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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

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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.

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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

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The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.