that he did not mean any disrespect towards the Brazilian fan base when he was trash talking during the series.

After the dramatic win over MiBR in groups, Team Liquid have continued to advance in the ESL season 9 Playoffs with a 2-1 win over the former number one squad, Astralis, in the quarterfinals.

They now look to make back-to-back Grand Finals appearances after their victory at DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019 but must first overcome Mousesports in the tournament’s Semi Finals.


How to watch IEM Global Challenge 2020: stream, teams, schedule

Published: 3/Dec/2020 1:52

by Andrew Amos


CS:GO is back on LAN, baby. The IEM Global Challenge 2020 marks the long-awaited return to offline events, and we’ve got all you need to know about the huge eight-team tournament right here.

CS:GO hasn’t had a big LAN since the IEM Katowice Major back in February 2020. The Rio Major was postponed again and again, before inevitably being cancelled due to the current global situation.

However, after months of waiting, a safe LAN is now on the menu, and it feels like Counter-Strike is back. The IEM Global Challenge features eight of the best teams from NA and Europe, duking it out over a huge $500,000 prize pool.

If you were doubting the results of the online era, and want to define a true champion of CS:GO in 2020 on LAN, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 stream

The IEM Global Challenge 2020 will be streamed live on the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 teams

Eight teams from across the globe have descended on Europe for the IEM Global Challenge 2020. While there won’t be any crowds, the promise of LAN action is tantalizing enough for most fans watching along at home.

The usual suspects have climbed their way to the top, including world number one Vitality, 2020 breakout stars Heroic, and four-time Major winners Astralis.

That doesn’t mean there’s not new talent to keep your eyes out for. FURIA has had a stellar 2020 over in North America, and will be looking to prove that Brazilians have a team to rally behind come 2021. Chaos will also be looking to go out with a bang, after the organization announced they will be pulling out of CS:GO after the event.

Group A Group B
Team Vitality Heroic
Complexity FURIA
Astralis Natus Vincere
Chaos Team Liquid

IEM Global Challenge 2020 schedule & results

Tuesday, December 15

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Match Chaos vs Vitality 3am 6am 11am
Group A Opening Match Astralis vs Complexity 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group B Opening Match Na’Vi vs FURIA 10am 1pm 6pm

Wednesday, December 16

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Match Liquid vs Heroic 3am 6am 11am
Group A Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group A Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Thursday, December 17

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, December 18

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Decider Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Decider Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, December 19

Match Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 1 TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Semifinal 2 TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Sunday, December 20

Match Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8am 11am 4pm

IEM Global Challenge 2020 final placements

Placement Team Prize Money (USD) BLAST Points
1 TBD $200,000 3000
2 TBD $100,000 1500
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
7-8 TBD $20,000 188
7-8 TBD $20,000 188